There are so many reasons why you should use a breast pump. Apart from the fact that it can stimulate your breasts to start producing milk, it can also maintain or even increase your milk supply. But what if you experience breast pain while pumping?
Well, there are a lot of things you can do to relieve pain or avoid it in the first place. Here are some of them:
Keep your pumps clean
Keeping your breast pumps clean is one way to prevent bacteria from contaminating them. When you are able to prevent your pumps from becoming contaminated, you will also be able to avoid cracked nipples and breast infection.
Position the breasts carefully
Make sure that your nipples are not off-center of the flange. Otherwise, they will look and feel like they’ve been bruised after pumping.
Pump at the right speed
Pumping at a fast rate can only hurt your breasts. It can also cause less milk to be expressed. So, make sure to pump on low speed and don’t apply to much suction.
Don’t pump for a long time
Spending 10 minutes for each breast should be enough. If you still aren’t getting enough milk, you can pump for a maximum of 15 minutes for each breast. Pumping longer than that can leave your breasts and nipples sore.