* Get yourself (or rent) an electric, hospital grade, double action breast
pump. This is needed for the best results (hospital grade pumps are built to
establish milk supply) Electric breast pumps cannot be compared to hand
pumps, but can be replaced by a manual breast pump once your milk supply
* Make certain that your breasts are lubricated before
pumping. Lansinoh, olive oil and even your own breast milk will work well for this; this will
also help for sore nipples. (Do not use your own milk, if you suspect a
– it could make it worse!)
* Pump at least eight times a day.
* Have a comfortable place to pump with a pumping station already set up for you.
* Make sure that you have good back support while pumping.
* Extra flanges and bottles can help, this will reduce the need to wash them immediately after pumping.
* Don’t start any hormonal contraception pills until your milk supply is
established, and then ask for the progestin-only pill (also called the
* The speed on the pump, should be set for comfort.
* Put your pumping equipment in the refrigerator whilst not in use during
the day, this way you only need to wash it once at night.
* If you do not produce enough milk, the best thing to do, is to find a donor milk bank near you, so that you can supplement with breast milk, but it is
okay if you need to supplement with formula; just keep to your pumping
schedule and your milk supply with increase. Any amount of breast milk
will benefit your baby.
Benefits of Exclusive Pumping
The Benefits of Pumping and Feeding Expressed Milk
* It provides a way for Mom to still feed her baby precious breast milk if breastfeeding does not work out.