If there's one thing being a mom teaches you, it's that parenthood looks different for everyone. As different as every pregnancy, labor, and baby is, it makes sense that the way mothers feed their babies would vary as well. Many moms plan to breastfeed their babies months before ever meeting them, but when the time to learn how to nurse comes, it's much different than they expected. Some moms turn to a breast pump to take the place of breastfeeding and, after learning a few of the reasons to consider exclusive pumping, find that it's a perfect fit — or at least a better option for them than formula feeding or breastfeeding.
Although many of the issues that breastfeeding moms face can be overcome, breastfeeding isn't an option for some moms and their babies. Exclusive pumping, while incredibly time consuming, allows babies to reap the benefits of their mother's breast milk and for moms to reap the benefits of lactating without struggling through nursing. Whether pain, medical issues, schedule problems, or something else has you questioning whether or not you should breastfeed, considering exclusive pumping as an option might be the middle ground option you and your baby both need.