Breast Pumping Tips

ExitCare ImagePumping breast milk is a good way produce more milk and a steady supply for your infant. In general, the more you breastfeed or pump, the more milk you will produce. Talk to your doctor or breastfeeding specialist if you need more information or support.

HOME CARE

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

  • Exercise as told by your doctor.

  • Rest often. Sleep when your infant sleeps.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Ask your doctor about birth control options.

Pumping breastmilk:

  • Relax and find a quiet place to pump. Breast massage, soothing heat on your breasts, music, pictures, or tape recordings of your infant may help you relax.

  • Place the suction cup of the pump right over the nipple.

  • Some discomfort is normal at first. If pumping continues to be painful, you may need a different pump. Talk to your breastfeeding specialist.

  • Put lanolin ointment on sore nipples and the areola.

  • Pump after each feeding session. This will boost your milk supply.

  • If you are away from your infant for several hours, pump for 15 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. Pump both breasts.

  • If your infant has a formula feeding, pump around the same time.

  • Pump a few weeks before you go back to work. This will help you find a routine that works for you.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You are having trouble pumping or feeding your infant.

  • You think you are not making enough milk.

  • You have nipple pain, soreness, or redness.

  • You have other questions or concerns.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.