The formula-fed/breastfed baby debate is ongoing. Whichever path you choose (or are forced to accept) is supported [here]. However, society seems to have teeter-tottered on which method is best.
Currently, breastfeeding reigns supreme.
“Breast is best” is the common catchphrase, I think. I mean I’ve only heard it ten trillion times.
There are many rumors lingering around from the Baby Boomers and Gen X which claim that formula is better because reasons. And I will agree that formula definitely has its pros! But it also has cons (for example… $$$$$$$$).
Recent studies list the benefits of breastfeeding EXTENSIVELY. It is the new normal. I hesitate to call it a fad, because it’s been around since before formula sooooo…… The only glaring difference between biblical times and now is the state of a mother’s place in the home.
Welp, working motherhood is the new normal. A quarter of mothers return to work within 2 weeks after birth, so you can only imagine how many return after 2 weeks (does someone know? I can’t find this info!).
In order to keep up with the pediatric standards and suggestions of today, that working mom force are advised to offer breast milk. We are expected to either throw out the “Best” idea they’re pitching and settle for formula.
“Just”…. like it’s second nature lol. In all honestly, it’s pretty impractical. To top that off, there has not been research performed on the nutritional value of frozen or even refrigerated breast milk. Despite all of that, if you want to breastfeed your baby and you need to work, then a pump really is your solution.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide to be embrace the pump life.
- Do you mind sitting shirtless for 15-20 minutes a few times a day?
- Do you mind sacrificing a little precious free time for a date with a noisy machine?
- Are you willing to supplement with formula/donated breast milk if your own supply doesn’t keep up with baby’s demands?
- Do you like spending a ton of $$$$$?
If you answered no to most of those, then you ought to give it your ‘breast’ shot.
If you’re breastfeeding then you’re probably already shirtless most of the day.
What’s an extra hour or two a day? You’d just be playing with your phone, waiting for the baby to wake up as it is. You owe it to yourself to work towards freeing up a feeding!
Stash a bit and get a break in the middle of the night, when you really need it.
Pumping is a great way to get a realistic sense of how much you are producing. You will notice if there is a critical SUPPLY PROBLEM and adjust accordingly. You definitely don’t want the added stress of not know that your baby is uncomfortably hungry.
Breast milk is FREE!!!!! I can’t say this enough. Cash in on mother nature, and put those boobs to work. $$$ The savings alone make it worth a shot. $$$
For more guidance, see Pumping Tips from Kelly Mom. THE breastfeeding blog. Love her.
I’ve thrown together the basics (which I needed) before taking on a commitment like pumping. Even if you don’t save the milk you pump, it is critical for your supply (unless you want to feed baby from a bottle when you’re off during typical work hours. Whatever works!).