“Breast feeding is a mother’s gift to herself,and the earth.”
Many medical experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, strongly recommend breast feeding exclusively for 6 months.
Breast milk provide the ideal nutrition for infants. Moreover its everything your baby needs to grow. It contains antibodies, lowers your babiesrisk of having asthma or allergies. Moreover the physical closeness skin to skin touching and eye contact helps to cherish the mother baby bond and the baby feel secure in mom’s presence.
One of the major concerns among the new moms is whether there little one is getting enough milk!!!
Ifyour baby does not loose more than 7% of their birth weigh in the first few days, if the little one has enough diaper changes and if the baby seem content for about 1-3 hrs between feeding.. Then don’t worry u are in the safer side.
IF NOT.. then it can be because of 2 reasons.
• Mom is not producing enough milk
• Little one is not getting the milk due to any defects such as medical complications where baby is not able to breast feed naturally or premature babies where latching becomes a problem.
This is one of the common scenario where breast pump comes into action.
What is a breast pump??
A breast pump is a mechanical device that lactating women use to extract milk from their breast.
Uses of breast pump.
- A breast pump helps a nursing mother to pump and store breast milk in order to allow the baby to enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding even when the mother is not around.
- A breast pump also comes in handy if the baby can’t latch well (where the child is unable to suckle or hold on to the nipples of its mother) but the mother is lactating enough to produce good quality of milk.
- When the new moms need to occasionally relieve the pain and pressure of engorgement.
- When moms have stopped breastfeeding and would like begin relactating.
- If baby is a preemie or in the hospital and can not breastfeed.
- Pumping after breastfeeding can help increase milk supply. Alternatively, keeping a stash of milk ready helps mothers who deal with low milk supply to feed their child.
Is there is any side effects???
Although breast pumps allow mothers the convenience of feeding their babies breast milk even when they are not around, using breast pumps has certain side effects and disadvantages that new moms should know about.
- A breast pump’s mechanism is very different from a newborn latching on to your nipple and suckling. The latching of a baby is what stimulates more milk production in your body. If a baby is not allowed to latch on, the milk production reduces.
- Breast pumps can damage the nipples and breast tissue. The wrong setting can cause excruciating pain while pumping.
- If you constantly switch between the bottle and breastfeeding, it could confuse the baby. This is due to the difference in the suckling mechanism in both cases. The baby may suck harder on the mother’s nipples, as he does with the bottle. This could also lead to sore nipples in the mother.