Like I did for my first two, I have chosen to breastfeed our third baby. I actually find that breastfeeding with the occasional bottle feed to be the best combination for our family. I find it allows my husband (and willing/wanting family members) to get a turn feeding NewBee alone, a special bonding time that we all enjoy. There are also other benefits to pumping that I can’t pass up, such as boosting/maintaining my milk supply and helping to avoid supplemental feeding with formula to name a few.
I will get into each benefit shortly, but before I do I want to mention one of the pumps I enjoy using, because as you know there are a lot of different types available. The pump I use the most would have to be the Single Electric Philips Avent Breast Pump. It is very convenient to use and is the perfect size for travel and home use. These two things are important to me as we are a busy, on-the-go family. This pump offers an electric or battery operated option, so I can easily plug in at home and then use the batteries when out and about. It is also comfortable and easy to use, which is also very important as a mom with three children under 4!
So, without further delay, lets take a look at my top 5 Reasons to Consider Pumping While Breastfeeding…
1. Pumping can help boost and/or maintain your supply – This is probably one of the biggest benefits for me. I have struggled with maintaining a good supply for my babies and having the pump to express more milk after my little one is finished helped me boost and maintain my supply on several occasions. If you are having trouble keeping up to your babies demand I would recommend talking to your health care provider or going to a local breast feeding clinic to get information on how to boost and maintain your breast milk supply using a pump.
2. Allows your partner/family to participate – A great way to get your partner involved (while you shower!) is to have them feed your baby with a bottle. A pump will allow this to happen while still giving the benefits of breast milk. Not to mention the bonding that can only be made when feeding a baby. And don’t worry the Philips Avent Breast Pump has only a few parts making it easy to clean and reassemble, so your partner can be involved in that part too.
3. Create an emergency supply – If you are able, pumping and freezing breast milk is a great option as it creates an emergency supply – you never know when you’ll need an extra couple of ounces. Perhaps you become sick and need to take medication. Or a hectic lifestyle and the demanding breast feeding schedule of a newborn can be very taxing on mom, so having an emergency supply is important when you just need a break.
4. Donate to a breast milk bank – since we are on the topic of pumping extra milk and storing it, a very generous thing to do is to donate extra breast milk to a breast milk bank. If you are able to, this is a great idea for premature babies or baby’s of mothers that cannot (for whatever reason) breast feed their own babies. With an electric pump like the Single Electric Philips Avent Breast Pump, pumping is quicker and more efficient. This means that you can fit in pumping sessions when you only have 5 or 10 minutes to spare making it easier to create a milk stash for your baby and to share.
5. Avoid supplementing feedings with infant formula – Pumping can help you to avoid supplemental feedings with formula by providing expressed milk when you are unable to be with your baby during feeding hours. This is especially true if youou have to return to work sooner then you’d like. Having an easy to use, convenient sized pump such as the Single Electric Philips Avent Breast Pump , to pump milk when you would normally be breast feeding your baby will help maintain your supply which will allow your baby to receive breast milk when you can’t be there.
There is also something to be said for the ease and convenience of being able to pump directly into the bottles you can attach the nipple and feed directly from as you can with the Philips Avent system. I know the saying is don’t cry over spilled milk, but I don’t think breast milk is part of that saying. With all these benefits to pumping while breast feeding it seems simple to decide to do so.
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Disclosure: I am a paid ambassador with Philips Avent and PTPA. All opinions are my own.