Pumping Breast Milk 101

Mothers want only the best for the baby, hence their preference only for breast milk but there are times that mothers have to go and leave the house for errands and for employment. Babies still need breast milk so mothers need to learn the basic of pumping breast milk. You must be aware that pumping breast milk only becomes a chore when you do not know what to do. The following tips below should help you have an idea on how to properly express milk.

Note: Before babies are introduced to bottle-feeding, make sure they are already accustomed to breast-feeding. This is because you need your child to suckle from time to time in order to stimulate your brain to produce milk.

When pumping breast milk you may either use an electric pump or a manual pump. However, choosing the right pump is entirely dependent on your needs, if you need to pump everyday, then switch to electric and if you need to pump from time to time, then the manual pump is enough.

Expressing milk through an electric breast pump is easy, you should just use a breast shield on the nipple and the machine would automatically suction the milk. This is the same with a manual breast pump with the only difference is that you have to squeeze it manually without the help of a motor. Most breast pumps mimic the sucking motion of a baby and it will not cause too much pain than it normally does. There is no discomfort however you should always placed the phalanges properly because if one commits a mistake, it might lead to irritation and accidental self-pinching. If there is irritation or engorgement that occurs after pumping breast milk, better use a breast feeding nipple cream or simply rub small amounts of milk over the affected area.

When it comes to storing milk, be sure to keep the milk in amounts that your baby normally consumes. If the baby consumes an average of 3 ounces, then the storage amount should always equitable to what the baby takes in. The milk should sit first after pumping breast milk before storing it at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.