Remember that breast pumping output does not indicate whether you
have enough breast milk or not. A baby will always remove more breast
milk than a breast pump.
Pumping while breastfeeding can be a challenge, but it does get
easier as you practice. When pumping breast milk, the main things to
look out for are relaxation, hydration and nutrition. Other than these, here are a few tips that will make pumping a little easier…
You should start pumping milk a few weeks before you return to work, this will allow you to build a back-up supply of milk.
Most working mothers find that they keep their milk supply up easier, when using an electric, double action breast pump.
It’s always best to keep a pumping schedule, so that your body becomes accustomed to pumping times.
Mornings are a great time to pump the most milk, many mothers find they have more milk in the morning, than the rest of the day.
Let your employer know that you are planning to pump at work. Ask for a private room and make sure that there is a refrigerator for storing your breast milk. If you cannot get a private place to pump, you can always pump at your desk with a nursing cover.
Nurse your baby whenever you get a chance at home. Some babies may start drinking more in the evenings, than what they do during the day. This is called reverse cycling.
Will pumping increase milk supply? Yes, any extra stimulation to the breast will increase supply as long as it does not replace the baby’s suckling; pumping should be done between feedings.
If pumping is the only means of increasing supply, the mother will need to pump more often.
Pump more frequently, rather than longer periods at a time.
Do not skip a session of pumping.
Comfort nursing (non nutritive feeding) is great for helping to increase supply.
Pumping both breasts at once, has been found to help release more hormones during pumping, therefore, increasing milk output at each session. There are special double breast pump sets available for this purpose.
Pump at least every two hours or less.
Pumping one breast while breastfeeding, can help with milk flow too.
Herbs that can be combined with pumping to increase milk supply.