Research shows that breast milk is the best nourishment for your newborn. Who can argue with that? Afterall, there’s nothing more organic than mother’s milk. Regardless of your choice, what’s important is that your child is getting the appropriate amount of nourishment and is growing, period! The decision to nurse or formula feed is a very personal decision should be made solely by the parents. So, here I’m just sharing a little about my decisions with my 4 and a very helpful pump.
With each of my 4 children, I started out nursing. Although, when I returned to work from maternity leave I made the transition to formula feed. I purchased a GRACO brand breast pump with the intention of pumping while at work, but the pump was so painful that I had to stop using it. With baby #4, Jonny, I’m nursing primarily but also supplementing with Similac Sensitive Formula. Because I’m no longer “on the leash” I have more flexibility to be able to continue nursing longer and to tell you the truth I’m very excited. I don’t know how long I’ll nurse but as long as he’s getting the appropriate nourishment and is happy then I’ll keep it up.
There are so many great reasons to pump. For me, the greatest reason is the natural bonding experience. The other great thing about nursing, is it helps the baby weight fall off faster. But, more importantly I’m beginning to realize that as parents we have such a short time to make meaningful connections with our children. My children are at a period in life when they want mom and dad around all the time. They want to play make-believe with us, read with us, sing and dance with us, tell us their fears and secrets and crawl into bed with us. In just a few short years, a lot of these things will be distant fond memories. The children will be finding themselves without mommy and daddy. We’ll be wishing we had those precious moments back and hadn’t shoo’ed the kids away to finish other meaningless tasks. For me, I want nursing to be the beginning of a life-long commitment to make a meaningful connection with my Jonny.
I’d be lying if I said that nursing is a breeze. For me, it wasn’t. I gave a subtle reference in this post last week when I shared with you what to pack in your hospital bag and decided I’d share a little more. The downside of nursing is that it’s usually pretty painful at first. Baby’s usually have a natural rooting reflex, which is to move their mouths to suck. They also turn their heads to find your breast, instinctively. While this comes natural, knowing how to latch on to my breast didn’t come as easily. Early on, there were several times when I just had to ignore the pain so that my baby could eat. It even got to the point when I dreaded the thought of nursing because the pain was so extreme. It would eventually get better but it was a rough start. The other low, which I can’t necessarily attribute to nursing, is engorgement. When the breast become full with milk, the milk needs to be expressed or it will cause engorgement. This is where a good breast pump comes in to play.
A few months into my pregnancy, I was surprised to receive a Klout notification that there was a Lansinoh perk waiting for me. I checked it out and not paying super close attention, I accepted it. A week or so later a Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump arrived at my front door. I was super surprised and thought it was really cool for them to send it to me but to be honest I wasn’t looking forward to the “pumping process” again, but I’d give it a shot. Fast forward to July 25, baby is here and I can begin using the pump. My experience with this pump was nothing like my last experience. What I love most about this pump is that it comes with a supper comfortable bra-like garment that allows you to multi-task while pumping. Sure, it looks kind of silly, but I don’t care who you are, there’s no way to make pumping look glamorous. You should have seen Jon’s face the first time I walked into the room wearing it, of course with a completely clueless look on my face. He laughed. My old pump was not hands-free so I was chained to my rocking chair with nothing to do but stare at the wall and pump, like some creepy old lady from a horror movie. It was great to be able to control the suction level so that it wasn’t too strong. Not to mention, it was also pretty quiet compared to the last pump which sounded something like a baby lawnmower.
Disclosure: I received this product free via Klout and chose to mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: