Pay heed and reap maximum benefits

To pump milk is a skill and the tips provided here will facilitate easy pumping making way for more milk and help stimulate the milk ejection reflex of mothers along with soothing their sore nipples.

  • 1. A set routine is to be adhered to for pumping. The equipment is to be made ready in the same manner every time with same mental tricks employed to relax. The milk ejection reflex will be conditioned adequately. The breast is to be massaged for a few minutes before pumping. Starting from armpit, the fingertips of opposite hand is to be employed to make small circles on the breast tissue in one spot. Eventually, move towards areola in a spiral pattern. The massage is to be terminated with a series of long strokes descending down the chest wall to areola working ones' way around the complete breast.

  • 2. A couple of water glasses gulped down before pumping will prime the pump. While pumping, one should formal mental pictures of flowing mountain streams or rivers converging with ocean. This will act as a stimulant helping mother's milk to let down and spray into pump. The baby's picture is to be stared at while pumping. The sitter should be asked about baby's activity before starting pumping. A personal tape player and headphones should be used to enjoy music while pumping to minimize any distraction while pumping. Natural sounds that appeal may also be listened to.

  • 3. A lower suction setting should be switched to if pumping causes the nipples to become sore. A new pump of different nature can also be preferred. The nipple should be prevented from getting rubbed against the flange. Little amount of an emollient can be applied to sore nipples to soothe them after pumping making way for rapid healing.

  • 4. Pumping can be done in conjunction with the frequency the baby nurses like every 3 hours. Frequent pumping stimulate the milk supply that results in producing more milk and is effective than long pumping each session.

  • 5. An extra pumping session can be added in the wee hours of the morning as at this time the breasts have maximum milk supply in them.

  • 6. The pump should be checked for any discrepancy if the quantum of milk being pumped has decreased over time. The process of putting together the pump should be revisited and wearing out of seals etc is to be checked. The manufacturer should be contacted and lactation experts' advice can be sought regarding replacement of any worn out part.

  • 7. While the baby is nursing on one breast, the other breast can be pumped as the sucking action of baby will trigger the milk ejection reflex making way for easy milk collection from it. An electric pump will have an edge over hand pump.

  • 8. Pumping both breasts simultaneously will yield more milk and the prolaction level in blood will be significantly higher. Superior quality electric pumps will come good. A superior quality hospital grade pump can be rented if the current pump is not producing desired results.

  • 9. A two piece outfit providing easy access to breasts that can be pulled up from bottom will make pumping easier. One may lean forward to stop milk dripping on clothes.

  • 10. One may lean on to the desk with pump in one arm making use of furniture edge and the other arm holding the pump flanges to breasts.

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