Common Reasons To Start Breast Pumping and Keep Your Supply Up
Why try breast pumping?
Breast pumping is one of the most common ways to increase your milk supply when you are not with your baby and need to have a supply on hand for when someone else is with the baby. This is especially important if you are planning to go back to work. If you want more information on pumping at work, specifically, you should check out our post by clicking this link, Great Breastfeeding Options and Ideas for Working Mothers.
Pumping gives you the freedom to not be the only one who needs to be there for every feeding. Your partner or another helper can feed your baby from a bottle, which is still giving your baby the nutrition it needs from your breast milk. This gives you a chance to rest and take a break, while letting the father bond with the baby during feedings.
Other reasons to breast pump:
- Again, the most common reason that mothers will choose to breast pump is to stimulate the milk production and increase milk supply
- Another great reason is to collect milk to feed a premature baby or one who can’t latch on to your breast right away. By pumping, you will still be able to provide your baby with feeding him/her the best nutrition.
- Pumping can also help to relieve the pain and pressure of engorged breasts from not pumping or breastfeeding often enough. Although, too much pumping when you’re engorged can cause even more issues and discomfort.
- If your healthcare provider advises you to stop nursing temporarily because you’re taking medication that might be harmful to your baby, pumping would help you keep up a supply to prevent the need of supplementing with formula.
- This is also true if for any reason you need to be hospitalized for a short time and can’t breastfeed throughout the day. Making sure you keep your supply up will help provide for your baby when emergency situations happen unexpectedly.
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