Pumping is a Wonderful Thing!

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It will take a few days for your milk to come in. When it does, you may have too much. It takes a while for your body to adapt and get the right amount of milk for your baby.

I attended a breastfeeding class before Clarissa was born and the teacher said that you are supposed to feed a newborn every three hours even if it means waking up your baby. I tried that and it wasn’t really successful. Clarissa was mad that I woke her up and she wouldn’t eat.

So I basically had a meltdown before Clarissa’s first Pediatrician appointment. I was so upset that she would not eat like the teacher said. And I was super engorged. I tried to pump, but I couldn’t figure it out.

When I spoke to the pediatrician about it, she said not to wake Clarissa up to eat. She was getting plenty! Most babies lose weight when they leave the hospital and mine gained six ounces in one day! She recommended pumping or taking a warm shower and hand expressing milk in the shower.

I could not figure the pump out so I had to do the shower thing which helped the pain but meant that I was losing milk in the shower. We eventually figured out that my problem was that the flange on my pump was too small. Once we ordered a larger one, life got so much better.

When you pump, you have so many options. Pumping allowed me to sleep because someone else could feed Clarissa when I was in bed. I could also leave Clarissa with my mom to run errands or go to work. Even if you don’t plan to go to work, pumping would allow you to go on a date with your husband or for a fun night out with the girls.

It is also way easier to give your baby a bottle in public. Sometimes it is hard to find a place to nurse. They sell nursing covers but Clarissa would not stay under one after she was about six weeks. Unless you want to flash everyone, a bottle is a good choice.

Pumps are covered by most insurance companies. Some of my friends could buy whatever they wanted up to a certain dollar amount. I had to order mine through my insurance company and they had three to choose from. Call your insurance company to see what they cover. If you have any choice, I recommend a double electric pump. Any brand should do.

Before your baby is born, make sure that the flange fits properly. Do not turn the pump on, otherwise you will stimulate milk production early. Make sure you have the correct size before the baby arrives.

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