Breastfeeding and pumping
Ideally, every woman would have the time and patience to breastfeed their infant into healthy toddlerhood without any interference from modern technology.
We’d also like world peace and a million bucks.
Whether from work, illness, school, or physical limitations, many women opt for the strangeness that is the breast pump at some point or another. Below are a few basic strategies to deal with being a breast-pumper.
- Avoid pumping for the first six weeks
If at all possible, try to exclusively breastfeed on demand (whenever baby cries with a dry diaper) for the first six weeks post-partum. This ensures your supply stabilizes in accordance with your babe's nutritional needs. If you pump before six weeks, you risk over or under-production of your milk supply.
- Be realistic
Some women report successfully pumping breast milk for the entirety of their child’s first year without ever supplementing with formula, while others give up after recurring bouts of unbearably painful mastitis. If your struggle to breastfeed is merely one of scheduling, it's fully possible to succeed, but if you're constantly in pain when breastfeeding and pumping, it might be time to re-think your feeding strategy.
- Get a good pump
Read the reviews, ask around and get the best pump you can afford, especially if you're going to be pumping frequently. A qualify dual electric pump will save your life! The better the pump, the less likely you're going to end up having to buy a new one when the cheap one up and dies on you.