Excerpts from What to Expect
Choosing Your Pump The first step in expressing breast milk for sale is to pick a breast pump. Here are some varieties to consider, along with tips for using a breast pump and keeping your milk-supply safe. Electric? Battery-operated? Manual? There are pros and cons to consider with each.
- Electric breast pump. The most powerful option, many electric pumps allow for double pumping, which not only cuts pump time in half, it also stimulates more milk production (filling containers quickly and making the pumping process even speedier). The downside to going electric? It may produce more milk than you need if you do not plan to pump regularly, and high-grade electric pumps tend to be more pricey than battery-operated or smaller pumps. For these reasons, many women choose to rent these pumps from hospitals, pharmacies, or La Leche groups, while others borrow them from friends.
The Philips Avent Isis is my personal favorite. It is comfortable, includes a manual pump, has a memory for rhythm and a hospital-grade vacuum. The Medela is the highest rated among moms, though I don’t have experience with it. If I were buying a new one I’d go for the Medela Freestyle as it doesn’t require that you hold onto the pumps, so you can do something else while you’re pumping. Mom’s review that it’s very convenient to take to work as it’s smaller than other pumps as well as several pounds lighter in weight. The Lanisoh is a much cheaper option, but reviews aren’t nearly as high.
- Battery-operated breast pump. Less expensive than electric pumps, these pumps have the advantage of portability, and “wearable” models can be discreetly placed under your clothes, allowing you to pump “hands-free” at work or home. The only downside: They can burn through batteries.
- Manual breast pump. These hand-operated pumps, which are less expensive but more time-intensive than electric or battery-operated pumps, come in several models, including a syringe pump and a trigger-operated pump. Syringe and trigger-operated pumps are simple to use, moderate in price, portable, and easy to clean. Syringe, or piston-style, pumps allow for controlled pressure and less discomfort, while many trigger or lever-operated pumps allow for one-handed pumping.
Preparing to pump Wash hands before handling any of the breast pump parts, the breasts or expressed breast milk. Wash the parts of the breast pump that touch the breast or the expressed milk with hot soapy water and rinse well. Read instructions that came with your pump before use. Make yourself comfortable before you begin pumping. Sit with your shoulders relaxed and back supported. Have everything you need, including water, a book, a snack, within reach. Relax to help your milk “let-down.” Many women find that their milk lets down when they think about their baby or look at a picture of their baby while pumping. Try breast massage or warm compresses on the breasts before pumping. sSome women gently stimulate the nipple before using the pump. Moisten the breast before placing the shield on the breast to create a seal. Double pumping (pumping both breast at the same time) is effective for mothers who have limited time available for pumping breaks. This option can cut pumping time in half and some believe that milk production is stimulated more effectively.
Position the Pump on the Breast Center the breast shield over the nipple so the nipple can move in and out without rubbing against the sides. Lean forward a bit and turn the pump on. If using an electric pump, always begin pumping with the suction regulator on minimum. The pump should be slow and low. We don’t want the pump to be at too high of a suction or too high of a speed. The nipple should be well drawn into the mouth of the flange. Pump for 15 Minutes The typical recommendations for pumping are for 15 minutes, to simulate a feed and to stimulate supply if need be. We like to see a mother pump for seven minutes on, stop for one minute, massage, and then pump for another seven minutes. Highly recommended by moms for freezer storing your breast milk, is the in Lanisoh Breastmilk Storage Bags. They hold 6 ounces, has a convenient pour spout for transferring milk into a bottle, BPA free, tamper-evident safety seal, lay flat in freezer to take up less space and have a double zip to prevent leaks.
Determining the Best Time to Pump Milk supply is highest between 1:00 and 5:00 in the morning. So, after the first realistic morning feed is the best time to pump.