Needing more BTDT advice

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Needing more BTDT advice
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 12:30am

I am planning on breastfeeding but would like to pump occasionally so that DH and others can feed our son.



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Registered: 02-11-2009
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 1:51am

Molly, I love that you ask all the questions that I'm thinking of in my own head!

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Registered: 01-29-2008
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 2:39am
Its best to have a double electric. Because if something happens and you have to exclusively pump or if you have to be away for awhile you'll want it. Plus some insurances cover them and they are now a tax deduction! So might as well! ;-)

For the bottles, really depends on how many hours away you are going to be gone and the type of bottles you want. My sister uses the Playtex dropins (and has with all 3 and breastfed) and only had 3 or 4 of the 4oz bottles. If you breast feed you won't need the big ones. Those have gotten her by with no issues. Really is best to pick a couple bottles you like and then see what baby likes. I have a few different ones and will try if I ever need to leave baby. I hope to use the playtex ones though because SUPER simple! Just need the newborn nipples. Never had to buy others for her kiddos. :-) HTH some.. I'm sure the others will have other great advice.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 7:31am
What works for each lady is different. Are you planning on taking a BFing class or attending any LLL meetings before you meet your little one? They are wealths of knowledge (not that we aren't, but like I said different things for different people).

With DS I pumped and BFed. I went back to work at 7 weeks PP and used a manual Avent pump. Once I modified the horns it worked really well for me, getting 2 to 6 oz per pumping session. But it was a PITA and took forever. We also used the Avent bottles with DS and I swore by them.

This time we're trying the TommeTippee Anit-Colic bottles (Ray had colic, and while I don't think a bottle will solve anything, after dealing with that I am willing to try anything to keep it away or at bay). I am planning on renting a hospital pump for the first month or two and then going to an electric; actual model I'm not sure of yet.
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Registered: 08-24-2005
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 8:05am
I've been in your place. I've been a SAHM and exclusively breastfed Fede, but I've needed to pump occasionally. I've used the Avent manual pump... In my situation, it did it's job. If I was relaxed and thinking of the baby and doing everything "by the book", then I would get maybe 3 oz per breast. But if I was annoyed, uncomfortable or nervous or in a real hurry, I would get maybe 1 oz between both breasts! It was so annoying! And it kills your hand after a while. One of the main pros is that it is SUPER easy to clean and rather small, so you can carry it around without much problems But again, if it's only something for occasional use, maybe a manual pump will be enough, and then you can see if you need an electric one as time goes by. Now to bottles and nipples. When Fede was a newborn, I used the Avent bottles with the newborn slow flow nipples. They worked really well, Fede never had any issues with them. He was really colicky, but I BF him 98% of the time, so I guess the nipples I chose had nothing to do with it.


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Registered: 02-16-2008
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 8:48am

It really just depends on the baby. I use NUKs with slow-flow nipples. Peter needed something with a wider base, otherwise he hoovered on the nipple so hard that it pinched it shut. One of the ladies on the Working and Pumping board prefers Dr. Browns preemie flow nipples. Dr. Browns and Gerber bottles hook up directly to Medela pumps, which saves the step of transferring milk.

The pump depends on how much you'll need it. If you won't need one to haul back and forth to work, and single manual or electric would probably be plenty. Otherwise, go for the double-electric.sig by ChrissySig by Chrissy at SMFB! Lilypie First Birthday tickersby chrissy bottlemommy greenby chrissy waterwtt grad january 2011

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 11:28am

The type of bottle will depend on your baby but some basic ,guidelines for all BF babies would be that you should never need to buy a fast flow nipple...the slowest flow is always best even as they get older and you shouldnt need a bottle bigger than the 4 oz size as well as most BF babes take about 1-2 oz per hour they are away from mom.

I use the Avent 4oz bottles and own 4....they have worked great for us.

I have the Medela Swing, which is a single electric and I love it. I'm staying at home and pump occasionally (though I pumped a TON before our trip to save the milk) and it works great.


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Registered: 02-27-2008
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 1:03pm
You've gotten a lot of great advice already -- I'd just add that you might not want to invest a lot in one brand of bottle because baby not like them, so you'll have to go out and buy more. Or, if you get a picky one (like Eliza!), your baby might totally refuse taking a bottle on a consistent basis and you won't need any bottles! ;) I really hope that's not the case for you, though!

And yeah, an electric pump is really the way to go, IMO - Even though I haven't done a ton of pumping overall (not nearly as much as some of the BTDTs here!!) I still don't regret spending the money on a nice pump because when I needed it it was nice to have a good one.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 2:05pm
As others have said it really depends on how often you will need the pump at home. If you are going back to work and will need to pump for that then an electric pump is a good idea. If you are a SAHM then you likely don't need more then a manual pump. I actually have a basic electric and a manual pump, I get more from the manual. That being said with Eloise i used it maybe 6 times in 2 years, so I didn't really need it at all.

As for bottles as everyone says it depends on the baby. Some babies don't care what bottles they have, some will only use one type. I won't buy more then 3 or so of any style until you figure out what baby likes just in case you end up with a baby that will only use one kind and it isn't the kind you stocked up on.

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 2:10pm
I agree with everyone that you shouldn't invest in a lot of bottles yet. Get a couple different bottles and see what works. Definitely start with a slow-flow nipple. I had a slight oversupply with Barrett and by about 2.5 months it was taking him about 10 minutes to get full feeding in nursing but 45 minutes on the bottle - and he fussed a lot! So we switched to the medium flow at that point, and DH and DS were much happier with the bottle feedings after that (we never switched to anything faster). Also Barrett took about 5-6 oz eventually so we did use the bigger bottles in the end.

Personally, I started with a playtext 4 oz bottle I had gotten for free and it worked great!

As for the pumps, you could always start with a manual and see if that works and upgrade later if you want. I had a double-electric (I work 3 nights a week so I needed to pump for those times), but ended up also buying a manual to bring with me when I traveled (just to pump a bottle for the airplane or a night out with DH while the grandparents watched Barrett) and I could get a full bottle from it.

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 3:47pm

Molly, I haven't read the other responses yet, but I wanted to let you know what worked for us. I was BFing DS during the day and pumping at night for DD. Then DS went on a nursing strike at 4.5 months and I was EPing (exclusively pumping) until they were 9 months old. I had a Medela double pump in style that was actually second hand. I got the tubing and horns from the hospital cause I rented a hospital pump for the first month until I had the other one. I was able to pump A LOT of milk during one session, sometimes up to 6ozs on one side and 7 on the other. So I ended up getting the cheap-o plastic gerber bottles cause they fit the threads on the horns for the pump and I would pump right into the gerber bottles and store in the fridge (only for 24 hours) or I would transfer to a plastic ziplock bag made for breastmilk to put into the freezer w/ a date written on it.

In terms of amounts... I used the Medela BPA free bottles to pump into (when I wasn't getting so much) and transferring into a BM bag to freeze. Then when we thawed, we'd use Avent BPA free bottles. So I only had 4 Medela bottles to pump into and I had about 6 of the cheaper Gerber ones later on. If you store the BM frozen in bags, you only need a couple bottles, especially if he's only going to get one bottle a day. You could probably get by with a pack of 3, especially if you're not sure how he'll take to it, you don't want to buy too many of one kind.

PS. LCs say that the bigger and slower the nipple on the bottle is, the better it is for a breastfeeding baby, cause it is most similar to the breast. I think Liam went on his nursing strike at 4.5 months cause he knew he could get the milk faster from a bottle than he could from me, even on the slowest flow nipple.