Before my baby was born I prayed I would be able to breastfeed. It started out for the selfish reason of wanting to lose that belly fat, however, when I thought about it, I also wanted to ensure my baby got the best and based on my knowledge, Breast is the Best. If I wanted to breastfeed I would definitely have to purchase a breast pump and learn how the heck to get that good milk out.
I am Jamaican and breastfeeding is the most common way we feed our newborns. It is not the only way, but we are traditional people and breastfeeding know-how has come down from mother to mother. My mother taught me like her mom taught her and so forth.
Breastfeeding or even pumping my milk was NOT easy, It was painful, uncomfortable, I cried and I felt like an utter failure. But gosh darn it, I was stubborn and determined to make this child feed from me over enlarged breasts. My saving grace was nipple cream and washable breast pads.
Pumping Bra: Try to be as comfortable as you can. Dress in a shirt that can easily open or slip on and off and most importantly have on a bra that you can manoeuvre your nipples out off. A hands-free pumping bra can be a time- and sanity-saver, enabling you to get things done while you pump. But your bra doesn’t need to break the bank
Area/Room: You will go back to work and that’s where sometimes it can be a little ticklish. Start thinking about where you will be pumping, find a clean sanity area. If You are home simply pumping anywhere you’re comfortable is ideal. Set up a nice chair with pillows and blankets.
Mini Fridge: You may have to purchase a mini fridge to keep your pumped milk. At work, this will be ideal as you need to add milk to the refrigerator right away. I wish I had done this with baby number 1.
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The Right Equipment
Options and More Options: There are quite a few breast pump options out there. You must do your research, read through the reviews and ensure you are purchasing the right one that suits your pumping needs and breast size. Do not buy into anyone that says it can give you more milk production, that’s a hoax.
Breast Pump Types: There are 3 types.
Manual which you use your hand to pump your milk from your breast with the assistance of a device. This can be a little tedious but you be able to gauge the intensity.
Electric Breast Pump is considered the most popular. You can set the intensity, purchase a bra attachment, and pump hands free.
Hospital Grade Breast Pump – The most efficient type of breast pump out there, a heavy-duty hospital-grade pump sucks at a faster and stronger frequency. It’s also the most expensive type of breast pump—typically above $1,000—therefore they’re often available to rent.
Best Time to Get Pump: This is done BEFORE the baby arrives. If you are in the US Affordable Care may pay for that breast pump or only charge a small fee. Find out which pump is covered and if you qualify. The main reason though is to reduce your new mom stress.
BEST MANUAL BREAST PUMP
Electric Breast Pump
Philips Avent Double Electric Breast Pump
Medela Sonata Smart Double Electric Breast Pump
BREAST PUMPS FOR MOMS ON THE GO
Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Portable Electric Breast Pump with LCD Screen
Philips Avent Single Electric
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