Transitioning from nursing to pumping

Transitioning from nursing to pumping

Whether you have nursed your baby for a short time, or months, transitioning to exclusively pumping can be quite an emotional time for both you and your child. As well as that, it may feel a little confusing at first. You may wonder if you’re meant to replace every breastfeed with a pumping session, or how to help your baby or toddler to cope with the change. Or even how you might. In this blog, we will explore some tips and considerations for making the transition from nursing to pumping ❤️

🍼 Get geared up 

  1. A good breast pump can make all the difference. There are many types of breast pumps available on the market, including manual, electric, and wearable pumps. Electric pumps are often the most convenient and efficient option, but they can also be more expensive. Look for a pump that fits your individual needs. Extra items such as a breast pump cushion and lactation massager can ensure you have a comfy pump each session. 

🍼 Start slow 

  1. If you're used to nursing your baby, transitioning to pumping can be a significant change for both of you. To avoid discomfort or engorgement, start pumping gradually by replacing one nursing session with a pumping session each day. This allows your body to adjust to the new routine and helps to prevent oversupply or undersupply of milk. Change can be hard for babies and toddlers, so expect to be ready with some extra cuddles and comfort while they get used to the new routine. 

🍼Create a comfy pumping spot

  1. Much like nursing, pumping can be very time-consuming! Creating a comfortable pumping space can help make the experience more pleasant. Find a quiet spot where you can relax (as much as possible), and have a TV show or book and snacks ready. Check out our tips on creating a pumping station here.

🍼 Experiment with a schedule 

  1. Creating a schedule, with some room to move, can be a great help when you’re new to pumping (or doing it exclusively for the first time). Having some predictability about your day will help with the transition and will also ensure you’re not going too long between pumps.

🍼 Store your milk properly

  1. Your breast milk is so valuable - you don’t want to waste it, or the time it took to pump it. Labeling each container with the date and time of pumping before storing in the fridge or freezer can be useful for keeping track of which milk to feed next. Use breast milk storage bags or bottles that are designed for breast milk and BPA-free.

🍼 Don't be afraid to ask for help

  1. Pumping can be challenging, especially in the early days when you're still getting the hang of it. Don't be afraid to ask for help from a lactation consultant if you’re struggling. They can offer guidance and advice on pumping techniques, milk storage, and other breastfeeding-related issues.

Changing from nursing to pumping can feel like a big change for you and your baby or toddler. But with the right pump and a little bit of practice, pumping can be an efficient and convenient way to provide your baby with breast milk. Remember to take care of yourself and ask for help when you need it. ❤️

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