Post # 1
I am currently 25w4d pregnant and am researching double electric breastpumps for after DS arrives. I am currently planning on going back to work part time (hopefully) when DS is here and then maybe working a bit more when he is 6 months old, as our finances allow.
I’ve been looking into Hygieia and Ameda. I don’t think I want to go with Medela because of the single user/contamination issue. Even if there is only a small chance, I’d rather not take it and I like not having to clean the tubing.
Anyone have experience with these pumps? How much are you able to pump with them and how long do you spend pumping each time?
Also, this is a really dumb question. I always hear talk of hands free pumps and hands free bras. If you are pumping at work, I’m not sure I see the point. Wouldn’t you need to pump in a room designated for pumping? I’m just not sure how you could continue working while you were pumping.
Post # 3
@Cem0930: I don’t know anything about these breast pumps (I use a hand pump and only pump once a day, mostly for comfort–I have tons of milk–and to donate, since DS doesn’t take a bottle and I work from home), but as a Public Service Announcement, make sure to research whether your insurance covers breast pumps. Most have to, although if you have Tricare or similar federal insurance, it doesn’t.
As for hands-free pumping, it depends on your work environment. If you have a private office, can shut the door, and can keep working, I could see the advantage of having a hands-free pump/bra, but if you have to go elsewhere, it may not help. On the other hand, you could use that time to read a book or something.
Post # 4
@Jess1483: Thanks! Yep – my insurance will cover any double electric pump that is supplied by a contracting Durable Medical Equipment provider, as long as my ob/gyn or pediatrician orders it.
Post # 5
@Cem0930: I just started pumping at home this week, and I need to get a hands free bra ASAP. I can’t even adjust the knob that regulates how hard the pump works when I’m holding the two flange things to my boobs, and it would be nice to use my iPhone or something while I pump.