Once your milk is established (around 4-6 weeks) you may find there are times when you would like to express breastmilk with a breast pump.
Unsure which pump to get?
Pregnant - I would recommend the Bellema Effective Pro - its a Hospital grade pump and great for any kind of pumping. It will increase supply if you run into issues and is a great all round pump.
Low supply mamas - Bellema Effective Pro - this pump is designed to Increase Supply. 50% more milk in less time and unlike most pumps this one has a dual motor.
Going back to work? Need a portable option? Bellema Plethora is the go too. Hospital grade and compact enough to fit in your handbag. This pump is a winner!
It is important to follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding use, cleaning and sterilization. The Centre of Disease Control Guidelines are a great guide. A warm soapy water wash and then tip boiling water over the parts that touch milk is an easy way for tired mums and one we recommend.
If you do need to express for whatever reason these bras are amazing to make your life easier!
Research tells us double pumping is much more effective and a better way to increase milk supply faster.
If you are wanting to increase supply - try Intensive pumping for 48 hrs after as many feeds as you can. If you have a double pump this can be 10 mins total or if you have a single pump I would recommend 5 mins each side x2. This helps create multiple let downs and more milk in less time. Make sure you pump on the lowest setting possible to get milk.
If you are wanting to pump for a freezer stash- feed your baby in the morning then pump each day at the same time after this feed. Use this milk for your freezer stash.
Breast milk storage guidelines for well and healthy full-term babies at home
Fridge - 3 days
Freezer - up to 3 months
Deep Freeze - up to 6 months