Feeding at the breast isn’t always possible for nursing moms. Whether you pump exclusively, pump at work, or need to be separated from your baby for any number of reasons, pumping your milk away from home can be frustrating – but it doesn’t have to be. You absolutely can get the hang of it, and pumping can be a very rewarding experience.
If you are planning on pumping at work, set yourself up for success by talking to your employer ahead of time to ensure that you’ll have the space and resources you need to provide your baby with your perfect breast milk.
Here are some pumping tips you may find helpful:
- Find a comfortable and private place to pump. Before beginning to pump, gently massage your breasts, and if possible, apply warm compresses. Lean forward at the waist and let your breasts dangle, shaking them for a minute or two. These techniques may quicken your letdown reflex and help to shorten your pumping time.
- Stimulate your senses. Look at pictures of your little one, consider carrying a piece of your baby’s clothing or a blanket to catch a whiff of that sweet baby smell, or listen to a recording of their cooing or hunger cries. Doing so may help encourage let-down, no matter your pumping environment.
- Invest in a portable, convenient and efficient pump or talk to your insurance provider about a double-electric pump. Consider a Freestyle or Pump In Style Advanced breast pump so you can hold everything you need in a discreet tote, messenger bag, or backpack.
- Keep some pumping extras at your office or in your car.
- Plan for breast milk storage and for cleaning your pump parts. Keep an insulated cooler and ice packs handy and know safe storage guidelines for breast milk. And when you’re all done, quickly sanitize your breast pump kit with Quick Clean Wipes, Soap, or Micro-Steam Bags.
- For moms with a Pump In Style Advanced, a battery pack helps you power your breast pump from anywhere. Power options also include a vehicle lighter adapter so you can always have a charged pump.
What are your pumping tips for when you’re away from home?