To pump or to breastfeed? That is the question. As a mom who has exclusively pumped and exclusively breastfeed, I can share the benefits and downfalls of both. The pros and cons of exclusively pumping and exclusively breastfeeding, and which method I prefer.
With my first son I exclusively pumped. He did not, would not latch on. and I tired to no avail! He was a premie and I knew that I wanted to give him breast milk because ‘breast is best!’ I was told that I was not producing enough milk and I should give him formula, but I did not quit! To help me with my milk production I tried to get him to latch on. I would snuggle with him, do skin-to-skin time, and even offer him my breast, that he just licked on, to increase my production. And when we left the hospital we had to buy a deep freezer because I had too much milk! So ladies if you are told that you should give up, keep trying, talk to a lactation consultant. I pumped the entire time that he was on breastmilk (over 6 months).
Pros of Exclusively Pumping:
The biggest pro is the freedom of not being the only one who can provided sustance to for your baby. I do love the bond that I have formed with my baby from breastfeeding, but sometimes it is nice to hand a bottle to Daddy and and take a Mommy Moment. When you are pumping you are still giving baby the nutrients they need from breastmilk but you do not have to be there for every feeding.
When you are pumping you are also able to build a bigger supply of milk. I pumped on a schedule everyday. I pumped when I felt full, so I did not have leaky breast alot. I also double pumped, created bottles for future feeds and froze any extra. This allowed me to travel with hubby, and sleep in a few mornings.
Another benefit that I like, was that my youngest child, JT did not have any problems being with other family members or friends. We did not share the same strong bond that I have with my son who I breastfed, but JT was comfortable and would allow others to hold him more. Whereas with my breastfed son sometimes he doesn’t even want to go to daddy.
CON of exclusively breastfeeding: Taking the time to pump a few times a day, versus when baby wants to eat you just feed. No set up, no cleaning pumps and preparing, you get baby and begin feeding, no mess, no fuss! I started to feel like a cow being milked after a while.
PROS: Exclusively Breastfeeding
I would like to start off by saying that if you are breastfeeding, you should pump. Pumping gives you the opportunity to get some rest, allow others to take part in feeding and it also gives you the opportunity to go out with hubby for date night!
Breastfeeding creates a strong bond between you and baby. I can see a huge difference between the bond JT and I share, versus Baby Jack. Baby Jack did not want to go to ANYONE!! AT ALL!! It was…a little sad, and hard to deal with. JT would allow anyone to hold him and feed him, while Baby Jack only wanted mommy. My husband and I both learned a life lesson on the strong bond of breastfeeding. I did love the bond we shared but I also wanted him to share a bond with his daddy. It took some work.
Breastfeeding will help you lose weight, and can help reduce colic in some babies. Although a mother’s diet can cause a baby to become more colic-y. Breastfeeding eliminates the need for bottles. If you are exclusively pumping you need a lot of bottles to accommodate the number of times that your child eats everyday! Breastfeeding eliminates having to buy a variety of bottles, and having to constantly clean and sanitize bottles daily. Breastfeeding also eliminates waiting for bottles to be prepared and warmed, and you are always ready to provide baby with what they needs. This means your baby is less fussy, because they do not have to wait for a bottle to be prepared.
So which one would I prefer?….
BOTH. If I did it all again I would ensure that I provide many feeding opportunities for my husband to give bottles, while I still breastfed. I would want my baby to also develop a bond with daddy through being bottle fed breast milk. I think allowing daddy to give more bottles would help baby and daddy form a stronger bond. I would also pump more to create a large supply of frozen milk. I would not want to exclusively pump again because it is a constant extra step in the feeding process.
Which would you prefer? To exclusively pump? Exclusively breastfeed? Or a combination of both? Share and comment below please! Thank you for reading!
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