Breast Pumps

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Breast Pumps

This is the only big buck item still on my "to buy" list. Any recommendations? I really really want to beastfeed. I will be taking a pre-natal and post-natal class on it, but I'm hoping one of you ladies can help me find a pump. I only have 8 weeks maternity leave before I will have to go back to work full time. Luckily, my office is well set-up for breastfeeding (it has private bathrooms). DH will be home with the LO while I work. Since I expect I will have to pump a couple times a day I want to make sure I get a good one. I was looking at this one:
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10812796&fromWidget=BRU%3ACategory%3ATop+Sellers

But I thought I'd get your insight first. Thanks in advance!

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That is a great one. My SIL used it and did really well with it.

I use that brand but just need a manual pump.

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My sister used that one and really liked it, however I have no firsthand experience with it.

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I used that one for 13 months, and I was happy with it! I went back to work at 3.5 months post partum and used it all the time. I will use it again for this one Smile

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I happened to receive this pump as a gift incase I'd need to pump a lot despite being able to stay at home with DD. I also have a manual Medela pump, but I prefer this one. We BF full time, but it's nice to have when I want to stash some milk or have something to mix DD's solids with.

Because DD was born early, she couldn't get the latch/suck/swallow thing down easily, so I had to pump and finger feed her for about a week or two. When I was in the hospital after DD was born, the LCs said this pump is the one they recommend because of all the research Medela does in replicating how a baby nurses. I have also heard good things about the Medela freestyle, but that would just be a matter of preference.

Breast Pumps are also tax deductible now if you happen to itemize. Just something to think about!

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That is a great pump. Medela is awesome, I honestly love everything they make. Even their freezer bags are the best. And you NEED to go double if you will be pumping a lot.
I exclusively pumped for dd, so if you ever need pumping help, just ask!:D

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I have an older model of this one. I used it to pump a ton because our DD and DS were both born early and could not actually nurse for at least a month. I didn't use it as much afterward because I am a SAHM. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this pump. In fact, I took it to the hospital with me and preferred using it to the pump (one that probably cost $1000) at the hospital. It is a great pump and I doubt that you will have any problems with it. One a side note: I pumped for the first month and by the time my kids could actually nurse I didn't have any of the soreness from latching on. Not sure if it was because I pumped all the time or if my first child just killed all the nerve endings in the boobs. This pump never made me sore either. I did have another pump (single not a double) that I hated and got rid of, but I can't even remember what kind it was. It was not a medela.
Hope this helps. Good luck!

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I am so glad you posted this, I was about to! This is the one I have been looking at as well. In my area Burlington has it for about 217.00 as a heads up. My husband and I are debating if we should buy this now or wait until he is born and we are sure I am capable of breastfeeding. Any thoughts?

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My son was born July 2010 and I just thought I'd pop in to see how the 2011 July board is doing. I have a Medela Pump in Style backpack and would highly recommend it. There was a recall on the one that I had and the company was great about replacing it. They sent a new one and then I sent mine back (prepaid shipping). I returned to work 6 weeks postpartum and have been pumping happily since then. I was clueless about pumps. I was lucky to have insurance coverage and bought one from the hospital supply store before we came home. It was nice to have someone explain how to use it (even though it seems simple now!). They also fitted the suction cup thingies for me.

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"SaraMeow" wrote:

I am so glad you posted this, I was about to! This is the one I have been looking at as well. In my area Burlington has it for about 217.00 as a heads up. My husband and I are debating if we should buy this now or wait until he is born and we are sure I am capable of breastfeeding. Any thoughts?

I would wait until he's born just because it isn't something that you need right away and I tend to wait until I need things. Just for the record my son was born at 37 weeks. I didn't have a hospital bag packed, hadn't taken the hospital tour, and had to do laundry after my water broke because I didn't have clothes for myself or the baby. That being said, there are very few women who are physically incapable of bf'ing. If you're only holding off because you have concerns about your ability to bf, I would say just go ahead and buy one.

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I'm glad to hear so many good things about this breast pump. This is the exact pump I registered for and I hope that someone gets it for me or I get enough gift cards to get it myself!

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I'm very happy to hear all the good reviews as well. Babies R Us has had a couple good sales on this already, so I'm going to wait a little bit and see if another one comes up. I'd really like to get it before he gets here though, even if I just leave it in the box.

And thanks for the tax tip! We definitely itemize, so that's good to know for sure!!