Breast Pump Use: Do’s And Dont’s

The right breast pump is a nice resource to have when it’s needed, but not everybody wants a pump. In fact, particularly for those who need to express their milk rarely, manual speech is a reasonable choice (though it might not be the best alternative in an every situation).

5 Reasons To Use A Breast Pump

  • Your child is not nursing well (or not nursing at all). A reliable pump is the best way to ensure the supply of milk in this case.
  • You need to increase your milk supply, or you are inducing lactation for a child that wasn’t delivered by you. In such cases, a pump is not strictly required, but it will definitely speed up the process.
  • You’re hoping to go back to full-or part-time jobs and want to give the baby breast milk only.
  • You’ve been planning occasional child separations for more than a few hours.
  • You prefer to feed your little one from the bottle, but with your milk (either part of the time or all of the time) for some reason whatsoever.

If you’re going to buy a breast pump, the right kind of pump depends on how much you expect to use it:

  • If the infant is not breastfeeding properly or is not feeding at all, the hospital-grade rental pump is ideally suited to constructing and sustaining milk supplies. If that is not available, use the best quality pump you can find.
  • If breastfeeding is going well, you will need for a pump depends on your child separation plans.

Are you pregnant, and you’re not sure you’re going to need a pump?

Don’t buy it in advance! You still have the luxury of waiting for the baby to be born and then having a pump if you notice that you need one (or want one). Price pumps can conveniently be purchased in retail shops in many countries, and rented pumps can be obtained from clinics, retailers or lactation consultants.

What if you expect to be with your baby most of the time?

If you don’t plan to be away from the baby for longer stretches of time, you certainly don’t need a pump. Although many people do pump for a variety of reasons, there are others who do not pump at all — any option can be suitable.

Many parents are told that obtaining a pump is essentially a requirement for breastfeeding. Not the facts! But personal experience here, it iis convenient to express milk and get yourself a bit of “me time” without being worried of the baby’s milk availability.

5 Other Reasons To Buy a Breast Pump

1. Engorgement:

Some moms want to have a pump at their fingertips to deal with engorgement after milk comes in, and there may definitely be a good excuse to have a pump. But is the pump needed? Under typical cases, a Breast Milk extractor is not a necessity — frequent feeding can avoid or mitigate engorgement, and there are other options for coping with engorgement. If you pump when engorged, bear in mind the breast tissue is more easily weakened when mom is engorged, so stop unnecessary pumping or suction. Hand expression is also a choice, is gentler to mom, and could be even more successful when mom is engorged

2. Me time:

Don’t let anyone tell you that if you don’t pump, you can’t get time for yourself-it’s just not true. Many parents go out for about an hour or two, and leave the baby with a mother or other caregiver. The amount of time you spend between feeding will change as the child gets older.

3. Separation from your little one:

It’s rare to find yourself in a situation where you need to be separated from your baby without pacification. If you feel that you need to be away from your kids, most of the times, you are able to prepare ahead and rent or buy a pump.

4. Illness, surgery:

it’s almost certainly easier to avoid breastfeeding when you’re sick (or when the baby is ill). Nursing can also be done without delay when you have general anesthesia, local anesthesia, because certain surgical procedures. The secret is reliable knowledge. If you are unable to breastfeed due to unexpected sickness, it is definitely convenient to have stored milk in the fridge, although this is not a normal scenario.

5. Medications: 

It is very unusual to be in a position where a breastfeeding mom has to take a drug that is actually contraindicated while breastfeeding stage (and for which there is no appropriate alternative). Once, the goal here is to get the right facts. In a rare case where you need to take a drug that is actually contraindicated, it might be possible to delay the medicine until you can pump milk for your baby and make other arrangements.  

6. The baby can not or may not nurse: 

Sometimes the baby will have trouble breastfeeding at birth or later (due to sickness, surgery, etc.).

3 Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Buy A Breast Pump

1. Reaserch 

Breastfeeding is best achieved by establishing and maintaining a supply of milk.  A breast pump can not substitute the baby’s estimulation, and can potentially interfer with the body’s understanding about your baby’s rhythms and breast milk needs. No pump can match the stimulation and sucking power of a human child, and frequent on-demand baby-to-breast around the clock for the best part of the first 3 months is the “best” way to accomplish that. This is good for the milk supply, good for the baby, and it’s good for mom’s emotional and physical health as well.

2. If Not Broken, Don’t Fix It

Whenever you increase the demand (by pumping in between your little one’s innate need to breastfeed), you interrupt your body’s ability to adapt in order to fulfill your child’s needs. This can lead to engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis, and a series of complications that could lead to a reduced chance of you choosing exclusive breastfeeding. And every time you pump your breast as a substitute, you lose the hormonal rush that most reliably occurs when the baby is in your breast. This hormonal rush encourages your breastmilk supply to remain strong and consistent, helps you feel connected and committed to your baby, and facilitates long-term breastfeeding success. Moreover, bibs are not boobies. Babies will soon learn to prefer a bottle over a breast, so if the infant rejects the breast.

3. Bottom line: The Breastfeeding Connection. 

Breast pumps are wonderful inventions, but they should not be used simply because they can be used, and they should not be seen as a substitute for your skin, your arms, your smell, and your voice. When the time comes for you to be separated from your infant, a high-quality breast pump might or might not make a distinction in maintaining breast-feeding and can be seen as vital to your breastfeeding relationship. Nevertheless, breastfeeding naturally is much more than just feed your baby. You will develop a connection with your little one that is a bonding you don’t want to miss.

4 thought on “Breast Pump Use: Do’s And Dont’s”

  1. Nicole says:

    this was very informative for me as I have friends that are having babies and they try to talk to me about breast feeding but I do not have a clue of how to help them. I like how you also pointed out the reasons of not to buy one.  I think especially new mothers feel pressured to purchase one. Because personally my mother told me I refused to nurse so she has to change her plans!

    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi Nicole, that`s right, the list register for your first baby is huge. I hope you can blend in now in breastfeeding conversations with your friends. 


  2. jyongwa says:

    Hello Nicole, thank you so much for your review. Your article and also your site will definitely help a lot of new mothers in the world. Your article hold so much in-depth information and knowledge that will benefit mothers in answering their questions and getting a good opinion in this topic. As my close friend is also pregnant now, I will be sending this link to her so that she can learn more about this and be ready before the precious baby comes to the world. Your article also has such a clear structure which makes reader’s navigation so easy! Your article is very well segmented, in the sense where clear headers and points are made which makes the reading very enjoyable. I really enjoyed my read on your article and do keep it up!

    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi Jyongwa, 

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I also hope this article helps some first-time moms.

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