Exclusively pumping breastmilk


How will you know when it’s time to stop trying to get your baby to your breast? It’s important to remember that only you can determine what is right in your family, hopefully with the help of highly experienced LCs.

Everyone’s personal definition of “breastfeeding not working out” and “when to stop trying” can vary widely and depends on many factors.

Some moms feel better about stopping or greatly reducing breastfeeding attempts if they know they can continue to provide breastmilk in a bottle.

Some mothers feel relieved to know they can continue to try breastfeeding occasionally, while abandoning the grueling schedule of trying to breastfeed, then supplementing and pumping with every feeding.

Some mothers have shared that although their baby could not breastfeed effectively for nutrition, that they would happily accept the breast for comfort in between feedings.


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Hill, P, J. Aldag, & R. Chatterton, “Effects of pumping style on milk production in mothers of non-nursing preterm infants.” Journal of Human Lactation, 5(3) 1999, 209-16.

Jones, E. & S Spencer “A randomized controlled trial to compare methods of milk expression following preterm delivery” ILCA Conference session: Oral Research Presentations July 29, 2000.

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