Breast Pumps and Early Bottles of EBM

Brenda - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Okay, so I'm going to try breastfeeding again. This time, I hope it works better than last time. And I want to get a decent pump, but because of our financial situation and the fact that I go to school part time and work part time, I'll be nursing directly MOST of the time, I can't really get a Madela (oh though I wish I could!). So I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions. Last time I had an Evenflo comfort select electric and it didn't work so well (but it might have been because my milk dried up so fast when I had my gall bladder surgery) but this time I'm considering this one:



http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.d...



When I buy bottles I am going to use the Playtex dropins again (I loved them with DS for both EBM and formula), and this attaches to the bottles easily.



I am not out of school for the semester until like May 15, and we're due May 6th, and I have gestational diabetes and high risk of pre eclampsia, so I might go early (so like April 15 on after). I'll have to attend classes on monday nights from about 3-10 pm, so the baby will have to be bottle fed and I'm so afraid he won't take well to the breast because I can't wait the three to four weeks before giving him a bottle (another reason I choose the drop ins because they're supportive of BF). So I guess I'm wondering what the chances of him staying on the breast even with having to have a bottle so early are?

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Chelsea - posted on 03/26/2009

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If you e-mail me your address to chelseaszidik@comcast.net I will send you my old Medela pump and you can buy the tubing and the part that touches your breast.  I just got the new Medela but this one is perfectly fine.  Here is the link so you can download the instruction booklet.  Its called the pump in style original.   



It is not recommended to pump or feed a baby a bottle until they are three weeks old to let your milk get established so you're not producing too little or too much and so that the baby does not get nipple confusion.  You should not have a problem starting at this time and the reason that most babies reject after awhile is because they are not fed bottles often enough.  The baby should be fed a bottle a day at the same time to ensure that they will keep taking it.



 



 

Chelsea - posted on 03/26/2009

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If you e-mail me your address to chelseaszidik@comcast.net I will send you my old Medela pump and you can buy the tubing and the part that touches your breast.  I just got the new Medela but this one is perfectly fine.  Here is the link so you can download the instruction booklet.  Its called the pump in style original.   



It is not recommended to pump or feed a baby a bottle until they are three weeks old to let your milk get established so you're not producing too little or too much and so that the baby does not get nipple confusion.  You should not have a problem starting at this time and the reason that most babies reject after awhile is because they are not fed bottles often enough.  The baby should be fed a bottle a day at the same time to ensure that they will keep taking it.



 



 

Allison - posted on 03/25/2009

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Could you use a different feeding option, like a cup, dropper, or syringe instead of a bottle? Dr Sears describes these methods in The Baby Book. It'd only be a few times, right?

Have you checked to see if your insurance would cover the cost of renting one from the hospital or local store?

Debbie - posted on 03/24/2009

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  So I guess I'm wondering what the chances of him staying on the breast even with having to have a bottle so early are?


This is not my area of knowledge, but as I understand it, it's an individual thing. Some babies have no problems feeding from both bottle and breast, where other babies develop issues of refusing either the bottle or breast. From information that I have read and encouraged by the midwives at the hospital where I had my baby, a baby will have more success with breast feeding if introduced to the breast in the baby's first hour and even better if done in the first 5-10mins. Maybe speak to whoever will be delivering your baby about having the initial skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth (barring complications) and introducing your baby to the breast at the soonest possible time. Hopefully if you have a successful breastfeeding relationship with your baby in its first weeks, maybe there will be less chance of him refusing it later?



Best of luck with work, study and the labour and feeding of your baby.

Jenna - posted on 03/23/2009

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I started bottles of EBM at about 1 week old. We had severe latch problems and continued to for 10 weeks.  The latch problem was later diagnosed as my son having an overbite. My son is now 5.5 months and has only had breastmilk. For the first 10 weeks were mostly straight from the breast but the occasional bottle of EBM  to give me a break to heal. After ten weeks we only nurse, with the odd occasion of a bottle. He had no nipple confusion. Check out Dr. Browns glass bottles if you want to save on those drop in's! My son used them from the start and still does if he has a bottle. I originally had a first years single electric pump due to pricing as well. It was complete crap!!!! I now have still not bought another electric since that one crapped out. I can't afford to get a Medela electric right now. But...I bought the Medela harmony manual pump which is much cheaper. I only have used it a few times. But seems sooo much better than the first years electric that I bought for the same price.

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