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10 Best Tips for Successful Pumping

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Best Tips for Successful Pumping

I will share to you my best tips for successful pumping in your journey of motherhood. Pumping is hard but it doesn’t have to be with some help along the way. Pumping can be painful at times and very time consuming. I’ve had 2 kids and I chose to pump for the majority of the time for both kids.

The first time around, my son didn’t like to breastfeed, he would choke on the amount of milk that came out each time. I was too full and never got the timing right when I nursed him. Bottle feeding was the best option for us at the time.

Having a good pump was key as well as building a freezer stash for when I went back to work. My goal was to pump for at least 6 months the first time around and with this recent time around I only managed to pump for 4 months.

One of my favorite and most useful pumping accessory was a hands free pumping bra. Another thing that I bought that I didn’t realize was also a game changer was the correct size flange for my nipples. It was always so painful for me for the first few minutes of the pumping session which I thought was normal. Milk output was also better after the change.

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Why Does Pumping Have Challenges?

After giving birth most mothers want to nurse their baby. Once nursing doesn’t work out for mother or baby we feel ashamed or discouraged. Society tells us that breastfeeding is best for baby. Breast milk does have lots of nutrient that is made specifically for our baby especially if baby is sick our body produces milk to nurture our baby’s needs. I had a c-section with both my babies and got the opportunity to try to nurse baby soon after delivery. But in the end, nursing wasn’t for me or my baby.

I remember with my first baby I cried so much the first 2 weeks because I failed at nursing. Eventually I pumped my milk and bottle fed him. My husband was also able to feed our son so I can concentrate on pumping. He drank his milk so much better from the bottle and I wasn’t frustrated or sad I couldn’t feed him anymore.

With my daughter, soon after her birth we were told she was born with a umbilical hernia so she had to be in the NICU. She was fed formula the whole time she was in the NICU since my milk didn’t come in yet. By day 2 my milk finally came in, with my son it was immediately after delivery. I was able to feed my daughter breast milk and formula which made me happy. This time around we even had the lactation consultant come to our hospital room to help me with nursing and this time I felt more comfortable nursing as well.

The Decision to Pump Exclusively

But once we got home, nursing didn’t work out so well anymore for us. First, I tried nursing for the night feeding so I could feed baby and not have to pump throughout the night. I later switched to bottle feeding for night feeding and pump at the same time while feeding baby next to me. I later tried nursing in the day time and supplement with formula when I didn’t make enough breast milk in the beginning. My daughter prefers the bottle feeding so much more than nursing, I decided to pump exclusively again after a month or so. I will gladly share to you my best tips for successful pumping below.

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10 Best Tips for Successful Pumping

  • Tip 1: Get a double electric pump!
    • I used 2 different brands, Ameda from my Kaiser insurance and I also had the Medela Free In Style (much better quality)
    • Much faster output of milk than a manual hand pump
    • Can adjust the speed and timer for each pumping session
    • Make sure to have extra parts for pump, if one piece is missing or broken, pump won’t work
  • Tip 2: Hands free pumping bra
    • That way you can use your hands to massage your breast to help with milk flow
    • You hands will be free for browsing on your phone
    • You also can eat and drink water which you need since milk production makes you hungry and thirsty
  • Tip 3: Need correct size flanges for breast pump
    • Your nipples isn’t suppose to feel pain when pumping, mine did at first until I got the right size flanges for my nipples
    • I bought 2 sets of flanges so I would have a clean set to use so I didn’t have to wash back to back sessions
  • Tip 4: Lactation Massager
    • It helps with milk flow as well as to relieve a plug milk duct
  • Tip 5: Need extra bottles and pump parts
    • If one pump part was missing or broken your pump might not work
    • Have extra bottles and pump parts made it so you didn’t have to wash back to back sessions
  • Tip 6: Have a manual pump on hand if needed
    • If you are missing a pump part or it’s broken then your pump won’t work, you need a manual pump such as a Haaka pump which I loved to use to help relieve your full breast in the meantime until you can get the new parts for electric pump
  • Tip 7: Need a large burp cloth or swaddle blanket
    • Place under your breasts when pumping, it can get messy at times
  • Tip 8: Pillow for your back and lap
    • Pillow for your back when pumping
    • Also a boppy pillow works great for your lap when pumping as well
  • Tip 9: Gel Compression pads
    • Use hot for better milk flow and to relieve plug milk duct
  • Tip 10: Breast milk storage bags
    • Use breast milk storage bags with attachment to pump breast milk directly to storage bags
    • No need to wash extra bottles if you plan on storing the milk in refrigerator then freezer

Some of My Favorite Accessories for Pumping

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

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Medela Easy Expression Hands Free Pumping Bra

Boppy Original Nursing Pillow and Positioner

LaVie Lactation Massager

Pumping Can Be Easier

  • Having the right tools will make your pumping journey much more smoothly in the end. Whether you pump on occasion or do it exclusively, pumping should be done with ease and productivity. Please share your own tips on how to make pumping easier by submitting your tips below!
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3 thoughts on “10 Best Tips for Successful Pumping”

  1. Yes, a hands-free bra was a life saver!!!! I had 3 by baby 2. People should think of giving one as a baby shower gift if they know the mom is planning on pumping. 🙂

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