“Mothers want only the best for the baby, hence their preference only for breast milk but there are times that mothers have to go and leave the house for errands and for employment. Babies need their mother’s milk for their immunity and well being that is why mothers need to learn the basics when pumping breast milk. If you don’t have any idea on the basic of pumping breast milk, chances are you would have a hard time and turn to formula milk. The following tips below should help you have an idea on how to properly express milk.
Note: It is important to make sure that your baby is well accustomed to breastfeeding before introducing bottle-feeding. It is important because when a baby sucks your nipple, it would stimulate your brain to produce more milk.
There are two kinds of pump that you can use when pumping breast milk, the electric pump and the manual pump. If you would use a pump everyday, it is advisable to go electric and if you would use it occasionally, then a manual breast pump will do.
Using an electric breast pump for expressing milk is very easy, just put a breast shield over the nipple and simply turn on the machine and it would suction the milk to the container. This is the same with a manual breast pump with the only difference is that you have to squeeze it manually without the help of a motor. The modern breast pumps mimic the baby’s sucking motion so it does not cause discomfort. There is no discomfort however you should always placed the phalanges properly because if one commits a mistake, it might lead to irritation and accidental self-pinching. If irritation or engorgement occurs after pumping breast milk, you can soothe it by applying breastfeeding nipple cream or simply express a small amount of milk by hand then rub over them after each nursing session.
Storing milk takes a different tact, because you can only store what the baby normally consumes. For example if your baby takes 3 ounces, then keep the storage amount in 3-ounce portions. The milk should sit first after pumping breast milk before storing it at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.”