Benefits of using a Breastpump
Created by Parentune Support Updated on Jun 04, 2021
When Shippy Sharma, mother to two and half year-old Daksh went shopping for her newborn,she frequently came across breast pumps. Shippy says, “I always thought expressing milk and using a breastpump was for women who intended to get back to work.” However, using a breast pump proved to be a huge plus for Shippy.
For various reasons, some mothers may be unable to directly breastfeed their babies, whether sometimes or at all, and a breast pump comes as a boon.
What Is A BreastPump?
A breastpump extracts milk from the breast, through the nipple, by stimulating milk production. The milk is collected in a container through a funnel which is placed on the breast around the nipple. Breastpumps have been used by women throughout the world since the end of the 1800s. There are many types and brands in the market, and mothers can choose between an electric or a manual pump.
Why Would I Need To Use a BreastPump?
A breastpump helps you give your child breast milk even if you are unable to feed directly at any time. Here are some common reasons for using a breast pump-
- Helps with lactation: Pumping breast milk will help you increase your milk supply (alongside your normal breastfeeding)
- Feeding in your absence:if you work outside the house and need someone else to feed your baby during the day
- Break time:to allow for a partner or family member to feed the baby when you get some restand a much needed break
- Medical conditions: if you are unable to feed directly either if your baby is premature, or due to a breast surgery, or a health issue
Which BreastPump Is Best For Me?
There is a pump to meet every mother’s needs. Here are the factors you need to consider before you choose a breast pump-
- Ask yourself how often will I need to express?
- Is the pump to support your return to work or just for the odd separation whilst you go out for some errands?
For occasional use then a manual or single pump is probably sufficient. However, if it is for regular use, and if you pump more than once a day, an electric pump may be more useful, possibly even with the ability to pump both breasts at the same time - double pumping.
No matter which breastpump you chose - it should not be painful. If you do feel pain or discomfort, you might need to change the breast shields on your breast pump. If this doesn’t help, consult your gynecologist or lactation consultant.
Why Am I Finding It Hard To Pump When My Baby Is Not Near Me?
You may find it takes a little longer to encourage the ‘let down’ of milk if you are not with your baby when you use the pump. To help with this, have a picture of your baby or an item of clothing that he has worn. This will trigger the milk ejection reflex, and aid the flow of milk. When separated from your baby, try to express at about the same time you would normally feed your baby as this will be the most productive time for you.
Tips For Expressing Breast Milk Using A Pump
As with any new equipment, a breast pump takes some getting used to. Here are some tips to help you when you get started-
- Make yourself comfortable, and keep your back straight
- Make sure your nipple is at the center of the funnel, and support your breast to aid this
- It usually takes a couple of minutes for the milk to flow properly, so don’t panic
- When the flow slows down on the first breast, switch to the other breast. When the flow slows on the second one, switch back to the first. You can stop when the flow slows down for the second time
- When you’re pumping only on one side, seal the other side if it’s a double pump. This helps maintain its suction efficiency
- Make sure you wash the pump with warm soapy water, rinse and dry after each use
Tips On Storing And Using Expressed Milk
Fresh breastmilk is best. This is breastmilk that has been expressed within four hours. If you need to store breastmilk, keep these tips in mind.
- Refrigerate:If the milk is not to be used immediately then storing your milk in the refrigerator is recommended. Breastmilk can be stored at the back of a refrigerator up to 4-6 hours.Freezing is not recommended as it destroys some antibodies that help your baby fight infections
- Proper storage:Make sure you seal the bottles in which you store the breast milk, properly
- Don’t mix: Breast milk batches that you pump at different times must not be mixed, because a mixed batch is only as fresh as the oldest sample that went in
Breast milk, apart from providing all the key nutrients that your baby needs, has antibodies that help him fight off infections. So don’t let a setback with breastfeeding affect you – using a breast pump and giving your child breast milk is extremely beneficial for him.
Did you use a breast pump to express milk? Share your experiences and pain points with us in the comments section!
| Mar 31, 2015
I would like to add that a breastpump has yet another major benefit. Since it collects the milk from the glands, there are hardly any chances of milk getting stagnated therein, again, no chances of lumps getting formed in the breasts. This is a blessing as it prevents breast cancer too.
| Oct 27, 2015
Please suggest which brand and type will be suitable for me . I am planning to go back to work when my baby boy is five and half months. So to express during office hours and which I can give him for later. I need it for regular use. I have ample milk at present
| Feb 12, 2018
For different reasons, a few moms might be not able straightforwardly breastfeed their children, regardless of whether here and there or by any stretch of the imagination, and a bosom direct comes as a boon. A bosom pumpThere is a pump to address each mother's issues. Here are the elements you have to consider before you pick a bosom pump- Ask yourself how frequently will I have to express? Is the pump to help your arrival to work or only for the odd partition while you go out for a few errands? It removes drain from the bosom, through the areola, by fortifying milk generation. The drain is gathered in a compartment through a channel which is set on the bosom around the nipple. Fresh breast milk is ideal. This is breast milk that has been communicated inside four hours. In the event that you have to store breast milk, remember these tips. For more please visit- http://www.parasbliss.com/
| May 04, 2018
Breast pump is a boon in disguise for the new mom's as it gives you the freedom to feed your little one whenever & wherever you are without any hesitation. You can pump the milk and store it to be used later on or at places where it becomes impossible for you to feed your baby in public places. These breast pumps are easy & convenient to handle and for the moms who express their milk occasionally, manual breast pump is a very good option for them. For the moms who are working lady and need to express their milk regularly so that their baby is never deprived of the mother's milk for them electric breast pump is a very good option.
| May 31, 2019
hi, i have studied that breast milk can be freeze and it will remain as it is for up to four months, according to this blog freezing is not recommended? kindly clear this doubt and plz tell me that for how long breast milk can be refrigrate and while bring it back to room temperature to feeding how long does it stay?