Pumping at work is like being trapped in a candy store against your will: you’d rather not be held captive anywhere, but if it’s gotta happen, that’s a pretty great place to be. There is not much in this world quite like having to strip half-naked, attach a plastic medieval-looking contraption to your bosom, while fearing that one of your bull-in-a-china-shop male coworkers could ignore your privacy sign and walk in at any moment.
Pumping at work is an opportunity to steal away for twenty (or so) minutes and be with Baby, even though you’re not actually with them. Ideally, of course, you’d be nursing him or her yourself, but pumping in the back room, the office, or the ladies room, works as a lovely little reminder of the time you and Baby get to spend with one another.
So what do you tell your boss? If they’re male, this is probably one of the last conversations they want to have with you. Don’t ask them, like it’s an option. Inform them that this is something you need to do and you have found the most convenient times of day in which to do it. Pumping is a requirement for you, if you plan on continuing to breastfeed. Don’t apologize for feeding your baby. If your boss is female, they’ve either pumped before, know someone who has, or have no idea why you do it. Regardless, don’t ask – inform – nicely.
How often should you pump? As often as you want. You may become uncomfortable for having a back-up of un-expressed milk and want to do it for that reason, or you may be worried that your supply will dwindle, so you’ll want to do it more. To give you a general idea, some women in a 9-5 job will pump two to three times while at work.
It’s inconvenient and awkward, but it’s necessary and you’ll get the hang of it. Think of it this way – it’s a perfect opportunity to sit and do nothing for a few minutes, and with a baby at home, that’s a rarity.
With all the decisions mothers face on a daily basis, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed. Advice is more abundant in our lives now than ever before and yet we still may feel alone and frustrated. If only we had a round table of experts at our beck and call – ready and willing to give us all the information we need to make the best decision for our little ones.
Thankfully, Pea in the Podcast has us covered.
One of the greater (and controversial) decisions we make is whether we will choose to bottle-feed or breastfeed our baby. If you are wondering what will be best for you, or even if you have already decided how you will feed your baby the following podcasts provide us with a wealth of information to help us along the way:
Pediatricians and Lactation consultants will weigh in with facts and advice on breastfeeding and bottle-feeding alike.
“Well obviously breastfeeding is going to have some real significant advantages for moms, or for babies rather. We have to keep in mind that breast milk is a living, breathing product that contains hemoglobin and other things that help boost a baby’s immune system and even boost their intelligence.”
“Formula is nutritionally complete, there are some differences in infectious outcomes that we’ve seen breastfed versus bottle-fed babies but for those parents who can’t breastfeed they can feel reassured that the formulas that are available on the market today are actually quite complete.”
Also in this podcast are tips on how to overcome some of the challenges of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. You will get some insight on allergies – how to recognize these allergies as well as how to deal with them. You’ll also hear what other moms have to say about their decisions to breastfeed or bottle-feed and the joys and challenges that came along with their decisions.
In this podcast you will learn about the joys of breastfeeding:
“A woman would want to choose nursing for many different reasons. One is it is just fun, whenever a woman nurses there are hormones that are released into her bloodstream that are very, very relaxing and it feels good to nurse. It’s the natural continuation of the pregnancy.”
You will also learn about the challenges of breastfeeding:
“It’s not instinctive; it’s kind of a myth that all women know how to breastfeed, just like it’s a myth that because you are a man you know how to fix every car or to repair everything.”
Mothers and experts alike will weigh in with tips and advice on how to make breastfeeding not only work for you, but how to make it an enjoyable experience for both you and baby. You’ll also hear practical advice on getting back to work while continuing to breastfeed.
If bottle-feeding is the right path for you, this podcast has it all. You’ll get a crash course in choosing the right bottles and nipples for your baby as well as an explanation of BPA’s. You’ll hear the trials and errors of other mothers and the challenges that may come along with formula feeding including cow’s milk intolerance. (Note: This is also a rare occurrence in breastfed babies as well.)
“With formula feeding — like with breastfeeding — there are challenges, and one of the big ones is that a lot of babies are sensitive to cow’s milk protein. Of course, formula is made of cow’s milk, not human milk. You can’t predict who will have trouble and who won’t, but if you have a cow’s milk protein sensitive baby — and I did — after a couple of weeks you will definitely know it.”
You’ll also hear tips from mothers like you on how to make bottle-feeding easier.
“I would fill a bottle with tap water before we would leave home and just keep it in the diaper bag, and when it was time for her to eat, I’d put the formula in, shake it up, press the air out and feed it to her, and she was happy with that.”
Whether you are planning on feeding your baby formula, pumping your breastmilk, or choose a combination of breastfeeding and formula-feeding, this podcast will answer all your questions related to feeding your baby with a bottle.
Whether you are a new mommy or have been a mommy for a while, we can all agree that one of our greatest needs is support. We need to know that whatever decision we make for our babies we’ll have the right tools and encouragement needed to make it work. These podcasts are all about support – with experts and mommies like you ready with the information and encouragement you need to succeed in your journey of Mommyhood.
So when it comes to feeding your baby, what will you choose? What factors influence you (or have influenced you) the most in your decision to breastfeed or bottle-feed? What have been your personal joys and challenges? Listen to the podcasts and feel free to weigh in below!
Among the many decisions every expecting mother must make, how we choose to feed our new little bundles is one of the most important. It probably seems everyone in your life has an opinion on this: your mother, your neighbor, your grandmother, your co-worker, your friend, your friend’s co-workers’ grandmother… and the list goes on. While advice and opinions on this matter may be well-intentioned, they can also tend to be overwhelming for a mother-to-be. Each mother must carefully consider both options and make an informed decision on what is best for her and her baby.
We have all heard the motto “Breast is Best”. It is plastered on our ob/gyn’s wall, in our pregnancy books and we even hear it on television. However, there are pros and cons for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding alike.
There are so many decisions you have ahead of you with regards to yours and your baby’s well-being. You shouldn’t have to feel pressured to go one way or the other when it comes to whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby. Every mother’s set of circumstances is different. Every baby is different. Choose which option is best for both of you and move on with this wonderful new phase of your life. Afterall, the most important thing you can give to your baby is your love and affection – and that isn’t hard at all!
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This can be a touchy subject in Mommy World, so I want to be careful…
There is a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, according to CNN:
If most new moms would breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life, it would save nearly 1,000 lives and billions of dollars each year.
I don’t care for the way that’s written. “If most new moms would breastfeed” sounds like scolding. And since the CDC reports that only 74% of new moms even try nursing, it’s scolding a lot of loving and well-intentioned women.
Despite my problem with the tone of that statement, however, I have no trouble believing those numbers. I have interviewed eleventy billion experts who say that while formula is indeed “nutritionally sound”, it’s not mother’s milk.
They call the first doses of mother’s milk your baby eats liquid gold. Colostrum comes in small doses, but packs a huge punch. Not only does your colostrum provide the exact things your specific baby needs for optimum health, it does a bunch of other things, like coat and seal your baby’s GI tract, decreasing eventual allergy risks.
And, in fact, your milk evolves with your baby. When you nurse, you and your baby are interacting on a biological level. Your baby’s saliva on your skin is telling your body “Hey, Mom, I need a little more of this and a little less of that.” The composition of the milk you make changes in response to that.
Mother’s milk is a designer product!
Formula is nutritionally sound. But it’s not a designer product. It can’t be. It would cost a jillion dollars if it was!
You also can’t underestimate the value of early nursing to the cognitive and emotional development of your baby in a way that has nothing to do with milk. The closeness, the skin-to-skin contact, the actually physical connection you make with your baby on a sometimes exhaustingly frequent basis encourages healthy attachment. I’m not talking about the mother-infant bond, here. You and your baby will be bonded no matter how you choose to feed them. Attachment is a much broader concept that includes all aspects of child development.
Nursing encourages secure attachment beautifully.
This is not to say formula fed babies cannot be securely attached! My daughter was combo-fed (formula and human milk) and is quite securely attached. Nursing moms can also be insecurely attached to their babies. Every mom and baby are different.
It’s just that nursing is one nice and effective way to foster secure attachment.
I’m so very glad the article doesn’t go much further into the scolding area of this debate. One of the study’s authors, Harvard Dr. Melissa Bartick, says:
Moms shouldn’t be blamed, because they receive mixed messages and often lack support from the moment their babies are born.
Ain’t that the truth! And…
(Bartick) says the biggest priority should be to improve maternity care practices. Bartick refers to a 2007 CDC survey of hospitals and birthing centers, which scored each facility to determine how well it complied with recommendations meant to encourage women to breastfeed.
According to that survey, Bartick says, “U.S. hospitals scored a 63 – that’s a D.”
Hear, Hear! I am all about improved maternity care!
The point I’m trying to make out of all of this meandering is this. We all know breast is best. Blah blah blah. We’ve heard it until we don’t even hear it anymore. But the fact is, mother’s milk is superior to the nutritionally sound alternative of formula for so many reasons.
So for the 26% of you who aren’t even thinking about trying it…why not just consider — just consider doing it for a few days, a least until your baby has a body full of colostrum?
You can do anything for a couple of days, right?
That is my challenge to you…<3
Not only does that have implications for ongoing research into stem cells and how they might assist in treating several debilitating diseases, but it’s further evidence that human milk is superfood for babies!
Dr. Mark Cregan at the University of Western Australia, who made this discovery, says this demonstrates to him how a new mother’s mammary glands take over from the placenta to provide the development guidance to ensure a baby’s genetic destiny is fulfilled.
Cregan goes on to say…
“(Human milk) is setting the baby up for the perfect development. We already know that babies who are breastfed have an IQ advantage and that there’s a raft of other health benefits. Researchers also believe that the protective effects of being breast fed continue well into adult life.”
That’s pretty exciting, even for someone like me who had supply problems and combo fed (both human milk and cow’s milk formula). Every drop I nursed and pumped mattered! Yay!
For more on how to get ready to nurse your baby, please listen to this Pea in the Podcast:
Breastfeeding: Tips, Hints And Advice To Make It Work For You
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Those of you out there expecting twins…Congratulations! You are in for a wild ride! I have long had a little twin envy, and it doesn’t really subside with age lol. But some of you soon-to-be multiple moms who want to nurse may be scared that you won’t be able to do it…that it will be too much for you.
Those fears are not unfounded.
Twins sometimes have to spend time in the NICU, because they’re born early or they’re tiny after sharing a cramped womb with their brother or sister. That time apart can present a real challenge to your nursing relationship.
You might also worry that you won’t make enough milk, or you won’t be able to juggle two babies, literally. Those are very valid concerns. But you can do it. You really can, mommy!
I talked to a twin mom who had been nursing for 13 months. Her name is Jennifer. Her babies had an action packed beginning that included two weeks in the NICU. But Jennifer was determined to breastfeed them. She has advice for you on things like positioning and supply, but mostly her story is about letting you know you can do it. She starts her story in the NICU…listen to Jennifer’s Story Of Breastfeeding Her Twins. This is not to say you should feel like a terrible mom if nursing doesn’t work for you and your babies. That’s not the point of this post. The point is, for moms who really want to nurse and everyone is telling them they shouldn’t even try, Jennifer and I are here to tell you to tell them to stuff it. After all, even Brad Pitt thinks a woman nursing twins is sexy.
Where do you begin? Well, at one of the most helpful sites I found when my baby was an infant, KellyMom.com.
And, of course, if you’re pregnant with twins, you will want to hear what our expert in twin pregnancies has to say, and what my good friend Aimee’s experience was like. It’s all in our Pea in the Podcast: Twins and Multiples.