electric or manual
Madela has a guide for deciding on what type of pump you ought to buy based on your usage. If you're going back to work, say, and going to be pumping at work and that sort of stuff then you might want a fancy electric pump as it's more efficient and safe a lot of time. But if you're a "part time" pumper, i.e. you're going to be stay at home Mom and just need to pump occasionally when you're engorged or want to have some stashed away in the freezer for the occasional night out then a hand pump is more than sufficient. Hope this helps!
Brittany - posted on 02/20/2010
I used a manual after having tried an electric...with the manual you can go at you own pace and if you need to get up for any reason, you can but in my opinion the electric felt kinda funny. Lol. Oh andmake sure you get some nipple cream, Medela Lanolin, its magic in a bottle! Good Luck
I have both electric (Medela Swing) and manual. I find the manual ALOT quicker than the electric and I'm able to pump more as well. I guess it's a personal choice . The manual is a little hard on the hands but thankfully I don't need to pump alot because I mainly BF and only bottle feed 2x daily.
Megan - posted on 02/19/2010
i would go with an electric lansinoh. i also have a medela and i like the lansinoh better. they are also MUCH cheaper. you can find a double electric one for about $150.00. Ameda brand is available only online and is basically the same as the one i have.
If i had all the money in the world i would also go out and buy the Medela freestyle just for the hands free feature. I have 3 kids, a husband, full time job and a house to run. being able to move around while pumping would be real nice!!
Jenny - posted on 02/19/2010
Depends on what you need it for, if you are going to be pumping regularly an electric is a must, and it really needs to be a good one! I hear SO many stories about moms who gave up breastfeeding, thinking there was something wrong with them or their milk supply when the only problem was a cheap pump!! If price is an issue you could rent one, or if you live in the US WIC might be able to rent one for you. But if you plan to work and breastfeed, it is a MUST have investment in your baby's health ( and still cheaper than formula for a year!!) Medela is a great brand.
Tanya - posted on 02/19/2010
I spent the first 2 weeks in hospital when I had my baby because she was 6 weeks early and couldn't suck yet. I was encouraged to express milk for her tube feeds. The hospital provided a Medela electric pump for me to use. It was so great, I purchased a smaller medela electric pump when I needed to express milk when I returned to work. Medela is meant to be good because they have developed a two phase system that is meant to mimic breastfeeding - short, quick sucking action followed by a slow long sucking action.
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