If you are pregnant or a new mom then I am sure you have been learning all about breastfeeding and breast pumps. You might wonder why a SAHM might need a breast pump. There are numerous reasons why a breast pump will come in handy.
1. Medical Issues with newborn– If your baby is born a preemie, has latch issues or is put into the NICU then a breast pump will come in handy with helping your milk supply come in. Yes, you may feel silly pumping when only a drop of colostrum is all you have but trust me it is well worth it.
2. Multiple Births- I personally have not had twins or multiples so I am only speaking from some ideas from other moms. You may not be able to get your newborns to nurse at a schedule that will allow you some sanity. Using a breast pump would allow another caregiver to feed your infants while you rest. This could be a very good thing or bad thing depending on the reliability of your help and your babies resistance to a bottle.
3. Lots of travel– Maybe you are the type of family that jet-sets quite often to visit friends and relatives. A breast pump would come in handy to pump while your spouse drives or before you hit the road so you have a bottle to feed your baby more easily. DO not breastfeed in the car or hold your baby while in a moving vehicle! I hate having to use a bottle in the car but sometimes pulling over to nurse is not an option. I always used the smallest bottle possible and was not driving and feeding.
4. Transitioning back to work– Some moms just have to work and do not have any other option. Heading back to work and placing a baby in daycare has got to be hard enough. Keeping up your milk supply can add to the stress if you don’t own a double electric pump.
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