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To pump or not to pump – that’s the question surrogates are faced with when it’s time to obtain breastmilk.
At Hatch Egg Donation and Surrogacy, we have the honor of meeting intended parents and surrogates from all walks of life, and the answers to this question are as many and varied as the people themselves.
Some intended parents come to us insistent on receiving 100% breast milk for their babies and inquiring as to whether their surrogates are willing to pump. Others don’t even think about the possibility of receiving breastmilk. The short answer is that there is no wrong answer, and there are quite a few possible solutions when pumping as a surrogate.
Let’s start with the surrogate side of this debate. More often than not, surrogates don’t choose to pump. After all of the months leading up to getting pregnant and nine months of pregnancy, many surrogates prefer to return to their non-pregnant lives and enjoy some quiet downtime with their families without the interruption of pumping.
Make no mistake, pumping is a significant commitment of time and energy, and it’s completely understandable to want that time to simply rest and recover. However, there are some great perks for pumping surrogates up for the task. Some of the benefits of pumping as a surrogate are:
However, there are some downsides to surrogates who choose to pump. These downsides can be the extra time and effort spent pumping and washing your pump parts, additional efforts to ship milk or coordinate pick-ups and drop-offs, and the physical discomforts that can come with lactation.
All in all, weigh the pros and cons of pumping as a surrogate equally and do whatever feels natural to you. Now, let’s jump into the benefits and disadvantages of pumping for the newly born baby :)
Intended parents are increasingly passionate about seeking out breast milk for their babies so that they’re receiving all of the health benefits that come with breast milk. There are many known health benefits of breastmilk for babies, and the great news is that there are many ways to go about getting breast milk:
Now that you know your options for obtaining breast milk, you can get creative with how you feed your baby. Some intended parents go to great lengths to feed their baby 100% breastmilk and avoiding formula altogether, others supplement the breastmilk they receive with formula, and some choose to go with 100% formula.
When it comes to feeding a surrogate baby, the consensus remains that fed is best. The Hatch Surrogacy Program wishes you many happy feedings ahead after your surrogate baby's arrival!
At Hatch, we specialize in curating outstanding matches between intended parents and surrogates. You deserve the happiest, healthiest journey possible, and we’ll do everything in our power to make that happen. We’ve been known to deliver surrogate medications in the middle of the night, and provide assurances to surrogates and intended parents at 3 AM. Whatever you need, we’re always available. Join Hatch’s program to embark on a journey toward parenthood unlike any other.
In working with the oldest egg donation program in the country, you’ll have access to the top 5% of surrogate and egg donor candidates nation-wide. You’ll feel guided and supported every step of the way with your dedicated care coordinator, and many of our staff have even been surrogates and egg donors themselves.
Note: This blog has been updated since it's original publication on 4/12/2018.