Yesterday, 06:15 PM
You can know this is terrible advice because they are told to do it in the hospital. You would need a crystal ball to know a mother is going to have supply issues in the first couple of days after birth.
To be fair to hospital staff, sometimes moms are told to pump in the moment (due to poor latch, poor gain, what have you) and then mom is never told to STOP pumping. This is because follow up care for lactation issues is even more abysmal than the care available in the hospital.
I also think that hospitals care about statistics, and they want the stat of "This (high) percentage of mothers who came in wanting to nurse left the hospital nursing." So sometimes hospital based lactation support is under pressure to throw every idea imaginable at a mom, including some "just in case" pumping, because they see the mom only briefly and there is no follow up plan. The flip side of this situation is the mom who is getting no help with latch pain or her other concerns because baby is at least latching and the hospital can count her as a breastfeeding success, even if she stops nursing a week later with horrendously injured nipples.
Fear of inadequate milk production is epidemic among breastfeeding mothers and has been for a very long time. I blame formula companies for this.
And frankly, pump manufacturers could do a way better job of explaining to moms who and who does not need to pump.