Do I need a breast pump?

I don't think I'm going to have any extra money to buy a quality breast pump, are they really a MUST have?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:38 AM on Nov. 18, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • it's not a must have - I actually wa abel to express more milk in less time by hand than with a pump - I dont know if it was noise or what but it never worked out for me and I worked full time
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:34 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • Not unless you're gonna be working.
    amydh

    Answer by amydh at 1:02 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • i don't think it's a must have, it depends on you, if your going to be leavin the baby with a sitter and want your baby still be on breast milk then yea it is but if your going to be with the baby or dont mind formula then no.
    familiabebeG

    Answer by familiabebeG at 1:07 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • Formula works!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:01 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • They're definitely a plus! Having pumped milk lets someone else feed the baby while you do whatever it is you need to. Baby gets breats milk, Mommy gets things done!

    Also if your baby ever decides the suddenly stop latching onto your breast he/she can still drink breast milk. That may not happen but if it ever does, you'll feel better with he/she eating breast milk.
    madamekatekate

    Answer by madamekatekate at 2:08 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • I never used a breast pump with any of my three, so I don't think it is a necessity. I have seen my daughter-in-law using one occasionally since her baby was born (3 months ago), and it answered an old question for me. As a teenager, I occasionally saw my mother's breasts, and her nipples were LONG - like an inch sticking out from the breast. I noticed, and thought that perhaps nursing did this. But after nursing 3 kids (for a combined total of 5 years), my nipples are the same - they protrude 1/4 inch. So my mother's nipples were still a mystery to me. Then I saw my D-i-Law's nipples. When her baby was born, they were much like my own. But now after pumping, her nipples have elongated just like my mom's were. Mystery solved. ... I'm glad now that I didn't pump ... although I understand that it is nowadays a common practice.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:14 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • If you work, it is.
    meitaimom679

    Answer by meitaimom679 at 2:15 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • It's not a MUST have if you're a SAHM, but it certainly is if your work outside the home. Otherwise, they're just nice to have :)
    ummmhello

    Answer by ummmhello at 2:25 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • If you plan to continue breastfeeding while going back to work or spending any other regular time away from baby, then yes, it is a necessity. I know you can rent them, and some health insurances will give you a rebate on the price.
    LaurLaur623

    Answer by LaurLaur623 at 3:31 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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