Pumping for a non-breastfeeding baby brings many rewards. It feels great to see your baby grow and thrive on your milk. But it is not easy. Mother’s milk is recommended by most health organizations for at least a baby’s first year. Even so, because of the extra time involved, many mothers who pump around the clock find it hard to make pumping work long-term.
But there are other options. Even if you’ve been pumping for weeks or months, you can still make the move to breastfeeding. But don’t expect to do it alone. Most mothers need help to make this change. Getting help is well worth it for both you and your baby.
For many mothers, the best person to turn to for help is a board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). She can help you and your baby learn to breastfeed. To find one near you, go to www.ilca.org.