A well-furnished lactation room will provide a space that is private and clean, preferably with a lock on the door. There should be an electric outlet, a comfortable place for mom to sit, and a table where she can place her pump. It is helpful to have a sink to wash hands and pump parts and also nice to have a microwave for sterilizing equipment or warming up lunch for mom. Although it is not necessary because mom can keep their pumped milk in a cooler pack, a refrigerator is a nice addition to a lactation room where mom can store her milk. Some lactation rooms also have parenting magazines, lockers, paper towels, a mirror and a clock.
If your workplace does not offer these types of accommodations, don't be afraid to ask if there is some place where you can pump in private. If your employer is unwilling to accommodate you, don't despair. Where there is a will, there is a way! Try to find the cleanest, most private place you can. The most important thing is that you are pumping your milk to leave for your baby when you are apart. If your employer is not supportive of your pumping by giving you established break times, try to pump as much as you can a few times a day. It is important to note that the length of a pumping session is not as important in this situation—it is stimulating your breasts to encourage them to make milk.
Because it is very common for new breastfeeding mothers to have many breastfeeding or pumping-related questions and not know where to turn for trusted information, Lansinoh created a bilingual (Spanish and English) instructional/educational video that is also included with the Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump.
In addition to instructions about the breast pump itself, the video features interviews with two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who offer expert advice, suggestions and words of encouragement on pumping. By watching the video, Lansinoh hopes you will have a better understanding of how to pump, when to pump and what to expect.