Learning how to use a breast pump can be a bit of a challenge for new moms. Like most things, it takes practice.
I remember the first time I used a breast pump was in the hospital, and I was LOST. It was a super nice machine, but there were so many parts. Cue the waterworks and frustration from my already erratic hormone fluctuations.
What am I missing? Well, it turns out that like breastfeeding, pumping milk requires the right positioning.
How to use a breast pump
To start, you will want to have a good breast pump, preferably a hands-free one. Here's my list of the best breast pumps on the market right now!
Next, assemble the breast pump and then position the large flange (funnel part) around your nipple.
Start off on a low setting, and work your way up to what is comfortable for you and is producing some breastmilk.
When you are first starting out, aim for 10-15 minute sessions. When your supply has fully come in, you can go for as long as 30 minutes but not any longer.
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Like I said, pumping was definitely not my strong suit. It wasn't until researching, and learning about this course from Milkology that changed everything for me.
It's a complete course on how to start exclusively pumping milk that is BEYOND helpful for those like me who struggled.
Pumping and Breastfeeding: Should I do both?
Yes! Pumping breastmilk and breastfeeding is a great idea for moms who will eventually have to return to work. Or, you would just like to have an excess supply for when you need someone to watch baby.
The best method is breastfeed first, then pump when baby is done feeding. This helps your body naturally produce more breastmilk the next time.
Store the excess breastmilk in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or the freezer for up to 6 months.
I know that was a lot of information to take in. Remember to pin this for later to look back at as often as you need. Also, check out the Milkology course for a more in-depth how to.