Keep in mind that the hormones involved in keeping up milk production are triggered by the skin-to-skin contact with your baby, and the suckling action (which I don't think a breast pump creates). So, not nursing your baby makes it harder for your body to keep up milk production. Normally, you can easily keep producing milk for three years. ... ALSO, and more important, your baby receives a LOT of brain development and emotional security development from nursing, far beyond the physical substance in your milk. Skin-to-skin, eye-to-eye communication are REQUIREMENTS for human babies. It only takes months of putting the baby first for him/her to have a wholesome personality for the rest of their life!. Besides, NOTHING is more wonderful than caring for your baby, who loves you intensely and completely. Constantly leaving him, abandoning him to someone else's arms, is a real hardship for him and changes his personality ... go to empathic parenting for extremely helpful info.
at 2:22 PM on Jul. 2, 2008