Post # 1
The plan is for me to breastfeed and go back to work after 6months. Do I need to buy a breast pump for sure for sure? What if I decide to stop breastfeeding at that time? Should I wait and see or just put it on the shower list?
Post # 3
MB is only 12 days old and I don’t know what I would do without my breast pump. I had a manual pump, but I recently got a double electric pump. AAH! So much better! If you are breastfeeding it is DEFINITELY a necessity!! They are expensive so I would put it on the registry and hope that someone indulges you! (I would recommend a double electric pump and a hands-free bra like this one! It’s the goofiest thing you’ve ever worn in your life but it is SO worth having your hands free while you pump BOTH breasts!)
Post # 4
You definitely will want one, even if it’s for going out to dinner once in a while. With my first daughter, I had soooo much milk that I needed it all the time just to get comfortable, not to mention leaking – yikes!
Post # 5
everyone I know has one, even if they are Boyfriend or Best Friend. the hands free electric ones are the best, but you need some sort of backup in case you need to go out, store breast milk or even just stimulate your flow….
Post # 6
Get s good breast pump! Medela pump ‘n style is good. There will be times in those 6 months when you will be unable for one reason or another to breastfeed, and it’s so nice to have the option to have your husband or someone else do it or to give the nipples a break.
Post # 7
Ok-Thanks!! Now I understand. I will follow all of your wisdom, my trusty BeePals!
Post # 8
A breast pump is also awesome for maintaining or increasing your milk supply.
(for me it was a godsend during the breaking into breast feeding period because it amped up my milk supply even when I wasnt getting a great latch)
It may cost you a little bit of your sanity to be breast feeding or pumping all the time, but for me at least it was totally worth it.
I also pumped and breast feed for the last month before I went back to work, and it created a nice “milk cushion” (because of course, breast milk freezes nicely, and defrosts equally as nicely)