What should I know about pumping?
1. Use your hands!
Massaging while pumping can increase your production dramatically! You can watch a video about techniques here.
2. Make sure your flanges fit properly.
Pump flanges should not rub or cause pain. Flanges that are too small or too large reduce the amount of milk you can express. This diagram may be helpful to you as you determine if your flange size is correct.
3. Manual expression can help!
4. A pumping bra or harness can be a lifesaver!
Some great options include the Brauxiliary Band, Simplicity, & Simple Wishes
Pumps vary greatly in capability and quality. Using the right pump for the right purpose can help ensure you reach your goals.
Click the button below to see a PDF with more information:
Help - I'm Engorged!
Engorgement can be caused by several factors. One is that milk is rapidly increasing and is not being removed quickly enough. Short, frequent feedings, pumping sessions, or hand expression can help more than longer sessions.
IV fluids given during birth can also cause or increase engorgement. The most effective treatment for this is acupuncture. We recommend Fertile Ground Wellness for acupuncture in the Denver Metro area.
Some more great tips to reduce engorgement, including Reverse Pressure Softening, are included in this video:
Do you need more help with breastfeeding or pumping?
Make an appointment with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to address issues and concerns. Getting skilled help early can solve issues more quickly and with less stress. Insurance may completely cover your consults.