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September 19, 2013
Whether or not to bring your breast pump with you is a concern most mothers have after the birth of their child. Typically, there is not an immediate need to bring your pump with you. Since you will be with your baby and since you will begin breastfeeding right away, a breast pump will likely not be needed while you are still in the hospital. Your child will naturally do what a pump was designed to do. This will certainly be the most beneficial for you and your child.
Necessary bonding between you and child will occur which is extremely important to your child’s development. During this time, if your hospital stay is extended, you might want to consider having your pump with you so you can learn how to use it and get help from hospital staff. Of course, if you do not plan on nursing then there would be no need for a pump. If you do want to nurse, and you have no pump, hospitals do carry additional pumps.
These pumps are new so don’t worry about whether or not they've been used before. For a standard, vaginal delivery, the doctor will discharge you and your child before you have an ample supply of milk. It normally takes between 2-4 days after birth for your milk to be available in larger quantities. As your milk begins to come in, you can begin using your breast pump to store extra milk that your baby does not immediately drink. If a C-section is required, you will probably be in the hospital between 3-5 days.
During recovery, you may not nurse your child. In this case, a breast pump will be needed in order to provide your child with the nutrients needed. This will also bring down any swelling that may occur as milk is produced. Your doctor will certainly be able to provide the final recommendation regardless of your circumstance. For additional information, contact our department of professionals concerning your breast pump needs.
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