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Pumping

All about pumping -- where, when, how and why...

Are second-hand breastpumps safe? star[offsite link]
Many moms wish to save money by getting a second-hand breastpump. Kathy Kuhn, RN, BSN, IBCLC discusses the safety of this practice.

Breast Milk Pumping and Storage Basics star
Basic guidelines for pumping and storage of expressed breast milk.

Breastfeeding Essentials – Breast Pumps star
Breast pumps are commonly sold as a "breastfeeding essential." In truth, they are truly an essential for some breastfeeding mothers, but not for all. Explore the reasons to use a breast pump.

Buying a Used Breast Pump star
There is often a great deal of debate in the breastfeeding community and among breastfeeding mothers as to whether it is safe to purchase a used breast pump or receive one from another mother. Explore that issue and consider alteratives.

Common Concerns When Storing Human Milk star[offsite link]
Article by Cindy Scott Duke that includes information on the typical visual characteristics of human milk, odor of human milk, and current milk storage guidelines. From the La Leche League website.

Do Breastfed Babies Need Bottles star
Breast pumps and bottles are listed as a "must have" on every baby registry these days. But if you plan to breastfeed exclusively, do you need bottles?

Do I Need Breast Pump? star
Does every new mother need a breast pump? Explore who needs a breast pump and who does not and how when to buy may be as important as if and what to buy.

Exclusively pumping breastmilk star[offsite link]
Excellent article by Kathy Kuhn, RN, BSN, IBCLC that disusses the benefits of feeding expressed milk, nutritional differences between direct breastfeeding and feeding expressed milk, challenges, maximizing the quality of your expressed milk, bonding, and deciding whether or not to continue to get baby to accept the breast.

Exclusively Pumping Moms website star[offsite link]
Tips and troubleshooting FAQs from the moms at the ParentsPlace Exclusively Pumping Moms support board.

Hand Expression of Breast Milk star
Hand expression of breastmilk can be a useful tool for breastfeeding moms. Gives examples of situations and reasons when hand expression would be appropriate or especially helfpul.

How To Store Breast Milk star
Guidelines for storing expressed breast milk -- fresh, refrigerated or frozen.

Increasing supply when exclusively pumping for a premature baby star[offsite link]
Tips from members of the online support group, PREEMIE-L.

Laura´s Pumping Page star[offsite link]
Information on breastpumps and pumping, setting up a pumping station and milk storage from a mom who started out exclusively pumping. Includes a comparison of the Ameda Egnell Purely Yours and the Medela Pump in Style breastpumps.

Long-Term Pumping When Direct Breastfeeding Doesn´t Work Out star[offsite link]
Tips on maintaining milk supply for exclusively pumping moms by Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC.

Mothers Who Forgo Breastfeeding for Pumping star[offsite link]
Information from a survey of exclusively pumping mothers, by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC. Reprinted from the March 1996 issue of Ameda/Egnell´s Circle of Caring newsletter.

My Pump Isn´t Working!! star[offsite link]
Troubleshooting for Breastpump Users by Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC.

Pumping Moms Information Exchange star[offsite link]
FAQs, advocacy and more from the Pumping Moms listserv.

Stimulating a Letdown star
Stimulating a letdown can be tricky business, whether nursing your baby or pumping. Here´s some tips to get the milk flowing...

Supporting the Human-Milk-Feeding Mother star[offsite link]
Article by Jill Landis about supporting mothers who pump exclusively, from the La Leche League Leader´s magazine Leaven.

Timing the Use of Stored Breast Milk star
Does stored breast milk need to be used at the same time of day that it was pumped? Despite some 2009 news coverage to that effect, breastfeeding mothers likely need not to stress about this detail when doing their children the loving service of providing breast milk when separated.

Types of Breast Pumps - Manual and Battery star
Descriptions and details of two types of breast pumps - manual and battery/mini-electric.

Types of Breast Pumps - Personal Electric star
Personal electric, or double electric breast pumps are extremely popular among breastfeeding moms. Explore the benefits of this sort of pump, who should buy one, and who should consider other alternatives.

Using Stored Breast Milk - Guidelines star
Guidelines for using expressed breast milk - including information on milk separation, warming or thawing breast milk, reusing milk and stocking frozen breastmilk.

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