Pumping is a way for a breastfeeding mom to express her milk so she can leave it behind for her baby when they have to be apart whether for work or the occasional errand. Pumping is also a way that a breastfeeding mom can keep up her milk supply if she is away from her baby. While feeding directly at the breast is the ideal way to feed a baby, according to a Lansinoh® survey conducted in 2005, 94 percent of first-time mothers plan to pump their milk because of being apart from their breastfed baby and to keep up their supply during these absences. Here's some information to get you started:
If you are pumping to have extra milk on hand for occasional use, the best time to pump is in the morning, after your first morning feeding. Milk supply is most abundant in the early hours of the morning, so take advantage of this time to pump after baby's first feeding in the morning.
If you are going back to work, you will need to have more milk on hand. To build a supply of milk prior to going back to work, pump daily in the morning and put it directly into the freezer. Then when you go back to work, pump at work at the times when your baby would be feeding. Store the milk safely at work and bring home whatever milk you've pumped during the workday and add to your freezer stash. See Pumping at Work for more tips on establishing a routine when you go back to work. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags and Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bottles can be used for safe and convenient milk storage.
The process of pumping is simple but it does take some getting used to. Here are some directions for using the Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump. Click here for the full instruction manual.