- Make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. Relaxing will help the milk flow.
- Be gentle while working with your breasts. Make sure that the
suctioning speed and level are comfortable as not to hurt your nipples
or breast tissue.
- Make sure that the breast cup fits your specific breast size. If they are too small they might restrict the flow of milk.
- If your milk takes a while to start flowing you can think of baby
while you pump or keep baby nearby so that you can look at him or sing
to him…this brings on the hormone oxytocin which help with let down. Be
patient, it can take quite a while…especially in the beginning.
- How many ounces of breast milk should I be pumping? There is no
specific time period that you need to pump, and there is no specific
amount of milk that you need to express during a pumping
session…everyone is different. The average time spent expressing is
between 30 – 45 minutes.
- A breast pump can be kept in the fridge for later use during the day,
but should always be sterilized with hot water and soap at least once
Pumping does not stimulate a mother's breasts as well as a baby does and
therefore her milk supply might drop a lot if she only pumps, but
exclusive pumping is possible and has been done successfully by many
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