People say that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful – and that is absolutely true! Moms often feel incredibly close to their babies physically, emotionally and psychologically during the time they breastfeed. Breastfeeding creates a feeling of bonding and protectiveness for the little one, and is the easiest, healthiest way to nourish a baby since it is a powerhouse of nutrients and is always ready whenever the baby is hungry.
There are many reasons that moms today choose to incorporate breastpumping into their breastmilk feeding routine. Some of these reasons include:
Some mothers do not breastfeed, but still want to feed nutritious breast milk to their baby. This is known as exclusive breast pumping or “breastfeeding without nursing.” Whether you feed your baby from the breast or give them expressed breast milk exclusively via a breast pump, there is only one important thing.
Moms often feel powerless when they give birth to a baby prematurely. It can be hard to have a baby being looked after in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) because early bonding newborn rituals are impacted by the hospital environment and the baby’s own delicate condition. However, even if your baby is born premature, one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby is to pump breastmilk to nourish them.
Medela Canada has recently launched a new resource for parents: the Medela Canada YouTube Channel. On this site, you will find over 140 videos in both French and English to serve as a support tool for parents in assembling, operating, cleaning, and troubleshooting their breast pumps along with educating on storage and handling guides for breast milk.
Once you are accustomed to the basics of pumping breastmilk, you might want to look for new ways to make breast pumping a bigger part of your life and extend the convenience of this way of feeding your baby. Maybe you love to breastfeed and know all the benefits of breastmilk but want to go back to work, share the night feeds, or you just want a break from breastfeeding sometimes. Or perhaps you are an exclusively breast pumping mom whose baby for one reason or another cannot feed from the breast.
New moms are some of the busiest people in the world – there never seem to be enough hours in the day. Anything that a busy breastfeeding mom can do to save time is worth considering. If you have made the decision to breastfeed but know that at some point you are going to want to either return to work, exclusively pump, or anticipate the occasional time away from breastfeeding, it is worth thinking about choosing what kind of breast pump is best for your lifestyle.
Choosing a breast pump may sound a bit overwhelming, but there are some very simple things a breastfeeding mom can do to determine exactly the right choice for her and her baby. As with most buying decisions, the journey starts by asking some basic questions.
Mothers today want to find the right balance between all aspects of their life. Too often in our culture, moms are expected to try to “do it all” and “have it all.” However, the truth is, moms are not superheroes.
Every breastfeeding mom has a unique lifestyle and attitude towards breastfeeding. Most of us understand the nutritional and emotional benefits of breastfeeding, but, not everyone wants to breastfeed in the same way. This is exactly why Medela makes a wide range of breastpumps, each one designed to match a certain lifestyle. Choosing a breastfeeding pump starts with a decision about how you want to breastfeed your baby, versus how often you plan to feed your baby breastmilk from a bottle.