Maternal-infant separation and breast-feeding. The return to work or school

J Reprod Med. 1985 Jul;30(7):523-6.


Breast feeding is now practiced by more than 50% of new mothers, many of whom return to work or school within six to eight weeks postpartum. Their breast-feeding experience need not, and should not, be terminated because of this temporary, though regular, separation from their infants. The obstetrician has a role in facilitating continued breast-feeding after the return to work or school. Counseling these patients should include a discussion of hand expression and breast pumping, the means of storing human milk, infant changes related to regular maternal absences and avoiding exhaustion.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Counseling
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Maternal Behavior*
  • Milk, Human
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Pregnancy
  • Time Factors
  • Weaning
  • Women*
  • Women, Working*