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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Adverse effect of pumping breastmilk
My boy is 6 months old and I have been pumping breastmilk for him from day 1. I seem to retain a lot of water and puffed up all over. Also I have a history of anemia. I almost passed out couple of times while pumping. Is pumping detrimental to my health?
You have an interesting question but it does not fall within my scope of practice. I strongly encourage you to see your health care provider and discuss this problem with them. Pumping should not cause you to retain water or to pass out and I suspect this may be related to your anemia--however, it is essential that your doctor or nurse practitioner evaluate this problem for you as soon as possible.
Congratulations on providing breast milk for your baby and giving him this good start.
Donna Dowling, PhD,RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University