Does it hurt to express milk? Soon giving birth, young moms start stocking up breast pumps. I, too, being pregnant for the first time, could not get past this thing. The prospect of crushing the milk with my hands, nervously pressing my lips, did not please me. It is only in the films that the newly made mother with Madonna’s serene smile puts the baby to her breast. For some reason, my friend, who gave birth a month earlier than me, did not express such calmness on her face during the feeding.
What happened to the chest? Time to express milk
For the first time, the milk had to be decanted in the maternity hospital on the third day. I called a nurse nurse for help. She squeezed her chest painfully, I gasped. Then she gently tsedila one drop per hour in a mayonnaise jar and moaned in pain. Hurry home, I thought, there is a breast pump. And why didn’t I take it with me?
The temperature in the hospital rose to 37 ° C from the hot bosom. I sat and pressed milk until late at night, then gave the baby a breast and followed the thermometer. Now everything is normal, tomorrow home.
At home, my torment continued. My daughter sucked her breasts and fell asleep, but there was a lot of milk left. I proudly pulled the breast pump out of the bedside table. My husband, as he could, helped me, but nothing happened. Milk was sucked away, but the pain was hellish. By morning cracks appeared on the nipples. The recommendations of the gynecologist to rub the breasts with a hard towel I missed by the ears. Somehow I expressed milk, I began to think, and is it necessary to do this?
After reading the literature, I came to the conclusion that there was no need to express milk until the end. The amount of milk produced depends on the needs of the child. The baby will begin to suck more milk, more will appear for the next feeding. So I began to express milk, not all, but only to make the breast easier. As a result, milk began to come as much as the baby needs.
My pumping method
So, as I began to decant. I go into the bathroom, close, expose my chest to the waist and lean over the bathroom or sink. After a few minutes, the milk itself begins to protrude from the nipples. Now I press lightly on the nipples, then on the right and left breast. On the milk ducts, the milk protrudes on the nipple through several openings.
So, pressing on one area of the breast, one duct is emptied. I begin to press on the breast on the other hand, freeing the next duct of the mammary gland from the milk. Then you already know your mammary glands, like your five fingers. One breast lends itself well to decanting, the other can remain firm for a long time. More time is needed to empty it.
When the baby is already several months old, it is not necessary to decant. At night, the baby sucks less milk, the excess flow. In the morning sometimes wake up from the feeling that milk is already flowing through the stomach. Sleep went to bed with a towel. Breast pump immediately abandoned. He did not need me.
I will not speak for others. I know an example when a woman constantly used this device and was very pleased. Moreover, there are models that are screwed to the bottle. But she had a reason, she could not refuse high-paying work and therefore pumped milk into a vial.
The first time is necessary to decant, but not to the end. Let some milk remain in the gland. It does not burn out. Do animals in the wild milk milk out when the baby is constantly around? The body feels the proximity of the child and will not allow the milk to simply disappear. Milk must be drained completely if you are going to visit or leave for a day. And the kid stays with his grandmothers at home. You will have to take a bottle with you, find a secluded place and decant the excess.
When the baby is already big, complete harmony comes. Even if you do not feed your baby by the hour (I have never adhered to the regimen), milk still comes as much as you need. My experience proved it. Milk has come – it’s time to feed.