We Celebrate World Breast Pumping Day Year Round!
January 27th was World Breast Pumping Day. However, at ABC Pediatrics, we celebrate this all year long! That's because we are a certified "Family Friendly Breastfeeding Business" as designated by the NC Breastfeeding Coalition. Furthermore, we employ a certified lactation consultant on staff here at ABC. So, here's more about this special celebration of World Breast Pumping Day. This day was created to acknowledge the time, effort, and dedication that pumping breastmilk requires. According to research from the FDA and CDC, published as the Infant Feeding Practice Study II, up to 85 percent of infants have received pumped breastmilk from a bottle and approximately 18.7% of infants are receiving this pumped breastmilk in the first month of life in the US.
Pumping, or expressing breastmilk is a labor of love. A mother’s choice to pump arises from many different factors, either from choice or need, such as returning to work/school, for medical reasons, or latching difficulties. Regardless of choice or need, mothers providing pumped breastmilk to their infant are still providing the best nutritional start in life.
For those considering pumping or if you have already incorporated pumping, here are some considerations:
- Choose your pump wisely - Pumps are designed for different uses. Knowing your reason for pumping (everyday vs once in a while) should be one of the first factors you consider when deciding what type of pump to get.
- “Plug in the wall” pumps are reliable and designed for day in and day out pumping. If you plan to only pump - this would be the pump for you.
- Battery operated pumps are ideal for moms who are returning to work or moms who need a portable option while traveling.
- “Wearable” pumps are for pumping on the go. This one is for the mom who has little time to reserve for pumping or wants a portable option for backup. The wearable pump motors are not designed to be your primary pump and are not recommended in the early postpartum days to establish lactation.
- Always check with your insurance provider first. Under federal law, most insurances are required to include breast pumps in their plans. Checking your benefits is the place to start to save some money. Also, check for replacement part coverage.
- Now that you know what type of pump you need and what your options are - do your research on brands! Know the company behind the brand you select. Warranties and customer services reviews are important.
- Get fitted!! Having the right size flange to fit the breast is so critical to maximizing production and for avoiding nipple trauma and pain associated with incorrect flange sizing.
- Once you have your pump, take the time to learn all its functions and how it operates. Incorrect pump use is a major contributor to production issues.
- Replace all your parts frequently. How frequent depends on how often you are using your pump. Usually every 3-4 months is sufficient.
- Working with an experienced lactation consultant on your options and getting you correctly sized is the best way to ensure success in your breastfeeding journey.
- And yes, pumping is breastfeeding!
Hats off to all the mom who have pumped once, twice, or pump everyday - multiple times a day. Your dedication to providing the best start in life for your baby is commendable and does not go unnoticed.
Sincerely, Your ABC Family.