Benefits of using a Breastpump
Created by Parentune Support Updated on Mar 09, 2015
Shippy Sharma, Delhi, mother to 2.5 years old Daksh says, “When I was shopping for my baby, I frequently came across breastpumps. But honestly, I always thought expressing milk and using a breastpump was for women who intended to get back to work.” For Shippy, breastpump came along with benefits. We give you here a lowdown on all you want to know about breastpumps.
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 use a breastpump and when to use a breastpump
A breastpump is there to support your breastfeeding programme, if you are unable to feed directly at any time. There could be many reasons why you might want to use a pump such as: • to increase your milk supply (alongside your normal breastfeeding) • Lunch out for an afternoon or evening with friends • a dinner evening with your close ones • expressing milk gives you the confidence to know that you can go out and that your baby will be fed whilst you are out • having a breastpump can also mean that your partner or a family member could assist in feeding for example by doing the late evening or night feed, to give the mother a bit more of a rest. For mothers who are not able to feed directly, perhaps because their baby is premature or for any other reason, a pump can be a vital piece of equipment.
Tips on choosing a breastpump
There is a pump to meet every mother’s needs. Firstly, 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 would be fine. However, if it is for regular use, 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, ask your gynaecologist or lactation consultant for advice.
If you are not with your baby while expressing
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 on using milk expressed through a breastpump
Fresh breastmilk is best. This is breastmilk that has been expressed within four hours. Breastmilk can be stored as long as it is done correctly. 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.
Disclaimer: This blog is a special initiative to help new and expecting mothers & has been supported by Medela, world's leading manufacturer of advanced technology breastpumps and breast care products.
| Apr 22, 2016
i had a doubt regarding storage of breast milk, i read somewhere that it can be stored for upto a months of you have expressed it and stored in freezer. and in refrigerator for upto 24 hours.
| 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
| Jun 12, 2015
I have used Breast pumps(Medela fully automatic one) for a year.. its completely safe and hygiene if all the components are cleaned & steamed properly before pumping... I used to save the milk in freezer
| Jun 04, 2015
My baby boy is 2years 7 months he daily awakening one ND two times in night for milk.. . As he is taking bottle milk.. . Is that any suggestions how he'll sleep for whole night.. .??
| Apr 28, 2015
is using breastpump safe for my baby and me?
| Apr 08, 2015
Hi Teena Expressed milk can be stored in the fridge for upto 6 hours provided there are no powercuts and store in the same bottle in which you express milk.
| Apr 08, 2015
Hi Ankita Follow instructions on package for cleaning and storing the breast pump post usage and store the milk in the same bottle in which you express it.
| Apr 06, 2015
I think working mothers can understand the importance of pumps better. Thanks for sharing the much needed information.
| 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.
| Mar 27, 2015
I have used . Great help i must say for mothers
| Mar 14, 2015
very nice blog.. good infor
| Mar 12, 2015
Good information. With so much emphasis on breast milk, i am sure this is going to be of help to all mothers.
| Mar 12, 2015
Good blog, but also could you share something on the hygiene factor of it. I am not too sure about how hygienic is it to express breastmilk and then store it.
| Mar 12, 2015
this is really helpful... i am confused between the manual and the electric breast pump. this article gave me a perspective.
| Mar 11, 2015
Great blog. Shall recommend this blog to my sister in law who is expecting a child and was worried how she would leave baby home when child needs mothers' milk.
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