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Parallel Pumping

Parallel pumping is an intervention that allows you to breastfeed your baby while pumping at the same time. This is most helpful if you’re having difficulty breastfeeding and want to prevent your milk supply from decreasing.

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Introduction

Who It's For

Parallel pumping—when a breast pump is applied to one breast while simultaneously breastfeeding with the other—is an intervention used when your baby is having difficulty latching or completing a feeding at the breast. To prevent your milk supply from decreasing, parallel pumping is a great tool to use.

Why It Empowers

Parallel Pumping allows you to sustain the nursing relationship with your baby while dealing with breastfeeding difficulties. It is less time-consuming and overwhelming than long-term triple feeding, and use of the pump on the opposite side while nursing can help the baby transfer or pull more milk from the breast.

What's Needed

  • Baby bottles
  • Slow flow bottle nipples
  • Hand pump, Haakaa breast pump, or single/double electric breast pump
  • Expressed breastmilk
  • 30 minutes of time
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    Meet The Expert


    Crystal Morgan

    Crystal is a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 18 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, and Newborn Nursery. She is passionate about all things related to women’s health and maternal child including breastfeeding education and support, and health and wellness promotion. Learn more and contact her at: toughtittylactation.com