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Are you ready to get prepared for pumping?
This helpful breast pumping for beginners quick start guide is going to be about how very few of us new moms actually do any before-hand preparation on how to pump and why we should.
Did you know that more women now than ever before are choosing to give their babies breast milk exclusively for at least the first year of life?
Did you also know that a lot of women struggle with aspects of nursing?
So what do you do when you are determined to give your baby breast milk, but straight from the tap just is not working out?
Read on to find out how you can be perfectly prepared to pump breast milk like a pro!
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How Do You Prepare to Pump Breast Milk?
How do you prepare for something you have never done that is actually kind of a weird thing to begin with?
After all, placing a suctioning trumpet onto your breast isn’t something most women dabble with before becoming a mother.
Even so, being prepared to provide your new baby with breastmilk may be one of the most important things to plan ahead for.
What Could Go Wrong?
Let me first say, I have been the new mom who was full of anxiety and felt very alone in trying to do everything the “right way.”
I wanted to breastfeed the “right way” and be one of those moms who’s baby just sat at their breast adoringly in this picture perfect moment, but that is not what went down.
My exclusively nursing dreams ended at 4 weeks postpartum.
My baby had gums of steel and after a week of breastfeeding and probably a poor latch, I had a clean gash almost half way through my nipple that caused a horrible bout of thrush for both of us.
I don’t share any of this to discourage you…
If anything, it makes me want to reach out to help other moms prepare themselves to for pumping before they find themselves in a similar situation.
And that’s the main point – incase.
We do everything else as new moms to prepare for our baby’s arrival, but somehow we skip preparing for the different scenarios of providing breast milk.
I truly can’t think of a more important gift we can give our baby than our white liquid love.
What Are Your Options?
Knowing how difficult of a time I had teaching myself how to pump and provide breast milk for my new baby, I knew I didn’t want other moms to face the same challenges.
Which is why I created The Pumping Pro Course.
Now you don’t have to be left in the dark worrying about providing breast milk for your baby – without knowing what to do!
What’s in the course?
The course is eight modules deep of in-depth breast pumping knowledge provided by yours truly, a veteran exclusive pumper.
The Pumping Pro Course is in text format, for those of you who like to read in bed while everyone else in the house sleeping.
However, if you’re a visual learner and prefer video and voice-over teaching – The Ultimate Exclusive Pumping Class by Milkology would be a better fit for you.
As an example, here are some bullet points of what you’ll learn about in both pumping courses to help you be as prepared as possible for pumping breast milk.
- Step-by-step how to guide on getting your free breast pump and supplies.
- The supplies you’ll need to pump and how to use them.
- How to clean and care for your pump and supplies.
- Scheduling your pumping sessions with printables.
- Tips to increase your milk supply and easy lactation recipes.
- Breast milk safety guidelines, storing and feeding.
- 1-12 months of Instagram pump awards to post and celebrate.
Prepare with Pump it Up!
The first two courses I introduced you to are in-depth trainings loaded with information and details on pumping. Imagine a Google search of everything you would probably end up inquiring about presented in one convenient place.
That’s what the first two courses provide.
However, if you are just looking for a quick guide to pumping that will introduce you to the basics, Milkology’s Pump it Up! course would be the perfect place to start.
This shorter online class focuses strongly on pumping and milk supply with more visuals and voice-over teaching.
P.S. If you would like to try both of Milkology’s courses, they will allow you to apply a 20% discount to the second one at checkout.
Why Should You Prioritize Pumping?
If your goal is give your baby breast milk, how can you not benefit from dotting all of the i’s and crossing the t’s?
Make your breastfeeding a priority and plan to succeed no matter the delivery!
Why is how to prepare for pumping so overlooked?
For some reason, there is this taboo about providing your baby with breast milk any other way than nursing.
I can’t tell you how many new moms I have heard sadly express that when they went to their lactation consultant with latch or other nursing issues, they never recommended to try pumping as an achievable alternative method of breastfeeding.
Some women even claim that their nurse or doctor scoffed at the idea when it was brought up.
Why are new moms not told that they can breastfeed their babies and give them breast milk for as long as they want without ever nursing them?
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can, and that it is totally doable and sustainable.
Pumping breast milk may be a completely foreign task to you, it was me!
However, once you have the skill set of pumping down, you can rest assured that you have the ability to provide your baby with your breast milk no matter what.
That is something worth getting pumped for!
Read: Breast Pumping 101: When to Start, How Often and How Long
Final Words of Encouragement
I truly want you to experience successful breastfeeding, whatever that may look like for you. Whether you end up nursing your baby for 4 years or exclusively pumping for 3 months, they are both huge accomplishments.
All I know is that I needed help to breastfeed through a bottle and I didn’t know where to get it.
I’ve had other mom’s say they wish this course was available years ago when they had to unexpectedly pump exclusively.
With all of that said, do what is right for you and your baby and I hope this online pumping course can be of help!
Published here first and updated extensively with permission: https://loveourlittles.com/preparing-to-pump/