To maintain your milk supply while at work or away from baby.
To store expressed breast milk for the father or any supportive
family member to feed baby when needed. Daily bottle suggested
beginning at 3 weeks of age.
To collect expressed breast milk for day care provider
Mother needing to pump and bottle feed breast milk long term,
not to actually breastfeed.
Reasons to Pump and Bottlefeed
Mother's long term plan
Baby refusing to latch and breastfeed
Mother receiving medication that is contraindicated with
Mother's nipples and/or breasts or baby's mouth incompatible
Types of Breast Pumps for Purchase (Home and Work Use)
One Hand Breast Pump
Nurture 111 Electric Breast Pump
Purely Yours (excellent for work)
Harmony Breast Pump
Mini Electric Breast Pump
DoubleEase Breast Pump (Occasional use)
Pump In Style (Excellent for Work)
Pump In Style Advanced (Excellent for Work)
Isis (Excellent for home use)
Types of Breast Pumps to Rent
Required if baby is hospitalized or if mother needs to pump and bottle
feed long term, not planning to actually breastfeed. Motor only is
rented, pumping set up is separate purchase.
Lactina Plus/Lactina Select
It is NOT recommended that you borrow a breast pump that has been
previously used. Viruses pass through breast milk and can not be "washed
out" of your pumping set up. Think of your pump as a toothbrush—a
one-person use item. Double pumping set ups are available to purchase
for use with your rental breast pump. Rental pump is returned and
sanitized after your use.
How and When to Pump
Pumping is a learned technique. Practice makes perfect. Begin practicing
with your pump when baby is about 10 days old. Condition your breasts to
respond to your pump by using your baby as the teacher. Pump one breast
while baby is breastfeeding the opposite breast. Copy your baby's suckle
pause rhythm with your pump action. When baby is finished with the first
breast, switch sides and pump again while baby breastfeeds. Don't worry
-- you will have enough breast milk for baby's feeding. If this
technique is too difficult for you to master, then pump both breasts
immediately after breastfeeding. Package and freeze any collected breast
milk for later use. Pump once a day while baby is breastfeeding and
build up a stockpile of breast milk in your freezer.
When baby is 3 weeks old, begin one bottle of breast milk every day if
bottles are going to be part of your baby's life anytime in the first
year -- even if only occasionally. When baby is fed this bottled breast
milk, then pump both breasts and store for later use. This pumping while
baby has bottled breast milk stimulates and maintains your full milk
supply. Remember, breastfeeding works on the principle of demand and
supply—in order to keep up your supply (milk volume), you need to
continue the demand (breastfeeding or pumping).
When you are ready to "skip" a feeding and choose not to pump, then you
will need to wean that milk supply away. Follow the manufacturer's
directions for washing and "sterilizing" your pumping equipment after
each use. Extra large flanges are available from Hollister/Ameda/Egnell
and Medela if you nipples are not comfortable in the flange while
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.