When it comes to breastfeeding and pumping, there's a definite learning curve for any first-time mom. It can be awkward at first, to say the least. I mean, have you ever had a machine (or another person for that matter) hooked up to your boobs forcing liquid out before? Neither had I. And as unpleasant as that sounds, breastfeeding — and pumping, if you let it — can actually be one of the most amazing things you'll do as a mom. To help you get over said learning curve though, there are some invaluable pumping tips for nursing moms that you shouldn't miss out on.
Whether you're new to the pumping scene, or are just in need of a few pro-tips to help up your supply, you're in the right place. I'll just come out and say it — pumping isn't the greatest. It can be stressful and exhausting, especially if you're also nursing. Balancing a schedule, maintaining your supply, and trying to establish some form of self-care can be a lot to handle. But it is totally manageable with a little bit of preparation, scheduling and (wait for it) relaxation. No matter your goals for pumping and nursing, it's ultimately the best thing you can do for your baby, so don't sweat the small stuff and get to pumping!