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when you use a breast pump does it give the same signals to your body as if you were breast feeding???

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Asked by ashlei_kay at 11:44 PM on Jan. 20, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • yes it does! its not as strong as breast feeding because its a different type of suction but its the same deal. both are making you produce milk which will cause an increase in your supply. pumping just takes a bit more then nursing does

    Answer by Amanduhpanda at 11:46 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • Kind of. But breastfeeding does it better. For some people the pump is so mechanical it doesn't work for them.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 11:58 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • It stimulates your body to make more milk, but it's no indicator of supply. It's very common for a woman to not get any milk by pumping or only an ounce or two, even if they can make 8+ ounces for their baby. Our bodies dont respond the same to a pump as to a baby, BUT, if you pump all the time, regardless of how much milk comes out, your body WILL tell you to make more milk, and your supply will go up.

    Answer by kate_jocelyn at 1:08 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • It does signal your body to produce, but not as well as the baby can.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 8:18 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • any stimulation will signal. like nursing, pumping, manual expression, etc. but the best way to make as much as you need is to BREASTfeed. i wouldn't pump unless you absolutely have to. & even then, nurse on demand whenever possible.

    Answer by jus1jess at 9:17 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

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