Many of our customers who rent the MEDELA Symphony breastpump do so because they are going to have a shorter parental leave and want to continue breastpumping when they go back to work.
The MEDELA website recently published a page on ways to make breastpumping while being away from your baby successful. There are lots of good tips for how to get the most out of that new routines.
From personal experience, I know many of those tips work. When my twins were born early and had to stay in the hospital for a few weeks, I had to pump whenever I was away from them and then bring the milk back to the hospital to feed them.
One of the things MEDELA recommends is having a picture or video of your baby on when you are pumping as it has been proven to help stimulate the milk ejection reflex. I definitely found more success pumping when the babies were in the same room than when I was alone without them. A picture or video is the next best thing if you can’t be with them.