How can you pump and store more breast milk before you go back to work? Learn the tricks that every breastfeeding mum should know.
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3 / 5 Find the right timingLoad more
Your milk supply is best in the morning, and gradually tails off in the afternoon and evening.
That’s why you should pump and stimulate more milk production even after your newborn latches on in the morning. Try 7am and 10am.
If you’re pumping right after a feed, express for about five minutes each side. If you’re not, you may need to give 10 minutes or more to fully empty the breasts.
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When using a single pump, Dr Epton suggests alternating sides after five minutes to prevent your nipples from getting sore, especially in the beginning, when your body is unused to the sensation.
Remember to massage thoroughly before and during pumping to remove blockages and lumps, as well as improving the efficiency of your milk flow.
Try giving a rub-down from the upper outer quadrant of the breast towards the armpit.
(Also read: 3 signs that your baby is getting enough breast milk)
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Use your time at the hospital to try out various breast pump models. Some mums prefer a manual one. Although it often takes a longer time, it’s a cheaper option.
But most find the electric pump the quickest and easiest way to express milk. While it’s pricey, parents regard it as an investment, especially if they plan to keep feeding breast milk, says Dr Epton.
Ultimately, it’s still cheaper than buying several months to years of formula milk – and, of course, it’s the best food for your baby.