Pumping Milk? Tips for New Moms
Your decision to breastfeed is significant in your baby's life. Not only will your baby be privy to all the bountiful antibodies in breast milk; but also, studies conclude that breastfeeding gives your baby all the tools he will need for a successful life today and in the future. Many moms who breastfeed find themselves facing a return to work or other unforeseen circumstances that can threaten an early end to this once in a lifetime opportunity. Some moms may feel discouraged that breastfeeding makes them ultimately responsible, and often tied to their babies early in life. Regardless of the case, breastfeeding moms are often looking for ways to successfully pump milk so that their child can maintain the benefits of breast milk, yet can return to work or feel comfortable leaving the baby with other caregivers.
If you worry that you aren't producing enough milk for your baby, then pumping may help to actually increase your production.
Today, there are a high quality breast pumps on the market that can make pumping not just easy, but desirable. Pumping can also help to solve some problems such as sore nipples, breast infection, or the lack of enough milk that can attack early in breastfeeding. Finding the right breast pump for you however may not be that easy. The first thing you will notice is that the cost differences span hundreds of dollars. From the simple hand pump models to the high tech ones, some cost upwards of $300. Know your needs. If you need to pump just occasionally, you may find that a smaller and less expensive model will work just fine. If you will pump exclusively, your best bet is to bite the bullet and invest in an electronic machine.
Adjusting to pumping can be difficult, but there are a few tips that will make it easier. Some women do not experience let down without the baby. If this is you, than viewing pictures of your baby may help. Another thing to do, is to always feed by breast when possible, this will ensure your that your baby doesn't suffer from nipple confusion (common when switching between the two) but can also help you maintain adequate milk supply. To keep your supply pumping freely, make sure that you pump often, every few hours is best. This way your milk will balance supply and demand, and as your baby demands more you won't have problems supplying it.
If you worry that you aren't producing enough milk for your baby, then pumping may help to actually increase your production. You can save the milk or not, however saving it is an easy fix to the supply and demand problems that new moms face.
If you have to return to work, hand expressing or hand pump models may not be your best choice. They take a little longer to produce results and are less discreet than electronic models. Also, make sure to you bring a cooler with you to house the bottles so that co-workers, who might feel uncomfortable with it, aren't forced to look at bottles of breast milk in the company fridge. You can easily put your bottles into the cooler and store the entire package in the fridge.