Can I Continue Breastfeeding Without a Pump?

Updated on March 05, 2008
C.C. asks from Dansville, MI
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My sister-in-law has let me borrow her breastpump but now she is having her second baby and needs it back. I have been pumping while at work and breastfeeding my son whenever I'm with him. My question is if I'm not pumping during the day will my milk supply totally diminish? I would like to continue to breastfeed him but I'm worried I wont be able to keep up my supply without the pumping. I have to give the pump back in about 3 weeks is there anything I should do to prepare? My son is already supplmenting with formula.

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answers from Jackson on

Check e-bay for pumps. I bought my (at the time LOL) $300 Ameda purely Yours for $150 brand new off e-bay. It's now been used for 3 children...just the occasional pumping for the last two since I've been blessed to be able to stay home.

You can also call your insurance company and ask if they will cover the cost of a breast pump.

Sometimes Local WIC offices will have pumps available to buy or rent. Also Your local hospital or Lactation Consultant will be able to help you locate a good quality pump.



answers from Detroit on

What you express, whether by nursing or pumping is what your body will make the next day. So your body will adjust eventually and most likely it will not even be an issue for you or the child. There is a technique to manually express your milk.It is tricky, but alot of women get the hang of it. I do agree with the woman wo told you that you can still nurse in the evening and on the weekends. How old is your child? I nursed for a total of 7 yrs. and I am positive I can answer almost anything! Contact me if you want, if I have more details I am sure I can help more! I know how emotional weaning can kids all nursed until they were 3, and I xctually let them wean on their own.



answers from Benton Harbor on

I wasn't told until my 3rd child that my insurance would cover a Medela hospital grade pump. Get an Rx for one from your doctor and take it to any DME company (durable medical equipment company) such as Airway Oxygen, Lincare, Senior, etc and they will tell you what your insurance will cover as well as supply the pump.




answers from Detroit on

you can rent a pump from local hospitals for a small fee.

and there are some inexpensive pumps that are pretty good.

breastfeeding is a supply and demand system so if you dont feed the baby or pump your supply will diminish.

Your supply will not just stop but it will diminish... If you want to prepare to give backthe pump...

you need to start pumping less- if you normally pump twice day at work.. start pumping once a day.. so it is not a big shock to your body.

personnaly I would rent or buy a pump.

formula is expensive... it is cheapere to buy a pump.



answers from Detroit on

Your milk supply will go down since the demand is less. But, the first few days of not pumping when your system is used to being pumped, you will get full and uncomfortable. Why not buy your own pump? There are some good ones out there that are not too expensive. What you save by not giving formula will pay for the pump. Plus, you will probably need it next time you have a baby.



answers from Grand Rapids on

What insurance do you have? Like someone else posted, you may be able to get one covered. Or if you have an HSA you can include it. Or the Avent Isis is a great hand pump that would be affordable. BF is all supply and demand. So if the baby or the pump isn't "demanding" milk from your breasts, your supply will decrease, might not go away, but it will decrease. Good luck!! Also, if you are eligible for WIC, they can supply you with a hospital grade electric rental for free or give you a free hand pump. Hope that helps. :)



answers from Saginaw on

I had a friend who went back to work as a nurse in a very busy elder-care facility, 12 hour shifts with breaks more like some kind of cruel joke than reality. Her baby was 9 months old when she returned and she just figured 'she's eating solids at all, and my body will probably adapt.'

She was right. Her daughter ate regular food at the daycare and nursed when mom was around. Her milk supply was fine and she never had any problem, even on weekends.

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