7 Tips on Pumping Breast Milk

The process of pumping breastmilk is vital for nursing mothers. The process allows the nursing mother to create a plentiful supply of breastmilk for their baby and the opportunity to enjoy a little freedom. The liberation and freedom alone are worth confronting the fear of the unknown in terms of pumping breast milk.

I was at first terrified at the thought of using a breast pump. I looked at this bizarre contraption and thought there is not any way I could do it. I made a definitive decision, and I armed myself with an education in the proper techniques, in expressing breastmilk. To my astonishment, I learned a wealth of tips along the way.

My Tips for Pumping Breast Milk

Tip #1-  Education

A wealth of resources is available to women during pregnancy. A lactation specialist is among the top of the resources. The specialists offer educational programs for expectant mothers who wish to breastfeed. The educational programs demonstrate techniques and options utilized through breastmilk expression.

I attended classes which were additional and not covered through insurance. I learned a vast amount of information that set my mind at ease. The specialists present lactation lessons based on every woman, but they offer specialized information based on the needs of individuals. I possessed unique needs after my second pregnancy due to cystic fibroid disease. I received the necessary information based on the milk expression process which benefited my personal needs.

Tip # 2 – Selecting the Right Breast Pump

The selection of the right breast pump is vital to breastfeeding mothers. I am a stickler for perfection, which led me to try out numerous breast pump models. The venture was expensive but well worth it. I discovered that the Phillips Avent models were the best for me. The breast pump accommodated the issues I faced with cystic fibroid disease and addressed my need for latex free breast flanges.

Women who face this decision evaluate their personal breast pump needs. The evaluation presents a moment of pause and introspection that allows the woman to make a sound decision. The additional information provides for a full evaluation resulting in the purchase of an idyllic breast pump.

Tip #3 – Setting a Schedule

A breast pumping schedule is highly beneficial. The best option is to start the schedule immediately. I fed my babies every three hours in the beginning. A schedule of every three hours is the best starting point in the early days. I started my breast pumping schedule at 6 am, and I napped while my babies slept. The starting time is up to the individual woman; it is best to express milk based on the feeding schedule.

I found that after my babies slept through the night I could alter my schedule easily. I expressed my breast milk upon waking and every four to five hours. A trick to aid in the milk expression process is to drink extra water. Working mothers with unpredictable schedules possess the ability to speed up the process by consuming additional fluids. The additional fluids cause the breast to fill quickly with breastmilk, and they allow the woman to express her milk almost instantaneously.

Tip #4 – Storage Options

A vast number of breast pumps are available with storage totes. Some storage totes provide enough space for a day’s worth of milk expression. Working mothers benefit the most from these options. I found that a medium sized cooler worked as well as the storage totes and provided better security. Every woman is different, and this choice is a matter of personal preference.

Tip #5 – Breast Care

I used moisturizing soaps and warm water to clean my nipples after breastfeeding and milk expression. These soaps are gentle and prevent the nipples from drying out. A lactation specialist suggested I rub fresh breastmilk on my nipples after breastfeeding. The advice was helpful, and the breastmilk was soothing. She told me that lanolin cream was the most beneficial option for irritation and cracking.

New mothers unaware of latex allergies discover cracking and bleeding of their nipples following contact with latex breast flanges. The lanolin cream remedies these breast related issues. A warm compress provides an additionally soothing effect for the adverse, allergic reaction, and it is beneficial for engorged breasts.

Tip #6 – Relaxation Techniques

I learned that a few relaxation techniques provide extra comfort during the pumping of breastmilk. I listened to soothing music featuring seagulls and waves crashing to relax. A baby blanket calms anxious mothers, and it is a beneficial relaxation technique. A blanket which smells of baby lotion and powder calms mothers while they are away from their babies.

Tip #7 – The Duration of Breastfeeding

A baby receives the full benefits of breastfeeding by six months of age. Most pediatricians suggest that mother begin weaning their babies at this age. The babies begin to develop teeth around or shortly after this age. A mother who continues to breastfeed after six months runs the risk of harming the baby’s teeth. I stopped breastfeeding at six and one half months.

In conclusion, the benefits of these tips are vast. An education in breastfeeding prior to delivery provides an expectant mother with the necessary skill set needed. The educational programs provide extensive information, which covers each of these concepts. The entire process makes breastfeeding and pumping breastmilk an overall pleasant experience for every woman.

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