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Sometimes, despite our hopes or best intentions, our experience with breastfeeding doesn’t quite work out the way we had planned. For whatever reason, whether you’re unable to nurse, your baby won’t latch, you’re facing separation from your baby or need to return to work, exclusive pumping is a good alternative for mothers who still want to provide the nourishment of breastmilk.I’ve put together my tips to help mums through their journey with exclusive breast pumping and help answer any concerns you may have about deciding to exclusively breast pump!
Before we even get to the practicalities of pumping, I think it’s a good idea to acknowledge the emotional side of things too. I’m not going to lie, at first you can feel like a literal milk machine, constantly hooked up to your pump. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be feeling disappointed, guilty, or even scared if your baby is underweight or facing challenges in NICU. But you will start to settle in to a routine, and bottle feeding your baby can still be an opportunity for you to bond. You are still providing precious nourishment to your baby, and spending that peaceful time together. On the flipside, remember that down the track you also have opportunities to take a much-needed break, and leave the bottle feeding to your partner or parents!
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