Why pump

  • Why pump in the first place? Why would I end up pumping? - reasons for pumping (Guide #1) 
  • why pump - breastfeeding v pumping How does pumping relate to breastfeeding? - How many women do both (Guide #1) 
  • Circumstances where exclusive pumping may be the only/best option  
  • pumping vs breastfeeding
  • increase supply / build stash / feed bc baby can’t at breast / engorgement?oversupply / sickness– make sure these are same throughout
  • Why breast pump is used or needed
  • Why breast pump is good
  • Why pump breast milk
  • Will a breast pump help with engorgement
  • Start a stash to have some frozen to go out, or in case of sickness (when supply can drop)
  • When should you NOT pump
    • Increasing evidence suggests that early use of a breast pump may compromise the duration of breast feeding (Schwartz et al., 2002, Geraghty et al., 2005), and pump use has been associated with maternal breast pain, bruising, tissue damage, infection and injury (Brown et al., 2005, Fujimoto et al., 2006, Qi et al., 2014), all of which may precipitate early discontinuation of breast feeding.
  • Around 85% of women in the US and Australia have either used a pump to express milk or own one[1],[2]. In the US, about 25% of women pumping are doing so regularly.


Feeding troubles

If you’re having trouble with breastfeeding, you’re not alone.

Xx study shows that while xx% of women try breastfeeding, xx% are still feeding at the breast 1 month after leaving hospital, and xx% are feeding at 6 months.

Those issues aside, there are other studies that reveal similar challenges facing women trying to feed breast milk to their babies.

For every ten women interviewed in one study[3], nine said they had a least one “concern” (or problem) with breastfeeding. Concerns could be things like:   

  • Baby won’t latch. A big problem in first few weeks.
  • I don’t feel like I have enough milk. A problem in the first few weeks that seems to peak at around weeks 4-6.
  • Breast pain. Again, a big problem in the first few weeks.
  • Going back to work. A reason that rears its head after a few months, when, you guessed it, we have to return to work without longer parental leave.

That same study found that the most common [4]

These challenges are most common within the first 10 days of leaving hospital, which is the point where the largest drop-off of breastfeeding appears to occur.