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Pumping and Work

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-Hi, everybody. I'm Juli. Welcome to Baby Basics. If you're planning on returning to work after maternity leave, or you just like a night out now and then, you might want to consider pumping some of your breast milk. It is the perfect way to make sure that your baby is still getting those essential nutrients from mom. Now, our lactation consultant gives you a 'How to' lesson on pumping and storing your milk, so you can get back to work without worries. -Jessica's baby is only three weeks old. But eventually, she's going back to work and wants to plan in advance, so she's learning how to pump now. -There is the flange, the collection bottle, and then the tube, and then the motor housing for the pump. When you're starting out, just put it on a low setting, and turn it on a medium speed. -Okay. -Okay. 'Cause then-- and you can adjust it according to how it feels on your body. -Okay. It may look strange and feel even stranger at first, but a breast pump is an essential tool for many moms who need to be away from their baby during some feedings, and want to store some of their milk. -The breast pump actually feels very comfortable. It feels as if my daughter was nursing on me. It's a very light suction. It's not uncomfortable at all. -Many electronic pumps are designed to mimic how a baby nurses. So, they start out pumping rapidly for one to two minutes, and then they slow down to a more rhythmic pull. You can see the milk is starting to collect in the bottles now. So, now that you understand how the pump works, the question is, how often do you pump? Well, Stacy says, if you're pumping for just one bottle so that you can go out for a few hours, you might just pump that one time or as needed for about 15 minutes. But if you're pumping to store up for when you go back to work, you wanna come up with a plan. -That's one common mistake, I think, that people make, is that they know they're going back to work, say, when the baby is about 12, 14 weeks old, later or earlier, and they may not really think ahead. -Morning is one of the best times to pump because your milk is most plentiful then. -If you get up in the morning and you feed the baby, and then you do a quick pump, say, 15, 20 minutes, you'll get more than enough milk to start storing, say, for when you return to work. -When you finished pumping, just twist the collection bottles off of the pump and combine the milk. Then, if you're not at home, you can either store them with this handy freezer pack and a small cooler that comes with the pump, or just put the milk in the fridge or the freezer. Breast milk can be stored on the counter for 6 hours, or in the refrigerator for two to three days without spoiling, or you can freeze it for up to three months. -Because then, when it comes time to return to work, you're not in the panic mode. You already have a freezer full of milk. And I think that gives a mother a great sense of security and ease with which to return to work. And she feels like, "Oh, all right. I already have this-- -Uh-huh. -together. And now, I can start." -Need more advice on how to care for your newborn? Check out our other informative Baby Basics videos. Also, if you want some information on any of the fabulous furniture you saw on our nursery, go to Thanks for watching Baby Basics on Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family.