my breast pump just died

Alisha - posted on 12/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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hey everyyone i really need advice as some of you know my son is 9 weeks old n eats about 4 ounces of breast milk every 3-5 hours we pump everything he wont latch on becasue of his dominant upper lip we've tried a nipple sheild and seen many lactation consultants we dont have a doctor to refer to and the manufaturer of my pump is closed til monday and is gonna take 5-8 days to get a new pump here we are financially strapped at this time to purchase a new one .... so the point my 200 dollar pump died yesterday afternoon and ive only had it since september 29th this year we've been trying to hand express to keep up a milk supply and have a little bit put away .. is this really worth it or should i just give up and goto formula ?? :(

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Veronica - posted on 12/08/2009

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The hand pump they gave me in the hospital KILLED my breasts after one try. I like the idea of going to WIC. Ours has the $200 pump for a $25 deposit that gets returned if you bring it back clean. I have never had to use that but I know they do it. Sometimes they are out of them though because they only have so many to loan. In that case I would go to WalMart and try the one I have. It's called MiPump. It has done really good for me. I can sometimes pump 4 ounces from one side and I pump only once every two weeks and EBF.It's really affordable. I think it was only $60. Which in terms of pumps is cheap. KEEP UP THE BREASTFEEDING!!! High five for giving breastmilk through your baby's special feeding needs. You rock mom!

Carol - posted on 12/08/2009

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I had a hand pump for both my boys. I didn't use it nearly as much as you will but it'll work and it's cheap until your other one gets repaired. Stick to your guns on that one, 2 1/2 months should not break a pump.

Sarah - posted on 12/08/2009

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If you are financially strapped, breastfeeding is totally the way to go. It is one of the reasons I stuck with it. Formula cost really adds up. It is crazy expensive when you think about how much you need for the first year.

TaraLynn - posted on 12/06/2009

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noooo. go to WIC!!!! explain it to them when you call for an appt. they will loan you a pump for free! good luck hun

Maranda - posted on 12/05/2009

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There are also pharmacy's you can go to and rent a pump, that would be a good option if you are finically tight right now and want to get your other one replaced by the manufacturer.

Megan - posted on 12/05/2009

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i agree with stevie. if you feel strongly about breast feeding then walmart & target are your best bets right now. walmart & target have good pumps that arent that expensive.

Stevie - posted on 12/05/2009

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id keep trying to get milk out where do you live can you go to the hospital and barrow one of their pumps or go and buy a cheap one at walmart or something if you have a walmart or a target or kmart but if you have to mix some formula in with your breast milk to help keep your milk longer but keep trying to breast feed if you feel strong about breast feeding if you can find anything that has sucking on it or a vacume like thing try that anything helps

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