Reasons for using a breast pump

There are a few different reasons that mothers find using a breast pump useful, such as:

  • Flexibility – so someone else can feed your baby, so you can pop out to the gym, for example, or so your partner can do a night feed.
  • To give your breasts a break, if you’re experiencing nipple damage or other problems.
  • To build supply.
  • When baby can’t feed for some reason, such as being a prem baby.
  • To relieve engorgement.
  • Attachment issues.
  • When you’re returning to work.
  • Oversupply - for mum's health.
  • To donate milk to other babies in need.

If you’re looking for a breast pump to help with low supply, attachment issues or feeding problems, be sure to get a great lactation consultant to help you overcome these challenges. The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) provides free help, too.

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