How to use an electric breast pump?
When I had to get back to work after my maternity leave I was very anxious for separating from my baby and also worried about his nutrition. After many hours of study, advices from other moms and countless video tutorials I finally got the hang of how to use an electric breast pump. It is actually more simple than I initially thought as a new mother. I guess by baby number two or three I will be an expert but in this case and in this whole new life for me, I am learning tons of new information about me and my baby.
The purpose of using a breast pump is basically to keep providing your child with the high nutrients and antibodies that can only come from breast milk. When the mother goes back to work she can collect the milk during the work day and bring it home to her baby.
Electric breast pumps are best for working moms who are regularly away from their baby for at least six hours. It is important to know that you will probably need to pump around 6 to 8 times daily (or once every 3 hours) to establish and maintain your milk supply. Electric breast pumps can use batteries -which makes them portable- or can be plugged in directly into an electric source. They also can come for a single breast or for both. The double breast pump has the advantage of helping milk production but is very expensive.
Here are a few easy steps on how to use an electric breast pump:
Step 1. The successful suction of any breast pump, either manual or electric, will depend solely on its assembly. Therefore the importance of reading thoroughly the instruction manual since the pumping system needs to be entirely sealed to work properly.
Step 2. The mother must wash her hands and find a quiet and lone environment. Have a picture, video or even a clothing from the day before of her baby -studies have shown that by looking or smelling something that reminds a mother of her baby, helps produce more milk faster. And it is also important to be calm; stress is a milk reducing factor. The breast pump must be sterilized (clean) and well put together.
Step 3. Start by placing the flange onto your breast, lining it directly over the nipple, so that the nipple will be centered within the hole.
Step 4. Holding the flange securely against the breast to guarantee a good seal, turn on the machine. To simulate the way your baby feeds, begin with quick suction movements from the pump to help your milk letdown reflex. And as you see the milk starting to flow, you can turn the suction speed to a slower and constant pace, still imitating your baby.
Step 5. Watch for the milk to stop coming out. Once it does, keep expressing milk for 2 or 5 more minutes. Most mothers pump for around 15 minutes per breast.
Step 6. To disconnect from the pump, hold the flange onto your breast and turn off the machine. Milk might drip once you take the flange off, just lean a little forward making sure it all goes into the bottle.
Step 7. You can air dry the milk on your nipple, which is highly recommended by experts because the milk has many positive nutrients. Or you can gently pad the wetness from your skin and apply some nipple cream.
If you plan to use an electric pump, always check the one that fits exactly to what you need and will not make you lose money and time. Find a variety of high quality electric breast pumps at Discount Medical Supplies.