Hey! Welcome to my exclusive pumping breastmilk page, I’ve decided to do this page as I’m a pumping mummy myself. In here tells you about the benifits of breastmilk, why express, what is expressing milk, how to express, how to store milk, and my own little bit about my journey. Hope this help, thanks for reading.
Benifits of breastmilk
Breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby.
Once you’ve expressed your milk, you can store it in the fridge or freezer to feed to your baby later, if you don’t need it straight away.
Breastmilk protects your baby from infections and diseases. E.g.
less chance of diarrhoea and having to go to hospital as a result.
Fewer chest and ear infections and fewer visits to hospital as a result.
Less chance of being constipated
Less chance of developing eczema.
Expressing provides health benefits for mums e.g. Lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.
Naturally uses up to 500 calories a day.
Saves money – infant formula, the sterilising equipment and feeding equipment can be Costly.
Why express breastmilk?
If you express your milk, your baby can still have the benefits of breastmilk if she’s not able to breastfeed, or if you can’t be with her all of the time.
If your baby was premature she may not be able to take milk straight from your breast at first. Or you or your baby may have another problem or illness that makes breastfeeding difficult for the time being. Expressing your milk can help with these challenges.
There may be times when you need to be away from your baby, whether for just a few hours, or because you have gone back to work. Expressing milk means that your baby can carry on enjoying breastmilk while someone else is caring for her.
If you’re away from your baby for long spells, you will also need to express while you and your baby are apart. This prevents your breasts from becoming too full and uncomfortable. Expressing milk is also a great way to increase your milk supply.
What is expressing milk and how to express.
Expressing is a way of taking breastmilk from your breast without your baby needing to suckle. You can do this by using:
Always wash your hands before you start expressing. Expressing by hand is the cheapest option, as you don’t need anything more than a clean container, such as a jug, to catch the milk, and bags or lidded containers to store it in.
Hand expressing does take a bit of getting used to, though. The trick is to put pressure on the milk ducts behind your nipple, rather than squeezing the nipple itself. It’s a useful knack to have, as it can also help you to relieve your breasts if they’re too full.
A manual pump
I found the manual pump took too long I used be doing it up to 45 minutes with a hand pump. Manual pumps you put a breast phalange (or shield) over your nipple, but you extract the milk by operating a squeeze mechanism or pulling a plunger with your hand rather than relying on a motor.
I have the eletric pump as seen above, it’s a ARDO calypso, I’ve rented it from hospital get to keep it till I’m finished only have to pay £10 at the end.
It usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to pump both breasts with a good electric pump,I pump a little longer sometimes 30 mins on both.To use an electric pump, you put a breast phalange (or shield) over your nipple, turn the machine on, and let it do the work of suctioning your milk into an attached container.
How should I store my milk
You can store breast milk in a feeding or storage bottle that’s made of plastic or glass. A secure cap will keep it fresh. (Many pumps come with storage containers.) You can also use a plastic bag made especially for storing milk( I see to.use bags but are not reusable. Fill the container three-quarters full if it’s going in the freezer, to allow for expansion.
For convenience, store the milk in the amounts that you normally use at a feeding. (If your baby typically takes 3 ounces, then store in 3-ounce portions.)
Remember to write the date on the bottle or bag before putting it in the refrigerator or freezer so you’ll know when you pumped it. (You’ll want to use the oldest milk first.) Don’t combine fresh milk and frozen milk (by topping off a frozen container with some fresh milk, for example).
You may be surprised to see what breast milk looks like. It’s normal for the fat to separate and float to the top, and sometimes the milk has a bluish hue, especially early on. (Your milk color may also be affected by your diet or medications.) Don’t shake the milk. Instead, gently swirl it to mix the fat back in.Your milk shouldn’t smell or taste sour, but after thawing milk sometimes has a slightly soapy smell from the change in the fats. This is perfectly fine.The process of freezing destroys some of the antibodies in the milk, so don’t freeze it unless you have to. But frozen breast milk is still healthier and offers more protection from disease than formula does.
My little pumping story
I have got 2 kids my eldest is my daughter 3yrs old & my boy 11weeks tomorrow(13thmay2015). I didn’t breastfeed with my daughter cause wasn’t sure how to do it( I did regret not giving her breastmilk in the end) for some time she cudent keep her milk down and she had explosive diarrhoea even when she passed wind and constpaction(had to help her) at 8 weeks old she passed wind followed by blood in her poo, me and my partner took her to hospital and they diagnosed her with cows milk intolerance, they put her on neautramigen lipil 1 it’s tasted absolutely vile but she didn’t mind, her body can now tollerate milk. So when I feel pregnant with my boy I thought he might be intolerance too, so I did abit of research on it and went ahead with it. The first week or two after my boy was born my breast felt like rocks had to express every 2-3 hours and was banging out 9oz each breast so 18oz everypump
That lasted about 2 weeks,around 8 week into it went to 9oz from both breast, Now at 11 weeks in I get 7oz from both breast pumping every 5 hours
Sometimes I do (power pump💪) meaning I pump both boobs for 20-25 mins, rest for 10mins pump for 10,rest 15 pump.10 again It’s hard work and sometimes I feel like giving up it is very time consuming and your life evolves round you and your pump. But I look at my boy and he makes me carry on. If your a powerpumping mummy and have tips for myself or other pumping mums then leave a comment 🙂 and also Well Done you’ve made it this far! Keep pumping!
Even the celebs do it! 👌
I’ve done this a few times 😥