Being a mother is one of the most wonderful things in life. The bond between a mother and child is a magical thing, enhanced if you’ve chosen to breastfeed. Given, not every mother chooses to breastfeed their child (regardless if it’s a personal choice of if they physically can’t), those that are able to do it admit that it makes them feel closer to their child.
But breastfeeding is anything but easy. It does take work and commitment and the start of a mother’s breastfeeding journey doesn’t always go as planned. Some mothers choose to exclusively breastfeed their babies without introducing a bottle at all, while some choose to do both, opting to pump breast milk for their child, too.
Like breastfeeding, there is a learning curve to using a breast pump. But once you get the hang of things, pumping will become second nature! You just need to make sure that you have the right tools on hand in order to have successful breast pumping session. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your pumping journey:
Manual Pump vs. Electric Pump
A manual pump is less expensive, but also tiring to use since you’ll have to squeeze a lever in order to create the suction. Squeezing for quite a while can really tire out your hand, but manual pumps are easier to use when you’re on the go and need to pump real quick. Many women opt for an electric version that plugs into an outlet and does the pumping for you. You simply use the suction cups over your breasts and let the pump do it’s magic!
Pump Every Two To Three Hours
Breast milk is all about supply and demand. The more you empty, the more milk your body will make, so you want to make sure that you pump every few hours. If you’re away from your baby, pump every time your baby would have eaten from your breast. This way, you can keep a regular pumping schedule, which is helpful when you work.
The Right Tools
If you’re going to transition your little one from breast to bottle, you’ll want to have the right tools! Opt for a bottle that purports in order to mimic breastfeeding. When feeding, make sure the tip of the bottle’s nipple reaches far back into the baby’s mouth, while their lips are at the base instead of having them suck on it like a straw.
Now that you’re pumping and giving your baby the bottle, you’ll be able to go out and do things without baby, so check on Sitycare for the perfect babysitter!