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When can I start pumping?
An_219263 posted:
I am 37 weeks and I want to pump my breast milk and feed my baby with a bottle. When can I start pumping? This is the first time I have tried so I am not sure how to do this.
Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
Welcome. Can I ask why you are anxious to start pumping? Will you be going back to work immediately after and pumping from work? Do you plan to exclusively bottle feed but want to try breast feeding via bottle?

Our Breastfeeding Support Community can help with pumping ideas, storage, and how to succeed.
lem15714 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
I don't think that I am anxious to start pumping it's just that I have never breast fed before and have no idea what to do! I will not be going back to work, I have a 3 year old and a 9 year old and want them to be able to be involved and feed him to. I want to exclusively bottle feed but want to feed it to him with a bottle. Thanks
An_219264 responded:
I had never heard of pumping before baby was born before today, so I did a little research on it as I was very curious about it. It seems like it is generally thought to not be a good idea. Here is a good explanation that I found on one of the websites:

"There are a couple of reasons why you should not breast pump before baby is born. Most importantly is the fact that breast pumping entails nipple stimulation. This stimulation may release the hormone oxytocin and ultimately lead to contractions. Using this method too early can cause premature labor, and a premature baby. Yet, even if you are far enough along in your pregnancy, inducing labor on your own through nipple stimulation can cause very quick, excessive contractions, which can be dangerous for both you and the baby.
Another reason to not begin breast pumping before is baby born is that your colostrum typically comes in after baby is born. This milk is very important for the baby due to the fact that it contains important antibodies and nutrients that is very important to the newborn. It also contains a mild laxative to assist your newborn with its first stool."
Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to lem15714's response:
Definitely seek the advice of the women on the Breastfeeding support community and I encourage you to contact your local La Leche League for help as well.

I wouldn't start pumping until you give birth. The hospital can bring you a hospital grade pump right there to help get you started. You also will want to look into getting a heavy duty pump in order to succeed with your plan. You can rent these (the part that touches your body and milk is brand new--just the motor/pumping part is rented.

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