Misuse of the breast pump

- Nov 25, 2019-

Misunderstanding 1: Use a breast pump instead of a baby suck

Most women have a feeling of nipple pain when they first start feeding their baby. But now some "sweet" mothers have given up breastfeeding because they are afraid of pain, either feeding their children with milk powder or using a breast pump. As a result, the breasts cannot be cleared in time.

Breast pump doctors recommend: If mothers are unable to breastfeed for special reasons, they should insist on breastfeeding when they are born. If you can stick to the first few days, your mother's nipples usually adapt quickly to your baby's sucking. “Breastfeeding is like switching a tap. Moms have to remember to put the entire areola into the baby's mouth when feeding. Just open the ‘water tap in the right way, and the water will flow out smoothly.”

Myth 2: Excessive use of breast pump damage nipple

Some mothers think that the breast pump is omnipotent, but they do not know that if used improperly, the breast pump will also damage the nipple. If the breast pump is used without the dredge of the mammary gland, it may become more and more blocked.

Doctors suggest that the mother of natural delivery will have postpartum physiological bloating on the second day after delivery on the third day after delivery. At this time, as long as the baby is properly sucked, the mammary gland can usually be cleared. If you want to use a breast pump, you must first ensure that the breast tube is unobstructed. If the breast pump has caused severe edema of the nipple, even the massage should stop, only the nipple should be fully rested first. Also, mothers use a breast pump to suckle milk, not too long, under normal circumstances, the breasts on both sides should not add up to more than half an hour.

Misunderstanding 3: too much milk does not need to be artificially squeezed out

There are also some mothers who have a lot of milk, and the baby can't finish it, but they don't know how to use the breast pump to squeeze out the excess breast milk. If the milk is blocked in the mammary gland for a long time, it is easy to breed bacteria, causing pathological bloating, and the breast feels particularly painful when touched. In addition, when the baby just started to eat milk, if the mother's breasts accumulated too much milk, there is a milk spray reflex, which makes the child too late to swallow, it is easy to pick up, or simply refuse to suck.

Doctors recommend: Excess milk should be sucked out after feeding. Especially breast-feeding mothers can use the breast pump to squeeze out the front milk before breastfeeding. When the breasts are slightly softer, let the baby suck. If you feel that your breasts are still swelling after breastfeeding and you feel that your milk is not finished, your mother can also use the breast pump to squeeze out the remaining milk.