How To Pump Breastmilk while at Work

Pumping milk can be done in two ways namely:  By electric pump or by manual pump. These two ways can be used to pump out your breast milk and you can choose one to your convenience. As to pumping breast milk while at work, it is not advisable to use an electric pump. Manually may be best preferred but it is not contraindicated to be used. Again, it varies and depends on your convenience. Privacy and time are needed for expressing breast milk. If your company has breastfeeding area, take advantage of it, but if none, you can always make use of a vacant room. Manually expressing milk in an open area can be scandalous for others so it is recommended to do it in a closed quarter.

Also, remember that a calm and relaxed self is essential to milk expression.

Manual pumping can be done in two ways, by pump or by hand. Pumping milk needs practice and is usually done weeks before you switch from breastfeeding to bottle feeding using breast milk. Here are ways to pump breast milk even while at work.

  • Manual pump. Wash hands before you start. Massage your breasts gently with your hands to stimulate the glands under it or you can place a warm towel over your breasts. This is best done sitting down and slightly leaning forward – gravity pull helps. Place the phalange and fit it in your nipples. Pump out milk using the manual pump. Use a container with a wide mouth for a more convenient catch. If you’re using your hands, basically you do the first three steps. Next thing you need to do is place your thumb and index finger an inch from your areola and form a C-shape with your hand. Press your fingers toward your breasts and then towards each other gently. Make sure you compress the area under the areola and not the nipple to stimulate the glands that are responsible for milk production. Use a rolling motion rather than pulling the breast outward to prevent pain. This step needs practice and you have to find the right spot so as to squirt your milk out. Use a wide-mouth container for a more convenient catch.
  • Tips. Milk expression as mentioned earlier needs practice. It is essential that you practice this especially for working mothers to make expression faster. You can always do this on your break or if you are vacant. You can also do this at home and is much preferred obviously. Pumping milk relieves breast engorgement which can be painful for the
    mother’s part. It also stimulates your breasts to produce more milk. In
    some countries, breast milk is sold for those mothers who cannot produce
    enough milk for their premature babies. Breast milk contains antibodies
    and provides complete nutrition for the premature infant. With this
    basic know-how, you can pump away even while at work.


Pumping milk relieves breast engorgement which can be painful for the mother’s part. It also stimulates your breasts to produce more milk. In some countries, breast milk is sold for those mothers who cannot produce enough milk for their premature babies. Breast milk contains antibodies and provides complete nutrition for the premature infant. With this basic know-how, you can pump away even while at work.

 

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