Show less Pumping breast milk makes life a lot easier when you're nursing a little one. It allows you to store as little or as much milk as you want so you can provide for your baby's feeding schedule during times when you can't be there or just need a break.
The convenient contraption can do a lot more than allow you to fill a bottle with your breast milk. A breast pump is also handy for storing a backlog of milk in your freezer, helping to keep your milk supply flowing and prevent engorgement. But for new moms, the process of pumping breast milk can seem intimidating.
Learning how to use a breast pump can take time and dedication, but is well worth the effort. Read our expert breast pumping tips to help set you on the path to successful expressing. Like any skill worth having, it might take you a bit of time to get the hang of using a breast pump.
However, if you feel you do have low breast milk supply, there are a few ways to address this concern. Your breast milk is produced on a supply and demand basis. How often and how much milk is removed from the breast are the main factors that determine how much milk will be made.
Returning to work after maternity leave can be stressful since it's often the first time you're away from your precious babe for extended periods. Plus, if you're a breastfeeding mama, navigating how to pump breast milk while adjusting to this new routine often complicates things further. As a lactation counselor and doula, I help parents navigate both the practical and the emotional side of returning to work—whether that's getting the hang of workplace pumping, adjusting to a new sleep schedule, or perfecting their milk storage method.
We recommend breastfeeding as much as possible. It is the best way to feed your baby. However we understand that not every mom can feed on demand and be with their baby 24 hours a day.
The first time you hold your baby, you count their fingers and toes. You watch their little chest rise and fall with each breath they take. You kiss the top of their fuzzy head.
It is important to express your milk to establish and maintain milk supply if your baby is not nursing at all or not nursing well. See Got Milk? Note: Premature infants are certainly not the only breastfed babies who have problems nursing at the breast, but much of the writing and research in this area involves premature babies and their mothers. Talk to your lactation consultant about adapting these guidelines for older babies.
There are times when mothers are separated from their child for work or for school. It is important to know that you can still provide milk for your child when you are away and you can maintain your breastfeeding relationship. How long you are apart from you baby influences this decision.
Whether you're heading back to work or heading out for an evening, most new mamas eventually need a break from breastfeeding. Enter the breast pump. This handy tool not only allows you to fill a bottle with your precious milk, but it can also help maintain your milk supply, relieve engorgement and create a backup stash for your freezer. Pumping might seem daunting at first tubes and flanges and suction, oh my!