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Setting Yourself Up for Success When Breastfeeding and Pumping

Many aspects of becoming a mother come naturally. Once you give birth, the things you were worried about while you were pregnant, kick in instinctively. But there are so many other aspects of motherhood that you need support on, need to research, and when it comes down to it – a lot of motherhood is all about trial and error and learning new things.

When it comes to feeding your baby, we believe that breastfeeding is healthy for you and your baby but that doesn’t mean that it will be easy.

Getting into a groove with breastfeeding and making sure the baby has a good latch is typically the first concern, but once you add a pump into the mix, things can get overwhelming and confusing.

How often should I be pumping? How long is my breastmilk good for? How many ounces does my baby need to eat? Should I freeze my milk and when do I freeze it?

Use the right pump for your lifestyle

Finding the right pump that works for your lifestyle can take some time, so don’t get frustrated! There are some handsfree options that are great if you’re trying to work, are chasing your toddler around the house, or just don’t want to be trapped in one place while you are pumping.

In addition to a great pump, you’ll also want to invest in comfortable nursing bras and tops to make the process easier.

Create a station to breastfeed and pump at

Create one area in your home (or office!) that is designated as your breastfeeding and pumping station. Have your pump, nipple cream, a comfy chair (and even a pillow!), water and snacks, and even a long charging cord within reach to keep you entertained.

Stay nourished and hydrated

Nutrition and hydration are key to feeling good and having energy to keep your baby happy and healthy. Make sure to eat when you’re hungry and drink a lot of water throughout the day.

Consult with a professional

No matter how great your breastfeeding and pumping experience is going, it’s always great to consult with a professional as early as possible to ask questions, tackle any problems with latching, and learn new techniques to help with your supply as well as positioning.

Don’t carry all of the burden

Even if you’re the one breastfeeding and pumping, there are several ways you can incorporate your partner into breastfeeding and pumping to help ease any burden you might be feeling. Enlist them to help stock your station, have them clean your equipment, and enlist them to label the milk before placing it in the fridge or freezer.

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Emily Sylvester

Emily Sylvester is the Founder & CEO of Mother of Fact. As a Licensed Registered Dietitian, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Mom of 3, she's helped thousands of families in many low/middle income communities feel confident and supported in their feeding journey. Her mission is to eliminate the deficit of equitable breastfeeding & formula feeding help for all households & healthcare systems.
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