Breast-Feeding - Pumping and Storing

Pumping and storing your milk allows you to breastfeed while working or just getting some time away from your baby. It's a good idea to have a plan for when you'll need to pump, select the right breast pump for you, and know how to store milk safely. These will help set you and your baby up for long-term breastfeeding success.

Pumping and your milk supply

If you often feed your baby pumped breast milk, your milk supply may decrease. This is because your body releases less prolactin than it does when you feed your baby at the breast. To help keep your milk supply when you pump frequently:

  • Breastfeed your baby whenever possible. For example, if you are working, breastfeed your baby frequently before you go to work in the morning, in the evening, and throughout the weekends.
  • Keep a regular pumping schedule. Don't try to make up for missing a session by pumping longer at the next one. This can lead to breast engorgement and decreased milk production.
  • Use a double electric pump, which expresses milk from both breasts at the same time.
  • Talk to a lactation consultant about how to manage a decreasing milk supply.
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