Topic: Pumping/pump questions

1) I've noticed condensation getting into the tubes and not sure if that's normal? From what I can tell all the pieces are dry when I attach the tubes so I've been having to let the pump continue running to dry the tubes out after using them. We just bought me some new tubes and still having the issue with condensation and I know that can lead to bacterial issues. Any suggestions on what I can do because I'm assuming nothing should be getting into the tubes.

2) Why is there so much emphasis on solely breastfeeding rather than exclusively pumping? Aren't the benefits relatively the same? I mean it's still breastmilk. The maternity part of our insurance and the midwife sort of made me feel "bad" and like it's a no no to exclusively pump. I switched solely to pumping since we kept going through cluster feedings for 2 weeks and I was DEAD and couldn't take it anymore. She was getting super frustrated when I'd have her latch so I would pump what I could get and she seemed much happier so I just naturally switched to pumping and bottle feeding because she seemed much happier and so did I but now it's making me second guess it.

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Re: Pumping/pump questions

The condensation is probably due to difference in room temperature vs temperature of freshly expressed breast milk.

Only reason I know for strong focus on breastfeeding vs pumping is basicaly supply and demand. When babies breastfeed they use suction and compression so they are much more efficient at expressing breast milk. The pump only uses suction.  So idea is it is harder to obtain and keep a strong supply of breast milk if exclusively pumping.

I know of a few people though who have successfully exclusively pumped and fed expressed breast milk.

Important thing is to have a happy healthy baby.

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Re: Pumping/pump questions

Condensation happens to me too. I asked a mom at my work about it (she has four kids and breastfed each for a year). She said she just ignored it basically. With her first she freaked out, but then had no time to freak out with the second, third, and fourth. I decided to ignore it too, and my son is fine. I don't know if that's the best advice, but it worked for me lol.

I also exclusively pumped for awhile and then cluster feedings and poor latch corrected itself. I think more emphasis is on the actual breast because a mother would be more likely to continue breast feeding over pumping because pumping just doesn't have the same output.

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Re: Pumping/pump questions

I just tend to follow this train of thought when making parenting decisions:
1. Do I have an instinct? Is it strong? If so, follow it and don't listen to anyone else.
2. Am I not sure? Ask a mom who has been there RECENTLY. Because a lot of moms who haven't had an infant in awhile forget the infant phase and their advice is really vague. I just try to treat every instance as if this is my second child. It always calms me down. Like oh crap he's licking a shoe! Would I care if I had a toddler or two running around spreading poop on a wall? No? Ok.

Don't let them make you feel bad about pumping. You do you.

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Re: Pumping/pump questions

Solely pumping affects supply. Statistically, solely pumping causes a gradual decrease in supply and most moms aren't able to sustain an only breastmilk feed schedule up to the recommended year. Like PP stated, baby pulls from breast more effectively and maintains a proper supply and demand. Your feelings of supplementation with formula will ultimately factor in your decision to solely pump. No one can make you feel bad for your decisions. Honestly, the majority of people are here to help and sometimes internalized feelings about the situation get projected onto the moms that had apparent easy success. No one should feel bad for deciding one or the other, but (lets face it) we as moms are hard on ourselves. Make a decision that works best for your family. Maybe call an LC in your area or go to a BF support group, get some feedback from them or talk to a mom who made the decision to formula feed. HTH!

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