Pros and Cons of Using a Breast Pump
Women having less success with breast pumps may be tempted to use an alternative method, but first consider the pros and cons of using a breast pump. These alternatives could include powdered mixes that once were heralded as time saving wonders. However all have been refuted by doctors after medical science and testing has caught up.
Yes the all natural mommy formula has everything an infant needs. So what are some pros and cons of using a breast pump, and what are the top breast pump picks?
Advantages of a Breast Pump
- Breastfeeding is a life giving activity – and it is the only one a mother’s body can sustain at a time. While your child breastfeeds the body will act as a natural contraceptive. This allows longer periods of time to feed, as pregnancy halts the lactation process. So even if your child is refusing the nipple, the act of pumping will continue to stave off conception.
- Breasts engorged from pregnancy and lactation have risk of breast and endometrial cancers. Feeding or pumping will prevent these dangers.
- If the mother does fall ill and requires medical attention or prescription drugs – breast pumping will help provide healthy meals for the infant while the mother gets better.
- Some mothers have issues with babies latching, and some babies just are not skilled at it. Better a rubber nipple than your own for them to learn to feed, and pumping breast milk will allow uncooperative babes to wrestle with the nipple until the rubber is worn down, not a mothers own flesh.
- Working moms can pump at the office, and society has definitely gravitated towards allowing safe spaces for this needed activity.
Disadvantages of a Breast Pump
- While not found true in all cases – pumping breast milk can decrease the amount of milk produced in some mothers. This is never the case when babies suckle for themselves.
- The famously invincible mother child bond that is formed while breastfeeding. For this reason breastfeeding at least once a day is recommended. As this is a bond that lasts forever and cannot be made later in life.
- Filling a bottle may not be the amount your child wants, or should, eat. Babies that breastfeed choose to fill themselves accordingly – they are given more control.
Perhaps the answer is a combination of breastfeeding and pumping. Weigh these pros and cons of using a breast pump before creating a feeding plan for your new infant.