A mother may want to pump extra breast milk for times when she needs a break or if
her husband or other family members would like to feed the baby. This is great because Mom can get some rest, while Dad has some bonding time with his baby.
Pumping can be used as a way of increasing breast milk production if your milk supply is low.
Expressed milk is often useful, if the mother is unable to breastfeed her baby due to prematurity or sucking issues.
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.
Ensure 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 your baby
whilst you pump or have your baby nearby, so that you can look at him/her; his brings on the hormone Oxytocin, which helps to encourage a "let down".
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 moms.