2017 was a huge year in the world of breast pumps. They lastly took a long hard look at themselves and realized it was time to improve. Or rather that is what John Chang realized which led him to make the first wearable breast pump. The main difference is that unit of milk collection is curve styled so it can be worn inside the bra easily.
This means hands-free and discreet pumping. So, you’d wear it in the office, supermarket, cinema or no one would know. Now wearable breast pumps are becoming more and more famous and it feels like each and every Instagram mother influencer boasts a wearable breast pump on their feed right now.
Who needs a wearable breast pump?
You might need a wearable breast pump if…
- Your infant is not nursing well (or not nursing at all). A top-quality wearable breast pump is the ideal way to maintain milk supply in this condition.
- You need to boost milk supply or you’re inducing lactation for an infant you didn’t birth. In these conditions, a breast pump is essential but can surely speed the procedure.
- You’re planning an occasional separation from an infant for more than a couple of hours.
- You plan to return to full – or short-time work and want to give milk tothe child.
- Hand expression is one more option.
- You prefer to provide expressed milk (either part of the time or full time) for any reason.
When should I start pumping milk?
New mothers often tell us they have heard they should not pump milk right after birth. Not true. You can start anytime. We warn them at first, they likely would not get too much milk. Colostrum, which is the milk you produce for the first couple of days after delivery, is thicker than the milk you produce later and is harder to pump.
We do not want ladies to become frustrated because they are not pumping much milk. If you are infant is latching, they’re the most efficient pump! After those first couple of days, your milk will become more abundant and simple to pump.
If you are breastfeeding 8-12 times a day and your infant is latching well, you do not need to pump at all. After 2 to 3 weeks, your supply of milk should be well established. At this stage, several women like to start pumping to put the milk away for later use.
If your child is in the NICU and you cannot breastfeed that is the whole new ballgame. In those cases, we encourage mothers to use wearable breast pump to start pumping within 6hrs after delivery and to pump at least 8-12 times a day to establish a milk supply for their NICU baby.
Breast milk does some of its very best jobs in the NICU. If you are unable or struggling to pump right away, donor breast milk might a good choice. Pumping takes most women 15-20 minutes each session. As your milk comes in, it might take less time. If you are exclusively pumping, you’d pump 8 times a day, about each 3hrs.