As a mother, you might breastfeed while at home and also pump to build up a supply of milk for your baby when you’re away. If you’re breastfeeding and pumping at the same time, there are some factors you should consider to ensure the baby gets enough milk. Apart from getting support from a spouse, family, and friends, here are six tips for pumping and breastfeeding success:
Breasting is the most recommended way of feeding an infant. However, not every mom can manage to meet the demand and be with their infant 24/7. In some other cases, the baby might not be able to latch. If you opt to pump, you should get the best breast pump to help you maintain and establish a good milk supply. Pumping often will drain the breast. As a result, it will send a signal to the body for more milk production. The more often your breasts get drained, the higher the milk production.
The mental component plays a vital role when it comes to breast milk. Ensure you’re at peace. Find a quiet and clean place to pump. You might listen to relaxing music or think about your baby to help the breast produce milk. When breastfeeding, find the best position to hold the baby and be relaxed.
Take Lots of Fluids
Apparently, breast milk is estimated to be made up of 90% water. Drinking enough water, tea, and juice will keep you hydrated and healthy. It will also help you in the making and maintain breast milk supply. As a breastfeeding and pumping mum, you should take at least six glasses of water and other fluids. Limit coffee, soda, and caffeinated beverages. Too much caffeine might interfere with baby’s sleep or cause irritation and discomfort. But if you take an alcoholic drink, ensure you avoid breastfeeding your baby two hours after drinking.
Limit or Avoid Formula Feedings
Most of the times, breastfeeding takes a toll on mothers, especially first-time moms. But if it’s possible, avoid formula feedings which will automatically reduce the baby’s demand of your breast milk. You can increase your milk supply by taking lots of fluids and eating healthy. More so, ensure you drain the breast for more milk production. If you have extra milk, you can pump and freeze it. But if you cannot avoid formula feedings, then limit it. You can breastfeed the baby in between formula-feedings to help you maintain your milk supply.
Smoking can change the taste of your milk which might make the infant refuse to breastfeed or take pumped milk. It can also interfere with the baby’s sleep. More so, smoking can drastically reduce your milk supply. You can, for the meantime, put into holding your smoking spree.
Breastfeed On Demand
When you’re with your baby, try as much as you can to breast her/him. You can make a schedule like early mornings, evenings, or weekends.
These are but a few tips that will help you in breasting and pumping milk for your baby. More so, do not forget to take good care of yourself, both physically and emotionally.