Post # 1
- Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception
So I received the medela pump in style advance as a shower gift, and we also have a starter set of dr browns bottles, but what else do I need for pumping before this baby comes?
What kind of bags do you use to store milk if you have the PISA? Do I need any special containers to store them with? I’ve been told to get a hands free pumping bra- any suggestions?
Post # 3
While I don’t personally have the PISA (I have the Ameda) my cousin has the PISA and she tells me the bags that are made for the PISA are quite expensive, so she just pumps into the bottles, and transfers into a cheaper larger bag for freezing. I have also adopted this since the bags made for the Ameda are slightly expensive as well.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2011 - Epworth UMC & Ward Pavilion
I used these guys: http://www.amazon.com/Medela-Pump-Storage-Bags%252d-20%252dcount/dp/B00005BYS3/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322852247&sr=8-2
They hook right on to the pump, or you can pump into the bottles and transfer it into the bags (I preferred directly into the bag because then i didn’t have to wash the bottles.) As for storage, I just laid them flat until they froze and then stacked them.
Also, you might want to get a couple different sizes of the cone things that go over your breast to figure out which ones work for you. The ones that come with it worked for me (I think they are the medium ones) but you might need a different size. I found it had little to do with breast size and more to do with nipple stimulation, which is hard to gauge until you’re actually pumping.
Post # 5
I pumped into the bottles and then dumped it into the Lansinoh bags, they are a little bit cheaper. Have an extra set up of the breast shields is helpful so you don’t have to wash them each time you need to pump.
Some Lanolin cream might also be a good idea for your nipples if the become craked at all.
Post # 6
I pumped into the medela bottles and then transferred the milk to Lansinoh bags since they could be frozen flat and freezer space is valuable. Also, I had about 4 complete setups (shields, bottles, valves/membranes) so I had some for at work and some for at home and didn’t have to immediately wash everything before needing to pump again. Also, I had the microsteam bags for disinfecting at work rather than drag everything home every night just to drag it all back the next morning. I used the halter style handsfree pumping bra by medela. I didn’t like the strapless as I needed support for my chest but not everyone does. I always had a burp cloth with me for catching any drips and to wipe off afterward. Also, I really liked using Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter for lubricating my nipples before pumping. It made the experience less painful.