Breastfeeding is a commitment based on supply and demand. The more you breastfeed or pump while you’re on the go, the more milk your breasts will produce, which is why feeling comfortable and relaxed is so important. More moms are exclusively pumping because breastfeeding doesn’t always work out. Breastfeeding comes with many issues, including latching, inverted nipples, and short maternity leave, and we can only try our best. Don’t ever feel discouraged when it doesn’t work out; if you don’t want to supplement with formula, exclusively pumping can be a great option!
We are lucky because modern electric pumps are compact and can fit in a small backpack. Plus, hands-free pumping is now easily-accommodated with the additional support of nursing bras. Our favourites are from Bravado Designs.
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Some women may find that even if they are direct nursing, they still need to pump to encourage an increase in their milk supply. Adding pumping to their routine gives moms the freedom to be away from their baby during a typical mealtime and still produce milk for later if they are exclusively breastfeeding. Another positive with feeding on the go is knowing how much your baby is getting without guessing. This is a true relief for moms who underproduce breast milk and worry if their baby is getting enough to eat. Moms need to know that whatever they decide is the right decision for them and their baby. Feeding your baby is a challenge, and what works for one woman might not work for another.
Consider these tips for feeding on the go and pumping for success
Stress can hinder your body’s natural ability to release breast milk. Find a quiet place to pump. If you’re going back to work, discuss with your boss, or whoever is in charge, that you’ll need an area of calmness to relax and pump. What’s great about the bra from Bravado is the feeling of comfort and coverage it provides, not leaving you exposed. It completely covers you and allows for easy access for the pump to be hidden, so your breasts are not exposed. To help get your milk flow going, you can use a warm compress or massage your breasts. You might want to think about your baby, look at a picture of your baby, or listen to relaxing music, as these can also help.
Pump often and effectively
The more you pump, the more milk you’ll produce. If you’re working full time, try to pump for 15 minutes every few hours during the workday. If you can, pump both breasts simultaneously. A double breast pump helps stimulate milk production while reducing pumping time by half. Also, investing in a nursing bra that caters to pumping will make you feel less exposed and more comfortable.
Drink plenty of fluids
Water, juice, and milk can help you stay hydrated. Likewise, you should limit soda, coffee, and other caffeinated drinks. Too much caffeine might lead to irritability or interfere with your baby’s sleep. If you choose to have an occasional alcoholic drink, avoid breastfeeding for two hours afterwards.
Take good care of yourself
Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Sleep when the baby sleeps — and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Breast-feeding is a commitment, and your efforts to maintain your milk supply are commendable. If you’re having trouble keeping your milk supply or you’re concerned that you’re not producing enough milk, ask your doctor or lactation consultant for other suggestions.
Bravado Designs is always looking for ways to make breastfeeding the best experience it can be. Their Original Nursing and Pumping Bra available here is a revolutionary design that offers moms the convenience, ease, and discretion they’ve been asking for. It’s comfortable and supportive. What they have created is truly a game-changer for hands-free pumping.