We all want what’s best for our little ones especially when it comes to their health. As parents, your number one priority should always be their nutrition.
Breastfeeding gives them nutrients that only breast milk can provide. You may choose to either exclusively breastfeed or pump to feed your baby. However, most mums do both.
Each option has its own set of benefits. Read on as we look into some of them.
Breastfeeding is beneficial for both mums and toddlers.
It gives your tots the nutrients they need during this stage in their life, and even antibodies they need to fight off viruses and bacteria.
For mums, breastfeeding helps them recover from childbirth much more quickly. Oxytocin produced from breastfeeding can help your uterus go back to its regular size more quickly as well. Studies also show that women who breastfeed have a lower chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Also, did you know that the breast milk you produce is customised for your little ones? As they feed, the saliva they produce affects the kind of milk your body makes.
And perhaps one of the best points about breastfeeding is that it’s free!
Many mums have also shared that it’s a more soothing feeding experience for their babies, and helps them develop a stronger bond with their little ones.
However, the downside to breastfeeding is that you have less control of your time since you have to feed on demand.
You may also develop sore or cracked nipples, or even clogged ducts (which can be quite painful!) if your baby isn’t latching properly during feeds.
Unlike breastfeeding, you can pump milk anytime you want!
This is especially helpful if you’re returning to work, or can’t be around your baby 24/7 to latch whenever your little one gets hungry.
When pumping, you can also create your own supply of breast milk since it can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months
However, the downside to pumping is the additional expenses for the equipment. There are also fewer immune system benefits for mums and little ones. As mentioned earlier, breast milk directly from mums contains antibodies.
It can also be cumbersome for you to carry all the necessary pumping equipment with you whenever you go out. But fret not, we’d recommend using the Elvie Wearable Breast Pump which gives you a hassle-free experience as it fits right into your nursing bra, and allows you to pump even while on the go.
Can I do both?
It’s totally up to you if you want to do both breastfeeding and pumping!
A combination of the two means you’ll reap the benefits of both methods of feeding, after all.
Which option is better?
There’s no right answer, the best choice is the one (or combination) that works best for you and your baby.
Some factors you may want to consider when deciding whether to pump or breastfeed may include the following:
Being able to maintain an ample supply of milk by breastfeeding or having pumped milk available.
Balancing the benefits of breastfeeding with the benefits of having more flexibility to manage your own schedule.
Whether having the flexibility of another caretaker being able to feed the baby is important to you
Whether you are supplementing with formula
Making breastfeeding or pumping more comfortable for you and your little one
Whether you’ve decided to breastfeed or pump (or even go 100% on formula), there are various products that can help make the experience more enjoyable for you and your baby.
Items like the Elvie Wearable Breast Pump we mentioned earlier can help. You can also consider a nursing pillow such as the Doomoo Buddy or a nursing chair for your nursery to be able to feed your baby more comfortably.