Sucking milk is indeed a very useful tool for mothers who need to squeeze milk. If breastfeeding is not going smoothly, it may be necessary to squeeze milk to maintain lactation, so using an automatic breast milk pump to stimulate lactation is also the choice of many breastfeeding mothers.
Many mothers experience nipple and areola pain after using a milk extractor, and they feel that it is not completely clean. What should you do when encountering these situations?
Choose a suitable breast shield. Breast pumping should not cause pain. Oversized or undersized shields can both affect the inhibition of milk ejection reflex and milk flow rate. To ensure maximum comfort and breastfeeding efficiency, we must choose the appropriate size of breast shield.
A mother who relies entirely on an automatic breast milk pump to extract milk may encounter many difficulties. When unable to completely remove milk from all areas of the breast, it may be due to congestion or duct blockage leading to breast lumps. Breast massage and breast compression during breastfeeding can help solve this problem.
Take a hot shower or apply warm compress to the breasts for 3-5 minutes to keep yourself relaxed;
Massage both breasts and stimulate milk ejection reflex;
Adjust the suction strength to a suitable level;
Combine breast massage and compression with pumping to promote milk flow;
Stop pumping when no milk flows out of the breasts.
Use a double-sided automatic breast milk pump, after stopping pumping on both sides, continue to massage one breast;
Use manual expression or pump one breast with a milk extractor to remove more milk.
First, give a circular massage to the hardened area (use the pad of your thumb to avoid excessive force);
Then, compress the breast to promote milk flow;
Lastly, use both hands to clear the milk duct towards the nipple.
Warm up the breast shield and apply a small amount of milk or nipple cream in advance. Reduce skin friction and ensure comfortable pumping.
Repeat the massage mode in the automatic breast milk pump to promote more milk production.
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