World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1st August to 7th August to inspire and support breastfeeding to improve the health of babies around the world. The week aims to spread awareness about the importance of breastfeeding for the mother and the child.
As per Unicef and WHO reports, an estimated 78 million babies worldwide are not breastfed within the first hour of birth that exposes them at higher risk of death and diseases. Looking at the positive side, India shows a better result as within a decade from 2005-15 the breastfeeding initiation in the first hour of birth increased from 23.1 percent in 2005 to 41.5 percent in 2015.
The theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week 2019 is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding”. And as the new-age mothers who often find it difficult to keep up with the fast pace of their lifestyle and breastfeed can choose for breast pumps. But before doing that you must have all the right information and tips about it.
So, here are some tips to use breast pumps:
• To avoid any strain on the shoulder or neck, sit in a relaxed and comfortable position with your arm close to the body and wrist aligned with the arm.
• If you know your baby is going to need a lot of milk start storing it in advance.
• Go with the natural breastfeeding rhythm by pressing and releasing the pump lever with the help of the handle for proper milk extraction.
• Use a very small amount of lanolin cream or vegetable oil to moisten the inside of the breast pump horns.
• Place the silicone up on breast in such a manner that has full grip and the nipple should be in the center of the breast.
• Always keep the extracted milk at room temperature before feeding.
• After every usage wash the breast pump thoroughly and do either hot or cold sterilization
• Choose a pump based on your needs
• You must massage and compress areas of the breast that feel firm to improve milk expression
• Pump both breasts simultaneously.
• If you’re using a breast pump at work, follow a schedule to help your body identify when it’s time to make milk.
• Skipping a session can have a negative effect on your milk supply so do not skip a session.