Becoming a new parent is a wonderfully exciting time, but it is also filled with many different decisions that can often feel overwhelming. One of those decisions is choosing how to feed your bub by finding an option that works for both of you, whether that’s breastfeeding, formula, pumping, or a combination.
If you’re wondering whether pumping is the right choice for you and your baby, the Milkeaze team is here to provide the information and support you’re looking for. We’ve put together a few main benefits of using a breast pump to help you stay informed and relaxed about making the right choice for you and your baby.
How Do Wearable Breast Pumps Work?
The functionality of wearable pumps is similar to traditional electric breast pumps. They use suction to extract milk from the breasts. Many models, such as our Joey pump, offer adjustable settings for suction strength and speed, allowing you to customise your pumping experience to suit your comfort level and needs.
Breast Pumping Benefits
From making sure your baby can consistently receive breast milk to providing breastfeeding parents with relief and comfort, breast pumps offer several benefits for both parents and their babies. These benefits include:
1. Provides Relief from Engorgement
If milk isn't frequently and adequately removed from the breasts, they can become overfilled and engorged. This increase in fluid and milk is most commonly experienced within the first week of giving birth and can cause the breasts to become full, hard, and uncomfortable. When this happens, wearable electric breast pumps can help express enough milk to provide relief from the pain and discomfort you may be feeling.
2. Helps Both Parents Maintain a Breastfeeding Relationship
A mobile breast pump makes it much easier for both the breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding parent to maintain a breastfeeding relationship with the baby. This is because it allows each parent to feed the baby breastmilk, allowing for equal bonding time and helping you both to share the load of feeding responsibilities.
3. Allows for Your Baby to Receive Breast Milk Even When You’re Not There
Wearable breast pumps provide flexibility for you to pump and store milk, allowing your baby to continue receiving your breast milk even when you’re not there. This flexibility can be particularly useful when you are travelling, have a busy schedule, need to rest, or are in any other situation where direct feeding is not possible.
4. Makes it Easier for Premature or Medically Fragile Babies to Receive Breast Milk
Breastfeeding can present challenges if your baby needs to be tube fed or does not yet have the sucking skills they need to feed directly from your breast. A breast pump allows parents to provide breast milk in situations where breastfeeding is not possible. This can be especially crucial for the immune system and development of premature babies, ensuring they get the nutrients and antibodies they need.
Considering Using Wearable Breast Pumps to Feed Your Baby?
Ultimately, determining which feeding option is best for you and your baby is a personal choice that depends on a multitude of different factors. It's important to note that every parent’s breastfeeding journey is unique, and the decision to use a breast pump should be based on your own individual circumstances and needs.
The main thing to remember is that whichever feeding option you choose, your baby will be fed, nourished, and content. You’ve got this!