We all know that when it comes to feeding your baby “Breast Is Best” but there seems to be a new trend on the horizon. Mothers are now opting to feed their babies breast milk by pumping not breastfeeding. Time Magazine has wrote a very interesting article about this new trend. When mothers were asked why they choose pumping instead of breastfeeding their reasons varied: some mothers said they dislike the feeling of a suckling baby. Others said it was painful or that the baby failed to latch on. Some wanted to avoid the uncomfortable possibility of having to breast-feed in public.
Pumping is a win-win proposition, say mothers: it gives them freedom while still ensuring their babies get that all-important breast milk. It can be scheduled around work and leisure. Further, pumping allows fathers and other caregivers equal time in feeding the baby.
Despite the general bias toward breast-feeding, mothers say pumping was the only feeding option that made the first years of their newborns’ lives manageable. “People need to understand that after breast-feeding from the breast and bottle-feeding with formula, there is a viable third option for feeding your infant — and that’s exclusively pumping,”. “And all mothers should have a right to choose this option and receive the support and care they deserve from their doctors and families.”
Still, since lactation has a lot to do with the mother’s direct hormonal response to her child, for some women, Gordon Gallup, a professor of biopsychology at the University of Albany says, pumps may not be as efficient as the real thing. “When you just have a relationship with a pump instead of with a baby, the milk supply can dwindle because the mother may not be secreting the hormone oxytocin that aids in a mother’s milk letdown,” he says. For those mothers, he suggests staying near their babies or looking at photos while expressing milk.
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