Breast Pump Questions???

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Breast Pump Questions???
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Thu, 08-27-2009 - 11:41pm

Ok, well to start off, I plan on breast feeding, but would still like to pump also so Curtis can feed the baby too, and plus if i ever need to go away for any reason, etc. Anyways tonight At our last pre-natal class, the instructor gave us a " gerber, express & go massaging manual breast pump kit". I dont know much about breast pumps at all, so even though these questions may seem stupid, i need to know! haha.


-Do you still have to sterilize the two bottles and nipples that come with the breast pump?(heard from someone where its breast milk going in them

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Fri, 08-28-2009 - 6:11am

Hi :)


First off, excuse me if this is

 Izzi


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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sat, 08-29-2009 - 6:32pm
To me it is important for him to be able to feed the baby. And curtis will be doing many of the other things also, we just both agreed it would be nice for him to be able to feed her too. And i do plan on waiting until i have a good milk supply before doing this, and it probably wont be all that often cause curtis will be working anyways. But ya thanks for answering my questions :D

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Registered: 05-28-2009
Tue, 09-01-2009 - 3:01am

Hi my name is Shannon and I lurk on here. I just wanted to answer your questions for you. I pump, bf, and formula feed so I hope that this might help you. I am just wondering how much you are planning on pumping, because if it's alot you might want to look into getting an electric pump. They are alot eaiser to use, and take a lot less time.


Do you still have to sterilize the two bottles and nipples that come with the breast pump?(heard from someone where its breast milk going in them

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Registered: 05-19-2008
Tue, 09-01-2009 - 3:30am
I know you posted this a while ago but my LO is sleeping & I have been wanting to reply so now is my chance!!

I cannot stand pumping, plus Benjamin will NOT take a bottle :/.

But, I am a freakin dairy factory lol. I can only pump on one side but I can get 8oz. easily each time...the first time I only got half an ounce haha. But then I figured out what makes it...work for me lol. Now I have it down to a science, I boil everything & I get a cloth warm and get a BIG glass of water while I am boiling everything. Then put the warm cloth on which ever side you plan to pump from. Make sure you are cozy...remote & phone in arms reach...the whole world will suddenly need to call you lol. Then I always get Benjamin to nurse on the other side & you have to relax in order to make it work!! I have to really make a point of making sure everything is calm & quiet!

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Registered: 08-26-2008
Wed, 09-02-2009 - 4:13pm

The only suggestion I have to add is...if you plan on being a serious pumper, I highly suggest getting an electric pump.


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Registered: 02-24-2009
Wed, 09-02-2009 - 10:37pm
well im not going to be working, like ill be off on maternity/parental for a year, so i dont plan on pumping to much. I would just like to be able to have milk pumped ahead of time incase something came up, or if we wanted to go out for a evening, or if something happened to me.. if ya know what i mean? Plus Curtis would really like to be able to feed her too, but ya. Thanks for all the advice :D

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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 10:48pm
so how come you dislike pumping so much? wow, i hope im able to get lots of milk.. i mean im not exactly "gifted" in that area, so there is not much "storage space" if ya know what i mean lol. Thanks for all the helpfull hints, hopefully i will remember them when the time comes, but if not im sure ill create another post on here lol. hey do u know how soon your "aloud" to start pumping? lol and ya i figured since curtis has been so great to me throughout everything he should be able to get the chance to feed his lil girl too :D. and beleive me, i tell jasmine to be nice every day, but nope she dont listen to anyone but her daddy haha.

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Thu, 09-03-2009 - 1:38am
Lol, I don't know why I don't like pumping...I just don't like it. I think for me, I find it time consuming & useless because my son will not take a bottle...& I did not want anyone else to be able to feed him, as his dad is in the picture but somewhat a low life ya know?! Plus FOB thinks the only reason he can't take Benjamin is because I am BFing...he does not understand why I do not trust him blah blah blah lol sorry for my long boring story :]. Also, I do not go out lol, I don't have a life & I am the most nervous person on the planet lol I don't want to leave my muchkin!

But I am good at it lol.

I do agree...my pump is mechanical & I have never heard anything good about a manual pump :/.

And don't worry, at first, you will not get any milk!! But they say it goes by supply & demand, so the more you pump the more you will be able to make!

One of my baby books I have right here says you can pump at 4 weeks...you shouldn't introduce a bottle or a binky until then!

I forgot...when you do pump...the milk can be blue-ish lol. I wish someone would have told me that!! I nearly had a heartattack the first time I saw blue/white milk!! :]



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Thu, 09-03-2009 - 12:55pm

I hope Jasmine will take a bottle, but i have heard of alot of babies who wont.. ugh lol. Ya i dont blame ya for not wanting to share with the FOB. and what he dont know cant hurt him right? lol. Ya i think im going to be quite nervous about leaving her with anyone too. I think curtis will be worse then me though, jumpins he does not even want anyone else to hold her at the hospital... im like ya right! haha.


I have heard good and bad about both electrical and manual pumps. Some say electrical does not work as good for them, they say they can get more with a manual breast pump, but ya anyways.. i guess ill just have to find out when the time comes lol.


Ya the nutritionist told me probably about 6 weeks before i should pump or use a bottle or binky, etc. Just to make sure everything is going smooth with breast feeding and latching on and such.


Blue-ish!? haha. Thanks for the warning, that would have probably freaked me out too

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Registered: 05-08-2008
Fri, 09-04-2009 - 1:21am

Babies easily get confused between bottle and breast. If you do want to share the feeding experience PLEASE for your nipples sake and your babies, wait til at least 4 weeks. (Otherwise there could very likely be a lot of pain). I ended up with a giant hole in my nipple because my baby couldn't figure out the difference between it and the bottle (talk about painful).

If you go out for the evening and you choose to leave milk, you will have to pump while away (to keep your supply up) at least within the first 3 months, until you supply is fully regulated.

If you have oversupply (like a lot of women do) then you wont be able to pump a lot, it will aggravate it and make things worse (trust me, its not fun).

You are going to do great ... and it is absolutely wonderful that you are going to breastfeed your little one. Just give it a bit of time before letting daddy join in too.