There are a few things you need to know to get started with pumping. If you have a full term, healthy breastfeeding baby-you can wait a few weeks to start pumping to start storing up breast milk. If you have a preterm or ill baby who cannot breastfeed yet, start pumping as soon as you can after birth, preferably within 6 hours of delivering your baby.
Starting pumping can be a daunting process. Follow these steps to set yourself and your baby up for success! .
First, read your breast pump instructions.
Second, find a quiet, comfortable place to sit. Take a drink and snack with you. Make sure your pump is plugged in or has working batteries. Then: