All over the world there exists in every society a small group of women who feel themselves strongly attracted to giving care to other women during pregnancy and childbirth. Failure to make use of this group of highly motivated people is regrettable and a sin against the principle of subsidiary. ~ Dr. Kloosterman, Chief of OB/GYN, Univ. of Amsterdam, Holland
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very interesting thoughts. did make me see some early pumping in a new way so thanks
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. 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.
Last edited by @llli*mtmama; November 28th, 2011 at 08:29 PM.
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.
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