Breastfeeding Pumping Schedule and Tips

Mother’s milk is the best form of nutrition for the proper all round development of a baby. It is not always possible to breastfeed a baby due to a variety of reasons. In such cases, a breast pump proves handy. Breast pumps are instruments that may be manually or electrically operated to assist in the extraction of milk from the breasts of a lactating woman.

A premature baby would find it difficult to latch onto the breast at birth and pumping breast milk is essential for top feeds. Breast pumps are also used to increase milk flow in the case of low milk supply or to get rid of engorgement wherein the breasts are too full to facilitate proper latching. They are also beneficial to women with flat or inverted nipples.

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Most working mothers, so as to not deprive their baby of breast milk, extract milk using a pump and store it in bottles for feeds throughout the period that they are away from their child.

Baby Breastfeeding Tips

The very thought of not having your baby suck milk is disheartening and the following breastfeeding pumping tips will help ease the discomfort to some extent. Being comfortable and relaxed while pumping your breast makes the process easier on the whole. Keeping your baby or a picture of your baby close to you, while pumping your breasts, helps in stimulating the hormones responsible for milk production thus making pumping easier. Leaning forward assists in the proper flow of milk due to the laws of gravity and ensures that no milk is wasted. Pumping both breasts simultaneously assists in increased milk production. The use of vegetable oil on the suction pads is recommended to moisten them thus reducing instances of chafing.

This also enables a large part of the breast to be drawn in, thus facilitating a quicker flow of milk.

Baby Breastfeeding Schedule

A breastfeeding pumping schedule is essential for the proper production of milk. A fixed routine accustoms the body to a certain time and it is at this time that the breasts will start letting down milk thus making pumping an easier task. The number of times that one needs to pump the breasts will depend on the need of the baby and the quantity of milk produced. Breast milk can usually be stored for up to eight hours in a bottle at room temperature and around a week in the fridge. However, storing milk for a long time is not recommended as it is better to give your baby a good supply of fresh milk daily.

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