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A Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Breast Pumping

After the roller coaster adventure of pregnancy and giving birth, you are now slowly going back to your routine.

This means going back to work.

Wait, did I say work?

“How about my baby? Shouldn’t I continue breastfeeding him?”

Unfortunately, a lot of women have this concern. If not work, it is house errands and taking care of their other kids that take up a lot of their time and energy.

This is why so many mothers choose to use breast pumps.

When do you need to breast pump?

Most of the time, mothers opt to breast pumping because they need to start transitioning back to work soon. Breast pumps are a great way to keep your baby’s supply coming without having to be there all the time.

Another reason are “oversupply” of breast milk. When moms notice that they are producing more milk than their baby consumes, they use breast pump to extract milk for the newborn to consume later on.

It is also a good thing to do when you want to divide the work with your partner. Let’s say, you agree that they feed the baby at night so you can catch up with your sleep.

Benefits of breast pumping

Breastfeeding not only benefits the child, it will also do great things for the mother. For one, it decreases the chance of developing breast cancer. Other medical conditions are also avoided because of breastfeeding.

If you choose to breast pump, you are continuing to receive such benefits. Your work doesn’t have to stop you from experiencing them.

Breast pumps are also great when your baby has difficulties latching on to your nipples. If you can’t feed your baby through your breast, there are other methods such as this.

Babies who have medical conditions can also benefit from breast pumping.

Things to look out for

If you decide to breast pump, there are important things you need to look out for. The dangers of breast pumping include:

Mold

Mold can develop in the bottles or other materials used if you are not careful enough. You, your baby, and the rest of the family can have allergic reaction to these mold and the last thing you want is for any of you to suffer from diseases that can be avoided.

The best way to deal with molds is prevention. Once it has started to grow on your pumping kit, it’s kind of hard to sanitize it. Not to mention the fact that you’re not sure which of your expressed milk is already contaminated.

Have a cleaning routine and be faithful to it. Never neglect a part thinking it’s okay. I know it can be tiring sometimes but you’d be dealing with a much bigger problem if you give in to the temptation of taking a shortcut.

Damaged nipples and breast tissue

Using the wrong breast pump can cause damage to your nipples and breast tissues. There are a number of reasons why you don’t want that to happen.

For one, it means you’ll be in pain. And second, you may have to deal with it for quite a long time because of an infection so it will prevent you from providing breast milk for your baby.

Make sure that you get the right breast pump. If ever you start to develop rashes, there are creams you can get from the market. But before using any of them, it’s best to consult your physician about it.

Blocked ducts

Breast pumping is different from direct breast feeding in a way that babies are more effective in draining out milk from their mothers’ breasts. Breast pumping, on the other hand, clogs milk that can cause an infection.

You’d know if you have a blocked duct if there’s a hard portion on your breast that appears swollen and elicits pain when you touch it. It is usually red and can, in some cases, cause nausea and even fever.

If you suspect of developing a blocked duct, we recommend that you consult your doctor about it. Before then, you should go back to direct breastfeeding.

Breast pumping myths

Myth 1: It is painful

I’ve heard a lot of moms complain about how painful breast pumping is and for the longest time I believed that pain and expressing breast milk just go hand in hand.

It doesn’t.

It’s only painful if you’re using the wrong breast pump or it’s on the wrong setting.

Myth 2: It’s creating an irrevocable distance between you and your baby

Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding is not the only way moms and babies bond. If it is, we’d all need to breastfeed 24 hours a day non-stop.

Breast pumping does not damage your relationship with your baby. There are cuddles, bath time, eating time, nap time, and so many other activities that promote a healthy bond between you two.

Myth 3: It will suck out all of your milk

If anything, it helps you have constant supply of breastmilk. According to studies and personal experiences of many moms, pumping after direct breastfeeding can actually help them produce more milk.

Types of breast pump

Manual breast pumps

These pumps are operated by hand and are much preferred by moms who want an inexpensive pumping kit. Another advantage is it’s very easy to store because of its small size. However, one downside of using this type of breast pump is you’d have to exert a lot of effort to express breast milk.

Electric breast pumps

These breast pumps are the best option for moms who need to pump a lot. They are more powerful than the manual pumps and can be operated very easily. It can also save a great deal of time, so perfect for busy mothers. But one important consideration is its price because it can be quite expensive.

Battery-operated breast pumps

This is what you should choose if you don’t want to use the manual pumps but can’t also go for the electric pump because of its price. However, this type of pump doesn’t perform as strong as the first two we’ve mentioned. This is good only if you aim to breast pump once or twice a day.

How to store it

Storing your expressed milk after pumping is very important. You need to place it in a secure container and you need a system that guides you which one should be used now and which one is for later. For this, we encourage you to watch this video to learn a thing or two on how you can effectively store expressed breast milk.

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