Pumping Breast Milk
Breast Pumping Tips
We know there’s a lot of breast pumping tips out there, and it can be difficult to narrow down what you really need to know. Because every mother and baby are different, there is no one plan that works for everyone.
Many new mothers – and even experienced mothers – have questions about pumping breast milk. Bella Bambino is dedicated to ensuring that breastfeeding is an enjoyable and successful experience for all mothers and their babies, which includes breast pumping management (if it fits your situation).
When you meet with the breastfeeding and lactation consultants at Bella Bambino, we will discuss pumping breast milk best practices, medical history, breastfeeding history, your goals, and we will observe as you nurse your newborn. Then we make a plan that is suited specifically to you, your baby, and your situation, including a breast pumping management plan if you need one.
Do I need to pump breastmilk?
Not every mother has to pump. There are several reasons a mother might want to pump breastmilk, including:
- having a baby who isn’t breastfeeding
- wanting to let another person feed baby a bottle when Mom is away
- to increase milk supply
- to store breastmilk
- to donate breastmilk
- to relieve engorged breasts
- to pull out the nipples before a nursing session
When Do I Begin Pumping to Increase Milk Supply?
If you will be returning to work after maternity leave or plan to spend time away from your baby, you should start pumping a couple of weeks beforehand. This will give you time to practice and get comfortable using the pump while giving your baby time to learn to drink from a bottle.
It’s difficult to say how much milk you can get with a pump because it varies from mother to mother. It might take a few pumping sessions to express enough milk for a full bottle. It might take time to get the hang of pumping, but it’s a great way to ensure that your baby continues to get breast milk even when you’re not there.
Don’t worry about Pumping Breast Milk.
As a new mother, you have plenty to worry about; pumping breast millk shouldn’t be one of them. Bella Bambino is here to answer your questions and provide guidance specifically tailored to you, your baby, and your life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.