Just like breastfeeding, using a breast pump is something that gets easier with time. Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy would like to provide a few tips on how to best use your breast pump:
You’ll create the most amount of milk while you’re relaxed, so make sure you’re in a comfortable place when you go to pump. Give yourself enough time so that you don’t feel rushed, and make sure to have everything you need on-hand, including snacks.
- Follow a schedule.
Getting into a routine of pumping helps prepare your body for the extra demand. It also helps you manage your schedule better so you don’t find yourself in the position of being rushed.
- Physically prepare.
This can be done by using a warm compress or gently massaging your breasts. Doing so encourages the let-down reflex, making milk flow more freely.
- Suction appropriately.
You don’t want the suction to be so high that you’re in pain. The pressure should be high enough that you feel a slight discomfort, but not to the point of causing you pain.
- Use the right breast shield.
This is the funnel-looking device that comes with your breast pump. It should surround your nipple but still leave enough space that your nipple doesn’t rub against the wall of the shield. Many breast pumps come with different sizes, so be sure to use the right one.
- Pump each breast.
Double breast pumps are good because they not only allow you to cut down on your total pump time, but they also allow you to produce more prolactin, which in turn helps you produce more milk. If you have a single pump, make sure you alternate between both breasts during the pumping session.
- Use your baby as inspiration.
Some mothers find it easier to express milk when they have their baby nearby. If you can’t be physically near your little one, have a picture or a recording of them on-hand to create a similar easement while pumping.
- Stop pumping if it becomes painful.
Using a breast pump should never be painful. If it is, stop immediately and call your lactation consultant.
Here at Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy we want moms to achieve success during their breast-feeding journey. If you have any questions on products or usage tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. For those of you who are ready to buy or upgrade your breast pump, we have a wide selection in our online catalog.