Can I decide to only breast pump BEFORE baby is here?

Shannon - posted on 09/30/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

2

0

0

I am due in February of 2012, and have been asked by my midwife if I plan to breastfeed. I've thought a lot about this, and to be completely honest I have some real issues with actual breastfeeding. I know it's natural, healthy, and the "right thing to do'....but it just wouldn't be right for me. I know the benefits to feeding breast milk, versus formula so I decided to breast pump exclusively.

The problem is, I have been met with a lot of negativity and I don't feel supported. My midwife wants me to reconsider and my mother keeps telling me it's not right to make that decision BEFORE the baby is born.

...... I don't see me changing my mind after I have the baby. But, am I wrong for choosing now?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Krista - posted on 09/30/2011

12,562

16

845

You're not wrong for choosing now, but do try to keep an open mind about it. You may have a change of heart and surprise yourself once the baby arrives. Plus, do keep in mind that for most women, pumping just isn't as efficient -- some can get hardly any milk out at all.

8 Comments

View replies by

[deleted account]

I have no real pumping experience, but I know a couple of mom's who pumped exclusively and I know I could NOT do it.

There is nothing at all wrong w/ making that decision now, but I also agree w/ Krista about keeping an open mind. If feeding your child breastmilk is important to you... straight from the tap would be a LOT easier if you can give it a try. Of course, there's nothing wrong w/ deciding to just pump... or even to feed formula (that one's hard for me to say since I'm such a breastfeeding fan, but it IS true).

Sherri - posted on 09/30/2011

9,593

15

391

I am also due Feb 2012 so congratulations.

Yes you most certainly can make that decision before your child is born. I was breastfeeding for the first few days but had to switch to pumping exclusively with my 3rd child and it worked just fine.. It does take some planning but it certainly can be done successfully.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/30/2011

21,273

9

3058

Yeah, one breast would give me 3oz, the other 1/2 oz....sometimes more. It took forever, and you are not free to do anything while you are pumping. You have to stand/sit there and do it. At least with BFing, you can be holding your baby (or even bottle feeding) reading a book, napping, watching a show....

Krista - posted on 09/30/2011

12,562

16

845

I don't recall, sorry. But yeah, pumping was a pain in the ASS! Nursing was so much better.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/30/2011

21,273

9

3058

Yes, and keeping up milk supply with pumping alone is extremely difficult. There is one women in here that actually had success for a long time strictly pumping...but it was not by choice....and a lot of work. Krista, do you remember who that is? I cannot for the life of me....but I know it is a regular in DM. Maybe she should come talk to you about her experience.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/30/2011

21,273

9

3058

Pumping is a LOT of work...hell...so is breastfeeding. I was the same way as you....I saw my breasts as strictly sexual objects and felt very uncomfortable having a baby latch on. But, I wanted to try. I did. I loved it. I am so glad I gave myself the opportunity to try. I am pro whatever works to feed your baby, but I will give you the nudge of encouragement to try for the first few days of life. The colostrum is so important to get....and if you stop after 5 days....so be it. Don't stick to one decision. So many important things change with bonding with our babies. Just enjoy, don't stress out....and figure it out when your baby is born. Just remember, these are women that have been through it, and they are trying to help. They may be going about it in a way you may not agree with...just listen to the "why" part of it.

Lisa - posted on 09/30/2011

162

24

26

It is always your choice and you should not let any one pressure you into anything else. However... It may be difficult to keep your supply up through just pumping... I'm not positive thought. Maybe you should try to get a second opinion

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms