How to Return to Work and Continue to Breastfeed:

A Step-by-Step Method to Working, Pumping and Protecting Your Breastfeeding Relationship

Are you feeling anxious about returning to work after having your baby?

  • Have you heard countless stories about breastfeeding moms that went back to work and were forced to supplement with formula when they didn’t want to because they “lost their milk?”
  • Are you panicking because you have no idea how you will work and pump as many times as the baby breastfeeds?
  • Are you feeling really sad about leaving your baby?
  • Do you worry that between the demands of work, baby, home, husband and self there isn’t enough of you to go around?  That you will be selling everyone around you short?

You know that you want or need to return to work, you know you want to continue to breastfeed, but you have no idea how you are supposed to make all of that happen!

That’s where I come in.  My name is Katie Madden and I have been helping women breastfeed and pump for over a decade. But, it was only recently that I discovered the key to working and pumping success. The reality was that even though I taught women all the technical components of returning to work like how to pump, how to store milk and how to defrost milk, none of them were able to really hear what I was saying. They were too distracted by how ambivalent they were about returning to work and how sad they were about leaving their baby. I realized that before she could talk about the technical, she had to explore the emotional. Once I realized that, I started to make big, meaningful changes in the lives of the women I was teaching.  They headed back to work with confidence, they pumped plenty of milk for their babies and they enjoyed a long breastfeeding relationship. That’s when I created the 4 step method that made returning to work successful:

This is the solution for every breastfeeding mom returning to work. 

Here is how the program works:

The Pumpin Mama’s Blueprint is delivered right to your inbox in 4 weekly steps. Plus 2 additional coaching emails to keep you on track each week.

handbook graphicYou will receive the original digital download  of  The Pumpin’ Mama’s Handbook filled 46+ pages of  all the information, worksheets and resources you need to complete the program and pump plenty!



audio_icon Each week you will have access to Katie Madden’s candid, humorous and practical advice via audio recording to guide you through the steps. You will have access to the recordings for 6 weeks.



Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 4.26.54 PMYou will view 8 of Katie’s own professionally produced instructional video library  that shows you exactly how to bottle-feed  your baby, fit your nipples for the correct sized pump flange, master hands-on-pumping and express the optimal amount of milk.


FB logoYou will enjoy membership in the private, exclusive Pumpin’ Mama’s Facebook Page moderated by Katie and populated by a ton amazing community of mamas who have completed this course in the past and are at different stages of their working and pumping journey. This is a highly actively page and immeasurably valuable component of the course.


adobe downloadBonus Digital Downloads!

  • “Notes for the childcare provider:  How to Bottle Feed a Breastfed Baby” Instructions directly to your childcare provider about how you want your child fed.
  • “Pumpin’ Mama’s Pumpin’ Log” to keep track of your pumping output to make sure you are able to assess your milk production weekly and identify supply problems early
  •  “Eating for Energy Assessment” Figure out which foods fuel you and which foods drain you so you can feed your body ideal foods when you are at work.
  • “Pumpin’ Mama’s FAQs”- dozens of questions asked and answered by the Pumpin’ Mama’s Facebook Community over past years.
  • “Pumpin’ Mama’s Recipes”- A collection of favorite recipes from past Pumpin’ Mamas.

email iconUNLIMITED ACCESS to the Pumpin’ Mama’s program.  That means you can do this class over and over again with every change you wish to make and you can use it again for future children for free! Each request is valid for 6 weeks!

shannon-and-skye-225x300 “As an attorney practicing corporate litigation at a Wilmington law firm, I tend to have an unpredictable schedule and often work long  hours.  I was nervous about continuing to breastfeed once I returned to work from maternity leave.  After taking Katie’s class, I feel confident about my ability to breastfeed my baby when I return to work. Thanks to Katie, I have a plan for continuing to provide breastmilk to my baby even though I have to be at work during the day. If I had not taken this class, I would not have been prepared for the demands of being a pumping mama!” — Shannon and Skye

  • You do not have to struggle to “squeeze enough pumps in.”
  • You do not have to feel pressured by your daycare provider to bring in more and more bottles.
  • You do not need to feel scared that you will lose your milk.
  • You do not have to feel exhausted, overwhelmed and confused.
  • You do not have to feel isolated and alone in this, even if you are the only person at work pumping!

I created The Pumpin’ Mama’s Blueprint.  This one of a kind program gives you the step by step formula to go back to work and continue to breastfeed.

Here’s the transformation you can look forward to in this 4 step program:

  • You will feel knowledgable about everything you need to know to maintain breastfeeding for as long as you desire.
  • You will know exactly how much milk you need stored in your freezer before you return to work and how to get it there.
  • You will know exactly how much milk to send with baby to daycare and how to instruct your childcare provider to feed that milk to your baby in order to protect breastfeeding.
  • You will have a clear plan about how many times a day you will need to pump while you are at work and when exactly you will fit those pumps into your hectic daily routine.
  • You will know exactly how to determine if your milk supply is dropping and you will know what steps to take to save your milk supply.
  • You will have the tools to cope with the mix of emotions that accompany being a working mother.
  • You will know how to take good care of yourself in order to avoid fatigue and over exhaustion.
  • You will feel clear about why you are returning to work at all, even if you really don’t want to leave your baby.
  • You will learn the best foods to eat to increase energy and protect your milk supply
  • You will know what to specifically ask your partner to do in order to make your transition back to work easier and avoid burn out.
  • You will feel supported and loved by Katie Madden and the Pumpin’ Mama’s Community.

This program is perfect for you if…

  • You are a breastfeeding mother who is returning to work full time or part time.
  • Your child is staying with a family member, in a daycare center or home daycare or with a nanny.
  • You hope to continue to breastfeed while at home with your baby and pump to provide breastmilk in a bottle while apart from your baby.
  • You have an oversupply of milk and you don’t want to make your oversupply worse.
  • You have a low milk supply and you don’t want to lose any more of your milk.
  • You have an average milk supply and you don’t want to fall short of your baby’s needs.
  • You have hectic, stressful or non traditional schedule such as long hours, shift work or travel requirements.
  • You have no idea how many times you are supposed to pump nor how much milk your baby is supposed to drink from a bottle.
  • You are committed to making breastfeeding and working successful.

The program is not for you if…

  • You exclusively feed your baby formula
  • You don’t feel strongly about making breastfeeding and working successful
  • You aren’t willing to look at this transition holistically- mind, body, heart and boobies.

Next Steps

  1. Invest in your breastfeeding success. The ideal time to sign up for this course is about 4-6 weeks before your first day of work.
  2. Register now and commit to making breastfeeding and working successful!
  3. You have worked so hard at becoming a Breastfeeding Mama, now invest in your success as a Pumpin’ Mama!

Most breastfeeding moms who return to work struggle to make enough milk.  It is estimated that 80% of breastfeeding moms who return to work QUIT breastfeeding within a few months of their return!

These women have been fed three myths about working and pumping:

Myth #1:  The  Bigger Baby, Bigger Bottle Myth The daycare provider is telling you that your baby should be eating a larger volume of milk in each bottle, even though you aren’t pumping that much.

Fact:  Most daycare providers are comparing your breastfed baby to a formula fed baby. Formula fed babies eat more volume than breastfed babies everyday and they tend to eat larger volumes in their bottles less frequently. You will not pump more milk as your baby gets older and your baby does not need to eat more milk as he gets older (believe it or not!).  Therefore, if your daycare provider is calling the shots instead of you, your breastfeeding relationship is potentially in danger.

Myth #2: The Every 2-3 Hour Pumping Myth.  If you don’t pump every 2-3 hours at work just like the baby nurses at home, you will lose your milk.  Since it is virtually impossible to pump that often at work, it is impossible to pump enough to keep your milk supply up.

Fact: Your daily number of pumpings needs to equal the number of breastfeedings your baby misses in a day. Those pumpings can be done anytime.  After breastfeeding in the morning, while driving to work, before you go to bed, or at work.  That means you have a ton of flexibility in your work schedule.

Myth #3: Pumping, working and breastfeeding are more exhausting than you can handle.  There is no way you will be able to work all day, pump, breastfeed in the evening and night and survive, let alone thrive.  If you formula feed, you will be less tired because your husband can help out more.

Fact: No matter whether you breastfeed or formula feed, being a working mother is exhausting.  If you make self care a priority, ask your partner to share the load and limit extraneous obligations you will have the energy and stamina to be a working, pumping mother.

Those women who you know who went back to work and lost their breastfeeding relationship didn’t have the support and knowledge they needed to succeed… but  you can!

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Jen and mesa“I am so happy I took the Pumpin Mama’s class. When the class was finished I had the knowledge to deal with the many issues that arise when separating from my baby. I think I would have faced many more issues with breastfeeding and working if I hadn’t taken this class. It prepared me to keep up my supply of milk while pumping, to be ok with leaving her and confident that everything will be fine, not great but fine . Its hard going back to work but this class helped me be much more comfortable with it emotionally as well as physically. I highly recommend this class to anyone going back to work and breastfeeding. – Jennifer & Mesa

megan“I participated in Katie’s Pumpin’ Mamas Blueprint class a few weeks before my return to work. This class  should be mandatory for any mother who is transitioning back to the workforce with an infant at home. Period. It made a remarkable difference for me. It not only gave me all the tips and tricks of pumping, but it helped me prepare emotionally for what was to come. As a second time mom (first time breastfeeding mom), I knew how hard it would be to leave my baby, and it was no easier the second time around. But this time was different because I had strategies to cope that Katie taught us and a support network. When my confidence starts to waver, I have materials to refer back to which helps to strengthen my resolve to be a proud pumpin momma. Leaving my babies has been the hardest thing as a parent I have had to endure, and Katie’s class softens the blow and helped me realize that I can do both — be a great mom and work outside my home — knowing that this is the right choice for my family. I have Katie to thank for this peace of mind.” – Megan & Shawn