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The Proficient Pumper

by Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Many breastfeeding parents rely on a breast pump to help provide milk for their babies when they are separated or not feeding directly from the breast for other reasons. Others will use a breast pump to bring in or grow their milk production. Some of these parents may find pumping uncomfortable. Many others have difficulty expressing enough milk to meet their babies’ needs. There are also those who produce an overabundance of milk while pumping. This session addresses all of these parents by providing ideas for making pumping as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe reasons why a parent would need/choose to use a breast pump;

Objective 2: Identify alternatives to pumping;

Objective 3: Choose a breast pump appropriate for a parent’s circumstances;

Objective 4: Participant will be able to properly care for her breast pump;

Objective 5: Know how to make pumping as comfortable as possible; and

Objective 6: Know how to maximize the amount of milk output from pumping.

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