Why Feeling Relaxed and Comfortable Helps You Express More Milk
Expressing milk is much easier when mums are comfortable, calm and relaxed
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Why express your breastmilk?
This is a handy place to start because it isn’t as obvious as it might seem. Moms express milk for all sorts of reasons. Some moms start expressing milk if their baby is having trouble nursing and they’d like to continue breastfeeding down the track. Others use it as a way to relieve full breasts or give their baby breast milk when they can’t be there.
What’s happening in your body when you express?
Let’s begin with what happens behind the scenes when you express milk. Just like your baby’s suckling action, a breast pump triggers the release of oxytocin (a feel-good hormone) in your body. Oxytocin then gives your body the signal to start releasing milk. This means the higher your oxytocin levels, the easier it will be to trigger a letdown and draw out milk.
Feeling relaxed helps you express more milk
The more relaxed you feel when expressing, the more milk you’ll be able to express.
Simple things like finding a quiet room to express in, listening to relaxing music and looking at a picture of your baby can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
It also helps if your breast pump is designed with comfort in mind.
Stress, apart from being plain uncomfortable, actually inhibits oxytocin production—which means it’s harder to draw out milk. So it turns out that comfort isn’t just a nice-to-have feature in a breast pump. It’s a must-have for easier expressing.
Phillips Avent pumps are designed for your comfort
To help you feel more relaxed our breast pumps are designed so you’re able to sit up straight as you express. This means you can feel confident your milk will flow even if you’re not leaning forward. We also designed the soft massage cushion on the pump funnel with a material that feels warm and soft on the skin—to help you avoid that initial cold feeling. Because comfort, we think, is everything.
How to choose the right type of pump
Here are some things to ask yourself:
•How frequently do you plan to express? Every day or just every so often?
•How important is it to express quickly?
•Will you need to travel with the pump? Or is it just for home?
Here are the 3 types of breast pump
•Double electric breast pump
•Single electric breast pump
•Manual breast pump
Some mums swear by the speed of a double electric breast pump, while others prefer the mobility of a manual breast pump. So when we talk about choosing the best pump, we’re not so much talking about a ‘correct’ choice we think all moms should go with. The best breast pump for you is the one that suits your lifestyle, your baby’s needs and yep, even personal preference.
Double Comfort Electric breast pump
The Double Comfort Electric breast pump is the most efficient of the three. Although it’s a bigger investment, you’ll get more milk in a shorter amount of time, making it a good choice for moms who express every day, at home or at work.
Best for: Moms who want to save time
Single Comfort Electric breast pump
The Single Comfort Electric breast pump is the more portable option in the electric range. You’ll get the same comfortable design and technology as the Double Electric, plus a battery pack that allows you to pump if there’s no electricity outlet close by.
Best for: Moms who want an everyday all-rounder
Manual Comfort breast pump
What manual breast pumps lose in time, they gain in portability. Want something that’s light and fits in your hand bag, or only planning to express every so often? A manual breast pump gives you flexibility and a simple backup option.
Best for: Moms who want a portable option for on the go, or occasional expressing