When you can’t be there, your breast milk still can. Any new mom will tell you that a good breast pump is essential to keep up your milk supply when you need to be apart from your baby or if your baby is too premature or sick to breastfeed.
Reasons to use a breast pump
Here are a few reasons why mothers may need to use a breast pump
SEPARATION FROM INFANT
- Your baby is too premature or sick to breastfeed now, but you want to provide your breast milk for her feedings until she can breastfeed. Some babies are too premature or ill to breastfeed well. When this happens, you can pump. Your milk is like medicine for your baby. Babies who receive mother’s milk are less likely to become sick and are more likely to feed by mouth sooner, which may help them come home from the hospital earlier.
- You will be apart from your baby for some of her feedings due to work, school or other reasons.
Pumping when you are apart from your baby helps you to be able to give breast milk to your baby and avoid the expense and health risks of feeding formula. Using a breast pump allows you the flexibility to get back to work or school without your baby having to miss out on your milk.
This is general information and does not replace the advice of your healthcare provider. If you have a problem you cannot solve quickly, seek help right away. Every baby is different. If in doubt, contact your physician or healthcare provider.