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By: Lindsay Herzog, Fitness Center Program Manager

I give credit to all those working mothers who continue to breastfeed their little ones. Talk about time management. I am lucky enough to work in an environment that not only supports this in the workplace but offers lactation rooms and other resources for its employees. In the state of Minnesota it is required that employers not only provide reasonable unpaid break time for a mother to express milk for their infant but also a private room that is not a bathroom stall to do so. Your state may have a different law so I would recommend looking into this or contacting your Human Resource Department with any questions.

My initial goal was to at least try it as the benefits are remarkable. Some benefits of breast milk include:

  • Antibodies that help fight off viruses and other bacteria

  • Can lower your babies risk of asthma and respiratory disease

  • Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months (without formula) are shown to have fewer ear infections

Luckily, it went well from the start and my goal was to breastfeed up until her first birthday. My little one had her first birthday in May and I can say I successfully completed my goal and then some! Although I did struggle at times with finding the time or place in between meetings, appointments and classes I knew how important it was to me and for my daughter’s health. 

I have to say it was bittersweet to wean her off.  On one hand, I have extra time and my body back to myself in nearly two years! But, on the other hand, I miss the bonding time that we have shared.  Looking forward to the many milestones ahead!