Pumping tends to get a bad reputation among parents. It seems impersonal and somewhat distant to feed your baby your own milk. Exclusive pumping has an even worse reputation. Pumping moms have heard it all and although exclusive pumping can seem like a "middle of the road" option between nursing and formula feeding, there are actually a lot of benefits of exclusive pumping that most people don't consider before making a judgement call.
Breastfeeding has somewhat of a learning curve for new moms and their babies and, for some, the difficulties are insurmountable. Exclusive pumping can be a much easier route for making sure your baby gets all of the essential nutrients in breast milk, without dealing with the pain, learning curve, or difficulty many moms experience while breastfeeding.
New moms are oftenfaced with a false dichotomy, Belly Belly noted. They believe they must choose between exclusive breastfeeding or formula feeding. However, like most things in life, feeding your baby is rarely that simple. Exclusive pumping offers a great alternative for moms who don't want to (or can't) breastfeed or use formula, and their choice to do so is as valid as all of the other feeding methods out there. But if you feel the need to respond to the haters, let them know about the following benefits of exclusive pumping. (Then tell them to eff off, because it's none of their business.)