Breast feeding is an important exercise between the mother and the baby. It not only helps to improve the relationship and bond between the two but it ensures that the baby gains the many benefits from breast milk.
Mothers who breastfeed their babies and are nearing the end of their maternity leave, usually want to continue with the process even when they return to work. For many mothers, the procedure of how breast pumps work may be foreign to them.
Below is how breast pumps work.
Step One – Choose the right breast pump
Due to technology, mothers today have the option of purchasing a manual, battery powered or an electric breast pump. It is important to make the right decision when purchasing one. We recommend the Ameda brand Breast Pump for its strength and efficiency.
Step Two – Clean it
You need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to properly cleaning the pump. This is to ensure that no contaminants come into contact with the breast milk.
Step Three – Attach breast shield to the breasts
The breast pump comes fitted with a pair of breast shield which have a cone or funnel shaped part called a flange. This part is attached to the breast and sits over the nipple and areola creating a seal.
Step Four – Operate it
The manual pump comes with a lever that allows the mother to pump the milk from her breasts into the storage compartment. This type of pump works through suction therefore allowing milk to flow.
For battery powered and electric pumps, they are fitted with electric motors which when started, create a pull in the flange therefore allowing the milk to flow into the storage container.
The mother needs to allow the breast pump to pull down the milk until the compartment is full or until the breasts fill less heavy.
Step Five – Storage
When storing milk, you can opt to use screw top bottles or special milk storage bags that are BPA free. You need to label them with the correct date. You can place the milk in the refrigerator to chill or freeze.