Would it be at all helpful to bring a breast pump to the hospital or is that completely unnecessary?
It's just a small manual that I can easily fit in my hospital bag.
Quoting weezer_cookie:I didnt. It is just another bag to carry.
You really should avoid pumping for the first 6 weeks or so to allow your supply to get established.
Optimally at that time you can start pumping and having someone else give your baby a bottle. You wouldn't want to give a newborn a bottle before the baby has learned to latch correctly. That is begging to wind up with sore nipples, and nipple p[reference.
The way a baby gets milk form a breast is VERY different fromt he way he/she gets it from a bottle. If they lioke the bottle better (and it's a lot less work for them) then they would be inclined to use those same motions on the breast, resulting in sore nipples and a frusterated baby.
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