4 tips to pump more breast milk

February 28, 2017
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    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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  • Don't wait; start soon
    2 / 5 Don't wait; start soon

    You can actually start pumping as soon as you feel well enough after giving birth, says Dr Natalie Epton, specialist paediatrician and neonatologist.

    Many new mums do so from the second day, with help from a lactation consultant at the hospital.

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  • Find the right timing
    3 / 5 Find the right timing

    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.

    Related: Top 5 nutrients for pregnant and breastfeeding mums 

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  • Massage before and during pumping
    4 / 5 Massage before and during pumping

    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.

    Related: 3 signs that your baby is getting enough breast milk

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  • Try different pump models
    5 / 5 Try different pump models

    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.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    Related: Would you feed your baby breast milk from this woman?

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