Would anybody suggest bringing their breast pump along in their hospital bag? I have a really nice one and I'm thinking that I might not want to show my boob every couple hours so instead pump? Or would that not even work well before my milk technically comes in. Advice?
I dkn. but I think this is a good question and I'll be watching.
my hospital had them there for you to use
You could bring your pump but a couple of things that might suggest you don't.
1. Some people say that if you bottle feed right off you won't be able to get your baby to ever take the boob (wasn't the case for my little porker)
2. The hospital has very efficent pumps that do both boobs at the same time and get more than you would ever get from a store bought pump.
3. After you give birth, you won't care about bringing out your breast, in fact, so many people will be pushing and prodding it showing you how to breastfeed or showing how to encourage letdown that you won't give a shit who sees them. As of D-day...those puppies are no longer yours!!!!
Well, I just want to point out that once you offer a newborn a bottle nipple, they get LAZY!!! There's no work in getting the milk from there so you will have a harder time breastfeeding if you start off with a bottle off the bat. I'd say tough it out as long as possible before headed for the pump. They are great tools, but i PERSONALLY wouldn't recommend bringing them into use until the baby is a couple months old. However, whatever makes you most comfortable. Getting into the habit of constantly having to pump to provide breast milk to a "lazy" baby, is HARD WORK (believe me :roll:) if I had only known then what I know now, I would never had considered giving my son a bottle until he was a well adjusted boob baby!
Most hospitals have them for you to use if you want/need to.
OT: I only live about 45 minutes outside of GR
does anyone know if i can get one from the hospital
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