17 Breast Pumping Tips For Moms Who Pump Frequently
Find tips to make frequent pumping a smoother, more enjoyable experience. Because when pumping is more pleasant, so is the rest of your world.
Do you pump multiple times a day? If so, you’re definitely considered a “frequent pumper.” Congratulations! With frequent pumping comes joy and the knowledge that you’re giving your baby the very best. But breast pumping can also bring uncertainty, questions, and even concerns. Here are some great tips and tricks designed to make frequent pumping a smoother, more enjoyable experience. You might just find that when pumping is more pleasant, so is the rest of your world.
Before Breast Pumping Tips
- Get a high quality, double electric breast pump with features that fit your lifestyle.
- Stock up on comfortable nursing bras and tanks so you don’t need to de-robe multiple times a day.
- Invest in a hands-free pumping bustier to give yourself more freedom during pumping sessions.
- Stay hydrated! Keep a large water bottle with you all day. There’s no need to force drinking, but try to drink to quench your thirst.
- Create a “station” or area in your kitchen where you can clean and store pumping parts.
- Ensure that your pumping kit fits appropriately. Here are some tips for choosing the correct breast shield.
Tips for Pumping
- Whenever possible, find a quiet, private place to pump so you can relax.
- Try to rotate between two sets of pumping parts so you always have a clean set on-hand.
- If your baby is not with you, keep a picture or other visceral cue (such as a blanket, toy, or even watch a video of them on your phone) with you to help stimulate let down.
- Consider frequent, short pumping sessions rather than less-frequent, longer ones.
- Keep a copy of current breast milk storage guidelines (also available in Spanish!) on hand, so you know when to serve, refrigerate, and/or freeze your pumped milk - and none of that liquid gold goes to waste!
Pumping Breast Milk Tips at Work
- Schedule and plan your pumping breaks in advance. If you can, block out time on your calendar for pumping so coworkers see that you’re busy and are less likely to schedule meetings during your pumping sessions.
- Consider keeping a second breast pump at the office so you have less to transport at the beginning and end of the workday.
- Type out a list of all the parts and pieces that you need, and hang it on your refrigerator or somewhere you can see it every day. When you’re in a rush in the morning, one quick glance will help you remember everything.
- Keep some extra parts at work in a clean, sealable bag. If you forget something one day (like a breast shield, bottle, or connector), you’ll be happy to have a backup!
- If you can’t keep extra parts at work or want to be extra-prepared, consider storing a hand pump like Harmony as a backup. Every mom forgets something at some point in her journey, so it’s good to be ready with a “rainy day” plan.
- Pump directly into storage bottles or transfer milk into storage bags while milk is still warm. As milk cools, fat can separate into layers making it difficult to transfer later.
- Store milk in small batches. It’s quicker and easier to defrost 2 – 4 oz. than 8 oz., and small batches also help ensure not a bit of your precious milk is wasted.