Mon 11 Mar, 2013 08:16 pm
There are various types of breast pumps on the market and even some inventive ideas of using old soda bottles and turkey basters. The main concern in creating something homemade is safety and efficiency. If you're wanting to induce lactation, talk with a lactation consultant. You will likely want to use a hospital-grade pump. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to express breast milk, then hand expression could be the way to go. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. This helps ensure that harmful germs will not contaminate your collected breast milk. If you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand cleanser. Make sure the cleanser is dry before touching your breast. Also, make sure you pump after you're done breastfeeding or at least an hour before your next feeding.
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