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Do you need to pump while breastfeeding?

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Asked by sbushman13011 at 2:10 PM on Jan. 16, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • I pumped when my LO was sleeping or daddy was taking over :) I got a nice stock up esp in those engorgement weeks.

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 2:10 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • No, you don't need to. You can if you want to get some extra to freeze, though. I never bothered with a pump and my kids never had a bottle.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 2:12 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • It's not necessary, but it's nice to have frozen in case your baby needs a bottle or to use for infant cereal.

    Answer by bugfin at 2:14 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • In the very beginning, pumping really helped me out. I was so engorged it was very painful to nurse. I pumped whenever I was uncomfortable. Only the first few weeks, then everything straightens out.

    Answer by mompam at 2:19 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • No!

    It is a modern tool, obviously we humans have survived without them until recently.


    Answer by doulala at 2:39 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • No, only if you plan on having someone else help out with feeding. My 1st one I did not pump at all, but I plan on buying a pump for this baby b/c I will have to still work and it will be the only way I can breastfeed.

    Answer by ABPeterson at 3:36 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • No. You only need to pump if you have a real need for pumped milk. You may want a good manual pump around in case you get engorged and need some relief, but a pump is not a necessity for breastfeeding.

    Answer by fancyjane at 3:40 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • only if you will be away from your baby for some reason (usually work)

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 5:34 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • Nope. Many women exclusively nurse their babies without ever pumping.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:01 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

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