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Exclusively Breast Pumped Babies on the Rise

Exclusive Pumping Gains Popularity

Breast, bottle, or both? New moms are faced with a barrage of questions immediately following their lil one's birth, but few receive as much attention as how they will feed their wee one. While doctors and lactation consultants praise the benefits of breastfeeding, some mamas just cannot fathom putting their newborns to their breast. Rather than turn to formula, a growing number of women is relying exclusively on their breast pumps to nourish their tots.

Though there are no statistics to quantify the growing number of bottled breast milk-fed babies, anecdotal evidence suggests that many women choose to rely on the pump due to early latching issues, uneasiness with the concept of nursing and discomfort with potential public feeding sessions. Though the babies receive all of the health benefits of breastmilk (and allow moms to see just how much their wee ones are ingesting), experts worry that mums will not reap the benefits that a nursing mom sees.

Did you exclusively pump for your child?

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MonkiChriz MonkiChriz 5 years
I have no idea how any does not supplement nursing at all. I admit that I love nursing my baby -- it is my favorite activity with my 4.5 month old son. But I had to return to work full time about a month ago and I've been pumping so he can continue to get breast milk. (The Medela takes me 5 minutes to get 8 oz. so it's no trouble at all.) Plus, I have an upcoming 1-week mandatory work trip so I'll definitely increase the pumping amount/time prior so he can get breast milk. I hate the idea of supplementing formula and I will miss my kid SO, SO, SO very much.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
I nursed until 6 months, which is when I went back to work full-time. I wasn't pumping enough and ran dry. I think it's GREAT that busy mothers and mothers whose babies won't latch on are pumping, but it disturbs me in general that some mothers don't feel comfortable nursing. My ex's whole family is like that; they think nursing is dirty.
kindo1313 kindo1313 5 years
It is misleading to say the babies fed pumped breastmilk are getting all of the benefits of breastfeeding. Yes, it is definitely way better than formula. However, your breastmilk is constantly changing to meet the needs of your child. If your child is never being put to the breast, then your body is not receiving the signals from your child that influence your milk production. I definitely admire women who do not nurse but who choose to pump in order to give their babies breastmilk. I just think the way this post is written is a little misleading.
meandtheo meandtheo 5 years
i seriously applaud anyone that does this! talk about being committed! i have been lucky enough to be able to exclusively nurse both of my kids and think i would chose this option if one of them had not latched...but i would have hated it! i really dislike pumping...and the time commitment, bravo to people that do this :)
opisnowpro opisnowpro 5 years
i exclusively breastfeed and I hate to pump but sometimes is necessary....
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
I luckily never experienced problems with breastfeeding, except the start was a bit rocky because she wouldn't latch on (she was exhausted after seconds of trying!) but that was only for a few days. I definitely never thought about giving her formula, so I probably would've pumped if we didn't make it work.
babysugar babysugar 5 years
I exclusively pumped with my first child who just wouldn't latch on properly. Pumping and then feeding was a definite time commitment, but it did make me feel better that he was getting the breastmilk!
kt7691 kt7691 5 years
I nursed for the first 2 months and when my son stopped wanting to latch, I began to exclusively pump. Around 6 months, he was comfortable latching again and I went back to mostly nursing. Pumping is great because it offers you freedom while still giving your baby the benefit of breast milk! Nursing is wonderful because it is so cozy, but when you hit a roadbump, I feel that exclusive pumping is a better option than switching to formula. My son is almost a year old and we are just starting the weaning process. I will miss nursing but not pumping!
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