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June 28th, 2013, 06:26 PM
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FTM and I really want to breastfeed.

Are there any good books or sources on the matter that you would recommend?

Also, I have to go back to work, so I would need to pump eventually. What breast pump did you use? Would you recommend it? Also what breast pump did you hate and would warn against.

Thanks!
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June 28th, 2013, 06:51 PM
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"The womanly art of breastfeeding" is great, as is Dr. Newman's "Guide to breastfeeding". I would recommend either or both of those.

Pumping is pretty individual. One may work great for some moms and not at all for others. A lot of it is technique. I suggest reading up on pumping at www.kellymom.com for a lot of really good tips for making pumping work. In general, you get what you pay for with breastpumps. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to get the most expensive one, but do keep in mind that some of the cheaper ones may not last very long.

I just bought an Avent double electric and got a killer deal with doubling some coupons and discounts, (paid $85 instead of $150-200). I really like that brand personally. Also, contact your insurance provider, they all now offer some kind of benefit for pumps and it may or may not meet your needs. Some only offer the minimum, some offer more than you need, and some even allow you to buy whatever pump you want and be reimbursed.

Also, I highly recommend the videos on Dr Newman's website Breastfeeding Inc. The World's Breastfeeding Resource
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June 28th, 2013, 09:45 PM
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I'm a FTM too, but I've already been getting lots of breastfeeding support and I feel like it'll be really helpful. Firstly, I'd recommend finding out if there's a La Leche League group near you: LLLI | Find La Leche League Groups in the U.S. I've been going to mine since March, and it can make a big difference to be able to see what's normal, ask questions, meet other moms, and just get more comfortable with all of it. Even if you don't want to or can't go regularly, it can be helpful to know what's available as far as support in your area.

I'm not familiar with the other book, but I'll second The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding as a new mom like you. I actually received two copies as gifts from mamas who really know their stuff, and there's lots of good information in it (though I still have quite a bit to read).

No idea about the pumping thing. I'll be home for the first year but will want to have a bit of a backup supply just in case, so I'll have to figure it out eventually too. Good luck!

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June 29th, 2013, 01:17 AM
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I don't have any advice because ill be need to breast feeding and pumping as well but wanted to give a heads up that some insurances actually aren't covering the pumps We have Tricare and they told me they don't cover them unless the baby is a preemie

Oops submitted too soon! Lol

Was trying to say definitely give a call ASAP! The companies that are covering them have larger waiting lists I've heard so if yours does you want to get on it soon!
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June 29th, 2013, 06:14 AM
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I also would suggest finding out about a LLL in your area, sometimes just to have someone to ask questions to as they arise can be so helpful and encouraging. Especially when baby is here and they can see the latch and give pointers its very helpful.

As for pumps I used the advent brand to, just the single manual pump but I really likes it...although I didn't pump long because my son would not take a bottle no matter what.
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June 29th, 2013, 07:31 PM
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thanks so much for the info!
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June 29th, 2013, 07:58 PM
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I love kellymom as a reference. Also, getting recommendations for a good lactation consultant in your area is a good idea so you know who to call if you need extra help. My LC was a total blessing with my first.

I had two Ameda PurelyYours pumps with my first. I would not recommend it. It was not a very natural movement and they both broke (the first while still under warranty). I now have a Medela Freestyle that I used with #2 - I hope it still works well!
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June 30th, 2013, 05:09 AM
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I FF my first and BF my second. What I learned my second time around is:

Invest in a very good pump. I tried with one of the $80 playtex ones and would get like 1 oz...I even tried that with baby #2 and went out the next day and bought a top line medella...and was pumping about 8 oz a breast out! Huge difference.

Don't FF at all. I supplemented with my first when I just didn't feel like BFing, even when he was like a few days old, I thought whats the harm in one little break and let someone else feed him?? I didn't build up a milk supply. With bb #2, I breast fed everytime and built a great supply.

It can be uncomfortable but not down right painful. With baby #1, I have EXCRUCIATING pain!!! And thought it was normal, turned out I had thrush, sometimes newborns can have a little in their mouths and it can develope on your nipple. Very easy to treat but let go it is aweful!! by the time I went to the doc and got meds I have stop BFing from the pain altogether...


Have support!! I had no support. My mother who is no longer in my life anyway, at the time was angry she couldnt feed the baby and discouraged BFing (yeah she's an ***) anyway, you might feel determined now, but when you are days and days of sleep deprived and exhausted (and in my case recovering from a bad labor, tearing etc) its easy to let someone talk you out of BFing...have people around you that will support and help your decision!!!

Oh and I know this is a no-no but I coslept with baby #2, for me just made BFing easier. But that's a personal choice.

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