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MAINTAIN BREASTFEEDING MILK SUPPLY WITH PUMPING

MAINTAIN BREASTFEEDING MILK SUPPLY WITH PUMPING
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Breastfeeding is something that naturally act as supply and demand. The milk of mother breasts will procude more when the mother give more breastfeed for the baby. That's why it is very important for mother to always make the milk always supply when the baby still need your breastfeed. If you are away from your baby, you should pump your milk.

Breast Pump

If you need to pump you milk, you shoud choose a good and save breast pump. There are some kind of pump that you can find at the markets, some of them is manual and electric. The electric breast pump are better than manual breast pump, because the electric is more powerfull and also can express more milk at not very long time. It is can not done properly if doing by hand operated breast pump. But the electric breast pump is usually more expensive than the manual one. If you know how to express your milk with your hands, it is not necessary for buying or using a breast pump.

These are some suggestion for keep your milk always produce in good condition.

  • Relax. Stress can hinder your body's natural ability to release breast milk. Find a quiet place to pump. It may help to massage your breasts or use warm compresses. Sometimes looking at a picture of the baby, thinking about the baby or listening to a recording of the baby's cry helps stimulate milk flow.
  • Pump often. The more you pump, the more milk you'll produce — especially if you're using a high-quality pump. If you're working full time, try to pump for 15 minutes every few hours during the workday.
  • Pump both breasts simultaneously. Pumping both breasts at the same time will increase your body's production of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production.
  • When you're with your baby, breast-feed on demand. The more you breast-feed your baby when you're together, the greater your supply will be when you pump. Try more frequent evening, early morning or weekend feedings. Pumping after a breast-feeding session can help boost milk supply, too — even if you pump but no milk is produced.
  • Avoid or limit formula feedings. Formula feedings will reduce your baby's demand for breast milk — which will lower your milk production. Remember, the more you breast-feed your baby or pump while you're apart, the more milk you'll produce. It also helps to pump ahead — either after or between breast-feeding sessions.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Get some exercise every day. Rest as much as you can — and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water, juice and milk can help you stay hydrated. But limit soda, coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Too much caffeine can reduce your milk supply.
  • Don't smoke or drink alcohol. Alcohol can interfere with milk letdown, and smoking can reduce your milk supply. If you choose to have an occasional alcoholic drink, avoid breast-feeding for two hours afterward.
  • Avoid birth control pills. Birth control pills that contain estrogen may interfere with milk production. Ask your doctor about other birth control options. (by MayoClinic.com)

To give the breastfeeding is commitment to yourself, the efforts to maintain your supply of milk are commendable. You should ask you doctor or your healt care consultant to have the best way and suggestion if you have problem for maintain the your milk supply.

Remember to always wash you hands before doing pump and expressing your breast milk. You should make sure the table or the area where you will pump your breast milk is clean. If you use the pumping equipment, you also need to make that equipment become sterilized before and after you use it. But please becaseful to wash the electric pump, there are some area that have to avoid to wash with water, you can read the manual instruction for make it sure.

If you are already near with your baby, you should feed your baby as soon as posible. It is also recommended to give the breastfeeding baby at night, because it will make your milk production become boost more at the next day.

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