At GotBreastPump.com we know that getting ready to go back to work, mothers need to learn how to pump and store breast milk. Preparing for breast pumping will make returning to work easier and less stressful. Breast pumping does require some preparation work and planning.
We know mothers need to save money, and breast pumping saves between $2,000 and $5,000 each year.
Starting to pump
If you will be pumping your breasts when you return to work, it is important to practice for a couple of weeks before you actually go back. You might try pumping just after your baby eats or pump your breasts between feedings.
Practice will help you learn how your pump works and all the things you will need. During this time, you also can start to collect and store breast milk to be fed to your baby when you return to work.
How much milk will I get?
Your first pumping session may reap much milk. Over time, when you regularly pump, you will begin to produce more milk. Also, the more milk you pump, the more milk your breasts produce. The Mayo Clinic recommends that breast milk moms intake about 13 cups of liquids each day.
How much time should I spend each pumping session?
Pumping your breasts takes about the same time as breastfeeding, but with practice and a good pump, you can pump your breasts in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. While you are at work, try to pump as often as your baby usually feeds or for about 15 minutes every few hours. To keep up your milk supply, give your baby extra feedings when you are together. You can also pump right after your baby feeds, which will help your breasts make more milk.
Will I always produce enough milk for my baby?
There will be times when your baby will probably want more milk during growth spurts. The best way to increase your milk supply for a growth spurt is to breastfeed or pump more often.
One super important fact, is that you need keep up pumping at night, even if you baby sleeps through the night. Certain hormones are activated during those night pumping sessions that are critical to breast milk supply.