BTDTs- Breast pumps

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-29-2008
BTDTs- Breast pumps
37
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 4:03pm

So I am trying to work on my registry and I really am feeling clueless about breast pumps!

-Suzie :)

 

 

Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-29-2006
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 4:15pm

Great topic, Suzie! I look foward to hearing what wisdom the BTDT moms can share on breast pumps.


Personally, I would like to pump enough that DH will be able to do one feeding per day.


Photobucket


Pregnancy Ticker

Photobucket

<a href="http://lilypie.com/"><img src="http://lbdf.lilypie.com/WEETm5.png" width="400" height="80" border="0" alt="Lilypie Pregnancy tickers" />

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 4:20pm

For me (and most place I read) it comes down to the Medela Pump-in-Style Advanced vs. the Medela Freestyle. There are some really high-end ones you can rent, and there are some decent cheaper ones if you're trying to save money. But if you're trying to go for the best for a reasonable-ish amount of money, I felt like those were it, and I think you wouldn't go wrong with either.

I have the Medela PISA and have no complaints, and it's what all the other women in my office who pump have. I can imagine the Freestyle might be nice if you were in a situation where you were moving around while pumping, or if you were EPing. I can't really compare though, since Ive only ever tried the one.

~Lorien











Photobucket

~Lorien





Lilypie Second Birthday tickers




iVillage Member
Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 6:08pm

You'd think that that's a clever idea (pumping so DH can do a feeding). But unless it's because you're going to be out of the house for something, I think most people discover it's just not worth the time to pump and then bottle-feed. And using the pump, particularly when you're not actually away from your baby and missing feedings at the same time, can mess with your supply. I had a heck of a time dealing with an oversupply I'd caused by pumping.

Anyway, I'm not trying to be overly discouraging, and I'm sure it works for some women. And DH does enjoy the occasional time he ends up giving a bottle if I need to be out or something, and I'm happy when things work out that way. But, I've found I'm personally happier limiting my pumping to only what's really necessary.

~Lorien











Photobucket

~Lorien





Lilypie Second Birthday tickers




iVillage Member
Registered: 07-15-2004
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 6:13pm

Not a BTDT yet but from what I hear the Medela is the way to go. I have a Pump in Style I was given by a family member of Matt's. I plan to get a new tubing and all kit from the hospital. They have them for like $45 bucks.


My hospital rents out really nice units and my lactation consultant that did my BF class said that she recommends people wait until they are 100% sure that they 1. will be able to BF and 2 are going to stick with it. If I remember right she said you really should not start additional pumping until 4 weeks. So she didn't want anyone going and dropping $200+ for a pump then being stuck with it if they couldn't or didn't need it.

 Cassie 

     

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-30-2008
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 7:16pm
Hi Suzie
Of course, I've never pumped :) but I listened to a pregtastic episode and their expert recommended the PJ's Comfort Junior. On the show (2006 episode) they said it was about $225, but today when I googled it, it retailed for $525!!! I was pretty disappointed. Of course the Medela was the other choice. If you're interested, this is the link to the show where they discussed all BFing gear and products. http://www.pregtastic.com/breastfeeding-part-4-of-4/
Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-03-2008
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 3:59am
I am so jealous of you all - here in Germany everyone uses hand pumps. I have only ever found one electric pump for sale. I suppose since I will be at home it doesn't really matter but it just seems like a hand pump will be so much more time consuming especially if I just use it once it a blue moon.



Photobucket


pmsh.jpg picture by trauem_was_schoenespregnantblue.png picture by waitingtotrymsb.jpg picture by trauem_was_schoenes
baby development pregnancy calendar
Visit My BlogPhotobucket


Photobucket

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 7:52am
I have also used a Medela, although I have no idea what model it was. I borrowed it from my lactation consultant; I think it was £30 a month.
Before you go buying, consider the following: how much/long will you use it? As you say it's for when you return to work, you'll probably use it a lot in which case an electric one would make sense - unless you're only going part time? Renting one might also be an option before you commit to buy.
I also second what Lorien said - pumping is endless hassle (at least it was for me), as you triple the time needed for feeding. First you have to wash and sterilise pump and bottles, then express, then feed. Therefore I wouldn't do it on a regular basis if you don't have to (i.e. let DH give baby a bottle once a day).
A hand pump works well for occasional use (I bought one of those after I gave the electric one back).
Photobucket

Thanks Joelle for my sweet siggy!

Lilypie 1st Birthday PicLilypie 1st Birthday Ticker

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket


iVillage Member
Registered: 12-30-2007
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 10:23am

I just got a Medela PISA from my sil and ordered new tubes. I have started to use it since I will need a good supply of milk for when I return to work in Feb. I really like it thus far. My sil also had the battery pack for it and since I will likely be pumping in a bathroom with no outlet, it is a necessity. Right now I am BF and then pumping the other, but when I return to work I will be able to double pump.

I have heard only good things about PISA and recommend the battery pack depending on where you will have to pump after you return to work.

Photobucket









Autumn Pictures, Images and Photos






total soccer addict

Made by Katrina

summer olympics



Photobucket


Country Music Made by Laura


Photobucket

Photobucket





Photobucket





married in oct

Married in 07






Photobucket



Photobucket



Photobucket Photobucket




Photobucket
Photobucket










<
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 11:23am
Oddly enough Ash, I get more from a hand pump then from an electric pump. I have never been able to pump with my electric pump, but I have been known to get 10+ ounces out with my hand pump in only 30 minutes or so.










babies




Thank you for the sig Mary

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-03-2008
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 1:16pm
Good to know! The pump I found that is electric got good reviews and only cost 70 euros so I think I will probably just buy that, and


Photobucket

Pages