Post # 1
I’ll be going back to work about 10 weeks after birth, and am hoping to pump and continue to feed breastmilk. Two coworkers have tried to pump after returning to work, but both only made it 1-2 months before changing to formula.
For those of you who have or are planning to return to work, or who pump frequently, what pump do you use? Do you like it and what are the pros and cons?
How have you made pumping work once you’ve returned to work?
Post # 3
I had the medela pump in style dual pump. I liked it but I wish I had the hands free one at times! Make sure to make time to do it evry few hours to kep up your supply!
Post # 4
You want an electric, double pump (like the medela pump in style advanced) you should see a lactation consultant to get your nipples sized for the right size shield for the pump (there are 3 sizes, and the right fit can make a huge difference in how effective the pumping is). Also the lactation consultant can tell you how to pump most effectively (not pumping properly is not very useful!)
Post # 5
I had a Symphony hospital grade breast pump. That thing was amazing! I had to give it back since it was a rental (ie really expensive), but we have a chest freezer full of breast milk for when I go back to work. Too bad the Little Miss is refusing a bottle. She’s gonna miss out (and hopefully not starve to death come September!)
Post # 6
I bought a Limerick pump. When I told my insurance company I was pregnant, they sent me a packet with a coupon for a huge discount on the Limerick, so that’s what we went with.
Post # 7
I got a discount on Medela, and I ordered the freestyle. Hubby thought it would be better, but now I’m finding out a lot of the medela storage bottles don’t even fit it, which is annoying.
Post # 8
I dont want to high jack your thread but I was getting ready to post a question about pumping myself and thought it might be applicable…
I am a little confused about how to incorporate pumping into our schedule. I’m feeding on both breasts each feeding bc one breast is much slower and I can’t get a good feeding on that side without him falling asleep. So do I just feed on each side and then pump a little on each side after he is done or do I just pick a time in between each feeding and pump both sides?
I’m confused bc it seems like that would trigger more milk production or is that what you want?
Post # 9
I have heard great things about Pump in Style. and that Freestyle is not worth the extra money (lightweight pump not as good – and you can get a special bra to make the pump in style "hands free" too)…hospital grade pumps seem preferred if you have a low milk supply or don’t need to travel a lot. I found a great breastfeeding store and they recommended not purchasing anything in advance of having the baby – because you won’t know your own personal milk production output and needs until then….their point was that I could buy a personal one and then find out I need a hospital grade……
Post # 10
I have a Medela Pump in Style double electric pump. I also have a Phillips AVENT manual pump. I just went back to work two and a half weeks ago. I made sure to pump often while I was on maternity leave so I would have a stockpile of milk to fall back on. Also, I pump in the mornings before I leave for work (I leave the bottle out to be used as the first bottle of the day). I pump every two or three hours at work. I use my manual pump in the morning when I’m really full of milk, and I leave the electric pump at work to use. I pump around 4oz in the morning and I bring home around 12oz. MightyBaby varies between 16oz-20oz while I’m gone (8-10hours). If DH needs, he defrosts the stock milk from the freezer, but so far we’ve only had to do that once. Whenever I feel like I’m not producing enough I drink some lactation tea, and that does the trick for me. It’s REALLY important that you pump often enough. Also very important you have the right size flanges, or you’ll rub the skin off your areola. A great thing about the Medela Pump in Style is that the connector fits any standard bottle. (However, I like to store my milk in the little Similac storage bottles I got for free in my hospital bag!)
I mentioned it in the breastfeeding thread, but there’s a bra you can buy which will hold the flanges on a double electric that basically makes it hands free. I wear that while I pump and reply to all my e-mails. ;-)~