What you don't know about your breast pump actually can hurt you..... literally.
It can hurt your nipples, and your milk supply. So knowing how to use your pump properly, and having a pump that fits is the difference between being successful with pumping and struggling to keep up supply, or worse (and we've seen it often) causing damage to your nipples.
When you're struggling with pumping and maintaining your milk supply with your pump, don't be hard on yourself, it's likely not you, momma. The first place you should be looking is the equipment you're using, and how you're using it. It's almost never something wrong with us, and instead improper pump usage or malfunction.
So if you're not sure if it fits, pumping is uncomfortable for you, or your output is not what it should be, you can get support to figure it out.
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I am very passionate about helping moms with their breast pumps. Supporting moms going back to work, or exclusively pumping moms, who rely heavily on using their pumps to maintain their supply are at a higher risk of early weaning because breast pumps are just not as effective as baby. BUT when you have a pump that fits you well, and you know how to use it properly it makes all the difference, and is necessary to help you meet your personal goals.
I had the opportunity to connect with Joy Narang, a lactation educator and entrepreneur who is just as passionate as me about spreading the word about the importance of breast pump fit. She supports moms, both in person and over the phone, at her store Mom and Baby Shop to help them pick out the best pump for their situation (which can be complicated based on what you need) and she also helps them get their pumps through their health insurance from her store.
Joy had recently made a video about breast pump fit. After I saw the video, I immediately knew I needed to invite her onto the podcast and get more info about breast pump fit from her. Thankfully she accepted my invitation, and she joined me to talk all about not only breast pump fit, but also what you need to know about choosing the right pump for you.
So please, take a listen to the Successful Breastfeeding Podcast interview with Joy and learn more about your breast pump!
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So tell me in the comments, what you think of this episode? Did you learn something today? Do you think your pump may not be fitting you properly? We want to know.
Joy Narang is a lactation educator and owner of Mom and Baby Shop which is a breastfeeding and breast pump supply store, where you can get your breast pump through your insurance. No matter where you live, Joy will take the time to help you navigate your pump selection with your insurance company and find the best fit for your pumping journey.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE