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.