Every nursing mom has a different reason for using a breastpump. Regardless of your reason, there is no denying breastpumps can help extend your breastfeeding journey with your little one, aids in maintaining and/or increasing your milk supply, and allows you to stock up on your liquid gold. As you begin your breastfeeding journey you will find certain tips and tricks that work well for you. To get you started we’ve listed our top tips for pumping. Let’s get started!
Top tips for pumping
- The first thing any pumping mom needs to know is getting the right equipment is your best, and first course of action.
A good double electric breastpump could cost you hundreds of dollars out of pocket, but thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most insurance companies are required to provide nursing moms with breastfeeding equipment during their breastfeeding journey.
Double electric breastpumps will help cut your pumping time down by half, allowing you to get back to your daily life. Along with your breastpump you should take note of useful accessories that will enhance your pumping experience such as a breastpump bag, breastpump cooler with ice pack, battery pack or car charger, etc.
- Once you have your breastpump and you’re ready to begin pumping, setting the stage will help you relax and express milk easier.
No mom is alike when it comes to what works best for expressing milk. For some, early in the mornings is the best time, whereas other nursing moms experience the most success late at night. Find what time of the day works best for you and stick with it. A solid routine is crucial for pumping success. Once you’ve established what time of day works best, make sure you’ve sanctioned a comfortable place to sit and you have props to keep you relaxed, or occupied. Many moms find that keeping a picture of their baby with them helps them express milk.
While pumping you may enjoy reading, watching TV, checking emails, or looking at pictures of your baby. Just make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable; this will help you express milk effectively and efficiently.
- Take care of your breasts!
Your breasts are the key player when pumping so it is crucial to take proper care of them. If you experience sore or cracked nipples, applying a nipple cream such as lanolin will help soothe your nipples. Using a breastpump is not ever going to be 100% comfortable, but it does not have to be painful.
- Make sure you’re using the correct size breastshields/flanges.
Nothing will skew your breastfeeding experience more than ill-fitting breastshields. Properly sized breastshields will not only yield a more comfortable pumping experience, but you will also maximize the amount of milk extracted each time you pump. Your breastpump will come with breastshields but they might not be the right size for you. For more information on breastshield sizing, click here.
Getting your breastpump through insurance
Aeroflow Breastpumps makes getting your breastpump through insurance a fast and easy process. Once you fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form, your dedicated Breastpump Specialist will verify your benefits and contact you regarding your options. We understand breastfeeding is one of the most special experiences you will experience with your little one and hope our top tips for pumping are helpful. For immediate assistance we can be reached at 844-867-9890. We look forward to helping you and your growing family!