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PUMPING FOR SUCCESS with an electric pump

Consult a lactation specialist for suggestions on pumps
    • When you return to work try to pump on the same schedule as your baby if possible
    • Begin several weeks before you return to work to pump your breasts.  Pump immediately after the baby feeds so as not to interfere with the volume your baby receives from your breast.
    • You may only obtain a few ounces but you can pump several times a day or pump on a full breast if the baby skipped that side
    • Help your milk flow or let-down before you begin pumping by massaging your breasts.  
      Many mothers massage each breast in sections while they are pumping to help drain all areas of the breast.
    • Drink some juice or water or eat a snack.
    • Listen to some relaxing music/look at your baby or have a picture of your baby to look at.
    • Place the breast flange lightly on the breasts enough to make a seal.  Do not push them deep into the breast.
    • If the nipples are tight in the breast flange with blanching and pain while you pump, you may need a larger size.  Some pumps can be sized larger.
    • Gradually increase the speed/suction until you feel a strong tug but not pain. Use the highest pressure that is comfortable. If you feel sore at any point turn down the suction.
    • Pump for about 10-15 minutes or 2 minutes after the milk stops flowing.  Always double pump it maintains/builds your supply better.
    • Make sure you are latching your baby on or pumping at least 8-10 times a day.  Try not to go longer than a 5-6 hour stretch once a 24 hour period.