I was told if I pump more than I nurse my milk will dry up... Is that true?
Asked by Anonymous at 2:44 PM on Jul. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by cassie_m at 2:47 PM on Jul. 15, 2010
Answer by gdiamante at 2:47 PM on Jul. 15, 2010
Answer by MomtoElliett at 2:48 PM on Jul. 15, 2010
Answer by Caroline2010 at 2:48 PM on Jul. 15, 2010
Answer by elizabiza at 2:50 PM on Jul. 15, 2010
"Drying up" is not really an accurate term. Your breasts aren't containers of milk. The glands that make milk are modified sweat glands. When breasts are stimulated it sends a hormone message to the brain and the brain sends a message to the gland to make milk. The baby suckling stimulates the hormone better than a pump and that's why you make more milk with a baby nursing. If there isn't enough suckling your breasts "give up". You can start breastfeeding again. Put the baby to the breast and they will start making milk again.
Rental pumps work the best, better than even the most expensive pumps you can buy. If you give more info people can give you info about your specific situation; baby in NICU, working mom, exclusively pumping, ect.
Answer by Gailll at 2:57 PM on Jul. 15, 2010
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