Does anyone pump, too? If so, what breast pump(s) would you recommend?
I started around 9 weeks with DS (following a big growth spurt while I still had a lot of milk). I used the medella Harmony which is a manual single side pump. It was 45$ from the health unit and worked great. I recommend trying to maximize pumping following growth spurts. I would get 4-5 ounces (would let DS feed on one side hike I pumped the other and then would let him empty the pumped side) whereas when I pumped when the milk was just normal (no growth spurt) then I was lucky to get 2 ounces which was disheartening.
I will admit that I was totally intimidated by pumping - would it make me feel like a "cow" and like it somehow made ME feel less important in the role of providing nutrition to the baby. But it sure was handy to have bottles for DH or my parents to use on fairly rare occasions.
Keep in mind the immunity benefits of live bf'ing - I was considering using a lot of pumped milk when I was sick at one point and the nurse reminded me that live bf'ing would help pass on better immunity against what I was fighting myself to DS. (I just wanted to sleep and feel better!!!).
With my first two I had a First Years double electric pump. Both girls had a hard time latching (the first one I had to use a nipple shield in the hospital because the nurse told me my nipples were too flat to BF...way to encourage me!). It was a good pump IMO but I pumped a lot more with DD2 and the motor ended up going out. I did have a hand pump as well that I didn't like as much because it would sometimes leak on the handle part.
With DS I have a Medela double electric pump which I LOVE. I pumped every 2-3 hours the first few weeks after he was born and began freezing for when DS goes on a growth spurt for DH to feed him. I would keep some in the fridge for DH as well. Now, I rarely pump because my supply has finally begun to even itself out (I had oversupply) but DH still gets out a bag to unfreeze so he can help with DS at night (and because we have no more freezer space!). I think it's great to have some stored away, but I also do love BFing my son.
Obviously it's been a LOOONG time since I did this, but I've done a LOT of pumping. I BF all three of my girls, but the twins had latching issues. I worked with a lactation consultant for 3 months before giving up on BFing with the twins - so I ended up pumping exclusively for over 6 months. I never did have a successful nursing session with either of my twins, so the pumping just ended up becoming second nature. I used a Medela Pump In Style and it worked fantastic. I was able to pump enough milk for both babies to feed and never had to use formula for those first 6 months. I did continue to pump following the 6 months so that I could continue to feed Gabby breast milk because she had a lot of health problems - so I wanted to keep her on breast milk for as long as possible.
With my youngest DD, I didn't have any BFing issues, but I did go back to work when she was 8 weeks old so I had to pump at work. I used my Medela PIS, but my company at the time also had a nursing mom's room which had hospital grade Medela pumps where you would just have your own breast cups and tubing and stuff that you would hook on to the pump. it was fantastic.
Anyway, I'm a huge fan of a good electric pump, and would recommend Medela just because that's what I have experience with. I still have my PIS from 8 years ago that I will be using this time around, too. It still works!
Is this something anyone would suggest purchasing after the baby arrives? I was just thinking that there's always the chance I won't produce enough breast milk and have to supplement with formula or the baby might not take to breast feeding, etc., etc. and it might be a waste if I do buy it sooner... Thoughts?
I am going to get the Medela breast pump this time. I had the hand pump from the hospital with my last baby and it was the only pump I could get to work. I know they are expensive but I will definitely get it.
B-Baby, since this is your first baby you could definitely wait until after to see if it is something that is going to work for you. It will take a couple of days for your milk to come in (you will have colostrum at first) but if it works out then you can go to any store and purchase one. I did that with my last baby. I would at least find one that you might be interested in and have one in mind.
One thing to think about is that many times your insurance will cover the cost or at least a portion of the cost of a pump... and if you get it from the hospital, it's way easier because it will just be submitted to insurance along with your hospital bill - you won't have to go through the hassle of putting in a claim on your own. Also, if you really want to BF, and you're worried about producing enough milk, a pump may actually be a tool to help you increase your supply. But every woman is different...
"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:
That's a good point! I didn't really think about that...
It is a very rare event that a woman cannot breastfeed successfully due to supply issues. Obviously it does happen but with the right information and support it's not as prevalent as most people believe.
With that said though I really don't think it would hurt to wait until after the baby is born to buy a pump. I don't start pumping right away because I spend so much time actually feeding the baby that I don't have any time in between to pump. I have a Madela Pump In Style and it's good. I hate to pump (I'm lazy!) so I just end up rarely leaving my nursling but the pump does work good. Every time I'd get everything all hooked up with my last baby, my toddler would go ape sh!t crazy and start getting into things he knew he shouldn't because I was too busy to stop him so I just rarely put in the effort to pump.
And I second the insurance check. A lot of insurance companies are starting to cover pumps, which is AWESOME!!! Also, WIC I believe is supplying pumps, which is double awesome!
Medela here too!
My lactation lady said not to pump at all the first 9 weeks...completely messed me up...this time I will pump earlier! I lost a lot of supply...and didn't produce a ton of milk:0( I didn't like my lactation consultant!
Also, if you participate in the WIC program in your area - they generally rent you a very expensive Medla pump for $15 the cost of the supplies. They do hold $20 but when you return it they give you the $20 back.
I heard Medela is the best. I thought it was a bit pricey myself. I bought Avent, or should I say my mother in law bought me that one - Medela is like $299 (double) and Avent is $170 (double).