15Be Prepared To Pump
Although my first baby, now getting close to being a preschooler (sob!) was exclusively breastfed (EBF, as moms on the Internet sometimes say), there were still times that I used an electric breast pump.
First of all, almost every mom I know pumps in the early weeks to help to encourage
the milk supply to come in and also to relieve engorgement when it actually does.
Then there’s the fact that many modern moms want to build up a stockpile of milk in the freezer to be given when they have to be away working in the months to come. Pumping is, of course, crucial for that.
Then there’s also the fact that quite commonly a baby’s first solid food is a powdered grain cereal (rice, oatmeal, etc.) mixed with breastmilk – that’s what brought me back to pumping around the mid-year mark for my first (EBF) baby.
I really didn’t realize how important a pump would be until my baby had arrived, to the extent that I didn’t think it was a huge deal when an insurance/med supply company blunder made it so that I didn’t yet have one for the first weeks of my baby’s life. Boy, do I wish that I had understood how important it was.