- Breast pumping after nursing will remove any milk your baby did not drain from the breast. Use the breast pump on both breasts regardless of whether your baby has suckled from both breasts; one breast or one and half breasts. Our electric breast pumps may be best for this job as you can pump both breasts at the same time. Our double pump with its multiple settings would be ideal when you need different suction levels on each breast according to how you baby has just fed.
- If you and your baby will be apart during any normal feeding times, you will need to use a breast pump to replicate baby’s feeding schedule.
- If you and baby are apart, it will be important that your caregiver feeds baby your expressed breastmilk. Take a look at our article on ‘Paced Responsive Feeding’ for tips on how best to feed your breastfed baby.
- You may not get a lot of milk at the start of pumping as your body gets adjusted to a breast pump but don’t give up - it is the stimulation that you also want that will eventually trigger the stimulation needed to make milk and to drain your breast. Remember, stimulation = demand
- You will find that each pumping session will vary in time and the quantity of milk obtained. As you see the sprays slow down or stop then you know that you have all your milk from that session. It is important to keep you breast stimulated as well to obtain your breast milk
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