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7 Responses to 35 Tips and Tricks For Pumping Mamas

  1. Megan Valencia

    I can only get a letdown when I’m completely distracted from pumping. No luck until I brought my iPad and pulled up a light comedy. As soon as I’m “in” the show, down comes my milk.

  2. Sarah Brumberg

    If you have a double pump, pump it up! I found that when I pumped both breasts at the same time, I had more yield. And it’s a time saver too.

    Also, take advantage of nap and bed times. My bitty baby sleeps in four hour stretches at night. When I put him down around 8, I can pump around 10, leaving my breasts time to refill for the midnight feeding.

    I hope these tips help.

  3. Nicki Joseph

    Great ideas. #20 and 24 especially! I will definitely save this post because I will need it later this year 🙂

  4. Lourdes

    I found that drinking MALTA and lots of water has helped increase my milk production more than anything else. Malta is a sugar cane drink and is non-alcoholic. It is found in the Spanish aisle of the grocery store. I also use Mother’s tea from Whole Foods but do not find it as effective.
    My babies did not take the breasts at birth, but pumping 7 or 8 times a day with the Medela Symphony pump from the hospital worked for me. I reduced the numbers of pumpings to 6 a day when I went back to work at 6 months. At 8 months, I dropped to 5 pumpings a day and I am still producing a decent amount of milk.

  5. Chelsea

    Also, put the time of day on the bag bc your breast milk has more hormones to put to sleep at night and less in the morning.

  6. Candi

    I took a video with my phone of my baby crying when she was hungry and when she would latch and start eating. It helped with my let down to watch and hear her. Also just looking at pictures or videos throughout helped. I also purchased a mini fridge I kept in my office to store milk until it was time I I home.

  7. Teresa

    Arrange for ice packs for milk transport to ensure that you don’t have to ask yourself if the milk has shortened expiry due to heating up too much in a hot car. Not to plug a particular product but there are small cooler bags with bottle-contoured ice packs out there that make such logistics a cinch, especially if you follow one of the previous tips (or have an employer-provided mini-fridge) and can re-freeze the ice pack(s) during the workday. No question, no worry.

    Book pumping sessions on your work calendar so people won’t book over them and so you’ll get a reminder.

    Always bring at least one more bottle than you think you need in case it turns out your baby is having a growth spurt and you’re suddenly making more milk.

    Tuck spare membranes into your pumping bag. When you’re away is when you might see you need a new one.

    Keep spare nursing pads in your pumping bag. You never know.

    Keep batteries (if your pump will run on them) in your bag in case you find yourself ‘trapped’ with no power outlets. (Batteries saved me during jury duty. I pumped in a central office in the morning but got stuck waiting for lawyers to argue in a hallway with a bathroom sans power outlets.)