It has been a little while since I stopped pumping, and it has been much much longer since DS has been in the NICU, but I thought I would share some of my pumping tips with everyone before I completely forget them...
It is CRUCIAL to use a double electric pump while your baby is in the NICU. It is much more difficult to increase and maintain your supply without having a newborn who is actively breastfeeding, so trust me, you'll need all the help you can get!
Try to relax as much as possilbe when you pump. This is obviously hard to do, since having a baby in the NICU is inherently stressful, but just remind yourself that this is one of the best things you can do to benefit your baby while they are growing strong in the hospital. Some people like to think of their baby while they pump, but I found that it is sometimes just as good to take your mind off the stress of the entire situation by listening to music or watching a favorite tv show.
The NICU's Lactation Consultant worked with me to help increase my milk supply, and she explained to me a helpful method of doing so called "Power Pumping." Basically you pick one 1 hour block of time during the day, and during that time, you would pump for ten minutes, and then rest for ten minutes. I always chose to do this after I got home at night before I started getting ready for bed. The short bursts of pumping will help to stimulate your supply... I found it to be very helpful!
That is all I can remember right now, but I know my LC gave me a list of pumping tips that I may still have lying around here somewhere. Everyone else should contribute their tips as well!View Thread
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