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Pumping And Expressing Breast Milk

A woman who breastfeeds may need to pump or express her breast milk if she is going to be away from her baby for a number of hours at a time. Pumping can be done with a commercially available pump, or it can be done with your hands. There are several potential reasons for pumping milk:

When choosing a breast pump, consider the following:

Using a breast pump frequently will help to provide your baby with breast milk as if you were breastfeeding naturally. Likewise, it enables you to go back to work and feel comfortable that your baby is receiving the best food!!

Review Date: 12/9/2012
Reviewed By: Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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