Electric breast pumps are highly sought after by many new mothers, not only because they are convenient, but also because they are fast and simple. Breast pumps can also stimulate milk secretion and increase milk production. Many premature and low birth weight babies do not know how to suckle from their mother’s nipples, so collecting breast milk with a breast pump can help to ensure that the baby can still benefit from the precious mother’s milk. Breast pumps can also help to relieve breast engorgement and the associated pain and discomfort for women. So, what techniques should be used when using an electric breast pump? What else can it be used for? Let's share some tips together!
Choose the most suitable breast pump:
Breast pumps vary from person to person, and the one that is most suitable for you is the “most valuable investment”. If a mother needs to express milk frequently, she can choose a high-quality electric breast pump, while a manual breast pump can be considered for occasional use.
Effectively stimulate milk ejection:
Stimulating milk ejection is the key to expressing milk effectively. An electric breast pump with milk ejection stimulation function will be more efficient. The stimulation phase of the suction cycle can help mothers to quickly stimulate milk ejection. After one milk ejection, turning the pump off and on again can help to trigger another milk ejection. Each additional milk ejection may increase milk output by 10-30ml.
More suction does not mean more milk can be expressed, it often means "it hurts". Breast pumps are medical instruments and should be chosen carefully, not like vacuum cleaners which just require suction power.
Relax your mind and body:
Shift your attention, let the mother look at the baby before expressing milk, listen to sounds or music related to the baby. You can also do other things while expressing milk, such as checking social media or watching TV. Especially for the first time expressing milk, make sure that the mother does not feel like she is being forced to do something or set expectations too high. Expressing milk is a conditioned reflex. The more relaxed you are, the easier it is to trigger milk ejection and the better the effect of expressing milk.
Finally, choosing a healthy lifestyle is very important, as unhealthy lifestyles such as staying up late can have an impact on milk production. A balanced and nutritious diet not only maintains and promotes milk production, but also improves the quality of breast milk. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables, and increase your fluid intake.
Has your baby ever choked on milk or had milk come out of their nose or throat? How did you handle the milk that was inhaled into their nasal cavity and throat?
Severe choking on milk in newborns can lead to suffocation, and newborns cannot breathe at all. In such cases, there is almost no chance for emergency medical treatment. However, if we have an electric breast pump at hand, we can immediately start using it, inserting the hose into the newborn's oral pharynx and suctioning out the overflowing milk and vomit. Make sure to suction it all out and avoid the newborn inhaling the ejected milk and vomit again when inhaling.