How to Use an Electric Breast Pump April 04, 2016 03:24
Many mothers prefer to feed their new baby’s breast milk. Breast milk provides all the nutrients your baby needs to stay healthy and offers long-term protection against a variety of diseases. However, not all mothers are able to be with their new babies 24 hours a day. If this is the case, an electric breast pump can be used to pump and store milk for the future.
Choosing the Right Pump
Electric breast pumps are the easiest and most efficient way to pump the most milk in a short amount of time. They are the best choice for mothers who will be pumping on a regular basis. There are a wide variety of electric breast pumps to choose from, so do your research to find one that fits your preferences. Most pumps are battery powered, and some models offer alternate power sources such as a car adapter. You’ll also have to choose between a single or double pump.
Learning to Use Your Pump
To use a breast pump, just place the phalange over your nipple and turn the pump on. When you first start using your pump, start with very gentle suction. The breast pump is designed to mimic a baby nursing and shouldn’t hurt. If you feel discomfort, try switching to a different size phalange. It usually takes about 15 minutes to pump both breasts. Once you’re finished, be sure to clean the pump thoroughly.
Tips for Milk Letdown
Some women have trouble triggering their milk letdown reflex at first. Go to a quiet, relaxing environment and bring along something that reminds you of your baby like a picture, a favorite blanket, or a recording. It may also help to warm or compress the breast slightly. Try to pump during your baby’s regular feeding times, although you can stretch this time out a little as you adjust.