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Lil Community: Breast Pump Suggestions?

Pump it up! sienna is looking for some breast pump advice. She posted her question in The Mommy Club group.

I've decided that with this pregnancy I will be breastfeeding and pumping exclusively for at least the first 6 months. Woohoo! I'm a little nervous, because it didn't work out with my son (he wasn't getting any milk, could not flush out his bilirubin, kept losing weight, etc, plus I didn't really have any support). So this time, I'm trying to be super-prepared. With Cooper, I had the Medela Pump In Style BP, but I wasn't really a big fan. Does anyone have suggestions about the Medela Harmony, Ameda Purely Yours, Avent Isis, or any of the other pumps out there? Or should I suck it up and go back to the PIS (I had given it to my sister in law, and can get it back. Just have to replace the parts that need it). Thanks so much!

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preetivish preetivish 6 years
I plan to feed my baby my milk for upto 1.5 years. I want to buy a pump. But I am confused whether to go in for manual or electric. Doctors recommend electric since its quick and fuss free. Could any of the mothers out there who've used both, let me know which is better?
Livvy-P Livvy-P 6 years
Wow thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate all of the advice and feedback. I will definitely have more questions lol so keep your eyes peeled. Thanks again!
Livvy-P Livvy-P 6 years
Thank you both so much! I will definitely check out the vitamins this time around. I plan on becoming a member of the local lactation resource center so that I have access to a consultant when I need it. With the Ameda, is it easy to single pump? I was considering getting a manual because I thought it might work better for me - I'm a SAHM. Have you tried them?
blackjade blackjade 6 years
I used a Medela Freestyle and double pumped once I got back to work (my little guy nursed for 18 months although he was down to 1-2 times a day by month 15). I'd recommend getting a hands free strap. It's a velcro "belt" with slits that the pump cups fit snugly into. I thought I was better than all of the clips involved with other hands free apparatus. I was able to read a magazine, make phone calls...I even taught myself to knit ;) One thing when pumping, your state of mind is very important. When your baby's with you, your hormones react not just to the sucking but to their presence. When pumping, the more relaxed you are, focusing on thoughts of your baby for the first few really helps. Stressing about output just creates less output...which causes more stress :( Good luck. and make sure you get all the support you need for whatever your needs may be!
pixiedusk pixiedusk 6 years
im using tommee tippee.. its manual and the best!
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I don't have any advice about the pumps, but as someone who had the same issues, no milk, resulting jaundice, excessive weight loss, etc, watch for the signs again. You said he didn't get any milk - is that because you didn't produce any or another problem? I didn't make any first tmie around and was told it was because of the bad delivery - blood loss, trauma, too much blood through transfusions that had no hormones, etc. I was assured it wouldn't happen this time if things went well. Well, it did. My delivery went absolutely perfect, and I still didn't produce any milk. He was swallowing a lot and everything seemed fine, but it wasn't. I wasn't producing yet again, and he ended up on the lights. But becasue we were watching for it, only for two days this time, and I went to formula to prevent it from being the week trip to the NICU like his sister. So just watch for the signs again this time just in case, even if things seem to be going much better.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 6 years
Good for you! I don't have an opinion about those pumps, I stayed at home so we nursed, except for her stay in the NICU when they lent me a hospital grade pump, I think it was Medela, but I don't remember what it was called.
joanna33t joanna33t 6 years
I have the Ameda Purely Yours and I love it. It can be a little tricky when you're double pumping (which you almost have to do at work b/se of time constraints) so you might want to pick up a hands free pumping bra too, or just get really good at working the little dials with your feet :) I did exclusive BF for 5 1/2 months (went back to work @ 3 months) and now I'm just nursing my DD in the morning and evening, supplementing with formula during the day. I'd recommend you look into Motherlove's More Milk Plus (the liquid tastes like motor oil, but if you take it with a shot of orange juice it's not as bad) and also, if you have a Whole Foods in your area, look in the vitamin section for Vitanica Lactation Support vitamins. I found those both really helpful in keeping my milk supply up. I wish you the best of luck and I commend you for trying again when it didn't work out the first time.
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