Pumping 101: What You Need To Know About Pumping Breast Milk

Breastfeeding your baby can be a beautiful bonding experience and something many new mothers cherish and enjoy. Using a breast pump, not so much. As a working mom with a young baby, I spent an enormous amount of time attached to a breast pump during every free moment I had in my workday. And mostly I hated it. But pumping breast milk is a precious gift you can give your baby. And the only way to provide breast milk when you’re away from your baby (which you will be sometimes. Whether you work at an office or stay at home you need and deserve breaks!).

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Pumping may not ever be fun, but it doesn’t need to be miserable. If you’re pregnant and planning to pump breast milk for your baby or struggling with pumping currently, the Pumping 101 ebook is for you. Learn more from the author here!

Please introduce yourself and tell us about your website & your Pumping 101 ebook.

Hey, I’m Jen! I’m a Minnesota momma to a sweet one-year-old boy and have a pretty sweet husband too. I’m a full-time Registered Nurse and love all things health and fitness. My website, Minnesota Momma, is a mom blog where I cover everything from my favorite mommy products {that actually work!}, to tips on fitness, breastfeeding/pumping, baby led weaning, pregnancy tips, and more. I recently wrote Pumping 101 to give new moms all the information they need to know about pumping breast milk after their baby is born. Even as a nurse, I found myself searching for answers and helpful tips – now it’s time to share it all! Whether you’re a one-time pumper or plan to pump every day – Pumping 101 has something for you!

How can your Pumping 101 ebook help expecting and breastfeeding moms?

Pumping 101 is perfect for expecting and breastfeeding moms. For one, it’s going to give expecting moms a guide on how to pump, whether it’s at work or at home, and help them decide their best plan of action. I love being prepared and had I read something like this before I gave birth – it would have alleviated a lot of unnecessary worries I had! Moms who are already breastfeeding will find the information supportive and helpful. Whether you’re trying to build a freezer stash, learn how to pump at work, or pump more milk – I’ve got you covered. There’s also some fabulous worksheets and bonus resources that’ll help keep you organized (and sane!).

What inspired you to write the book?

I was inspired to write Pumping 101 because I wanted to help new moms feel confident with their decision to breastfeed and pump. While 8 months pregnant (and totally extra emotional), I cried because I had no idea how to pump and I was worried about how and when to start pumping! I didn’t want this to be anyone else’s situation. My goal is to help new moms have the best and most positive experience when it comes to breastfeeding/pumping. I wrote Pumping 101 like I was sharing pumping secrets with a best friend. It combines those hours I spent researching, my nursing knowledge and OB nurse experience, and my own personal experience with pumping. I want you to have all the information you need, without having to search 100 websites and piece it all together.

Is Pumping 101 written for moms pumping at work? Exclusively pumping moms? Can moms at home pumping only occasionally also benefit?

Pumping 101 is for any mom who plans to pump. Whether it’s pumping for one date night with your husband, or pumping exclusively. The tips are universal and there’s even a flowchart to help you figure out how often you should pump based on your pumping goals! Pumping 101 is an awesome resource for even experienced pumpers to learn something new. *I encourage moms who don’t plan to pump, to at least be educated on pumping. Unfortunately, we can’t always plan to a T what’s going to happen (such as having a baby that needs to go to the NICU or running into breastfeeding issues).

What are some of the most common problems moms have with pumping?

There are many common pumping issues moms may face. One of the biggest issues moms encounter is not being able to pump enough milk to keep up with their baby. They can also face discomfort and confusion on when to pump. I cover all the basics in Pumping 101.

Are there any pumping myths or misconceptions you hear often?  

There are many pumping myths in the world today and it would take me a whole blog post to cover them all. So I’ll happily just touch on a couple.

-Myth #1: “Pumping is painful” – Pumping should never be painful. It might be slightly uncomfortable at times, but it should never hurt. If pumping does hurt, you need to be sure you’re using the correct pump parts or check in with your doctor or lactation consultant.

-Myth #2: “I’ll get more milk if I wait longer between pumping sessions” – This is a big mistake so many moms make! I have a whole section about this in my Pumping 101 ebook. If you skip a pumping session or wait too long between pumping sessions, you’re going to actually produce less milk, because you’re telling your body it doesn’t need to be making that much. Breastfeeding and pumping are all based on supply and demand – for more on this topic check out: The Truth About Breastfeeding Basics & How to Increase Your Supply Naturally.

What can moms expect from the Pumping 101 ebook?

Pumping 101 is jam-packed with great information laid out in an easy to read and understand format. There are over 60 pages in the eBook that focus on helpful tips and advice that you need to know for a successful pumping experience. There’s also a “resources” page and bonus worksheets to help you through your pumping journey!

Any words for a mom struggling with pumping?

If you’re struggling with pumping I have two pieces of advice.

#1 – I am your biggest cheerleader! If you want to do this, you can do this! Pumping can be challenging but if it’s something you really want to do, there’s tons of information out there – you just need to learn it.  

#2 – If pumping becomes overwhelming, it’s okay to be done. While I’m a huge advocate for breastfeeding/pumping, I’m also a firm believer in “fed is best”. A happy (less stressed) mom who feeds her child formula is going to be better than an unhappy mom who is breastfeeding. You need to do what’s best for your baby and for you.

Anything else you want to add? About yourself, your ebook, your website, breastfeeding, or pumping?

Remember, I’m cheering you on however you decide to feed your baby! If you’re looking for more information, don’t miss Pumping 101. And enjoy your sweet little bundle!

I want to thank Jen for taking the time to answer my questions.  Click here to learn more about Pumping 101!

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5 Comments

  1. Harriet
    May 19, 2018

    What a wonderful idea, I think that this would be a valuable resource to any new mother. I wish I had access to this type of information 20 years ago.

    Reply
  2. Kate Andrews
    May 19, 2018

    I am just starting the get ready to have kids so I appreciate this resource. Lots of great information.

    Reply
  3. Brittany
    May 19, 2018

    My breastfeeding journey is nearing the end, and I so wish I pumped and saved up a stash.

    Reply
  4. Amy Dong
    May 21, 2018

    Oh, wow, if ONLY I’d had access to posts like yours 14 years ago!!! My oldest “baby” is now a teen, and back then, I just learned how to pump with my Medela on quite a steep learning curve!

    Reply
  5. Lashonya
    May 22, 2018

    I breastfeed my son for 18 months. It wasn’t always easy but it was worth it!

    Reply

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