Much like learning to breastfeed, using a breast pump is something that takes patience and time to fall into a setting or routine that works best. Although many lactation consultants suggest sticking to a routine to get milk flowing consistently, each mom finds that different things work best for them when it comes to pumping. If you're struggling to get the milk flowing or find yourself dreading pump time, you may be falling prey to one of the ways you're using your breast pump incorrectly. But don't panic yet. Just like anything, pumping will soon become easier and eventually secondhand.
Some of the most common problems moms come across when beginning to pump is difficulty with let-down, feeling uncomfortable, wondering if they're using the equipment efficiently, and worrying about how much milk they should be producing in a single pump session. With each pump session, however, you'll find most of these concerns and questions begin to clear up as you get into an efficient and comfortable groove.
That being said, there are still a lot of pumping aspects that even the experienced pumping mom may not realize they're doing incorrectly. If you're wondering some of the breast pump don'ts to avoid, or just need some advice to get milk production flowing better, check out these nine tips below.