Re: Express feeding newborn
Welcome! It's been a couple days since you posted. How are things going now- any changes?
To answer your question, many mamas pump exclusively (EP, for short). However, I think that most EP mamas would agree that it is not something you want to do if you can help it, because it is so much harder than nursing, for the following reasons:
- Since pumps are not as good as babies at removing milk from the breast, it's harder to maintain and increase supply using the pump. Many EP mamas ultimately struggle to produce enough milk.
- Nursing ultimately gets easier. Pumping never does. By a few months old, most babies can latch on and get a full meal in just a few minutes at the breast. But if it takes you 20 minutes to pump today, it's going to take you 20 minutes a year from now, and you'll need to find that 20 minutes while caring for an increasingly mobile baby, plus doing all the washing up associated with using bottles. Sometimes you'll need to choose between pumping and maintaining your milk supply and caring for your baby.
- Nursing in public is easy. Pumping in public is really, really hard.
- Milk from the breast is always clean, fresh, and at the right temperature. It can't get spoiled in a diaper bag, forgotten at home, or spilled on the floor.
- Pumping puts you at the mercy of electricity- a power outage means no pumping and the possibility of your frozen stash going bad.
- Nursing is more than just nutrition. Given time, it becomes an invaluable mothering tool. Baby bumps her head? Nurse. Teething? Nurse. Cranky, tired, hot? Nurse, nurse, nurse.
That being said, it is possible to EP!!! Many women do it, and this forum is full of women who have made it work. I don't want to discourage you from EP if you feel it is that or formula- just to make you aware of the potential drawbacks.
With a young baby like yours, you definitely want to wake her. The standard advice is to feed on demand- but it really should be "Feed on demand, or every 2-3 hours, whichever comes first."
Also, do you feed your baby when she gives you cues or do you wake up your baby's to feed them every 2-3 hours.
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