Many moms have different reasons for choosing to exclusively pump.
Although for my last baby I setup her room to lock myself in and get this breastfeeding thing down, it just didn’t work for me. I had severe depression with each birth, and my doctor put me on anti-depressants during my third trimester with Gabrielle. I was much better when she was born and didn’t experience the same anxiety and depression as before, but still felt terribly uncomfortable about breastfeeding. I was so desperate to do it, which caused even greater anxiety. I’d finally figured that I was very visual and had to see that milk actually flowing into her. Once I realized this and started exclusive pumping, we were both as happy as little larks.
If you do decide to exclusively pump, let go of the guilt. I have so much admiration for those wonderful moms who can breastfeed exclusive. But pumping still allows your wonderfully created breast milk to be fed to your sweet one.
So decide what’s best for you (you have lots of options):
- Exclusive breastfeeding
- Exclusive breast pumping
- Exclusive formula
- Combination of each or all
Just remember that you’re a great mom and your beautiful baby will flourish with whatever choice that you make.