If you practice breastfeeding on demand, there is no need for constant pumping, because the amount of milk is controlled by the baby himself. Moreover, as a result of frequent decanting “to the last drop”, hyperlactation may occur - excessive milk production.
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However, this does not mean that you do not need to decant. There are situations when a nursing mother has to express breast milk. What are these cases and how to express milk? Let's figure it out.
IN WHAT CASES MILK MILLING IS NEEDED
With a strong postpartum rush of milk.It is easy to identify by engorgement and tenderness of the mammary glands. As a rule, this occurs 3-4 days after delivery. Here it is important not to overdo it, to give your body time to figure out for itself how much milk a baby really needs. Start pumping no sooner than a day after the start of the tide, because the substances that give a signal thatthat milk is produced with surplus, appear in the breast only after a day. If you express milk earlier, it will come in the same amount.
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During this period, more often apply the child to the breast, and only in that situation when the baby does not want or cannot “dissolve” the breast, it will be necessary to express the breast to a feeling of relief.
To increase lactation.In cases where the child for some reason cannot sufficiently empty the breast, pumping is recommended as an additional stimulation of the breast and an increase in the amount of milk produced.
To preserve lactation, if mother and baby were temporarily separated.Straightening 2-3 times a day, you can maintain lactation for quite a long time. If it is necessary to achieve the amount of the child’s daily ration, it will be necessary to express milk at least 6-10 times a day, including at night.
If mom needs to leave and leave milk for the time of her absence.For example, mom went to work, but wants to keep breastfeeding.
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In case of lactostasis.In case of milk stagnation, the nursing mother has to decay if the child reluctantly sucks the sick breast or refuses it altogether.
CLIMBING MILK HANDS
Prepare clean dishes with a lid.The dishes for decanting and further storage of milk must be sterilized. Keep in mind that it can be inconvenient to decant in a baby bottle, so it is better to take a regular wide cup or bowl.
Wash your hands with soap and water.Blot or dry them so that they do not slide over the chest.
To improve the flow of milk before decanting can take a warm showeror apply dry heat to the chest for a few minutes; have a cup of hot tea; gently roll the nipple between your thumb and forefinger.
Take a comfortable posture.Stinging - the procedure is not quick, so sit back. Place the dishes under the breast.
Put your thumb over the areola, and the index and middle under it.The pads of the fingers and the nipple should be on the same vertical line. Make sure your fingers are on the border between the areola and the skin of the breast or slightly over this border during the expression.
Press the thumb and forefinger on the areola towards the rib cage(that is, to yourself, not from yourself). Most likely, you will have to carry out this procedure several times. Before the milk appears. At first it may be just a few drops or splashes, then it will flow more actively.
Make a squeeze motion.Squeezing the fold a little with your fingers, bring it forward, away from you.
Move your fingers in a circle to evenly empty all lobes of the breast.To keep your fingers from slipping on your skin, from time to time, blot your breasts with paper napkins or a diaper.
Squeeze the chest for at least 5-10 minutes, but not more than 20-30 minutes. Decant need to until milk flows weaker. You won't be able to squeeze the milk to the last drop, as it is produced continuously.
Do not rub or squeeze your breasts while expressingand also do not make movements that bring pain.