To pump or Not to pump

By | June 5, 2009

How do you know if pumping is for you. Here are a list of reasons why you would want to look into pumping:

1. You have problems breastfeeding. Baby has latch on issues that don’t seem to be resolved. Baby not extracting enough milk

2. You can breastfeed, but you want to increase your milk supply or have additional milk in the freezer for when you like to go out, or you’d like to express so your husband can give the bottle

3. You like to know how much milk your baby is taking

4. You have a pre-mature baby

5. Special needs baby
(tongue tied etc…)

6. Working mom

7. Uncomfortable breastfeeding – didn’t want to breastfeed

8. Pumping for surrogate

9. Difficulties in feeding twins

After all we decide to pump in order to provide breast milk for our little one. We all agree that breast milk is best. Now pumping requires a high degree of organisational skills. Pumping is more difficult than breastfeeding simply because:

1. You have to spend time pumping and then do the feeding or try to do both at the same time

2.
You have to wake up in the middle of the night not only to feed but to pump

3. Sterilising all the equipment and the bottles

4.
Always having pumping times on your mind and having to plan your day in advance

The majority of women that end up exclusively pumping do so because of problems with breastfeeding. Whatever your reason for pumping, know that you are not alone. There is nothing wrong with you or your baby. Breastfeeding just didn’t work out for the two of you. By pumping you will be providing your little one with the best start she can have in this life.

If you still haven’t made up your mind on wether to pump or not, the have a look at the other articles on the site to get a good idea on what to expect.

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