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    Default Will pumping give me "full" benefits of breastfeeding?

    I am about to become a first time mom and will be going back to work about 3 months after I give birth to my daughter. My question is:

    I plan on breastfeeding exclusively during the time I will be at home. Once back at work, will I get the "full" benefits of breastmilk? My concern is that I have read several places that the breastmilk is different at the beginning of a feeding, end of the feeding, in the morning vs. in the evening, and different during the many stages of her growth. If I am pumping and storing milk, won't these benefits be lost?

    If so, can I simply label AM/PM milk and maybe not store so far ahead that the breastmilk is not in keeping with her current growth and needs?

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    Default Re: Will pumping give me "full" benefits of breastfeeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sixyearplan View Post
    Don't overthink it. The new study about milk being different at certain times of the day just made it that much more for mamas to worry about. I wouldn't go to that length to label AM vs PM milk.

    No matter what formula is inferior to breast milk, regardless of when the breast milk was pumped or if it was frozen.

    When you start pumping, I do recommend checking your milk for excess lipase:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/l...essedmilk.html

    with all the above.
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    Default Re: Will pumping give me "full" benefits of breastfeeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sixyearplan View Post
    Don't overthink it. The new study about milk being different at certain times of the day just made it that much more for mamas to worry about. I wouldn't go to that length to label AM vs PM milk.

    No matter what formula is inferior to breast milk, regardless of when the breast milk was pumped or if it was frozen.

    When you start pumping, I do recommend checking your milk for excess lipase:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/l...essedmilk.html
    Wise words.

    I BF'ed my daughter until she was 17 months old. I pumped 15 of those months while I was at work and nursed her when I was home. I think she got ALL the benefits of breastmilk.

    Congrats on your baby and good luck!

    Jessica
    Fancy Momma to the Divine Miss M, 2/15/07 BF'ed for 17 months!
    Currently TTC Baby #2


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    Default Re: Will pumping give me "full" benefits of breastfeeding?

    I agree about not over-thinking it. I pumped exclusively, but even though my son wasn't directly at the breast he is a very healthy little 2 year old boy and has hardly ever been sick.

    The only advice I would give is that if you do pump when you are really full you might get a bottle with a lot of foremilk, which looks really thin. You might need to mix it with some other milk so that he doesn't get a feeding of all foremilk because that might cause some green poop. That probably won't be a problem unless you have a large oversupply.
    Beth

    Exclusively pumped for Lance Oct 07
    Nursed until just before he turned 3 Levi Oct 09

    Do you have extra milk? Consider donating!
    http://www.hmbana.org/:

    "So I was welcomed by the consolations of human milk; but it was not my mother or my nurses who made any decision to fill their breasts, but you who through them gave me infant food, in accordance with your ordinance and the riches which are distributed deep in the natural order." -St Augustine

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    Default Re: Will pumping give me "full" benefits of breastfeeding?

    Dont make yourself crazy...BM is better than no BM at all!!! I always told myself: "What is the diff-whether it comes "straight from the tap" or in a bottle?!?!?!

    I was constantly mixing my milk with each pumps so he was probably getting ams and pms in each bottle at all times!!
    -Katie

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    -Breastfeeding again and hope to go the full year!

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