Monday, July 13, 2020

How to Use a Manual Breast Pump


Manual Breast Pumps are less popular than electric breast pumps. The obvious reason being, it saves a lot of time. But that being one factor, manual breast pumps are the best ways to feed your child if you plan for the assistance of mechanical devices. The process of using the hands has more clinical advantages too.

Main Elements to Use Manual Breast Pump

The manual breast pumps are to be bought after thorough consultation with the doctor. At the same time, understanding how to use it gives extra protection too. There are three elements that we need to keep in mind while we use a breast pump. They are

1.      Relaxed environment
2.      Good Cleanliness in using the breast pump
3.      Give sufficient time to express milk

Step By Step Method to Use a Manual Breast Pump

The human body is not mathematics; it does not function as per a given formula. It needs nurturing and nourishing too. Let us elaborate on the step by step method to express milk using a manual breast pump.

1.      Wash your hands cleanly
2.      Please be sure that all the parts of the breast pump are also clean
3.      Please find a calm and relaxed place to work on the process
4.      Keep the manual breast pump’s shield on your nipple and ensure if it is fit properly
5.      Start pumping now

We need to understand that, on average, it takes 56 seconds for the milk to flow if fed directly to the kid. This is a manual process; it shall take a couple of minutes for the milk to flow. It is completely normal, and you do not have to worry about it.

6.      Check if the milk has started flowing if it has started to increase the pace of pumping.

Here we need to be cautious in switching breasts. Always take a 5-minute gap for one breast to the other. Once five minutes is over in one breast, change it to the next. Use the pump for 20 to 25 minutes.

You may also notice that one of the breasts shall give more milk than the other. It is common and normal. Please do not worry. The doctor always says the right breast shall give more milk than the left.

7.      Remove the breast shield once the pumping is over.
8.      Handle the bottle with care and put a cap or a lid to cover it

You must be clean while working on the process. At the same time, the breast pump needs to be clean too. If any part of the breast pump has any contact with the breast milk, please wash it with lukewarm water and keep it to dry. You can use soap, but sterilization is highly recommended.

You can store the breast milk in room temperature; there is no problem in it. It can stay good for 4 to 5 hours. It is also suggested to store it in the refrigerator, it lasts long. It can be stored for more than 4 days. Understand the elements of breast pump usage, and it shall help keep you and the kid-safe.

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