very interesting thoughts. did make me see some early pumping in a new way so thanks :gvibes
i think my issue with pumping is that people assume pumping = breastfeeding and i see them as very different. not sensing that here just in general.
pumping allows us to remove milk to give a baby when we cannot be with that baby for whatever reason (sanity, work, baby cant nurse, etc) but it does not replace a baby, does not build our supply as naturally as a baby, does not offer many of the benefits to mom and baby... lots of differences.
i really do think there is way too much pumping going on (sarale, did you say that once?) i would advise moms to nurse nurse nurse rather than pump.
i just don't understand the draw to it. :shrug if i did not work i would NEVER pump. NEVER. but thats just me i guess. it is very personal.
i feel like there is a very quick jump to pump when imho baby and mom need to have some time to make mistakes together and get established.
I really don't understand the assumption that there is judgment here. I don't see it that way. There is NOTHING wrong with pumping. What is wrong is when Mom's are told to pump, not given any context, limits or "whys". If you want / need to go out? Pump!
It's when pumping starts affecting your supply when you don't want / need it to. Especially when no one tells a Mom that it can / will affect their supply if not taken into account.
I see this post more as a "if you're a new Mom, you don't need to pump until you decide what it is that you want to accomplish with it". For Mom's who know, who have hit a rhythm, they'll manage it fine.