North Staffordshire Maternity Hospital, United Kingdom
The purpose of this study was to compare the differences in milk volume expressed between simultaneous (pumping both breasts at the same time) and sequential (pumping one breast after the other) breast pumping by 36 NICU mothers using the Ameda Elite Pump. A secondary measure was to determine the effect of breast massage on milk volume and fat content. The study showed that simultaneous pumping using the Ameda Elite Pump was more effective than sequential pumping (88mL vs. 51mL/session), and that breast massage has an additive effect (while simultaneous or sequential pumping) in improving milk production (125mL vs. 79mL/session). Fat content was not altered by any of the techniques implemented.
PMID: 11517200 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Reference: Jones E, Dimmock PW, Spencer SA. A randomised controlled trial to compare methods of milk expression after preterm delivery. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2001;85(2):F91-95.