When breastfeeding and pumping come to mind, the first thought that typically comes to mind is a mama’s return from maternity leave. If you’re a mom, you know this can be an exciting transition back to some “normalization”; but, it can also be very stressful in trying to coordinate a routine that will keep you and baby on track for feedings. This is when some peace of mind can be found in choosing the right breast pump. Finding what works best for each mom is simple nowadays with a company like Spectra Baby USA where you can compare and contrast top of the line Spectra models, get your pump covered by your insurance, and talk to certified lactation specialists.
In addition to returning to work, there are several other benefits of investing in a breast pump. Here are the top reasons that you should consider:
Baby comes earlier than expected and needs to be in the NICU
We all hope this doesn’t happen to us, but if it does it’s great to have a plan in place. Your baby’s tiny mouth may have trouble latching and need to be supplemented with a bottle, but that doesn’t mean it has to be formula. Did you know that the biology of your breast milk is so powerful that it will be perfectly tailored to your baby no matter when they are born? Nothing is more therapeutic for these little rock stars than their mother’s own milk. Plus, once baby gets to come home you will already have a steady supply of milk!
For NICU mothers, it is very important to use a hospital-strength breast pump of 250mmHg or higher. All of our Spectra breast pumps are this strength or higher; so, rest assured that we have the pump you need!
Birthing was harder than expected on mom and/or baby
Whether there were complications, you and baby are having a hard time recovering from interventions or you’re simply exhausted it can be a struggle to get your milk supply initiated. Those first few hours and days after birth are crucial for promoting milk production. If baby isn’t up for feeding yet, the good news is that a Spectra breast pump can mimic a baby’s suckle and promote milk production. This knowledge can be a great relief and decrease your stress levels, another important aspect of breastfeeding!
Baby refuses the breast
This can be disheartening but, sometimes baby simply won’t accept the breast (before completely giving up request a lactation consultation with Spectra Baby USA here. This doesn’t mean that you have to throw breastfeeding completely out the window. Your bundle of joy can still reap all the benefits of your milk by sticking to a pumping schedule!
Issues with engorgement making it hard for baby to feed
This is a fairly common issue with breastfeeding, especially for first moms. Baby is usually the best treatment as frequent removal of milk can help with the engorgement and ensure an adequate milk supply. However, if you’re too engorged or sore for a proper latch a pump will definitely help to soften the breast prior to feeding. Just be careful to not pump more than a few minutes and then, offer the breast to baby.
You need an increase in milk supply
Increasing milk supply is best when planned for morning time or late evening hours when the breastfeeding hormone prolactin is at its highest. Supplementing between feeds (or, within one hour of offering breast to baby) with a pump will promote increased supply if you feel you need a boost for your growing hungry babe.
You need rest or extended “me” time
Depending on how often your baby feeds, it may seem impossible to get out of the house without baby. Having stored milk means a significant other, grandma or trusted babysitter can stay home with baby and allow you to sleep, shop, or do whatever your heart desires without a baby attached to your boob. Just ensure that you are removing milk at the same time that baby is getting a bottle of your expressed milk; you don’t want to go longer than 4 hours without removing your milk. Some personal space is what every mom needs from time to time to help them maintain some sanity!
As a new mother or a mother returning to the starting line, there is plenty of learning and adapting going on as you care for and love a tiny human. Don’t let the stress of whether you can effectively breastfeed be piled onto your list of duties. If any of these apply to you, a pump from Spectra Baby USA will be a great addition to your pumping station for helping your little one thrive.
If you’re already a Spectra user, we would love to hear about your journey in our comments below.