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Do I need a breast pump? Advice From an Experienced Momma of Five

One of the questions I hear a lot from new moms is this: Do I need a breast pump? I have breastfed 5 children. From my experience, the answer is both yes and no.

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Confusing?? Not really. It just depends on your situation. I have had a breast pump and never used it. Then, I have had a breast pump that I used pretty often. So, today I’m going to give you the reasons why you may need one, and why you may not. And I will let you decide for yourself.

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Do I need a breast pump? Advice From an Experienced Momma of Five

Why you may need one:

#1 You are going back to work. 

This one is a given. If you are planning to go back to work, you will need a pump to continue giving your child breast milk. I know a few mothers who have exclusively pumped when they went back to work! (Talk about super-moms!)

#2 A low milk supply

Sometimes women have a low milk supply, and pumping between feedings can help increase their milk supply.

#3 Want to go out or taking a trip. 

If you are wanting to go out on a date with your husband, or even take a short trip overnight somewhere, a breast pump will come in handy. Newborns tend to breastfeed every 2-3 hours or so. So, make sure you pump for enough feedings to cover the entire time you will be gone. 

#4 You’re sick.

There are a lot of medications you can’t take while breastfeeding. So you may want to pump to have extra for times you end up sick. (Not all sickness will prevent you from breastfeeding. Trust me. I have breastfed through the stomach flu before. Which was not fun at all. Breast milk will actually help build your baby’s immunity from a lot of common illnesses.) 

Why you may not need one:

#1 Stay at home mom

If you are a stay-at-home mom, you may not need a breast pump. I did not use a breast pump with most of my children because I stayed at home with them, and I was always available for feedings. There was really no need to pump at all.

I took my babies wherever I went… even on dates! (Crazy I know.. but that’s just who I am!)

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#2 Barracuda feeder

I’m not even sure if this is a real term, but this is what I have always called them. You know, those babies that eat ALL.THE.TIME. 3 out of 4 of my babies were barracuda feeders. They ate every hour to 2 hours!! By the time I would feed them on both sides, change their diaper, and grab a snack or drink for myself, it was time to breastfeed them again! There was no time left for pumping.

So my answer to your question is….

You are the only one who can decide whether you need a breast pump or not. You will find so many mixed answers on the internet and from friends and family. Each person is different, and each baby is different. No one’s situation matches another’s situation exactly. There’s no right or wrong answer here. But, I hope that this will help you decide for yourself if you need a breast pump or not.

My Favorite Breast Pump

Medela Pump In Style Double Breast Pump

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Do I need a breast pump? Advice From an Experienced Momma of Five

Tell me in the comments below: Did you use a breast pump?

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