(Closed) Pumping with the Medela Symphony

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You will need some freezer bags. I loved the Symphony while I rented it. It is a great pump, but definately not one you can take to work and back very easily. I like it more than the PIS, but that is what I used once I went back to work.

You might want to try some different sized breast shields too!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park

I definitely recommend the Melela Harmony manual pump for emergencies. It’s only $35, and it’s awesome. If you need to travel light, or just need a quick pump, it’s so much easier than lugging out a huge system, and cleaning it after. But it’s definitely not for pumping a whole lot, more of an occasional thing

Post # 5
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801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

The “kit” for the Symphony comes with the tubing/membrane caps and two bottles and two medium sized breastshields.  I use that at work but I use a different sized breastshield.  At home (I drag the pump back and forth unfortunately) I use the same tubing/membrane caps and I have additional sets of bottles and shields.  I also have Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter as a lubrication during pumping.  To store milk I use the Lansinoh bags and just pour the milk from the medela bottles into those and then freeze right away. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Pelikila:

@Pelikila:

dont you LOVE the nipple butter?! Their stuff is amazing. I use that, the c-salve, and the bottom balm. Love them all. The bottom balm is the ONLY diaper rash cream that works for Liv! To OP, definitely get some freezer bags. I use the medela ones now, but they’re kinda pricey. I just ordered some lansinoh ones from amazon to try next. You might want to grab some of the wipes as well, in the event you can’t wash the flanges and stuff every time you pump

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@KellyV: I do love the Nipple Butter.  So much more comfortable to pump using that.  Completely agree on the Bottom Balm, too.  It works so fast, is cloth diaper safe, etc!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@eurekaanchovies: It isn’t a requirement but it makes the experience more pleasant than it might be otherwise.  When I first started pumping it hurt a lot, partly because my nipples hadn’t gotten used to nursing let alone pumping but partly because the suction of the pump drags some of your aereola and the base of your nipple sometimes (sometimes my nipples plump up during pumping more than others) against the shield and if there is just skin against plastic, that can be very painful.  My lactation consultant suggested I try a lubricant like the Natural Nipple Butter or even just some olive oil so it is safe for baby and my skin wasn’t being treated so roughly.  I’ve kept using it and  it totally makes a difference for me.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@eurekaanchovies:

you can use it for pretty much anything. I use it on Livs face for dry skin, it says it can be used on chapped cheeks in the winter. I use it as lip balm and on my cuticles and on my breasts when they itch. It’s basically Shea butter and a bunch of other natural and organic fruit oils, so it’s very versatile. I’d suggest the bottom balm too.

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