Mothers today have busy schedules and let's face it; juggling work and family can often mean there are times when she is not going to be available to nurse. Breast pumps provide a solution - allowing women to express their milk in their free time so it is ready and waiting to be used. Even if you are still managing to make all the feedings, some specialists believe that having stores of "ready-to-go" milk is great way to include the father in one of the most intimate of parenting moments.
Unfortunately far more serious situations also call for breast feeding pumps. Women that experience a premature birth can not breastfeed because the child is still too weak, but at the same time her milk supply still needs to be maintained so she is still able to nurse when the baby is stronger - enter the breast pump. Surprisingly there are also situations which demand the need for a pump for the completely opposite reason - multiple births. Twins and triplets can literally drain a mother dry. The solution is to use a pump intermittently to increase milk production. Only one other situation might call for you to have to maintain your milk supply, and that is in the event your doctor prescribes you medication that could possibly harm the baby.
A common problem faced by new mothers is that their baby finds it difficult to "latch" on to their nipples - this could be because they may be slightly inverted or flat. The vacuum created by a breast feeding pump will effectively draw the nipples out and make the whole experience more pleasurable for both mother and child.
Probably one of the most uncomfortable and painful experiences a new mother will go through is that of having "engorged breasts." Within a day after giving birth the milk flood gates open which can lead to the breast becoming swollen and tender. This is generally a largely uncomfortable feeling that can extend all the way up to the underarm. It is not uncommon in extreme cases for some women to even run a slight temperature. A breast pump can provide quick relief and at the same time keep your milk supply up.