Getting started with pumping
If nursing is going well and baby is gaining weight and stooling and voiding frequently, we recommend waiting until after the 3 week growth spurt to initiate pumping. Then, pumping once per day after a morning nursing session is a great way to slowly build up a freezer stash. The is the milk that’s “left over” after nursing, so we only expect small amounts.
Tricks for maximizing output while nursing:
-Lubricate your flanges: apply coconut oil or nipple cream to the bend where the funnel of the flange meets the tunnel to prevent friction while pumping.
-Use your hands: hands on pumping while you pump and hand expression will help to fully empty your breasts. Check out Stanford.edu for some great videos on these techniques.
-Toggle back and forth between stimulation mode and extraction mode on your pump to elicit a second let down.
-Try to relax!
Our IBCLCs are here to help you with all of your pumping needs! We offer a monthly Back to Work Class to teach you all of the ins and outs of pumping and storing milk. We are also happy to see you in the office or in the comfort of your home for a personalized private consultation. Call us at 847-398-0494 for details on available packages and ala carte services to help you reach your breastfeeding goals.