There is so much support out there for breastfeeding, and not nearly as much for breast pumping. Having to pump milk often feels like a necessary evil, especially when you have more than one child. Today’s guest, Alex Sinikas, is on a mission to improve the experience of pumping. A female engineer who found pumping deeply uncomfortable. She has done all the research on how to have a successful, enjoyable experience. We are excited to welcome her to the Zen(ish) Mommy podcast.
Finding the right style and size of pump is the first step. By doing this, you can prevent nipple injury and pain.
“The data suggests that 15% of women will have an actual nipple injury, pain, or damage from pumping. One of the things that could help that is education about getting the right style and the right size of pump for you.”
Speaking with a lactation consultant would be a great resource to use when finding the right style and size pump for you! It’s important to never turn the suction up so high that you are in discomfort or pain. This can be a comfortable and satisfying experience.
You have your pump now, you’re reading the instructions, you’re learning the ropes but what is equally important to note, is to create a relaxing environment.
“Those instructions probably have written in there somehow how to do it, but they probably don’t talk about setting yourself up with a lovely environment to pump in and trying to change your mindset from it being something that you’re doing as a chore to perhaps something where you’re getting a bit of time to yourself.”
Changing your mindset in supporting your pumping process is the vehicle to thoroughly enjoying this season of life.
After Alex’s tumultuous journey to feeding her own daughter, she saw a need for more comfort. This ultimately led to creating the Milkdrop Breast Pump Cushion. A soft, silicone cushion to protect your nipples while pumping. It’s an ultra-soft silicone pad that stretches over the head of the pump. It brings immediate relief to sore, swollen, elastic or cracked nipples and it’s made from silicone 10x softer than your pump. Use code: SLOWDOWN for 20% off your purchase.
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