Pumping Guide for Busy Moms
What mom isn't busy? If you're looking for ways to help manage a healthy work-life balance, pumping can be a game-changer. While it may seem daunting at first, it's actually less intimidating than it appears. Whether you're considering exclusive pumping or simply exploring the option, we've got all the info you need.
To effectively pump, you'll need a breast pump with flanges, valves, backflow protectors (if applicable), tubing, and a connector. The flange secures over your breast for suction and release during pumping. It's crucial to find the right-sized flange that fits your nipple perfectly. Additionally, backflow protectors maintain hygiene and act as a barrier between your milk and the pump motor.
To Pump or Not to Pump
The decision to pump is personal, and every mom should choose what's best for her. One benefit is that it offers the flexibility to pump whenever and wherever you choose. It also allows you to build a freezer stash and provides a clear understanding of your baby's milk intake. Starting pumping early can also increase milk supply.
Your pumping schedule depends on your milk production and feeding routine. Pumping in between nursing sessions or following a similar schedule if exclusively pumping can be helpful. Pumping sessions typically last 15-30 minutes.
After each use, clean your pump parts thoroughly to prevent contamination and discomfort. If dishwasher-safe, place them on the top rack for a hot water wash, or follow your preferred sterilization method.
Pumping is a journey, and it's normal to face challenges along the way. Remember that stress can affect milk production, so try to prioritize your mental health (which is easier said than done with a newborn). A lactation consultant can be a great resource if you would like to increase your supply. But remember, if you are having supply issues, you are not alone. While it is estimated that 10-15% of mothers experience an inadequate milk supply, it is widely believed that the issue is underreported. Lactation consultants state it is the top reason parent’s reach out to them.