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Hello! My name is Tina and I am a member of the April Due Date Club. This is my first baby and I have questions on breast pumps.
I plan to breastfeed and didn't even realize that you need a pump until a friend mentioned it this week. Thoughts on this? Do you need one and if so, I would love any recommendations on what I should be looking for.
It all depends on how you are going to breastfeed. If you plan to go back to work then you'll need a pump. I decided to stay at home so I really didn't need one. I only used it at the beginning when my breasts became engorged and at the end when I was weaning him. (Avent makes a good manual pump $40)
I would also take a class on breastfeeding. I took one from the hospital and it really helped plus they gave me a manual on breastfeeding.
You can spend alot of money on a pump or hardly anything. The more expensive pumps will work better than the cheaper ones but I'd just rent one from the hospital. It's usually about $20 per week.
I am a sahm, and used an avent during the engorgement period. I didn't use another pump until Liam was 8 months old when I bought a PIS to pump for a friend who was exclusively pumping for her 8 month old and not keeping up with him. PIS is Medela Pump in Style and it's a great pump, but frankly, I got as much out of my 40.00 Avent.
Otherwise, no need here, Liam wouldn't take a bottle adn would have NOTHING of drinking ebm in a cup. UGH!
I love my Avent pump too, I have three actually. It is by far the most comfortable of all the ones I have used and it works great. Even if you are SAH I would definitely get one. I would pump one bottle a day over the course of the day by just putting the pump in the fridge and emptying it into a sealed liner at night. The frozen milk came in handy when I was hospitalized and Ella couldn't nurse for a week.
Originally posted by zonapellucida@Jan 7 2005, 07:09 PM I love my Avent pump too, I have three actually.* It is by far the most comfortable of all the ones I have used and it works great.* Even if you are SAH I would definitely get one.* I would pump one bottle a day over the course of the day by just putting the pump in the fridge and emptying it into a sealed liner at night.* The frozen milk came in handy when I was hospitalized and Ella couldn't nurse for a week.
I agree with everyone else. I'm also a sahm and I use the Avent Isis, it's great and comfortable. I do the same thing as Heidi and get about a bottle a day in my freezer. It's great to know that it's there just in case.
I had to exclusively pump for my second daughter, and I used the Medela Pump In Style; it's pricey but well worth it if you're going to be pumping alot.
Guess Im the odd one here, I have a Avent and I hate it, it hurts me alot and I cant pump much of anything out with it. When I use to use it when my daughter was a baby, I can recall pouring milk out because it was so full of blood, I had cracked nipples and if ever I would pump, they would get way worse!! When I got pregnant with my son I knew I wanted a double electric just so I could pump and store milk for emergencies or just so I could leave the house sometimes without my son in tow, not to mention my daughter and husband wanted to take part in feedings as well.
A pump is not really necessary for everyon, but is nice to have for the reaons I mentioned above. My son had nursing issues in the beginning and I had to pump to save my milk from drying up and so I could finger feed him the milk until we resolved our latch issues. My pump saved our nursing relationship.
I did alot of research and ended up with the Ameda Purley Yours pump, I chose it because the quality and results you get with it compare with the PIS, but its quite a bit cheaper. And I love the addded feature of the diaphram that keeps the milk from backing up into the motor like it 'could' with the PIS. It works wonderfully for me, and once we got the hang of nursing, I would feed my son in the mornings and then pump out another 4-6 ounces per side beyond what he ate, it was wonderful for getting a frezer supply going, I still use my freezer supply on occasion when we have drink with dinner. If you look on www.epinions.com you can compare prices for the cheapest places to buy various pumps on line.
I have had three kids and had a breast pump with all of them. I really think it is a good investment no matter whether you plan to work or not. You dont' know if you will end up needing it. I agree with Cyndee about the Avent. I heard a lot of great things about it so I went out and bought it. I already had a pump in style but I just kept hearing how great it was. For some people it is terrific, my sister loved hers, but for others its not.
I will tell you which pumps not to get, any pumps you see at the grocery store, forget it. Other than the Avent, that is the only one with a good repuatation. Its not very expensive so if it turns out you don't like it or need it, its not a big thing. The ones I would recommend are Medela Pump in Style, it is great or Ameda Purely Yours. The Ameda is nice because you can resell it. The Pump in Style you can not because of how it is designed and hygeine safety, etc.
Another thing you can do, is rent a pump from the hospital. They are about thirty to forty a month to rent. I used a hospital grade pump with Brandon and with Jeremy. They are the best.
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