Pumping breast milk is a skill, just like breastfeeding your baby. Here are some breast pumping tips to help make it easier and help you stimulate the breastmilk reflex, less sore nipples, pump more milk and keep you comfortable.
1. Make a regular schedule for pumping breast milk in between your activities
You can create the most effective breast pumping routine. Breastfeeding mothers can pump in the same place, for example in the room that you have chosen between office activities and also with the equipment that you have prepared. Make your body relax, start by drinking water then you can choose a comfortable sitting position before pumping breast milk.
2. Try A Few Minutes To Massage Before Pumping Breast Milk
Starting at the armpit using the tip of your fingers in the opposite direction, you can make a small circle in the breast tissue in one place. Then move your hand a little at a time and do it again on another part. You can start around the breasts and work your way up the areola in a spiral. Then massage the other breast. If the flow of milk slows down during the pumping session, you can return to massage for a few minutes. This is the best way that can be done so that a lot of milk is collected. Some breastfeeding mothers experience difficult conditions when pumping breast milk but if you continue to do it, you will get used to this activity. Most pregnant women give up before the milk is collected, even though breastfeeding mothers can maximize the collected milk by massaging the breasts before pumping or when the pumping session is delayed.
3. Keep Your Mind Calm and Relaxed
The first step that can be taken is to drink several glasses of water before properly pumping. Then you can also visualize as if you can imagine the flow of mountain or river water flowing toward the sea so that it makes you calm and relaxed, even pregnant women who are in a hurry to express breast milk and experience pressure tend to find it difficult to express expressed milk.
4. Use your baby’s gear
To make your body relax and pump breast milk easily, you can use your baby equipment. Take clothes or baby equipment that reminds you so that you do not think that you are pumping breastmilk but are giving breast milk directly. The feeling of discomfort and not being used to make it difficult for the mother to express breast milk. Some mothers who pump breast milk find it helped by the distinctive smell of the baby or baby clothes, bring it when pumping the milk.
5. Listening to Music
To minimize distraction while pumping, try listening to music. You can enjoy your favorite music while you pump, or listen to soothing sounds of nature such as the sound of the sea, the sound of leaves, the sound of rain or some classical music that can make you relax. In addition, aromatherapy can support mothers pumping breast milk more calmly and relax.
6. Try using a pumping device
Whereas for breastfeeding mothers who have problems with nipples, for example, sore nipples or experiencing problems such as pain when pumping breast milk by hand, then you can use a pump that helps reduce pain when pumping breast milk. Ensure that the nipple does not rub against the flange when you pump.
7. Pumping more frequently can stimulate milk production
For breastfeeding mothers who have problems when pumping breast milk, one of which is when the breast milk produced by the mother is small, you don’t need to worry. Breast milk will increase its production if the mother often gives the baby directly to breastfeed or by pumping it as often as possible. Pump more often. This is more effective at stimulating milk production than pumping for longer at each session.
8. Improve the way to pump breast milk
If you use a breast pump, then you can check again whether your breast pump is correct? Did you position your pump properly? You can read the instructions for use that can be used so that it doesn’t make it difficult for you when using a pump or for some of you who buy directly from a special baby equipment counter, you can ask the manufacturer’s representative how to use it correctly.
9. Using Two Pumps
For most women, can also use both breasts at the same time, namely pumping two, one breast pumping tips usually produce more milk. Prolactin levels in the blood are also higher when you pump both breasts at the same time. A quality electric pump is the best and easiest double-pump, but some manual breast pumps can be operated with one hand.
10. Use clothes that are comfortable for the breast
One of the breast pumping tips that make it easier for the mother is to dress in a supportive manner to get comfortable while pumping. It’s easiest to pump as it’s easiest to nurse quietly if you wear a loose top that can be pulled from below. You can use a blouse or use the button front button to make you more comfortable. In addition to keeping your clothes clean, you can lean back so you keep pumping. This will prevent the milk from dripping on your clothes.
11. Pumping position that makes you comfortable
Try leaning against a table or table that has a pump back, using the edge of the furniture and one hand to hold your breast pump. You will have the freedom to change your position as you wish, the most important thing is to relax yourself. Some moms who pump breasts in the office can use a pedestal or thick book to raise their knees, so you can keep a bottle of milk in your lap.
Thus, mothers who have activities outside the home can still provide exclusive breastfeeding to their babies by breastfeeding them. Some of the tips above can help you to give milk and provide a backup milk milk. In addition, you also pay attention to some things you can do before pumping expressed breast milk, washing your hands with soap, then compressing your breasts using a warm soft towel, preparing a container for expressed breast milk, massaging so that it makes you relax. That is a guide that can support you to provide exclusive breastfeeding even though you are busy with office routines.