When Is the Best Time to Pump Breast Milk? April 4, 2016 03:24

There are many reasons women choose to pump their breasts for milk, and spending time away from your baby but still wanting your little one to reap the benefits of breast milk is a common occurrence. It can enable you to return to work, to allow others the chance to feed your baby, to make traveling easier, and to generally make things more convenient for you as a mother. Learning about breastfeeding, breast milk, and breast pumps and all their benefits can open doors to making your life easier.

Pumping

Maintaining your milk supply, relieving engorged breasts, supplying your baby with breast milk when breastfeeding is not an option, and even freezing a backup supply of milk are all benefits of pumping. Every woman and every baby are different, and therefore your situation may be unique, so don’t worry if your experience is not the same as your mother’s or sister’s. Start pumping as soon as you are able, and if you don’t want to introduce your baby to a bottle right away, you can store the milk by freezing it.

Timing

For many women, your milk supply will be highest in the morning, making it an ideal time to pump. If you are breastfeeding, pump between sessions to keep your supply high. If your schedule seems to interrupt your best intentions, don’t fret–just stay consistent and often your body will adapt to the demands.

Other Tips and Tricks

  • To maximize your efforts, try pumping from both breasts at the same time (this increases milk supply).
  • If you are pumping at work, try sticking to your baby’s normal feeding schedule.
  • If you are not breastfeeding, plan to pump 8-10 times a day at first, and 6-8 times a day to maintain full production.
  • A high-quality pump will yield better results and is well worth the investment.

Pumping can be the solution to many problems, and figuring out what works best for you is one of the many adventures of a new mom.