Did you buy a single breast pump, and then ended up as an exclusive pumper? Here’s what you need to know to save time when you’re exclusively pumping with a single breast pump.
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Lots of moms buy a single electric pump (like the Medela Swing) when they’re pregnant, thinking that they will most nurse and will just need to pump occasionally. However, if nursing doesn’t work out and mom ends up exclusively pumping, only having a single pump can be challenging.
Challenges with Using a Single Pump
When you’re exclusively pumping, you need to pump many times per day – up to 8-12 in the beginning. Generally, you want to aim for about 120 minutes (or 2 hours) of pumping every day.
That 120 minute number is for each breast. So if you only have a single pump, this can double the total amount of time that you have to spend pumping to 4 hours per day.
That’s a lot of pumping.
How to Exclusively Pump with a Single Breast Pump and Save Time
The best way to save time when you’re exclusively pumping with a single breast pump is to pump on one side while using a Haakaa or milk catcher pump on the other side.
Haakaa pumps are made of food-grade silicone. You can just suction one onto the side you’re not pumping, and it will work on its own to pull out milk. They are very affordable; most are under $15 and some are under $10.
You can try out different things to see what works best for you, but I would recommend starting with using your electric pump on one side with the milk catcher on the other side. Then, about halfway through your session, switch sides.
Hopefully, this tip helps you maintain your milk supply while saving time (and not spending too much extra money)!
Do you have other tips for exclusively pumping with a single breast pump? Share them in the comments!