Breast pump

Evangelyna - posted on 06/10/2013 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone has any insight on the best breast pump for exclusively pumping? I'm not going to be breastfeeding at all so I'll need a good pump that is going to last and be efficient. Also, any tips on what to do for the first couple days until my milk comes in would be great.

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Joy - posted on 06/15/2013

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I exclusively pumped with all 3 of my children. (still pumping for the 3rd). I prefer that to nursing and then having to go pump off the excess. And it's great because other people can feed the baby, which they really enjoy.
I use a Medela Pump In Style Advanced, which my insurance covered the cost 100%.

Sarah - posted on 06/11/2013

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Medela double breast pump. That is the best. They are expensive, but most hospitals have them for rent.

I do have a question for you.....why are you looking at just pumping and not nursing? That is A LOT of work! You have to pump for about 20 to 30 mins. and then feed baby which takes about 20 to 30 mins. When baby is a newborn they are eating about every 2 hours around the clock. You also get more milk nursing then you do pumping. Anyway, just curious. My hat goes off to all those that solely pump that is HARD work!

Amy - posted on 06/11/2013

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I don't remember with my son but with my daughter it came in a day and a half after I delivered her.

Amy - posted on 06/11/2013

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If you are not going to breastfeed at all I would look into a hospital grade pump to rent. Otherwise I used the Medela pump in style and really liked it. I breastfeed my daughter for 2 years and pumped for 8 months while I was working.

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Amber - posted on 06/18/2013

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Medela pump in style has worked great for me. 12 months for each kid and hope to get another 12 months out of it once my third is born. I solely pumped during this time. 30 min each time 12 times per day for the first 4 weeks of each. I would eventually get to only 3 times per day once the babies were 3 months old and my supply was established. So my pump has really gotten used in those 24 months! I'd recommend a few extra set of shields so you aren't constantly washing everything.

Carla - posted on 06/18/2013

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Check with your insurance company. I just found out that my insurance cover the Ameda Purely Yours breast pump 100% with a prescription. My doctor was more than willing to give me a prescription.

Carla - posted on 06/18/2013

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I don't know the best pump, but check with your insurance. I just found out that my insurance covers 100% of a breast pump with a prescription. My Dr was more than willing to give the prescription too. My insurance covers the Ameda Purely Yours breast pump.

Gutierrez - posted on 06/18/2013

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Medela Pump in Style Double Electric Pump. And get multiple accessories for it. You'll need to pump every 2-3 hours, and the breast shields, valves, and bottles have to dry before you can use them again. It took about 4 days for my milk to come in.

After you pump, wash the accessories, then shake them to get excess water out (they'll dry faster that way), then put them on bottle rack to dry. If you have about three sets of accessories, you should be good.

I hope you're going to have help, because you're going to be exhausted. I had to exclusively pump for the first month with my first born because he wouldn't latch on. It was a lot of work and it was very painful for me, but I did it. And I gave my baby the best and I feel great knowing that I did so. Good luck Momma!

Also, there are a bunch of breastfeeding support groups online. Some are for exclusively pumping as well. The women in these groups can be a great resource for you.

Tracie - posted on 06/16/2013

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I failed to mention that we do both - breastfeed and pump. I thought I'd pump more than breastfeed but found for us it was easier to nurse. I am also fortunate to have daycare onsite so it's easy for me to feed on breaks.

Tracie - posted on 06/16/2013

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I use the Madela Freestyle and playtex nursing set for easy storage of milk. Took about 4 weeks for my milk to come in - I tried fenugreek (sp) pills, oatmeal, peanut butter, mothers milk tea, pumped and let LO nurse frequently sometimes every hour. I kinda felt like my entire day and night was feeding time! I learned that drinking a lot was very important. I drank ensure and/or nutritious veggie/fruit shakes in addition to lots of water. Drink it up!

Sarah - posted on 06/11/2013

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Totally understand and I thank you for answering my question. I am sure you hear it a lot when you say you are going to just pump. I has some of the similar feelings with my first one that I nursed (she was actually my second child, first I did formula). It was really hard for me to nurse in public even covered up. I knew it was more my issue then others around me and I also knew that most probably had no idea that I was nursing. The next one that I nursed it was easier. I was more experienced with nursing and felt more comfortable. A lot of people just pump and bottle feed too. It is a lot of work, but there are many that do it. It is nice when you find those that do....you have a common bond and you both know how much work you are putting in for your child's health.

Evangelyna - posted on 06/11/2013

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I'm just not comfortable with even the idea of nursing and know I wouldn't be comfortable doing it. But pretty much everywhere, "breast is best" is constantly being shoved down new moms throats and I know it's true but the only way I would be comfortable with it is bottle feeding after pumping. It's not that I think it's gross or see my breasts as sexual objects because I don't, I think breast feeding is beautiful and one of the most loving things but it's my own issues with my body that make me feel nauseous and anxious just thinking about myself actually doing it.

I know pumping is a lot of work, my doctor basically told me to just nurse when I asked her the first time about pumping which is why I decided to bring the question here since I'm due so soon. I'd rather try it and give him at least some breast milk, even if I have to supplement instead of not trying at all.

That's the simple answer without going too deep into things I don't like talking about. I definitely understand the curiosity, especially when it would be a million times easier if I was comfortable with nursing but like every other mom I'm just going to do my best and as long as the kid is getting fed and is healthy I'm not going to worry about it or feel guilty or inadequate over something I can't control and that could take a very long time to change.

Thank you ladies so much for the advice! :) I really appreciate it.

Evangelyna - posted on 06/11/2013

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Okay great, thank you so much! Do you remember how long it took for your milk to come in? I know it's not an instantaneous thing and newborns have itty bitty thimble sized tummies but I still worry about what to do for the first however long it'll take.

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