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Does my choice of breast pump effect my incoming milk supply?

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Asked by Koelle at 5:25 PM on Nov. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • yes of course, bad pump= bad milk supply

    Answer by piwife at 5:36 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • Absolutely. Milk production works on the demand-supply basis. A crappy pump doesn't demand much milk, so your body doesn't supply much milk.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 5:40 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • If you are nursing regularly it won't be as dramatic .. but yes it will affect supply. And if you're not nursing too it may be very noticable quickly.. But keep in mind many women only get 1-2oz pumping with the best pumps but nurse a healthy baby anyway.. And some women can get tons with a pump no problem regardless of the pump they use. And some respond better to better pumps. Response to a pump does not indicate supply but yes a nasty pump CAN affect supply negatively especially when only pumping. In contrast a good pump used when baby isn't nursing often can increase supply..

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:51 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • I had a cheap old manual pump, and it worked wonders most of the time...i wanted an automatic one, but then i thought i wouldnt have enough control over it, i think going on what your comfy with will play a big part also!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:07 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • It depends on how much you are nursing... for a baby in the NICU or who is having trouble taking the breast? A bad pump will absolutely effect supply. For going back to work? Yes, it will effect supply to a degree, but you will still have a good supply from baby nursing when you are home. For occasional use? It will have little to no effect.

    Answer by LeanneC at 7:35 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

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