PUMPING BASICS | When To Start PUMPING | Medela Pump in Style Advanced | SPECTRA | HAAKAA Pump

Mama's if you've been breastfeeding you

know how convenient is to be able to

take baby wherever you want just pop out

a boob when they're crying or hungry and

just you know give them what they need

but you know sometimes you have to go

back to work or you have to go back to

school or you know you just want to have

a date with your partner and so you

choose to start pumping and so you're

wondering you know you know how do I

start that process and what does that

look like so in this video I'm going to

be sharing with you the basics of

pumping I am Bridget and I'm a doula in

the San Francisco Bay Area and I love

helping moms love their birth mom is I'm

going to be sharing some products that I

love in this video so if you hear some

that you're interested in or you just

want to take a look at I will link them

down below so make sure you check those

out first thing that I want to say mamas

is that just because you are

breastfeeding it doesn't mean that you

have to pump so it's really dependent on

your circumstance if you are returning

back to work or you're just gonna be

away from your baby from an extended

period of time or you just want to have

a little bit of independence from your

baby and so those are reasons why you

might want to pump but if you're around

your baby 24/7 um you probably aren't

going to need to start pumping so first

things first when you are starting off

your pumping journey is to pick the pump

that is going to be best suited for you

so I use the medulla

pump in style advance it's not like the

hospital-grade ones that you can get

that are really like forceful but I

don't need to you know have a ton of

milk stored up and because I am with my

daughter a lot of the time except for

when I'm with that clients or with Mamas

who are giving birth which is super fun

so this is the pump that I use and it

has just the very standard buttons that

most pumps are gonna have so as the

minimum to maximum like suction that's

going to be you know removing the milk

and then it has the letdown button so

once my letdown has happened its able to

transition into that expression mode and

so it has the two pump valves and so I'm

able to use this and this is perfect for

me and my situation but if you are going

to be you know at work from 9:00

five then maybe you are going to want

one that has a little more of the bells

and whistles you know or just something

that's more suited for you so this one

is perfect for me and so I will link

this one down below but I've also had

friends who do have those nine-to-five

jobs who use the spectra that they

absolutely love and so I'll make sure to

link that down below too one thing that

they love about the spectra is that it

is a cordless one so it's just with

battery or they can charge it I'm not

exactly sure but I will link that one

down below as well and the reason why

they really like that is so that um it

can just like go with them wherever and

so you know maybe they're filing papers

or putting books away whatever that may

look like they're able to kind of be

more mobile and so I know that that's

really helpful it's helpful in the

workplace as well and so I will link

both of those down below there are also

more powerful ones and they are the

hospital-grade pumps and so definitely

talk to your care provider about that

because they often will be able to rent

them out to you and if they don't do

that talk to your insurance provider and

they sometimes will cover the cost of

that hospital-grade pump for you so

after you found a pump that you love the

next question you might be asking

yourself is when should I start pumping

and it really depends on your

circumstance so you know if you are

planning on going back to work in nine

months or six months maybe you don't

need to start pumping right away but if

you are planning to you know go back to

work or you know just be away from baby

for an extended period of time

you know relatively close to after baby

is being born it's not a bad idea to

start pumping a little bit earlier than

that so usually I recommend that the

first month or you know those first

three weeks you just really you know

enjoy that time with baby you don't need

to start pumping just kind of get the

hang of it between you and baby and what

that's going to be like but then I

recommend starting before that six week

mark and the reason I recommend that is

because at around six weeks is when your

milk starts to regulate and that's when

your body is saying okay we know how

much milk is being removed here in the

breasts and so we know how much to

produce and so if you want to be able to

be building your stash along with

nursing your baby then you need to be

telling your body that it needs maybe a

little bit more than just what your baby

needs it needs you know that X

those extra few ounces that you are

pumping to store away so starting you

know before that six week mark is really

going to help your body know how much to

produce in order to be able to remove

that much if you do want to start

building that stash a little bit earlier

without having to pump I really

recommend using the hakka pump and it's

just a silicone pump that I absolutely


so if there's anything that you get from

today's video it's this pump so the

hakka silicone pump is basically a dream

but a lot of times when baby is nursing

at the beginning why this is super

special or not special but awesome is

that a lot of times babies only get a

nurse on one side and so then you're

like okay well what do I do with this

gigantic boob full of milk right this is

where the hakka really comes in handy

and really helps with establish and

start building that supply or that stash

for later and basically what you do you

just pull the like lip back and you put

it on to where your nipple is and you

let it release and then what's it what

it's going to do is just suction on the

nipple and then start extracting the

milk from the boob and then you know

it'll just slowly fill up and so it's

just a really great way to you know

easily while you're nursing start you

know getting that milk out and building

that small stash little by little so we

just talked about when you should start

pumping but now we're gonna answer what

time of the day should I start pumping

so usually your first nurse in the

morning is going to be when you produce

the most milk and so I always recommend

that after baby has eaten first thing in

the morning it's a good time to within

the first thirty minutes or an hour or

at least a full hour before baby is

going to eat next that you get your

first pump in so apart from pumping in

the morning it's also not a bad idea to

pump between sessions so you know I just

said that you are going to want to pump

you know thirty minutes after you've fed

baby or a full hour before baby's going

to eat next and that's just you know to

make sure that you are getting optimal

milk expression but also

you know having enough for baby to eat

you know when they want to eat and so if

you are gonna pump between sessions do

it about 30 minutes after you've you

know just fed baby and like I said that

full hour before baby is going to want

to eat next

and if baby you know you've just

finished pumping and baby is like I want

to eat right now

don't worry like put them on the breast

there's gonna be more milk

you know the boob really doesn't ever

like run out of milk which is good to

know so put them on the breast and

that's just gonna stimulate more milk

and so that's really good when you're

wanting to you know build that supply

for your freezers - and so just put baby

on the breast if they are crying for

milk after you've just pumped so if baby

is maybe now a few months old and you're

just now starting to implement a pumping

routine and baby sleeping through the

night a little bit longer which is like

super amazing like yay mom good for you

it's not a bad idea to pump like right

before you go to bed and that way you

know you're able to go longer stretches

without feeling like - engorge and it's

just a good time for you to be able to

get milk into that freezer stash so you

know I said first thing in the morning

and then right before your butt you go

to bed if baby is starting to sleep a

longer stretches at night last point

that I want to make with that is that if

you are away from baby you want to be

nursing about every two to four hours so

if you know you know it's 1:00 p.m. and

you are you would be nursing baby if

they were with you then it's a good time

to pump around that time as well and so

anytime that you miss a feeding with

baby is a good time to be pumping

because that's going to signal to your

body that you know your milk is being

removed and so it needs to produce more

and that way you can again start

building your stash right then and there

so I do want to add that if you are

exclusively breastfeeding and then

trying to add in pump sessions it is

really normal to just get half to 2

ounces total for that pumping session

and it might take a few pump sessions in

order to you know make the equivalent of

one full feeding for baby and so

you know if that's happening to you

don't be discouraged and think like I

should be getting like four ounces every

time I pump no that baby is really good

at you know getting that milk out it's

removing that milk and it's better than

the pump is and so it's really normal

for you know if you are exclusively

breastfeeding that you don't get as much

milk then maybe what baby is getting

when they eat just like with

breastfeeding it's important that

pumping is a comfortable experience for

you and so part of making it comfortable

for you and efficient or effective is

having the right flange size and so this

part is the flange and this is a 24

millimeter and basically you want to

make sure that you know the nipple is

you know just right in the middle I

don't know if you can you probably can't

see that but if it is too tight it's

going to really it's going to like pinch

the nipple and you're gonna tell cuz it

can't like properly suck like it won't

go all the way in it'll just go like you

probably can't see that but it'll just

be uncomfortable if your nipple is or if

the flange is too small for your nipple

then it's going to be uncomfortable or

if it's too big it's not going to be as

effective in getting milk out so you

just want to make sure that um your pump

flange is the right size for you the

next part in making it comfortable and

effective when you're pumping is to make

sure that you have the right settings at

the right time when you're pumping so

what I mean by that is that when you are

starting off pumping so I'm going to

show you on this one and it's probably

going to look different if you know you

have a different pump but for me when I

start off pumping I start off very low

on the minimum suction so I don't go all

the way high and I know some women are

like I'm just gonna start it really high

I don't care if it hurts I just want the

most milk but remember when you are

nursing your baby you know you are going

to have the best experience which means

the most milk production and removal

when you are not stressed out when you

are enjoying that time with baby and so

that's sort of true with pumping as well

if you are like causing yourself pain

and it's like stressful you're not gonna

have as great of milk

but so start on the lowest one and

slowly work your way up until it is the

strongest suction without pain and at

first when you turn it on it's going to

be a it's going to be that stimulating

suck so it's like faster and that's

exactly what baby does when they're

first latched and then after about two

minutes or sometimes it's 30 seconds or

it's just whenever you feel like your

milk has come down you're going to want

to press the letdown button and that's

going to turn it into a slower express

mode and so you're gonna want to press

that in order to get like the most out

of your pumping session another thing

that's going to help with really getting

the most out of your milk expression is

using massage and compression while

you're pumping and so basically you know

after you've had you have like a good

flange and you know you've started

pumping and even before you've had any


you can be massaging your breasts just

lightly it doesn't need to be hard just

around with your fingers and just kind

of like small circular movements and

then once you've let down you can

alternate between compressing right

around the areola so you don't want it

like right in here because that's gonna

break the suction so you're not

squeezing your nipple you're squeezing

your breast right above the areola like

I said and that's going you're gonna see

if you're doing it correctly you're

going to see like a stronger more

forceful or continuous spray of milk

then if you weren't doing anything and

you just alternate between compressions

and then massage and that's going to

really help with output while you're

pumping so once you have gotten your

bottle full of milk and like I said it

might be half an ounce to two ounces if

you are a breastfeeding mom don't be

discouraged if it's you know around that

amount or you know I know some women who

produced 10 ounces during a pump pumping

session while they're breastfeeding so

every mom is different don't be

discouraged if you're one way or the

other but it is important to know how to

store your breast milk once you have

expressed it from your breast so once

you've ended your pumping session and

your milk has been expressed if you are

keeping it at a room tub

you're gonna want to make sure that baby

drinks it by six hours at the most

ideally you wanted around three or four

hours but six hours at the most

either have baby drink it or put it in

the fridge or in the freezer now if you

have taken milk out from the freezer and

it's been thawed and sitting at room

temperature baby needs to drink it

within one to two hours if you are

putting your milk just into the

refrigerator you can keep it there for

up to a week unless it's in the door

then I would say probably closer to like

four or five days just because it's not

keeping it as consistently cold as if it

were like in the like you know rear part

of the refrigerator and if you have

fries or milk that has been thawed in

the refrigerator it should only be there

for 24 hours before baby needs to drink

it if you are putting your milk directly

in the freezer it can be in there for up

to six months and I think even if it's a

deep freezer which like you don't open a

whole lot like there are the ones that

you keep in your garage or your basement

it can stay in there for up to a year

which is really cool when you are

thawing milk this is a little tip for

you it is best to do it in the

refrigerator so I know even for myself

I've done this you know I forget that I

need to grab a bag of milk and so I grab

it from the freezer and I put it in a

warm cup of water and that will you know

take away some of the nutrients from the

breast milk and so the best way to saw

your breast milk from the freezer is to

let it do it usually overnight in the

refrigerator how do you keep track of

all of these different times and dates

for this milk it's a good idea to mark

your breast milk bags with the date and

you know even the time if you are having

to do it all throughout the day just so

that you know that you are using a you

know the oldest milk first before the

newest milk another tip for you guys if

you are freezing your milk if you want

to optimize storage space is to not put

quite as much milk in the bags and then

lay them flat and that way um you know

the bags are gonna freeze flatter um

with less milk in them so it just really

optimizes the space in your freezer then

if you were to fill up the bag and stick

them upright and then they're going to

kind of like triangular I can't do that

but you get the picture so that's just a

little tip for you that if you are doing

a freezer stash it's a good idea to you

know maybe just do like five ounces ish

and so it can lay flat and then once

it's frozen it will save you a lot of

space so pumping is a different

experience than Nursing is and so you

might notice that you know when you're

pumping you're not actually expressing

as much as you thought like you would or

as much as you would want and the reason

why that's the case is because when you

are nursing your baby it's this deeply

emotional and emotional and like bonding

experience with them and since most of

us aren't in love with our plastic pump

bottles it's not going to be that

emotional bonding experience experience

like it is with our baby so maybe if

you've just started pumping or even if

you've been pumping for a while and

you're just like wait did I have like a

drop in supply you know it might just be

that there's a difference between that

nursing experience and that pumping

experience and so I just want to

encourage you not to stress out about

you know the the amount that's on the

bottle you know the number of ounces

that you get on the bottle focus on what

you are accomplishing which is providing

nutrients for your baby that no one else

could give them like you are uniquely

giving them so that is a huge

accomplishment and try not to stress out

you know about all of you know the

things that you're not doing but focus

on the amazing incredible things that

you are doing I know it's easier said

than done but mama please don't stress

stress can impact your milk supply and

that's what a lot of Mama's who are

pumping talk about is that the stress of

pumping can oftentimes you know affect

their supply so I just really want to

encourage you find pumping support

groups they're out there check Instagram

and and then if you do need help

I am going to be doing a whole video

talking about how to provide a like very

abundant supply of milk so make sure you

are on the lookout for that video and

that's for exclusively breastfeeding

mamas as well as pumping Mama's if you

are feeling like you just need a boost

in your supply so be on the watch for

that one the last thing I want to share

with you guys

is this manual pump that you can use and

I love this thing because you can take

it anywhere you know you don't have to

bring your whole pump if you don't want

to and basically it just screws on to

you know the pump bottle that you have

and you can take it wherever you want so

this is really great if you are you know

going on it on a day trip or if you are

just going on vacation and don't want to

bring this big ole thing and so it's

just a really great resource tool to

have and I will link this down below and

this is one of my favorite little

breastfeeding toys that I have so I hope

this video has helped you if you are

just starting out on your pumping

journey or if you are you know already

starting and you just have some doubts

or questions I hope this really

encouraged you and gave you the answers

that you need but thanks for watching

and I will see you in the next video bye