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You've got your brand new breast pump and are getting the hang of it. You may be wondering how to can get the most out of this new routine of yours.
If you're new to breast pumping, practise for 2 weeks before you do back to work or study full-time. Try expressing frequently between feedings. At the beginning, it may feel unnatural to express milk using a "machine", but there are a few things you can do to maximise your pumping and make the whole experience much more enjoyable.
- Lubricate the pump horn. Moisten the inside of the horn using just a tad of lanolin cream to minimise friction.
- Use lanolin cream and accessories. Also apply lanolin cream directly to your nipple to help soothe and replenish natural oils for sensitive, dry nipples. Accessories like breast shells help protect sore and cracked nipples while breast shields can add an extra layer of comfort.
- Gently massage your breasts. Slowly stroking down towards the nipple and gently rolling rolling the nipple between your fingers helps trigger the let-down.
- Lean forward. Let gravity do its job when you express by leaning forward so that your milk flows easily into the bottle.
- Look at your baby's picture. It helps to keep a picture of your baby with the breast pump because the sight of your baby helps trigger the hormones that produce your breast milk. Your baby's smell also helps, so have a blanket or a piece of clothing you baby has used handy.
- Have an encouraging partner around. Many moms find it useful to have an encouraging and understanding partner or friend around while expressing.
- Keep a schedule. Keeping a regular schedule helps your body recognise when it's time to make and let down milk. This is particularly important if you're using your pump outside rge comfort and familiar environment of your home.
- Lastly, just relax. A calm and relaxing environment helps you produce more milk. Things you can do include lowering the lights, sitting in a comfy chair, and playing soothing music.
Enjoy breastfeeding and breast-pumping!
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