Any new mom will tell you that a good breast pump can come in handy. Here are a few reasons why:
Keeps the milk flowing
Many women today go back to work after their baby arrives. Keeping the milk flowing while you’re away from your baby helps you continue giving your baby your milk and avoid the expense and health risks of feeding formula. Using a breast pump allows you the flexibility to get back to work without your baby having to miss out on your milk.
Makes it easier for baby to take the breast
Sometimes a mother’s breast becomes too full for her baby to latch on easily. Pumping for a few minutes softens your nipple and breast enough so the baby can latch on a little easier.
Helps draw out your nipples
If you have inverted nipples, it may be more difficult for your baby to latch on. Using a breast pump for a few minutes will help draw out your nipples, which may make it easier for your baby to take the breast.
Provides milk for premature or ill babies
Some babies are too premature or ill to breastfeed well. When this happens, you can pump. Your milk is like a medicine for your baby. Babies who receive mother’s milk are less likely to become ill and are more likely to feed by mouth sooner, which may help them come home from the hospital earlier.
Increases low milk production
If you’re having trouble making enough milk, using a breast pump may help you increase your milk production. Pumping to drain your breasts of milk more fully more times each day helps you make milk faster.
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, Lactation Consultant, Ameda Breastfeeding Products
Coauthor of Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers