Breastfeeding and pumping tips
The more you breast feed your baby the more milk you'll produce.
Your might also pump extra milk either after or between breast-feeding sessions and freeze it for future use.
While pumping try to relax and find a quiet place. It might help to massage your breasts or use warm compresses. Drink plenty of fluids.
The more you pump, the more milk you'll produce. If you're working full time, try to pump for 15 minutes every few hours during the workday. If you can, pump both breasts simultaneously. A double breast pump helps stimulate milk production while reducing pumping time by half.
Don't smoke - Smoking can reduce your milk supply, as well as change the taste of your milk and interfere with your baby's sleep.
Secondhand smoke increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), as well as childhood asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and middle ear infections. If you smoke, ask your doctor for options to help you quit. In the meantime, avoid smoking just before or during a feeding.
Breast-feeding is a commitment, and your efforts to maintain your milk supply are commendable. If you're having trouble maintaining your milk supply or you're concerned that you're not producing enough milk, ask your doctor or lactation consultant for other suggestions.