Do you have trouble producing enough breast milk while pumping? Many women do. After all, it is a plastic machine that is essentially milking us like a farm animal. It can be difficult to achieve let down and pump adequate milk. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your pumping sessions!
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If you use a warm compress to your breasts prior to or during pumping it can help improve let down and milk expression. Lansinoh actually makes this great product specifically designed to help with this.
You throw this in the microwave for a few seconds and you’re good to go. PLUS it can also be used as cold therapy when your nipples are super sore!
Take a hot shower
The same idea as a warm compress but with the additional benefit of overall relaxation. The warm water will help get your body ready to do it’s thing. So I would pump immediately after the shower. A relaxed mama, will make more milk.
While your are pumping, it is so important to also gently massage your breast. This really helps to get more milk out by the physical mechanics of it all. Especially if you are engorged. You may need to start massaging all the way up near your armpits and work your way down.
Give it a rest
If you are 10 minutes or so into a pumping session and notice the milk has stopped flowing, give it a rest for a minute. When you resume pumping, more often than not you will get more breast milk out. Your breast can become desensitized during a pumping session, so by taking a minute break the sensitivity returns.
Check your parts
The valves or membranes to the pump wear out over time. This can impact your output tremendously. You should be replacing these pieces frequently. Has your output suddenly dropped?? This could be the culprit!
Picture or Video of Your Baby
The visual and/or sound of your baby will help with the production of oxytocin which is key to lactation. If you are having trouble achieving let down when pumping, a picture or video of your baby is just what you need to get the milk flowing!
When you can’t always be there to breastfeed your baby, you have to rely on pumping. Make the most out of your pumping sessions with these tips!
Happy pumping, mamas!
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