During their breastfeeding period, many mothers will use a breast pump. When women return to work, some will use pumps, while others will pump occasionally, while others will pump exclusively.
Having to pump is not very exciting for most moms and they see it more as a necessity than as a choice. In spite of the fact that pumping breast milk is not necessarily a chore or a pain, you may never enjoy it. The following tips will help you make pumping easier, increase the amount of milk and generally make pumping more efficient.
Tips for Pumping Breast Milk
The following tips will help you to cope with the stress of pumping as a mom.
1. Choose the best breast pump for your needs
Breast pumps offered by Ameda include features designed to make pumping as comfortable and convenient as possible for both mom and baby. Pumping both breasts at the same time is easier and faster with our models.
Breast pumps are now covered by most insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act. More insurance companies are accepting Ameda Direct. All you have to do is fill out a simple form, and we’ll get you a quality breast pump that fits your needs.
2. Identify the proper flange size
Standard breast pump flanges measure 24 millimeters and attach to the breast to drain the milk. Depending on the size of your breasts, the flange may need to be adjusted to accommodate your larger or smaller breasts.
When a flange does not fit properly, milk production can be decreased or milk ducts can become clogged. If the standard-size of flange does not work for you, try the next smaller size.
If you pump while your areola is being drawn in, your nipple should move freely in the flange. The flange can be made larger or smaller if you are getting too much areola or if it is too tight on your nipple.
3. Schedule pumping
There is a need for milk every three to four hours for most babies. By pumping at least three hours a day, you’ll be able to get the most out of your pumping sessions.
Breast milk production is highest in the morning, so start pumping as early as possible. Continue pumping throughout the day as needed.
Ten to fifteen minutes should be allotted for each pumping session. It is recommended that you pump eight to ten times a day to achieve the best results.
4. Drink lots of water and eat healthy snacks
Breastfeeding requires your body to consume extra calories and water. You can increase your breast milk production by eating a nutritious snack while pumping. Pack several water bottles along with apple slices, string cheese, or nuts in your breast pump bag for healthy snacking.
5. Let-down is encouraged
When their baby is not present, some moms have difficulty letting down their milk. Massage your breast gently in a circular motion while thinking about your baby and relaxing to encourage your milk to let-down.
The picture of the baby helps many moms concentrate while pumping away from home. You can help your breast pump bag by including a small picture.
6. Set Up Your Nursing Station
The first step in setting up your pumping area is to ensure that you are comfortable while you are doing so, whether you are pumping away from home or after nursing your baby in the nursery.
If you feel uncomfortable covering up while pumping, keep a small blanket or cardigan nearby. You can keep yourself occupied and relaxed while pumping with a good book. To prevent muscle tension or fatigue, sit comfortably in a supportive chair.
How to Increase Milk Supply Through Pumping: Tips for Moms
It can be challenging to increase your milk supply while still nursing your baby at home. Your baby may not have nursed on one side so you may want to try pumping on the side where your baby did not nurse. You might also try pumping every three hours during the night while your baby sleeps, or pump on the side your baby did not nurse on.