10 Tips to Help Make Pumping Easier

10 Tips to Help Make Pumping Easier

May 24, 2018

10 Tips to Help Make Pumping Easier

10 Tips to Help Make Pumping Easier
Using a breast pump doesn't come easy for everyone. These smart  tips can help make your journey easier. 10 Tips to Help Make Pumping Easier

Pumping can be a challenge. Just like breastfeeding, it doesn’t come naturally to many new moms.

But if you’ve decided you want to continue breastfeeding after returning to work, are trying to establish or increase your milk supply, want to supplement formula feeding with breast milk or want to be able to have someone else give baby a bottle now and then (or on the regular), you’ll probably want to do what you can to make your pumping journey a good one—after all, you may be doing it for awhile!

Here are some tips to help set you up for pumping success.

  1. Did you know you can get a free breast pump? Most insurance companies are required to provide a free breast pump within the first year of baby’s life. Of course, like most things insurance, navigating what your insurance will cover can be tricky. Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you navigate your insurance and find out which pumps you qualify for, which makes things much easier.
  2. Research the right breast pump for your lifestyle. A mom returning to work full time or one pumping exclusively will probably want an electric pump, while someone who wants to pump once a day or less could probably get by with a manual pump. Aeroflow Breastpump Specialists can find the right one for you and your pumping needs.
  3. Accessories are your friend. Things like a cooler bag for storing milk on the go, sterilizer bags and milk freezer pouches are great. Also handy, here’s a guide to cleaning your pump parts.
  4. Flange size matters. Be sure to get the right size for your breast. Pumping shouldn’t hurt, and using a flange that’s the wrong size can cause discomfort and even reduce the amount of milk you’re pumping. Here’s a helpful guide to figuring it out.
  5. Entertain yourself. Let’s face it, pumping can be boring. Download podcasts or audiobooks, catch up on Netflix or get a hands-free pumping bra so you can do other things while you pump.
  6. Time your pumping. A lot of moms find that their supply is best in the morning, so try pumping then. And pumping every 3-4 hours can help mimic your baby’s feeding pattern, so if you’re not pumping exclusively, you’ll still have milk for nursing.
  7. Get comfy. If you’re at home, set yourself up with a pumping station on the couch or in your bedroom (or both), and have nearby your pump, bottles, snacks, water, reading material, pillows, whatever you need to be comfortable. If you’re pumping at work, have a bag with these items that you can bring with you.
  8. Encourage your letdown. Sometimes it can be tough to get the milk flowing without your baby there. Look at photos or videos of your baby to help stimulate those hormones or use breast massage to encourage the letdown (here’s a technique).
  9. Get advice. Mom friends can offer encouragement and been-there tips, and books like Work, Pump, Repeat have helpful advice. If things get rough, lactation consultants are always there to help. (Find one in your area.)
  10. Don’t stress! Totally easier said than done, we know, but keeping a watchful eye on those bottles as they do—or don’t fill up—doesn’t help. Stress can affect your supply, so cover up the bottles, take deep breaths, watch videos of your babe, listen to your favorite music—whatever it takes to help you be calm.

Pumping, breastfeeding, parenting—it’s all hard. No one is perfect (not even Instagram moms), and trust that you’re doing the best you can for you and your baby.

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