What Is It?
A silicone breast pump is a relatively new concept. It is an all in one, hands free, silicone device that you can attach to your breast to collect breast milk. Its a simple alternative to a traditional electronic or hand pump. It allows you to express milk easily and conveniently at home or on the go.
What Do I Use It For?
There are a few ways you can use this pump. Primarily it is used for collecting excess milk while you are breastfeeding. When you latch your baby on to feed, a 'let-down' reflex is stimulated by your baby's suck. This will cause the opposite breast to also start leaking milk. Attach your silicone pump to the opposite breast to the one your baby is feeding from and this will collect any breast milk that would have otherwise been wasted. You can save this milk and begin to build up a stash in your freezer.
Alternatively you can use a silicone pump to express some milk from your breast to relieve engorgement. This can be particularly helpful in the early stages of breastfeeding. If your breasts are very full and engorged you may have difficulty latching your baby on. Use the silicone breast pump for a few minutes to express some milk and soften your breast. It will now be easier for your baby to latch.
How Do I Use It?
Initially some people can find it tricky to attach a silicone pump correctly. There are many instructional videos available online that demonstrate the correct technique.
- Sterilise your silicone pump before each use
- Only use once the pump has cooled
- Evert the Flange of the pump
- Squeeze the base of the pump
- Put your breast to the pump, centred over your nipple
- Push the flange onto your breast
- Let go of the base of the pump
- The pump should now be attached to your breast
- The gentle, constant suction will stimulate the production of breast milk
Do I Need One?
The silicone breast pump is a total game changer. Breast milk is so precious! Why let it seep into a breast pad to ultimately be dumped in the bin when you can easily collect and store it. They are simple to use, inexpensive, discreet and compact. The one piece design means no little parts to assemble and clean. Perfect for occasional expressing, relieving engorgement and catching feeding letdown. I would really recommend investing in a silicone pump if you are planning on breastfeeding.
You can purchase a Silicone Breast Pump on TheWildChildShop.com for €16. It has a 90ml capacity and suction base design. It also includes a breast milk stopper and dust cover.