Learn how to use a Breast Pump to help whilst breastfeeding
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In this video you will learn how to use a breast pump.
The breast pump is often used by mothers whose babies are too weak to be breastfed.
The first days are crucial in triggering the milk production
The more regularly the breast is expressed, the more milk it will produce.
Ideally, express milk 6 to 8 times a day
Each time, express milk from both breasts. You will need 20 to 30 minutes to express all the milk as it takes between 10 and 15 minutes for each breast.
You can diminish the time it takes by half, by expressing both breasts at the same time.
This is how you should use the breast pump:
-Always start by washing your hands with soap and water first.
moisten the breast before placing it in the pump, it will make the extraction easier
Check that the nipple is at the center.
The pump must be adapted to the size of your breasts. If it is too large, air will pass, reducing the breast pump efficiency. If it's too small it might be painful.
Adjust the pump by yourself, make sure it is efficient but doesn't pump too vigorously at the risk of damaging the nipples.
It's best to start slowly and to increase the pumping strength progressively if needed.
This shouldn't hurt you in any way.
The first times it's normal if nothing comes out, or just a few drops.
Don't worry about it, it will come in its own time.
Be warned that there is no breast pump as efficient as a baby's suction.
As soon as you can, start breastfeeding your child until you don't need the beast pump anymore.
If you don't do it, the risk is that the quantity of milk produced will decrease.
The breast pump is also used by mothers who wish to store a supply of breast milk, which will be given to the baby in their absence.