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November 5, 2018
Looking for a breast pump? Or did you just receive yours from Aeroflow Breastpumps? There are a lot of things for expectant and new moms to worry about, how to use their breast pump shouldn’t be one of them! So we’re breaking down the dos and don’ts of breast pumps, and answering some of our most frequently asked questions.
While breast pumps may seem like intricate medical devices with their various tubes and containers, but they’re actually quite easy to assemble and use. Relax mama, you’ve got this.
If you plan on being home with your child and you’re available to breastfeed most of the time, you may only need to pump occasionally. Early on, you should breastfeed or pump 8 to 10 times each day as your milk supply is becoming established.
Your breasts will make more milk when there’s a higher demand for it, so it’s important the breastfeed or pump regularly in the early days to increase supply.
If your baby feeds regularly and you only want to pump occasionally, you may want to pump in the morning, which is generally when moms have the most milk. You can also pump between feedings, about 30 minutes after or 60 minutes before.
When you’re using your breast pump you should keep pumping until your breasts are as empty as possible, which usually takes about 15 minutes. Continue breasting pumping for a few minutes after the last few drops of milk have passed to make sure that you’re done. Many women find that massaging their breasts before and during pumping helps them express more milk.
The amount of milk you produce during each pumping session will vary by your baby’s age, the time of day, how often you pump and feed, the quality of your pump, and many other factors.
Based on your child’s age, you should expect to pump:
All moms are different. Some mothers produce more, and others produce less. If you’re concerned that you’re not producing enough breast milk speak with your doctor or a lactation professional
Research has shown that breastfeeding is extremely beneficial for the health of both mom and baby, especially when exclusively breastfed for at least six months.
Breast milk is full of nutrition for your baby, including vitamins, proteins, and fats that provide everything they need to grow big and strong. Plus, it’s easier to digest than formula.
It also contains antibodies to help your baby fight viruses, bacteria, and illnesses, and diarrhea. Generally breastfed babies are healthier and require fewer trips to the doctor with a possible lower risk of asthma, allergies, diabetes, and obesity.
Breastfeeding releases oxytocin, the hormone that can help reduce uterine bleeding and help your uterus return to its normal size faster after giving birth. Oxytocin can also relieve anxiety to promote a stronger, more relaxing bond with your baby.
It also burns fat. Breastfeeding burns about 500 extra calories a day, helping you possibly return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster.
Breastfeeding saves you time and money. Instead of spending tons on formula that you have to mix and warm up, you can instantly provide breast milk for your baby for free.
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Information provided in blogs should not be used as a substitute for medical care or consultation.