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Exclusive Pumping Basics

Hello mama, you must be here because you are seeking some or maybe ALOT of help with exclusive pumping.

Let me first say, I can relate to that!

Not too very long ago I was in the same shoes of being thrown into exclusive pumping without the slightest idea of what I was doing.

Almost a year and thousands of hours of pumping later, I did it!

I managed to pump exclusively for 10 months and now I can help you figure out how to exclusively pump without as many bumps in the road.

Ready to get started?

Most Important Exclusively Pumping Tips

Lets begin with some helpful exclusive pumping tips I wish I had known before I started this journey.

  • Flange size matters and so does lube!
  • How often you pump while exclusively pumping is key to sustaining your efforts.
  • Invest in some extra breast pumping knowledge – this will make a world of difference!

Now allow me to elaborate a little on these points.

The right breast pump fit is crucial to your exclusive pumping success

It really all boils down to the breast pump, doesn’t it?

After all, the pump is the ONLY piece of equipment that is truly doing the extracting of your breast milk. Let me just say, not all pumps are created equal either.

I have tried and own several breast pumps and it is amazing the difference in performance between them all. Not only do they all perform differently, but every woman’s body may react uniquely to each pump.

Choosing the best breast pump for exclusively pumping is extremely important. 

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Flange sizing and using them correctly to avoid pain and pumping problems

I cannot stress enough how important it is to find the correct size flange and fit. Doing so will ensure that you are maintaining sufficient suction strength and in turn, fully emptying your breasts when you pump.

See this diagram to help you determine how your flange should fit while the breast pumping.

Correct flange fit diagram for exclusive breast pumping

Adding to flange size and fit, lubing up the flange is also critical to avoiding pain and problems from exclusively pumping. I recommend using an organic coconut oil.

You can apply the oil to your nipples or on the inside of the flange itself.

Friction + pumping = bad!

Your pumping frequency is key to your success as an exclusive pumper 

Because pumping exclusively is the absence of a baby’s natural nursing habits, you must learn to create that experience for your body artificially.

Your body will rely on breast and nipple stimulation to determine how much breast milk needs to be produced.

How often you should be pumping as an exclusive pumper also depends on how old your baby is. For instance, a newborn likely would nurse 8-12 times or more per day!

On the other hand, a 8-12 month old much less and by then your milk supply has already been regulated for quite some time.

A handy pumping tip to help you determine how often to pump as an exclusive pumper is to match your pumping routine with your baby’s feeding habits.

More than likely, for the first few months postpartum, you will need to be pumping at least every 2-3 hours around the clock until baby begins to regularly sleep through the night.

How to exclusively pump with a schedule infographic

Invest in your pumping knowledge

Again, I cannot express strongly enough how much I wish there would have been something out there to show me how to exclusively pump, but there just wasn’t.

I had never even met an EP mama in person before, let alone knew of where to find an all-in-one resource to gently guide me through what to expect exclusively pumping and how to perform it full-time.

The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone and make the same mistakes I did!

You don’t have to feel like quitting every day from how overwhelming and exhausting exclusively pumping can be.

You now have an interactive and thorough resource to help support and inform you on every aspect of how to exclusively pump.

The Ultimate Back to Work Pumping Class is an online course by the breastfeeding gurus of Milkology. Yes, this course specifies “back to work” but really does cover the important aspects of learning how to pump and master your milk supply.

Also, when you enroll in this course, I will send you a second course for free that is 100% focused on how to exclusively pump. Just contact me after you purchase and it’s yours too!

Conclusion

My hope is that you feel like all of the tools I have tirelessly worked to provide for you are helpful and encouraging.

I truly am driven by compassion and empathy for other new moms who are trying to figure out the many paths that breastfeeding can take them down.

I also hope you found this post on how to exclusively pump concise and resourceful.

However, there really is no better place than the online pumping course by Milkology for you to get ALL of this information in one place

Article written by Elizabeth, owner of loveourlittles.com

Breastfeeding may mean one thing to most people. Usually, it implies a baby nursing at it’s mother’s breast. However, breastfeeding can also look entirely different.

Exclusively pumping is breastfeeding and an option most new moms are unaware of.

With that being said, in this article, you will be guided through this third breastfeeding option and and the important details on it.

In this Article:

What is Exclusive Pumping?

First, let’s determine exactly what exclusively pumping is before going any further.

Exclusive pumping is a form of breastfeeding without the physical act of a baby nursing at the breast. 

The act of nursing at the breast is the only difference between nursing and exclusive pumping. Otherwise, both options provide breast milk for the baby to feed on.

One way is mechanical and the other way is more natural, as in nature’s design.

Exclusively Pumping is Breastfeeding

The medical definition of breastfeeding is, “Feeding a child human breast milk.” (source)

This very plainly implies that no child-to-breast contact has to take place in order for it to be considered breastfeeding. So why is it then, that when new moms are told how to prepare for breastfeeding, exclusively pumping is excluded from the lesson plan?

Why is exclusively pumping generally not identified as breastfeeding?

 The theory is still out on this question, but it is fair to say that there is still not a ton of public knowledge about exclusive pumping. 

However, this does seem to be taking a turn toward being a more recognizable form of breastfeeding as more women with careers are continuing to breastfeed even while working full time. 

Why would a woman choose to exclusively pump vs. exclusively nurse?

While we know that technically exclusive pumping is still breastfeeding, most women who find themselves EP-ing (exclusively pumping) do not go into this breastfeeding method voluntarily.

Reasons to Exclusively Pump

On the same hand, some women do choose the option of exclusively pumping over traditional nursing. Listed below are some reasons why they would do so.

How to Perform Exclusive Pumping

Now that you know exactly what exclusively pumping is and why it exists, you should also know how to perform it. Think of exclusive pumping as a mechanical way to mimic a baby’s natural nursing habits.

You can begin the process of pumping right after your baby is born. Just as your baby would nurse, so should you pump.

This regimen ensures that you are establishing an adequate milk supply your baby can sustain himself on.

Further down, you’ll find a sample breastfeeding and pumping schedule as well an exclusive pumping schedule to help you plan your breast milk expression sessions.

Exclusive Pumping Essentials 

Along with knowing the concept of being an exclusive pumper, just as important are knowing which supplies you should be working with. 

Let’s talk about the best breast pump for exclusive pumping. What should you look for in a pump when using it daily and around the clock?

My recommendation is to use a hospital grade breast pump, like the Spectra S1 or S2. These pumps are both gentle, quiet and efficient. In fact, they tend to be favorites within the exclusive pumping community. 

Another essential item is a hands-free nursing bra, like this one by Simple Wishes. This pumping bra securely hold your flanges so you can double pump and multi-task. 

Pumping Schedule for Exclusive Pumping

What does a day of pumping look like for an exclusive pumper? Well, for the first few months, you can plan on pumping around the clock day and night. 

An exclusive pumper could be pumping up to 12 times per day for at least 4 months postpartum or until baby starts sleeping through the night. 

Check out this exclusive pumping schedule below.

Exclusively pumping schedule

 

Exclusively Pumping Tips

There is quite a learning curve associated with exclusive pumping. Unfortunately, God did not create us to have this as an innate skill, as it is primarily an artificial way to breastfeed.

However, as a former exclusive pumper, I can give you some beneficial pumping tips that will go a long way in helping any future exclusive pumper reading this article.

  1. Ensure you are fully emptying your breasts at every pumping session to avoid clogs and a loss in breast milk production.
  2. Change your pumping kit parts every few weeks to maintain suction and hygienic standards.
  3. Do not skip pumping sessions, especially during the first few months postpartum.

Also remember to be kind to yourself. This process is not always an easy one, but it is easy to get discouraged as things can feel daunting at times. 

Reach out for support if you need to, find a Facebook group with other EP moms who understand what you are going through. Having a real support system who can empathize with what you are going through is essential to success as an exclusive pumper.

Conclusion 

Exclusive pumping is breastfeeding and it is an option. It is still a means in which to provide your baby with breast milk. Albeit through a bottle, but the same nourishment nonetheless.

For some women, traditional breastfeeding isn’t as doable of an option as it is for others. Thankfully, exclusive pumping redeems this option for mothers who just want to feed their babies. 

This was an enlightening and informative read, hopefully you found that to be true. Thank you (name of your website) for allowing me to share my experience and lived expertise on exclusive pumping with your audience.

Come stop by loveourlittles.com to learn even more about pumping.

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