Re: pumping/storing questions
Pumping has a place in some breastfeeding journeys, but not all. Pumping for a mom who is returning to work or who has a supply problem can be vital. Pumping for a mom who is staying home with her baby, not so much. Lots of moms nurse and never use pumps or bottles.
Downsides of pumping:
- can make you doubt the adequacy of your supply if you don't immediately yield large amounts of milk
- can induce you to introduce a bottle too early, before breastfeeding has been mastered by both baby and mom (most recommendations are to delay bottle introduction until 4-6 weeks)
- if you pump too much, you can end up with oversupply (and yes, that is a problem!)
So, basically, before we say whether or not pumping is something we think you should be doing, it would help to know the following:
- How is breastfeeding going? Is baby satisfied at the breast, is nursing painless, is anything else going on that might indicate a problem?
- Are you going to be staying home or are you planning to return to work?
- What sort of pump are you using?
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"