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August 20th, 2011, 03:01 PM
east to west coast's Avatar ~Melissa~
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I got the Medela Harmony breast pump (a manual, single pump) as a gift for my shower:

Amazon.com: Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump: Baby

I'm 100% positive that I want to pump just so that DH can help with feedings asap, and I'll also be going back to work part-time in January. However, even after I go back to work my schedule will be really flexible and I'll have time to pump during the day at various times if need be.

All that said, I'm just wondering if you think that this pump will be sufficient, or if I should return it and get a different one. I'm pretty sure I don't want or need one of the really expensive double electric pumps, but I'm open to buying one that's more in the middle (like, the Medela Swing) if someone's used this one and didn't find it to be effective or efficient. It got good reviews, but I still wanted to check with you ladies.

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August 20th, 2011, 03:46 PM
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I personally am not going to invest the money until I know without a shadow of a doubt that BFing is going to work for us. I had every intention of EBFing my son but I had a lot of issues and ended up supplementing with formula and by 4 weeks old he was on exclusively formula. This time.. I am going to get the same breast pump you linked (manual one) and if it works out I may rent one from the hospital or buy one of the nice double electric ones. A lot of times insurance will even pay for the pump.. so check into that

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August 20th, 2011, 05:42 PM
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I got a manual breast pump with Belle. I did use it for when my breast was rock solid. but my milk never fully came in. With Katie I ended up getting the Medela Swing pump after she was born because the manual was just not doing the job. With her not properly latching and my milk supply very low, I wanted to get the electric so I can pump and feed her. But didn't want to shell out the money for a double. I still had issue with my supply so ended up formual feeding at 4-5 weeks old.

I would recommend getting the medela swing pump if you want DH to do feedings. I find the manual too time consuming and a pain in the hand to get enough for a feeding. Though it might be something you want to wait for until the baby is born and see how it goes. Since that's one item we can't return once opened.

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August 20th, 2011, 05:43 PM
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We got one from my SIL that is double electric. She has one like it for all 4 of her kids. Personally, I don't think I would pump if I had to use a manual pump. I would go with the swing if you only want a one breast pump.

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August 20th, 2011, 10:15 PM
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I would not use a manual it will take you forever even a single electric will save you a ton of time and frustration

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August 21st, 2011, 06:11 AM
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I used a double electric. I know it's more expensive but I was pumping every few hours when I first went back. A single manual wouldn't have cut it.

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August 21st, 2011, 08:48 AM
ashj_1218's Avatar Hiya!
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I think if you are going to be pumping (at any point) more than once a day, you might want to invest in an electric (although single should cut it just fine). I know that many women hate pumping to start and having to sit with a manual one for 30 minutes (since it will take longer to get the milk out) might get old really quick.

I only pumped for Liam ocassionally...so I would have milk in the freezer and could go to events without worrying he was going to starve. I used it maybe once every week throughout his nursing. And I still hated it But I have a double electric and it was rather efficent (although I only ever did one side at a time, so that is why I say a single should be fine).

So...in the end...I think if it were me, I would upgrade. I am a babbler today
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August 21st, 2011, 09:05 AM
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I would not use manual, only because it does not empty as well as an electric pump does. I have never used a dual pump, only a single pump and it worked just fine
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