Article written by guest blogger, Misti Ryan
Whether exclusive pumping is a decision or a necessity due to surrounding circumstances, there are several things you can do to make your efforts more successful.
We know that the earlier after birth you begin expressing, milk production is set up for long-term success. Hand expression of colostrum is often more effective than pumping in the early days and can increase your milk supply even when you begin using a pump. You may not reach full production until around 10 days, so be patient as amounts in the early days may be very small. Here’s a fantastic video from Jane Morton at Stanford University, demonstrating Hand Expression