Many aspects of becoming a mother come naturally. Once you give birth, the things you were worried about while you were pregnant, kick in instinctively. But there are so many other aspects of motherhood that you need support on, need to research, and when it comes down to it – a lot of motherhood is all about trial and error and learning new things.
When it comes to feeding your baby, we believe that breastfeeding is healthy for you and your baby but that doesn’t mean that it will be easy.
Getting into a groove with breastfeeding and making sure the baby has a good latch is typically the first concern, but once you add a pump into the mix, things can get overwhelming and confusing.
How often should I be pumping? How long is my breastmilk good for? How many ounces does my baby need to eat? Should I freeze my milk and when do I freeze it?
Instincts aside, these tips from our team at NurtureTalk will help you set yourself up for success when you’re breastfeeding and pumping.
Use the right pump for your lifestyle
Finding the right pump that works for your lifestyle can take some time, so don’t get frustrated! There are some handsfree options that are great if you’re trying to work, are chasing your toddler around the house, or just don’t want to be trapped in one place while you are pumping.
In addition to a great pump, you’ll also want to invest in comfortable nursing bras and tops to make the process easier.
Create a station to breastfeed and pump at
Create one area in your home (or office!) that is designated as your breastfeeding and pumping station. Have your pump, nipple cream, a comfy chair (and even a pillow!), water and snacks, and even a long charging cord within reach to keep you entertained.
Stay nourished and hydrated
Nutrition and hydration are key to feeling good and having energy to keep your baby happy and healthy. Make sure to eat when you’re hungry and drink a lot of water throughout the day.
Consult with a professional
No matter how great your breastfeeding and pumping experience is going, it’s always great to consult with a professional as early as possible to ask questions, tackle any problems with latching, and learn new techniques to help with your supply as well as positioning.
At NurtureTalk, we offer several packages to help make the adjustment from prenatal to postpartum a little less overwhelming, no matter what time of day it is.
Don’t carry all of the burden
Even if you’re the one breastfeeding and pumping, there are several ways you can incorporate your partner into breastfeeding and pumping to help ease any burden you might be feeling. Enlist them to help stock your station, have them clean your equipment, and enlist them to label the milk before placing it in the fridge or freezer.
Know that you are not alone
Every breastfeeding and pumping journey is unique, but that doesn’t mean you’re alone! Lean on your family members and mom friends for support! Our team at NurtureTalk is also a great option for asking questions, helping you to feel supported, and learn new techniques to make breastfeeding and pumping a breeze, no matter what stage your baby is in.
Want more tips for pumping and building a breastmilk stash in preparation for returning to work? See our post Build a Breastmilk Freezer Stash: Easy Pumping and Storing.