I was her…that mom that had to pump for days just to have enough breast milk supply to go out with my husband to a movie. The one who could sit for 45 minutes and get just barely enough to cover the bottom of the container attached to my pump. Very often, these moms are just back to work, stress and anxiety are high, and mothers are coming to grips with their new reality. An overly simplistic explanation for the challenge is this: Oxytocin is a major hormonal player in breastfeeding. So, actions that calm, sooth, and remind us of our babies can increase oxytocin and increase the volumes of milk that are pumped. If you feel like pumping is simply not effective and wonder about whether it is an issue of getting the milk OUT vs. Hopefully these suggestions will be helpful.
I remember the first time I used a breast pump, I literally laughed out loud. It was so weird! Not only did our lactation consultant single-handedly save my nursing relationship with my baby, she also saved me the trial and error of trying to figure out how to get comfortable while pumping. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience see my full disclosure here. Use the right size breast shields.
There is a lot of really good, really helpful information about breastfeeding out there. But between the Internet and the abundance of insights from well-meaning but often woefully misinformed friends and family, there is also a lot of misinformation. We asked a team of breastfeeding experts for some of the most stubborn myths they hear day in and day out.