We recommend finding a comfortable, quiet spot in your home first. Relaxing environments will encourage natural letdown. If you’re having trouble with letdown, a quick breast massage, warm compress, or leaning over and gently shaking the breasts will encourage flow.
If you have your baby near you, try getting close to them and cuddling. If you’re not near them, look at a photo of your baby, listen to a recording of their cry, or imagine their face and smell in a state of mindfulness.
When using an electric pump, use the lowest suction setting at first and then increase it when things are moving and you feel comfortable. Breathe deeply while you wait. This can take minutes for some and days for others.
When everything is going well, pump until your milk slows down and your breasts feel empty. Make sure you clean your breast flanges in between uses. If you experience issues while pumping, we recommend contacting your Lactation Consultant.