I returned to work full time when my daughter was four months old and pumped for her every day until she was 15 months. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done but my Medela honestly never let me down and was the perfect size to take to work every day and when I had to travel.
I have always had an oversupply (which comes with its own challenges) and was soaking everything — clothes, wraps, the couch — with milk every feed. I’m so thankful to my lactation consultant who suggested the Haakaa, it really helped ease engorgement in the first few weeks and, while I had to be careful not to further increase my supply, it was such a great tool to help me through the first six or so weeks — and I had a literal freezer full of milk as a result.
For my postpartum care, I used a peri bottle and snap to freeze maternity pads which are so worth the investment. Also, a nourishing nipple balm is so important and I was lucky to have discovered the beautiful Being brand for my third breastfeeding journey. These were the things I did to prepare for postpartum, as well as spending big on food and support. It made the world of difference.