How to breastfeed and pump for storage

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How to breastfeed and pump for storage



If you are breastfeeding and want to pump breast milk for storage, there are a few things you can do to make the process as efficient as possible:




  1. Establish a good milk supply: It's important to breastfeed or pump frequently in the first few weeks after giving birth to establish a good milk supply. Aim to breastfeed or pump at least 8-12 times per day, or more often if possible.

  2. Pump after breastfeeding: Your body produces more milk when it receives a stronger signal to do so. Try to pump after breastfeeding, when your breasts are already full of milk, to stimulate further milk production.

  3. Use a double pumping system: Using a double pumping system allows you to stimulate both breasts at once, which can be more efficient and help you to produce more milk.

  4. Pump for longer periods of time: Your body produces more milk when it receives a stronger signal to do so. Try pumping for longer periods of time to stimulate more milk production.

  5. Store the milk properly: It's important to store breast milk properly to ensure that it stays fresh and safe for your baby to drink. Expressed milk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 8 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. When storing breast milk, make sure to label the container with the date and time it was expressed.




It's also a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant for personalized advice on breastfeeding and pumping for storage. 



They can provide you with more specific guidance and support.

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