What are the benefits of using a breast pump?

If you’re venturing into the world of breastfeeding, you need a breast pump. With the invention of the breast pump — which, by the way, occurred in 1854 — moms got a taste of freedom and flexibility. In the early days of motherhood especially, having even the teensiest bit of freedom can be such a blessing. And pumps bring into existence a reality where baby gets all the nutritional benefits of breastfeeding, but mom isn’t *the only one* who can feed the baby.

So, what are a few of the potential benefits of pumping? Let’s talk.

Benefit one: access + freedom

Breastfeeding mamas know that breast milk is soooo good for baby. But it may not always be realistic for mom and baby to be in the same room at feeding time. Working outside the home, running must-do errands, and maneuvering other life activities may create a real obstacle to breastfeeding. Breast pumping lets the baby continue to have access to breast milk when mom’s not around. 

Benefit two: lifesaving

More than a matter of convenience, breast pumping may be the only way for babies in the NICU or ones who cannot be nursed to receive the life-saving nutrition of breast milk. The health benefits of breast milk may be even more important for babies under these circumstances. Not only can a breast pump allow a new mom get to pass on nutrient-rich breast milk, but she may also feel a greater sense of contribution to her baby’s recovery through pumping. 

Benefit three: bonding

Serious bonding happens at feeding time, and breast pumping allows the non-breastfeeding partner a chance to share in the love. Not only can breast pumping foster attachment, but it may also give a tired mama a break on midnight feedings. Share the love. Share the responsibility. 

Benefit four: boob relief

If you breastfeed, you know the feeling well…the pressure and heaviness builds and it feels like your boobs may actually burst if you can’t feed — now! Pumping can offer you that sweet relief you need, even if your baby is sleeping or away from you at the moment. Breast pumping can also be a way to reduce the chance of mastitis. 

Benefit five: increased supply

Breast pumping sends the signal to your body that more milk is needed and allows you to store breast milk for future use. More breast milk? Yes, please! Stored breast milk (always remember to properly store milk!) gives you a backup supply should you ever need it. It may also give you a sense of security if you have concerns about milk production and supply. 

The benefits of using a breast pump range from convenience to significant health benefits for at-risk babies. In an ideal world, breastfeeding mamas would always be available when a baby decides it’s time to eat — go ahead and try to negotiate feeding time with a baby, we dare you. But if you find yourself wanting to breastfeed and know that you’ll have serious gaps in your day when you can’t, breast pumping can be a great option.

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