I REALLY NEED A BREAST PUMP?
I am planning to breastfeed my baby not only because it is good
for him but also because it is cheaper than formula. But do I
really need the breast pump (manual or electric) and to store
my milk? That looks like a hassle and breast pumps are expensive.
You only need a pump if you are separated from your baby on a
regular basis. If your baby is hospitalized, if you are working
or going to school, or you leave your baby with caregivers often,
then a good double electric pump is an excellent investment.
If you are
a stay at home mom and plan to take your baby with you when you
go out, and if you are comfortable throwing a blanket over your
shoulder and nursing in the mall, then you probably won't need
a pump. If you want to have one on hand to pump an occasional
bottle, then you could get a small manual or electric pump like
the Avent Isis or the MiniElectric and probably do fine with that.
a hassle, and I don't know anyone who enjoys it. Women managed
to nurse their babies for millions of years without pumps, and
lots of them still do. However, the technology is now available
to mothers whose lifestyles make exclusive breastfeeding difficult.
New hospital and professional grade pumps allow nursing mothers
the option of double pumping their milk quickly and efficiently
so that they can continue nursing after they return to work or
during regular periods of separation. It's great to have the technology
available for women who need it, but pumping is not a necessary
component of successful breastfeeding.
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