I’m a work out of the home mom and therefore I pump breast milk while I’m at work so that my baby has something to drink while I’m away. I use my pump ten times a week, (two times a day, five days a week). I do not pump at home. Why you ask? Because I do not want to impact my milk supply.
My midwife gave me some pretty good advice right after I had just had Liam. She said, stay in bed as much as you can for the first week, let everyone take care of you, sleep when the baby sleeps and keep him next to you, lots of skin to skin contact and do not pump for at least six weeks, try to hold out for longer.
I listened to her and I did not pump. I actually never pumped until Liam was almost five and a half months old. If I wanted to run an errand, then I either brought the baby with me, or was only gone for a short time. I did not want to give Liam a bottle because I was afraid that He wouldn’t want to nurse from me once he did so. We had a very well established breastfeeding relationship by that point and when I went back to work he began Reverse cycling, which means that he would nurse more when I got home and throughout the night to maintain his weight and my milk supply.
With nick, I ended up pumping earlier because I had to go back into the office part time earlier. Once again, though I did not pump until the weekend before I went to work. I started back at half days so he did not need a whole lot of milk while i was away. He also would wait until I was home to nurse. Now it was ideal for my milk supply, but I did worry some that He would get a little dehydrated. He would nurse immediately though and then pee.
Now, why did I title this post dump the pump? Well, I have had too many friends depend on a pump to tell their milk output. Stop judging your pump milk supply. All it is going to do is stress you out. First off, a pump should not be used by a new mother unless it is medically indicated. If you are just pumping because you need or want to be away from the baby, then understand that it should not be done often or your supply will affected. I have never fed my boys a bottle of expressed milk. Why? Because if I am there, then the baby will nurse from me. A pump is never as efficient as a baby. I could pump for thirty minutes and think that I’ve gotten all the milk possible from it and then I will nurse the baby just a short time later and he will have milk dribbling from his mouth. I do have a pretty good milk supply, but I think it is because I nurse on demand as much as possible. If I looked at only my pumping output right now, I could get stressed because it fluctuates day to day. Thats normal though.
I wish new moms would also realize that babies have growth spurts every few weeks when they are really little. That means that they are going to be nursing more frequently. That is normal. To check that They are getting enough, check their diaper. I have no clue how much my baby drinks on any given day. People tend think they need to know the exact number of ounces a baby is consuming, you don’t. If they have eight to Twelve wet diapers a day and are pooping then you are good.
We have to remember to that a lot of us have parents or grandparents that did not breastfeed. I was fortunate that my mom nursed me. She was very supportive. Damon’s mom nursed him until he was around six months old. However, neither of my grandmothers nursed. Damon’s family had a few in the older generation that did not nurse. Some of these older folks would ask me how long I was going to nurse? Sometimes they would say that I just needed to give him a bottle because then he could stay with them, ummm, no that wasn’t going to happen. They would have fed my six month old candy if I had left them alone. Sometimes they would make snide comments that they baby wasn’t eating “regular” food because he was still on the “titty.” yea, I loved having women in their seventies talking about my breasts. These ladies did not understand how a breastfeeding relationship operates, by supply and demand. However, I think that moms today need to understand that a pump is not a substitute to a baby suckling. Your body knows when it is being nursed and when it is being pumped. Watch a video on how far back in the throat a breast will do when a baby is nursing from it and then watch yourself as the pump tries to do the job, the pump is far inferior to nursing.