Essential Pumping Breast Milk Tips You May Not Know Yet


While many of you consider breast pumping to be an easy process, that’s not always the case. There are things you need to do before, during, and after pumping to make sure you pump the right amount of milk for your little one. In this article, we’re sharing with you some essential tips get the most milk out with the safest method.

On Using Breast Shields

The first thing you need to do before pumping breast milk is to cover your nipples with breast shields. This way, you’ll be reducing the risk of cross-contamination. Then, attach the pump separately before turning it on. This will stimulate your nipples instead of causing you pain.

On Setting the Right Mood

Make sure that you’re comfortable and relaxed before starting. This is very important. You don’t want to be exhausted and expect your mammary glands to function properly. To keep you in the mood, listen to calm music, picture a beautiful memory or look at your child while pumping.

About Sore Nipples

A lot of women complain of sore nipples and painful breasts after pumping milk. This is a huge turn off for them which causes them to resort to formula milk instead.

To avoid that, check your breast pumps. Some models are known to cause some discomfort while pumping. Read all the reviews carefully and see if your products belong to that category or not. If your nipples feel sore, you can apply emollients or olive oil on them. This will soothe them up and reduce the soreness of the nipples.

If You Want To Pump More Milk

It is ideal to pump every time you want to feed your child. But if you are a working mom and you want to give your child the maximum nutrition, try to pump milk as upon waking up. It is noted that women secrete more milk in the morning than at night. Most of it has to do with the fact that women are feeling all relaxed after a good night sleep, allowing them to express milk in greater quantities.

Another great way to get the maximum milk out is to nurse your child on one breast while expressing milk from the other using a pump. This way, you will be able to save loads of time and get milk out from both breasts at the same time.

Storing Breast Milk

You can keep the breast milk in a sterilized container for up to 5 days in the lower compartment and for up to 2 weeks in the freezing compartment of your refrigerator.

For thawing breast milk, don’t throw it in a pan right away. Instead, place the container in the lower compartment of your fridge overnight or outside in your kitchen. This way, the milk will be defrosted easily and will be ready to be used the next time you want. Just don’t forget to check if the milk is still good before you actually give it to your baby.

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