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Registered: 02-25-2010
Sat, 11-06-2010 - 5:36pm

So glad to find this message board. I have a 2 1/2 week old baby girl, and we haven't been able to get the hang of nursing. My nipples are flat, which she doesn't take to, and although she will latch on with the nipple shield, she is not interetsed in staying on the breast more thatn 4 mins at a time, so she cant get enough.

I've been pumping since she was about 5 days old,

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Sat, 11-06-2010 - 6:52pm

Welcome, and congratulations on your new baby! It sounds like you found a really good ped.

I think renting a hospital grade pump, or buying a Medela Pump in Style Advanced, Medela Freestyle, or Ameda Purely Yours/Lansinoh double electric is the way to go. A good quality double electric will give you a lot more "bang for the buck" in terms of building or maintaining your supply. If you do decide to buy a double electric instead of renting a hospital grade, you can get good prices on them on eBay or craigslist. You can also get a good deal at, but you have to email them for a price. I know it's cheaper than retail, but don't know the exact amount off the top of my head.

These early weeks are challenging, but everything gets easier once you can go longer between pumps and get into a good routine later.


Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 11-08-2010
Mon, 11-08-2010 - 1:06am
Hi there! Congratulations on your new addition! I would recommend renting a hospital grade pump on a month to month basis, just to see if pumping works out for you. If it does, then consider buying one. I rented a lactina for the first month. I decided to stick with it, and purchased a Medela Freestyle on Craigslist. Hardly used for almost half the price as new! I agree with anderjl101. It is extremely challenging at first, but gets to be much easier after a month or so! Good luck to you!
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Registered: 10-27-2010
Mon, 11-08-2010 - 11:33am

Congrats on your new baby and welcome to the board. I use a Medela Pump in Stykle Advanced and it works pretty well for me. Ive never rented a hospital pump though but I wold think that should be your first step. If you wend up becoming a longer term pumper than I would probably buy one then.