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Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
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Breast Pumping (Overview)

A breast pump can help prevent painful engorgement (enlarged breasts). It can also help keep the milk supply up while you and your baby become accustomed to breastfeeding, or if you are separated from your baby. (For example: If the baby is in an NICU or if you have to go back to work.)


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Will breast pumping make my boobs perky?

Will breast pumping make my boobs perky?

Temporarily: After breast feeding is gone, usually so is "perky". ...Read more

Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
240 doctors shared insights

Breast Pumping (Overview)

A breast pump can help prevent painful engorgement (enlarged breasts). It can also help keep the milk supply up while you and your baby become accustomed to breastfeeding, or if you are separated from your baby. (For example: If the baby is in an NICU or if you have to go back to work.)


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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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Can you start breast pumping again after you stopped for about 3 days?

Can you start breast pumping again after you stopped for about 3 days?

Yes you can: You can resume breast pumping if you wish to reestablish your milk supply. It may not be successful in fully restoring milk production, but it may work for many women. ...Read more

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Breast pumping is just as nutritious as feeding directly from the breast?

Breast pumping is just as nutritious as feeding directly from the breast?

Yes, but: Your pumping effort can never extract as much milk as baby can during a feeding.With less extracted, you run the risk of decreasing your supply and eventually needing to supplement. Breastfeeding is an event, where baby listens to your heart beating as it did in the womb. It finds this peaceful and endears baby to mom. Nutrition is equal, experience never can be. ...Read more

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Will enough breast pumping cause a nonpregnant woman to lactate?

Will enough breast pumping cause a nonpregnant woman to lactate?

Breast pumps, lactai: In non-pregnant women who are adopting a newborn, a combination of pumping, prolactin and a galactologue, such as domperidone, an orphan drug, will result in lactation after a few weeks. This should be done under the supervision of a physician who is a breastfeeding expert and follow one of the available protocols. ...Read more

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Will enough breast pumping allow a man to lactate?

Will enough breast pumping allow a man to lactate?

No: The male breast does not have the same anatomy as the female breast. The female breast has tissue that is specialized to produce milk. The male breast does not. ...Read more

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Do breast pumping really help you go into labor?

It can - avoid it!: Nipple stimulation and/or breast pumping increase the maternal blood concentration of oxytocin that stimulates uterine contractions and can trigger labor. Avoid this completely! it can lead to fetal death and other adverse perinatal outcomes.. ...Read more

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Why does excessive breast pumping tend to dry up milk? I am breast pump and breast feeding. I am afraid of drying out

Why does excessive breast pumping tend to dry up milk? I am breast pump and breast feeding. I am afraid of drying out

You have to be relax: Stressing yourself out and worrying too much may contribute to drying you up. You can use fenugreek to increase milk production by 900 % per research studies! drink plenty of fluids and get enough sleep 8 hours straight . Good luck .Fyi -pumping helps stimulate milk production not the other way around. ...Read more

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Do breast pumping and nipple stimulating really work to help you go in labor?

Do breast pumping and nipple stimulating  really work to help you go in labor?

Contractions: Nipple stimulation can elicit release of Pitocin (oxytocin) which will cause the uterus to contract but is not likely to be a direct cause of labor. ...Read more

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How do breast pumps work?

How do breast pumps work?

For size or milk?: Breasts pumps essentially apply a suction cup device to your breast that draws out the milk that mimics the sucking action of a child's mouth. The brava device is an external vacuum hamber that stretches the skin of the breast. When maintained for a prolonged period this can cause permanent enlargement of the breast by a limited amount. ...Read more

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Can you reuse breast pumps

Can you reuse breast pumps

Yes: Make sure that all of the attachments (including tubing and bottles) are brand new. This ensures there is no cross-contamination of your baby's milk with another's. In fact, breast pumps used in the hospital are used with multiple women, but they are cleaned and the attachments are replaceable to maintain sterility. ...Read more

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What is the best breast pump?

What is the best breast pump?

Breast Pumps: Check Consumer Reports at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/breast-pumps/buying-guide.htm

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How do I clean my breast pump?

How do I clean my breast pump?

Rinse/dishwasher: The pump itself isn't meant to be "cleaned"-- only the parts that touch you and touch the milk need to be washed. Check the manufacturer's instructions, but for most of them the reservoir bottles and the funnel-shaped part that goes against your breast (sometimes called the "shield") can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. The tubing can be rinsed out by hand. ...Read more

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Why would a woman use a breast pump?

Express milk: Pumps are used to express breast milk. So it can be given via a bottle or stored for later use. ...Read more

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What should I look for in a breast pump?

What should I look for in a breast pump?

Lots to consider: Cost, speed with which you can pump, can you pump both breasts simultaneously, availability of replacement parts, weight to carry around and travel....All these are important considerations. ...Read more

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Is there any way to try out a breast pump?

Is there any way to try out a breast pump?

Yes: Sure! you can rent one from most hospitals that deliver babies. Just call the lactation consultant at your nearby hospital and they will usually be able to get you a hospital-grade pump. You will need to purchase your own sterile equipment that will be used only for your baby. They are usually able to provide this for you to purchase as well. ...Read more

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Is it better to rent or to buy a breast pump?

Is it better to rent or to buy a breast pump?

Yes and no.: If you can afford to buy and you plan on using it often and/or for multiple newborn/infants go for it. Renting is also just as good but the equipment is not yours to keep. You can always pass it on to a friend if you buy (or buy from someone you know). ...Read more

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