The decision to breastfeed your baby is a big one. It requires a lot of time, energy, and sacrifice, but as a mother, you know that those are small things to pay to make sure your baby receives optimum nutrition. However, you may not realize that there are many pieces to consider when it comes to breastfeeding.
We recommend breastfeeding as much as possible. It is the best way to feed your baby. However we understand that not every mom can feed on demand and be with their baby 24 hours a day.
Figuring out a pumping schedule when you are exclusive pumping is a balance between your need to pump enough milk and the rest of your life. Think about how many pumping sessions you need in a given day, and then think about the best time to fit them in based on your life — whether you work, whether you are home with your baby, whether you desperately need more sleep or are doing okay. I think 8 or 9 is a good goal to shoot for, with 7 as the lower limit and 10 as the upper limit.
There are times when mothers are separated from their child for work or for school. It is important to know that you can still provide milk for your child when you are away and you can maintain your breastfeeding relationship. How long you are apart from you baby influences this decision.
Whether you're heading back to work or heading out for an evening, most new mamas eventually need a break from breastfeeding. Enter the breast pump. This handy tool not only allows you to fill a bottle with your precious milk, but it can also help maintain your milk supply, relieve engorgement and create a backup stash for your freezer.
Exclusively Pumping can be tough, but the right schedule can make all the difference. Learn how to create a pumping schedule that you can stick to! While, it was difficult to get the hang of in the beginning, once I found my groove, I began to actually enjoy pumping.
Are you struggling to breastfeed your baby? Is it painful, exhausting, overwhelming — or all of those things? Painful breastfeeding is such a common problem — and formula so readily available — that it takes huge determination to keep giving your baby breastmilk.
I was fortunate enough to get a full four months of Paid maternity leave with my first baby. I felt comfortable about breastfeeding by that point. I felt like we had hit our stride and were killing it.
Breast-feeding is a commitment — and your efforts are worthwhile. If you're pumping, follow simple tips for maintaining your milk supply, from pumping often to drinking plenty of fluids. Breast-feeding is based on supply and demand.
When nursing isn't working, there is an option besides formula: your breast pump. Real mothers talk about the highs, lows, and logistics of exclusively pumping breast milk so you know what to expect. But for an ever-growing group of mothers, the answer is a resounding "Yes. Interested in exclusively pumping breast milk?