3 Ways to Avoid Spilled Milk While Pumping

by Ashton Fortin Higgins, PhD, MEd, certifying cALS



 

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No one prepares you for the loss of your hard earned milk ounces splattered all

over the floor/counter.

It happens. You just spent 30 minutes, and voilà, it's gone. Milk everywhere, you are crying, stressing, maybe even cursing. Here's 3 positions to help you save your milk.


Position 1:

Holding baby while you stand

  • Remember to bend straight, do not bend over. Lift with your legs.

  • If you need to bend, try to kneel first to get baby.

  • You can use a hip carrier on your hip to support baby if they can support their own head.







Position 2:

Sitting while playing/holding baby

  • Remember to keep your back straight.

  • Avoid bending.

  • If you need to move from place to place try getting into a kneeling position and kneel walk if possible.





Position 3:

Putting into or picking up - Crib


Putting into the crib

  • Ensure baby is in a safe place to nap/sleep.

  • Try to wait until after the pump session to move baby.

Picking up from the crib

  • Try to occupy baby until the pump session is over. Bring a few toys. Read a book.

  • Kneel next to crib to get to baby's height while maintaining a straight back.

  • If you must take baby out, try to avoid bending. Lift with your legs.

Pumping while interacting and moving with baby is a skill many exclusive pumpers have come to learn on their own. These 3 tips are great for those new to exclusive pumping.

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