Today’s topic on the scavenger hunt is pumping. It’s not something I’ve ever been entirely successful at to be honest.
But the key is relaxation, easier said than done when you’re watching each drop drip down, stressing about having enough milk for your baby when you aren’t there. You need to relax to get your let down going.
Having a good breast pump certainly helps. I had an old Medela mini which was good but it wasn’t until I bought a Medela swing that my pumping was revolutionised. The let down stimulation is really effective, you can control it and unlike the mini it stimulates let down before pumping so you have a chance to shut your eyes, look at pictures if your baby, or whatever it takes to relax to get a let down. It gets more powerful and builds up then relaxes down just like feeding your baby. I spose the important thing is it doesn’t really matter if you get much milk, don’t stress over it, it makes it worse. If you have to leave your baby don’t feel guilty if you have to leave them with formula, it’s not a big deal. It really really isn’t. What’s more important is you being happy (cliche but means your baby will be happy).
This post ispart of the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger hunt which is taking part during national breastfeeding week.
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