For any mother who has breast fed, we all know that even new-born babies without teeth can wreak a lot of discomfort on nipples while breastfeeding. This is why many moms today are using breast pumps in lieu of the more painful scenario. Nothing can beat the feeling of your baby close to you as you feed them, but love doesn’t always have to mean extreme discomfort. Some of us are more sensitive than others.
Studies have shown that mothers who breastfeed their babies develop a stronger bond with them, even into their later years. So completely eradicating breastfeeding might not be what the doctor ordered. However, taking a break from it every once in a while will help with the discomfort. Here are some steps for breast pumping that will help you out:
Pump As Often As Breastfeeding
For every time you breastfeed you must use the pump. For most mothers and babies, this is approximately every 2-4 hours. Or, you can skip every other feeding or even pump for 12-24 hours and store the milk accordingly for later use. It’s all up to you.
1. Your nipples must be centered in the pump flange using the slowest vacuum setting. Slowly turn up the power until it becomes uncomfortable, then turn it down to where there is no more comfort.
Spend 10-15 minutes pumping each breast.
While breast pumping can be a bit painful, it shouldn’t hurt as much as breastfeeding. That is it’s purpose. If you find you are in too much pain then turn the pump power down. Of course when expressing milk you will need to take it out with you and to ensure it’s kept at the correct temperature for your baby you will need to get a bag specially designed to carry breastmilk. Changing bags for babies normally come with insulated bottle pockets to keep the milk at the right temperature for a number of hours while out on the go.
Hand pumps provide more control over the suction power, for those who have found they don’t like the flanged variety.
Recommended Breast Milk Feedings
Babies older than four days old need about 2-3 ounces with every feeding. Babies under two days only half and an ounce and those 3-4 days old approximately one ounce. Feeding via a bottle is still the preferred method these days. Some concepts never get old.
Don’t obsess about what bottles or nipples to use. Feed your baby and get on with your daily chores. We all know there are many throughout the day for we moms. It just doesn’t have to be so painful, fix that with this.