Most new mothers get shocked when they find out that the feeding of an infant is time consuming. When you add the regular breast feeding, using a breast pump can really press you. You can save a great deal of time through the right choice of clothes, multi-tasking while pumping and planning the pumping schedule properly.
When you are using breast pump in a rush, you will need the right clothing; clothes that will let you access your breast fast without making you feel uncomfortable. A loose top which you can pull from the bottom will make the breastfeeding and the breast pumping and easy task. Another great option is a shirt or a dress with buttons that run all the way to the bottom front. Buttons going down to the waist might be quite inconvenient when you are double pumping because you need the top wide open. There are also nursing dresses or tops which have discreet slits that make it easy for breastfeeding and pumping.
Another great option is using a pumping bra or a hands-free pumping kit which will allow you to pump without necessarily holding the pump. This will allow you to handle other tasks while pumping and this will save you a great deal of time. You can also use old bras by cutting slits and this will come in handy.
When you are in the process of making clothes choices keep in mind that prints are better because they will not show wetness as obvious as solids. When you are pumping, you should lean forward slightly as this will assist in directing the milk into the bottle as opposed to running out wetting and staining your clothes. You can also tuck a tower under the breast to avoid messing up your clothes.
Breast Pumping and Multi-tasking
Moms are always busy and this means that anything that will assist them in multi-tasking is highly appreciated. The thought of sitting for a long period doing nothing else but breast pumping can be daunting especially thinking of all the things that need to be done around the house. This is why different brands have created the hands-free breast pumps which assist moms in saving time. This pump will have some noise and will make your chest appear larger but will surely help you in creating time for other tasks.
You can also nurse your child as you pump on the other breast. Your baby might be bothered by the noise coming from the electric breast pump and thus a manual pump will do well in this case. Morning hours are best for this technique because the milk supply is at its highest level. If you have difficulty to let down then the baby will assist in stimulating the let down and help you in filling the bottle. There will be no need to change sides unless of course you feel lopsided.
Planning Your Breast Pumping Schedule
You should follow a set schedule everyday assembling and disassembling the equipment in the same way every time you are pumping. Just like the pit crew in a racing event, you will get very fast in your routine if you follow the same steps every day. As a convenience step, you can have extra breast pump parts which will make things easy for you.
You can also give the parts a quick rinse, seal them in a plastic bag and put them in a refrigerator. This will cut down the time you have to spend washing each time. You should however wash the parts in warm soapy water once in a day and follow all the sterilization steps provided by the manufacturer
Buying a Breast Pump
The purchase of a breast pump is now an easy step especially because these pumps have been included in insurance covers courtesy of the Affordable Care Act. If you have insurance you can contact your provider to ensure that their policy provides the breast pump insurance cover and lactating consultant services.
Choose a brand and type that works best for you because you will need all the convenience to save time and have easy pumping sessions.