Breast pump to the hospital?

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VCoates's picture
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Breast pump to the hospital?

Those of you that will be BFing/pumping, are you taking your pump to the hospital? I'm definitely going to BF this baby just like DS but I'm not sure if I should take my pump or not.

On one hand I think it might be good to take in case, for whatever reason, I'm not able to nurse him but on the other hand if we're having problems nursing I don't want to fall back on my pump so easily. DS nursed like a champ right off the bat and I'm hoping this one will be the same but I know that isn't always the case.

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I'm bringing one to the birthing center, but only to use for nipple stim in case labor stalls. At the hospital, you shouldn't need one. They'll have them on the post partum unit if you need one...but you should only need one if the baby lands in the NICU, which hopefully won't happen.

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I'd say leave it at home. If you REALLY needed it maybe you could send a family/friend/DH home for it after birth. (unless you live a long way from the hospital?)

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I wouldn't bring it. Dd nursed like a pro too, so hopefully this one does too. Since milk doesn't come in right away your shouldn't have problems with engorgement so theres not really a need.
That reminds me, I need to figured out what I did with mine...hmmm

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I won't be bringing mine, I figure if for some reason I need one they will have one I could borrow until I got home. I don't want to lug anything I don't have to!

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"joysiloo" wrote:

I'm bringing one to the birthing center, but only to use for nipple stim in case labor stalls. At the hospital, you shouldn't need one. They'll have them on the post partum unit if you need one...but you should only need one if the baby lands in the NICU, which hopefully won't happen.

This. I will probably take mine to have just in case my labor gets really long and spaced out like it did with DD, but wouldn't otherwise.

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Well when I used a pump in the hospital it was a super nice medela one I ended up renting, so they will most likely have one available to you. Another GOOD thing I got was a new package of parts (the flappy thing, and new valve thingies, and plates) and because the hospital gave it to me it was covered under insurance and it would have worked with other medela model pumps.

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"Jessica." wrote:

Well when I used a pump in the hospital it was a super nice medela one I ended up renting, so they will most likely have one available to you. Another GOOD thing I got was a new package of parts (the flappy thing, and new valve thingies, and plates) and because the hospital gave it to me it was covered under insurance and it would have worked with other medela model pumps.

Oh yeah, the BEST part about using the hospital pump is the extra parts!