Pumping milk can be an option to allow you to take part in the feeding ritual.
The problem is that babies tend to prefer bottle feeding to breast feeding, as it is easier to get the milk out of the bottle. So, the currently accepted "best practice" is to try to avoid using a bottle at all for as long as possible, so that they baby gets used to the breast. The idea being that you can get the baby to be cool with both the breast and the bottle if you get him hooked on the breast first. If he gets the bottle right away, apparently, he'll be more likely to reject breast feeding altogether. At least, that's what the experts say.
Certainly, the baby will be bottle feeding soon enough. But, at first, theoretically, we'll be doing breast only. And, in that case, I'm of no use for feeding. I'm skeptical this will actually work though. So, maybe we'll be on the bottle within a few days anyway.