Preparing to Pump Breast Milk: Here’s Where to Start

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“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.”

Are you ready to get pumped?

This read is going to be about pumping breast milk and how very few of us new moms actually do any before-hand preparation on how to breast pump.

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 and like for me, it doesn’t end up being an option at all?

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?

Great question!

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 on to your breast isn’t something most women dabble with before becoming a mother.

And again, breastfeeding through a bottle isn’t glorified like “traditional” breastfeeding is.

Sure, there is a Facebook group you can join with other exclusive pumping moms that will lend a huge helping hand, but does it offer everything you need to know in one place that you can refer back to forever?

No, not really.

What are Your Breast Pumping Preparation Options?

So glad you asked!

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 nursing dreams ended at 4 weeks postpartum.

My baby had gums of steel and after a week of nursing and probably a poor latch (unbeknownst to me) 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, only to be real and give you all of your breastfeeding options incase you need them.

Because this unexpected “fun” happened to me – it makes me want to reach out to help other moms prepare themselves to pump 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. 

Breast Pumping is in Session

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 unique Instagram pump awards to post and celebrate.

So what are you waiting for mama?

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 Pumping Prep Is Often 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 exclusively pumping.

Some women even claim that their nurse or doctor scoffed at the idea when it was brought up.

That to me is just a little ignorant.

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!

Read Next: The Ultimate Exclusive Pumping Class by Milkology Review

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