Why some women choose to exclusively pump

La Leche League Leader Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, shares advice on the factors that may lead women to decide that they are only going to pump their breast milk and not breast feed
Why Some Women Choose To Exclusively Pump Breast Milk
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Why some women choose to exclusively pump

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Sometimes women make the decision that they are only going to pump their breast milk and give the baby breast milk through a bottle. There are various reasons why that might happen. Some women may have sustained some sexual abuse when they were younger and they don't like the feel of skin to skin with baby, but they still want to offer the baby the benefits of breast milk and they choose to pump and feed the baby through a bottle. Other women have tried really hard to get over latch issues and as a resort, they'll choose to pump and feed their baby that way. Sometimes there some physiological issues like inverted nipples where pumping can get the milk out when the baby is just not able to do it for that kind of reason. The most important thing for moms to know is that they can do it. They can nurse one or two years, however long they want, but they do need support from their doctor and support at home. They need to seek out support for them and know that it's out there for them.

La Leche League Leader Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, shares advice on the factors that may lead women to decide that they are only going to pump their breast milk and not breast feed

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Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, CD

La Leche League Leader

Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, CD, has been a lactation consultant and La Leche League Leader since 1997 in Los Angeles and Connecticut. La Leche League is a non-profit organization that serves as the foremost authority on breastfeeding issues throughout the world. Nicole earned her lactation certification from the International Board of Lactation Examiners and earned her doula training through the National Midwifery Institute. She holds a BA in English from Boston College with a concentration in Women’s Studies, studied literature at l'Universite Paris-Sorbonne, and spent her college summers working as a paralegal in a Connecticut law firm.

She has assisted thousands of mothers on their birth and motherhood journeys. She is regularly asked to speak to large groups on parenting issues. Recent speaking engagements include Los Angeles County Health Services, Los Angeles and Culver City Unified School Districts, The Maple Counseling Center Beverly Hills, Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, and The Los Angeles Airforce Base. She has also been interviewed in a nationally televised segment by Katie Couric on the benefits of co-sleeping with your baby. Nicole is the mother of three children whom she breastfed and parented with attachment parenting techniques. Nicole runs her private lactation practice through The Sanctuary Birth and Family Wellness Center in Los Angeles and her private doula practice through The WOMB in Mar Vista.

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