Producing breast milk may come naturally, but pumping it out of you might not. Breast pumping gets easier as you get the hang of it, so don't be discouraged if you aren't expressing a lot of milk right away. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Prevent bacteria

It’s important to always wash your hands thoroughly before pumping. Lather your hands for at least 15 seconds, then rinse for at least 20.

Stay hydrated

Since you’re expelling liquid from your body, make sure to keep replenishing yourself with a glass of juice or water. Keeping one nearby is the best way to remember.

Try to relax

Choose a time when you won't be interrupted and an environment where you feel comfortable.

Reduce swelling

If your breasts become engorged (swollen from an abundance of milk production), place warm compresses on them before pumping.

Increase production

Stimulate more milk ducts by adjusting the pump's breast shield or cushion.

Maintain your milk supply

It’s important to pump as frequently as possible, and as often as you would normally breastfeed.

Stay healthy

Enjoy a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of liquids, and get lots of rest.