BREAST PUMPING: 9 PRECIOUS THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

MARA PEZZOTTA

  • Use it or lose it If you are not breastfeeding, it’s important to maintain pumping every 2-3 hours and not let more time lapse as your body reads this as reduced demand for its milk and reacts accordingly by lowering its production.  
  • Invest in a good Pumping Bra You will spend a lot of time tethered to that pump (in my case 15 minutes x 10x per day = 150 minutes or 2.5 hours of actual pumping). You will be grateful to have access to your hands during that time. Write in your brand voice. Skip the jargon and fancy language. Write with personality from your brand to better engage your new and repeat audience.
  • Make sure to use compatible bottles Make sure that the bottles and pump you choose are compatible! I made the mistake to order a Spectra pump and Dr Brown’s bottles without realizing that the flanges or the pump do not fit the neck of the bottle – I had to track down adapters.  
  • A note on Dr Brown’s bottles My own personal experience was that the Dr Brown’s bottles had little benefit to my baby’s reflux – and washing the many pieces was a nightmare.  
  • Milk bags are your best friends Remember to date the containers—it can help to put a use-by date too. Add your baby’s name if he will receive the milk at a childminder’s or nursery.  
  • Save every little bit of extra milk you produce You never know when your natural production will drop – I had a freezer full of bags and felt rich, but once I factored in that hungry baby goes through 8-10 bags a day, suddenly all that seemingly endless backlog only covered a week or two!  
  • Invest on a travel pump Ask your insurance if they cover travel pumps or consider investing in one – I bought a Spectra 9 Plus which was life changing (same power as the big clunky ones but the size of two stacked iPhones).  
  • A tip for long travels For long travel (especially lengthy flights) – consider buying some bottles with disposable liners (washing bottles on a long flight is no fun). 
  • And last, but not least… Don’t cry over spilled milk!