Mommy Tips 101: How To Combine Breastfeeding And Pumping

By Last Updated: January 30th, 2023Categories: Baby Sitting, Parent and Baby Product

Being a mom is stressful. They must keep a household together. They also need to feed and take care of a baby all at once. Sometimes, moms don’t even have the time to take care of themselves.

Thankfully, there are helpful methods that can help mothers make things convenient like pumping their breast milk. Yes, this method allows moms to have a spare bottle of milk for their babies if they’re busy or during bedtime.

It saves them time and it’s much easier. Now, some moms out there have already mastered combining breastfeeding and pumping, but new moms have no idea how to do it and how it works.

Well, if you’re one of them, don’t worry. We have listed all the important facts you have to know on how to combine breastfeeding and pumping.

Pros and Cons of Combining Breastfeeding and Pumping

Before you consider combining breastfeeding and pumping, you should know that this method has both benefits and downsides. Check them out.

Pros:

  • Increase the production and breastmilk.
  • Relieves engorgement pressure and helps prevent clogged ducts.
  • Helps babies to not rely on breastfeeding.

Cons:

  • Pumping supplies require additional costs.
  • Chances of the milk being spoiled if not stored properly.
  • Your breasts/nipples may be more tender due to the longer amounts of suction.
  • Oversupply of milk.

Tips on How to Successfully Combine Breastfeeding and Pumping

Combining breastfeeding and pumping requires precision and perfect timing. If you’re a new mom and you don’t know what and how to do it, don’t worry! Here are some tips to help you get started.

Tip #1: Feed your Baby before Pumping

Doctors recommend that you feed your baby first before pumping. After breastfeeding, you can wait up to 30 minutes before you start pumping. This technique will surely empty your breast after and refill it after the next feed.

Feed your Baby before Pumping

Plus, you always have to ensure that your baby eats first before anything else.

Tip #2: Use your Hands

To get more milk while pumping, you can use your hands to squeeze your breast. This can also help increase the milk supply in the future. Just be careful, do not harshly squeeze your breast as this could hurt you.

Tip #3: Try to Relax while Pumping

Stress decreases the amount of milk you produce, so while pumping, try to be as calm and relaxed as possible. You can try to listen to your favorite songs, or watch a movie while pumping. Experts say that being in a relaxed state while pumping can help you produce more milk!

Try to Relax while Pumping

Tip #4: Create a Breastfeeding and Pumping Schedule

Switching between pumping and breastfeeding can be confusing and it can be a bit stressful. And so to make everything efficient and not confusing, consider creating a schedule. List the time when to just breastfeed or when to pump after breastfeeding. Here is a sample schedule.

6 a.m. Breastfeed
7 a.m. Pump
9 a.m. Breastfeed
12 p.m. Breastfeed
1 p.m. Pump
3 p.m. Breastfeed
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Breastfeed/put baby to bed
10 p.m. Pump

This is just a sample schedule, you can create your own or adjust the time we listed above.

Tip #5: Store Breastmilk Properly

You have to remember that breast milk will spoil if it’s not handled properly. Spoiled breast milk is harmful to babies. Here are some tips on how you can keep breast milk last longer.

  • Put milk in a safe storage container (ziplock bags or small containers). If you’re using zip lock bags, do not re-use them, those can only be used once.
  • Keep frozen (can last up to 6-12 months). You can then heat up your breastmilk in an oven or soak the container in hot water.
  • Label each container with the date (the day when the milk is pumped). Make sure to follow the FIFO method. Consume first the oldest breastmilk in the fridge.

If you’re hesitant and you’re really not sure what to do, it would be better if you consult a professional so you can get the best advice and tips.

Breast Milk is liquid gold. And it’s important that babies have it. That is why you should try your best to feed it to your baby, it has a lot of nutrients and can help them grow strong.

Are you planning on combining breastfeeding and pumping but don’t know how? Well, we got you! Read this article to get a full guide.

FAQs

Here are the foods that you should avoid while breastfeeding. This will affect you and your baby.

  • Fish high in mercury
  • Some herbal supplements
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Highly processed foods

You may continue ingesting these foods when your baby’s main food is not breastfeeding.

Try to feel your breast with one hand. They should feel soft, floppy, or flat like pancakes. You should not be able to feel any lump.