Breast Pumps

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Breast Pumps

I don't know if this has been discussed already or not, but for those of you breastfeeding, do you plan to use a pump as well and if so, which one? I have the chance to buy a used Medela Pump in Style for $100 from a friend with new tubes/membranes (I would just need to buy new shields) and wonder if it's worth it. I never thought I'd use a used one, but money is really tight and I'm pretty sure it's better than the small electric Medela one I still have from Eric. Thoughts?

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i have the medela pump in style and love it. it always worked great for me, was fast and efficient. i really liked having the option to pump so that i could leave DS with dad or a sitter and have bottles of breast milk for him. plus, i also returned to work part-time, so i had to do it on the days i worked. but even this time, when i'm not working at all, i plan to pump once a day so DH can give the baby a bottle.

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It's definitely worth it to have that pump. I used it with Karina, my friend, who exclusively pumped, used mine for her baby, and now I have it back, have to buy all new stuff, but I am using it.

I'm not sure if you are saying if it's worth it as in is it better than other pumps, or is it worth it to breastfeed? If it's breastfeeding you won't have to pay for formula plus all the health benefits, so it makes it worth it. And look at how little you spent on that pump-- it's $300 new, it's great someone sold that to you, because selling that is usually discouraged for sanitary reasons. You got it for only $100, which is CHEAP.

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Thanks so much for the feedback! I will be buying it today, but was concerned about it being sanitary. I've read things, but then again so many people seem to buy them used so I wonder if some people are just being overly worried. Like I said, it's a friend (I've known her since junior high) so it's not like I'm getting it from someone I ran into on the street or anything. Smile

I do plan to breastfeed as long as possible. I have not had great success with it in the past and I remember it hurt every single time, which I really don't think is the fault of the baby. My nipples tend to be small and inverted so I tried different things but ended up drying up once I had to go back to work because I don't think I had the right pump. I could only nurse Kayla for 4 months and Eric for 2 months. Sad And because I couldn't express enough with the pump, I had to call it quits because they weren't getting enough. I want success this time darnit! And I would love to be able to have the kids feed her as well, so having bottles stored up would be nice for their bonding and I'm sure for my sanity sometimes, too. Smile

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My sister-in-law gave me her Medela Pump in Style. I had the same initial concerns about the pump being "used", but really with all new accessories it's almost like having a brand new one. Glad I didn't have to splurge for one.

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"socalmama" wrote:

Thanks so much for the feedback! I will be buying it today, but was concerned about it being sanitary. I've read things, but then again so many people seem to buy them used so I wonder if some people are just being overly worried. Like I said, it's a friend (I've known her since junior high) so it's not like I'm getting it from someone I ran into on the street or anything. Smile

I do plan to breastfeed as long as possible. I have not had great success with it in the past and I remember it hurt every single time, which I really don't think is the fault of the baby. My nipples tend to be small and inverted so I tried different things but ended up drying up once I had to go back to work because I don't think I had the right pump. I could only nurse Kayla for 4 months and Eric for 2 months. Sad And because I couldn't express enough with the pump, I had to call it quits because they weren't getting enough. I want success this time darnit! And I would love to be able to have the kids feed her as well, so having bottles stored up would be nice for their bonding and I'm sure for my sanity sometimes, too. Smile

Heidi, I wanted to provide you with some feedback. If you are choosing to breastfeed, you can do it. You DO have to be able to put up with pain though if you are going to breastfeed because at this point your nipples simply aren't used to it. As soon as baby is born have the lactation consultant review your latch. If your nipples are small that's ok because baby's mouth is small. If they are inverted, you might need to use a shield. I remember breastfeeding when I had excruciating pain--the ob gyn told me not to stop, just to keep going, even when I was bleeding (he said a little blood isn't going to hurt baby). I thought it was crazy at the time but I got over the hump and was able to breastfeed Karina until a little under 2 years old. However, supply is another story. A pump is NEVER as good as baby's mouth at pulling out the milk. If you have to pump, as in you are returning to work, the PISA is a great pump. You can also supplement with herbs (I can't remember the exact combo-you can check out kellymom, a website that can help) to bring up your supply, especially once your monthly period returns.

Good luck with the breastfeeding!!

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I figure if there are places that rent breast pumps, it must be fine from a sanitary perspective. My close friend gave me her pump, it is the Medela brand but I'm not sure which exact one it is. But what exactly do I need to buy for it?

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"critterskunky" wrote:

Heidi, I wanted to provide you with some feedback. If you are choosing to breastfeed, you can do it. You DO have to be able to put up with pain though if you are going to breastfeed because at this point your nipples simply aren't used to it. As soon as baby is born have the lactation consultant review your latch. If your nipples are small that's ok because baby's mouth is small. If they are inverted, you might need to use a shield. I remember breastfeeding when I had excruciating pain--the ob gyn told me not to stop, just to keep going, even when I was bleeding (he said a little blood isn't going to hurt baby). I thought it was crazy at the time but I got over the hump and was able to breastfeed Karina until a little under 2 years old. However, supply is another story. A pump is NEVER as good as baby's mouth at pulling out the milk. If you have to pump, as in you are returning to work, the PISA is a great pump. You can also supplement with herbs (I can't remember the exact combo-you can check out kellymom, a website that can help) to bring up your supply, especially once your monthly period returns.

Good luck with the breastfeeding!!

Thanks so much! Smile

"StarGazer78" wrote:

I figure if there are places that rent breast pumps, it must be fine from a sanitary perspective. My close friend gave me her pump, it is the Medela brand but I'm not sure which exact one it is. But what exactly do I need to buy for it?

I was told you just need to buy anything the milk touches, but you have a good point with the rentals. I suppose sanitizing is just as good as buying new parts. I will have to buy new shields just because they come in different sizes so I need to make sure I have the right size for me.