Breast-feeding is the way that your baby can have all the nutrients necessary for your baby to grow healthy. Maternal milk is the only necessary drink and food your baby needs during the first months of life. This is how he or she will get strong. But we know that it is not every woman who has milk. And in this case, what are women supposed to do? Women who don't have milk or who don't have enough milk to feed their babies can count on breast pumps. It gives an experience of breastfeeding to the mother. It also ensures that her baby receives breast milk, which is best for her child. Here are some breast pumping tips for moms who pump frequently.
Tips for moms who pump frequently:
- When you pump frequently, relaxation is the key because when you stressed out, it may affect milk production. So, find a quiet place to pump, so you feel comfortable and can relax.
- If you are far away from your baby, then keeping your baby’s photo or your baby’s clothes can help you stimulate let down.
- Don’t consider longer and less-frequent pumping session. Short and frequent pumping sessions are helpful for you if you pump frequently.
Pumping Tips at WorkIf you are working mom and make your pumping session more enjoyable and smoother, then consider following these tips.
- Make a pumping schedule and follow it. When you plan to pump breaks beforehand, your co-workers will be less likely to schedule meetings during this time. So you can pump with a relaxed mind.
- Keep a second breast pump with you are your workplace. This way, you have less to transport every day.
- Use a wearable breast pump or hand-free breast pump for pumping at work. It is easy to use and gives you a smoother and hassle-free pumping experience.
- Keep some parts in a clean bag at work for backup. If you forget bottle, flanges or connector, then you can pump without any worries. But if you are not extra-prepared or can’t keep extra parts then keep a manual breast pump with you as a backup.
- Bear in mind that pump in hygienic setting and directly into the milk storage bottles and transfer the breast milk into the storage bags. Try to transfer it into storage bags as soon as possible because when milk cools, then fats can separate into layers. It can make it difficult for your transfer into the bag easily. Consider storing breast milk in the small batches. This way, you can easily defrost the milk. If you store 2 to 4 oz. Then you can quickly and easily defrost the milk.
Pumping Schedule: How Often to PumpIt depends on various factors and your situation. It depends on your baby’s age and how your body reacts to breast pumping. Let’s have a look at some general guidelines:
- If you occasionally pump then pumping once a day is enough.
- If you are a working mom and pump more often, build up a stash. You can pump one to two times a day and store 2-4 ounces at a time.
1-6 months baby: Pump after every 2 to 3 hours with at least 4 to 5 hours break at night.
Six months to 1 year: Once your child starts solid food, pump less frequently. Pump after 3 to 4 hours is enough.
Not all women can store the same quality of breast milk. Every woman has different milk storage capacity, and each mother can figure out how frequent pumping she requires to sustain her milk supply. From 0 to 6 months, all babies require the same amount of milk, i.e. between 25 ounces to 35 ounces of breast milk. This amount decreases when baby starts solids. Baby starts solid at the age of 6 months.
How much milk will I need each day?Babies (age 6 weeks to 6 months) usually consume 1 ounce or 30ml milk per hour when separated from their moms. If you are working mom and separated from your infant for 10 hours, then we recommend you to provide 10 ounces to 12 ounces of breast milk to your caregiver or nanny. However, some infants need more breastmilk. You must evaluate other suitable feeding cues with nanny or caregiver because maternal milk is not offered at every fuss or cry. This is the one-third of breastmilk that your baby will consume every day. The rest of his/her consumption will be directly from breastfeeding when you return home. However, some babies will reverse cycle feed; in doing so; they get their main calorie consumption in the nights. Moms should be aware of reverse cycle feed and welcome it because they can maintain their milk supply.
Tips for Increasing Milk ProductionIf you are looking for increasing your milk production, then follow the below tips to see faster results.
- Pump more often. Approximately 8 to 12 pumping per day can boost milk production for most mothers.
- Pumping longer can also boost milk production but not more than 15 to 20 minutes. Pump until your breast is no longer feel full or softened.
- Check the breast shield size and change them after some time.
- Massage your breasts during or before pumping session.
- Don’t forget to hand express after each pumping session
- Consult to your healthcare provider or lactation consultant to boost milk supply if necessary.