Mama Hack: Breast Pump Edition
Pumping is not only hard work it also requires tedious upkeep to ensure that your pump parts are clean and in good condition. For the first 7 weeks of my sons life I was an exclusively pumping mama due to latching issues. I must say that this was one of the most challenging times I have had to face, it was so emotionally & physically draining that several times a day I contemplated quitting. Thankfully I was able to push through and provide liquid gold for my son!
I have learned some tips and tricks along the way that I wanted to share with y’all!
I dealt with painful engorgement, sore & cracked nipples, clogged ducts, chest pain from the tug of the machine, and nights where I felt like a dairy cow because I was pumping every two hours. In the 7 weeks that I was an EP’ing (exclusively pumping) mama I learned a few tips and tricks about keeping my pump parts clean & have compiled my top six tips to ensure that you and your baby are protected from the germs & bacteria that can grow in and on your pump parts.
I have been breastfeeding for a month now but I need to pump about 3 times a day for relief. I was told by a lactation consultant that I have what is referred to as “milk lakes” which means that my milk is produced in large amounts & my breasts will very rarely if ever feel empty. Because of my over production I have used my pump more than I ever could have imagined I would and even bought a second pump to keep at work.
Parts must be replaced on a regular basis so make sure you are familiar with how frequently your specific pump requires new membranes, duck bills, etc. It might be a good idea to keep an extra set of parts in your pump bag just in case you lose a piece while you are out.
I use the Medela Pump in Style double breast pump that was supplied through my insurance and haven’t had any issues. If you all would like me to post about how I survived EP’ing comment below!
Are you a pumping Mama? What tips and tricks would you like to share with the rest of the ‘hood?