Breast pumps

Ali de Bold
on May 03, 2011 @ 10:23 am

Does anyone have experience with automatic breast pumps and if so, which did you like?  It's hard to know which to get but I know it's a necessity especially if baby doesn't latch right away.

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Avent is great! on May 03, 2011 @ 01:10 pm

I have an Avent Isis uno, which retails for about $120-140 Canadian. I've been quite satisfied with my pump overall, though I would have loved to have a dual (expresses both sides at once) for the first few weeks especially, since it took my son a while to learn how to latch and I was engorged to the gills! Whatever you do, don't cheap out and get a manual pump,the hand cramps aren't worth it!

Medela on May 03, 2011 @ 02:07 pm

I had a Medela model and that was the brand recommended by my maternity ward nurses and friends. I think that this is one product that you should feel free to spend a little extra to get a good quality, though there's no need to buy the most expensive. I had a midrange model for around $100 and it was good enough.

However, I agree with Pammy that a double pump would have been very nice in the first few weeks! You usually get "letdowns" on both sides at the same time, so when you're pumping one side, you have to apply pressure on the other so you won't lose all that milk. It is a bigger expense though, so know that it's a "nice to have", not "need to have".

And yes, definitely go with an electric. It will make all the difference in the world! My model had an AC plug, battery power and a manual pump attachment, so I was prepared for travel or power failure no matter what. It's also important to get a model that you can easily find spare parts for. Depending on the item, there could be little valves and whatnot that need to be cleaned after every pumping session. I lost a few small pieces down the drain one time when I wasn't being careful, but thankfully my maternity supply store had extras.

That's my final bit of advice - I'd go to a medical supply store that offers maternity products over, say, Walmart because they should have a larger range of products and better advice. However, if you know exactly which brand to get, then there's no reason you can't buy it at any store or even online.

and also... on May 03, 2011 @ 02:12 pm

I wanted to add that a breast pump is one of those things that every mom should have, regardless of how well nursing goes in the hospital.

1. you'll be engorged starting 3-4 days after birth and for about 2ish weeks. Only pumping/nursing will help, although you can use cold compresses to take the edge off the discomfort.

2. mother's milk is not only the best food for your baby (esp the first 3-6 months), but it's also a great remedy for everything from baby eye irritation to additive for baby's bath against skin irritation. It also freezes well, so the first few weeks/months when your milk production is high is a great time to build up your stores for times when you'll be away from baby and he/she will need to take the bottle.

The only case where I'd say a pump is not needed is if you're dead set against breast feeding - and that's your prerogative. Otherwise, if breast feeding is an option you're considering, put a pump on your list of must-haves.

Pump Advice on May 04, 2011 @ 02:18 pm

I used the Medela Mini Electric and loved it. In fact I got a hand me down from my sister and then it died so I bought the same one again. It's a single, but I actually preferred that because it seemed more realistic to me (and when I had a large let down on the other side, I help a bottle or liner there to catch the extra milk - which was often a significant amount). Your baby is not feeding on both sides at once (unless you've got twins). It had a manual attachment and a battery operated part, so it was also great when I was away from home.

I was never really engorged until my babies started sleeping through the night. so I'm not sure on the pumping extra thing. Especially because your body will then think it needs to make more and you'll become engorged regularly, which would not be enjoyable ;)

Good point on the 'mommy's milk is good for everything', Claire. It's also good for ear infections. And, on freezing, just make sure your pump gets cleaned extremely well in between and before uses, because I had been pumping and storing for a trip, gave it to my sons caregiver only for them to realize it was all bad (which is when I bought the new pump).

Hope this helps :)

Other Mommy Must-haves for the first few weeks on May 05, 2011 @ 08:04 pm

Here are a few other things you should think about picking up as your due date draws near:

-A nursing pillow that fits your body. They come in all different shapes and sizes, some are very flat, and I don't know how they are any use to anyone. I love my Kozykids pillow.

- a few preemie sleepers, as even an 8 lb baby is too small for most 0-3

- baby nail clippers, as most babies are born with jagged nails and love to scratch themselves

- re-usable changing pads, for when you're out and about.

- a baby swing or bouncy chair - they are a great way to sneak in some peace and quiet!

- hypoallergenic or at least unscented laundry soap, I use Norwex. Even Ivory snow is full of all kinds of perfumes and fillers which can irritate the skin of a newborn.

-quick and healthy snacks for mom, since breastfeeding makes you starving, and I often forget to eat until I'm desperate!


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