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Many women now work away from their homes. This can
make it hard for a mother to give her baby nothing but breast
milk during the first 6 months.
Working mothers need help.
Some jobs allow a mother to bring
her baby for a few months. This
makes breastfeeding the
easiest. If a mother has child
care nearby, she might be
able to breastfeed during
the day, on her breaks.
Some employers organize
child-care centers so that
parents can have their
children close by.
But he could
➤ A working mother
should not have to
choose between her
work and her child’s
Here are some ways to make sure your baby
gets only breast milk while you are at work:
Keep your baby
nearby for 6 months.
Or have someone bring the
baby to you at feeding time.
When you are with your baby, feed it only from your
breasts. If you sleep with the baby at night, it may feed
more, and this will help you to make enough milk.
Some women ask a friend or a relative, like the baby’s
grandmother, to breastfeed their baby. If you want another
woman to breastfeed your baby, she should be tested
for HIV and have no risk of becoming infected while
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