by Ashton Fortin Higgins, PhD, MEd, certifying cALS
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.
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.
Sitting while playing/holding baby
Remember to keep your back straight.
If you need to move from place to place try getting into a kneeling position and kneel walk if possible.
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.