What do you guys think about this trend?
I think the story does a good job of outlining the whys and why-nots of pumping breast milk exclusively, although it does leave out a couple of key issues.
For one thing, a mama’s body produces breast milk according to what a baby needs based on age, etc., and pumping all the milk you’ll need for a year really seems to circumvent that process.
And for another, as I understand it, there is an exchange of antibodies between mother and baby, so that if one or the other is exposed to something both get some level of protection through breastfeeding. With the pump that’s just not going to happen.
You have to hand it to the women who are doing what they think is best for their babies by being so diligent about the pumping. I know there are lots of you out there who pump while you’re away from your babies for work, and I know there are lots of you out there who pump because your babies can’t or won’t nurse, but I, for one, can’t imagine pumping ’round the clock just for the heck of it.
Does anyone really like pumping?!