: Breastfeeding moms feel stressed by return-to-office mandates, according to this study of over 15,000 women

by | Jul 25, 2023 | Stock Market

Returning to the office may be a relatively easy transition for certain workers, but for some women — particularly new nursing mothers — it’s a tall task. Working moms who breastfeed their infants often rely on breast pumps to extract milk to store and feed their infant at a later time, according to a survey of more than 15,500 women released Tuesday.

As several major companies have been pushing their employees to return to the office, many moms have found it very challenging to continue breastfeeding and juggle work, according to the research carried out by Mamava, a company that makes lactation pods for nursing mothers, and Medela, a maker of breast pumps. For these moms, returning to work requires much more planning, from preparing their equipment at home ahead of time, to carving out time during their work day to pump milk. The Mamava-Medela survey said 61% of mothers found the logistics of pumping — which include packing, transporting, and cleaning pump parts — a “top challenge” to breastfeeding. Nearly half of women who are currently nursing their children, or have breastfed in the last two years, also said that the biggest barrier to pumping at work was a lack of time, the research added. More than half — 53% — added that they weren’t sure of their workplace rights to lacta …

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