Using a breast pump stimulates your nipple and triggers the release of a hormone called prolactin, which helps signal your body to produce milk. Pumping your breasts has the potential to increase milk glands and ducts in your breasts, can help prepare your breasts for nursing, and may begin to stimulate your supply…but it may not be totally necessary. A nursing supplementer (a device that allows baby to receive formula or donated milk while suckling on your breast) may be a better way to stimulate your milk production since your body is more likely to respond to a human than a machine. Work with a lactation consultant to find your best plan for breastfeeding your baby.
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