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Breast pumps? Sonya B+2 18 kids; Brazil 3512 posts
10th Dec '12

Which would you reccomemed? Either a manual or automatic one....



I had a manual one with my daughter and I had the hardest time getting more than 4oz at a time, she was eating way more than I could pump so I used formula to supplement and I really don't want to do that this time I want to strictly breast fed and maybe if I had a better pump it would make things easier...



Also if you have any tips on breast feeding, I'd appreciate it.
What can help your milk supply? Anything.... I had troubles with my daughter and struggled with my supply and felt like she was never getting enough.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
10th Dec '12

1) What you pump is no indication of what you produce. 4oz is amazing and a ton of milk actually.
2) Medela pump in style is the #1 most recommended and used
Are you looking to exclusively pump or just pump for extra and nurse?

GL♣PC♥BC 3 kids; Atlanta, GA, United States 9395 posts
10th Dec '12

I only ever used the Medela InStyle and the hospital grade pump from WIC
So I am biased and going with an automatic pump.



I had An abundant supply at first.. Pumped like crazy (after EVERY feeding) and am so glad I did.. By the time my milk regulated I had nearly 400 oz frozen. But I got bronchitis twice, etween the medication for that and my allergy medication I was dried up enough to piss my son off and refuse the b**b. I tried mothers milk tea, fenugreek, SNS, power pumping and Reglan.
With this baby I plan to not introduce the bottle at all (my son was in the NICU and I didn't have a choice when I was gone, i was also not very comfortable nursing in public) all b**b. I plan to pump after feedings before I regulate though to store milk up again.. I also plan on encapsulating my placenta after reading that it helps with your supply.

Sonya B+2 18 kids; Brazil 3512 posts
10th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jennybananna:</b>" 1) What you pump is no indication of what you produce. 4oz is amazing and a ton of milk actually. 2) ... [snip!] ... Medela pump in style is the #1 most recommended and used Are you looking to exclusively pump or just pump for extra and nurse?"</blockquote>




4oz didn't seem like much, and the more I tried to get more than that it would hurt so bad and nothing would come out!



I just want to pump for extra to keep in the fridge. Also once I go back back to work ill need to have extra on hand I can send with her.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting Sonya B *Due in March!*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Jennybananna:</b>" 1) What you pump is no indication of what ... [snip!] ... to pump for extra to keep in the fridge. Also once I go back back to work ill need to have extra on hand I can send with her."

4oz is actually quite good. I was lucky to get 1 total oz from both sides. I love kellymom.com they have tons of great information about breastfeeding and pumping and whats normal and whats not.

Sonya B+2 18 kids; Brazil 3512 posts
10th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jennybananna:</b>" 4oz is actually quite good. I was lucky to get 1 total oz from both sides. I love kellymom.com they have tons of great information about breastfeeding and pumping and whats normal and whats not."</blockquote>




I was stuck at getting 2oz for so long and once I hit the 3 and 4oz I was so excited I felt like I was getting it down but I could never get more than 4oz at a time and she eventually was eating more than that in one feeding so it was frustrating! I'll have to check that website, thank you! I really hope I can do better with breast feeding this time around. I remember being in the hospital crying cause I couldn't get her to latch for the life of me and I was so upset about it. I didn't have too much help from a LC either.

Devil Duckie 3 kids; New York 48700 posts
10th Dec '12

madeal pump in style is amazing. very worth the 300.00 if you work. With my son, I was able to get 6+ oz out of each b**b each pumping. When I had my daughter, my boss made it nearly impossible to pump, so my supply dwindled.

Sonya B+2 18 kids; Brazil 3512 posts
11th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Devil Duckie:</b>" madeal pump in style is amazing. very worth the 300.00 if you work. With my son, I was able to get 6+ ... [snip!] ... 6+ oz out of each b**b each pumping. When I had my daughter, my boss made it nearly impossible to pump, so my supply dwindled. "</blockquote>



300$ dang, that's an expensive pump! But if it works great, it's worth it! Can you rent them from the hospital or WIC? I don't think we qualify for WIC this time around but can you still get a pump from them?

ambrahh 1 child; New Jersey 404 posts
11th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sonya B *Due in March!*:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Devil Duckie:</b>" madeal pump in style is amazing. very worth ... [snip!] ... rent them from the hospital or WIC? I don't think we qualify for WIC this time around but can you still get a pump from them?"</blockquote>



You can rent one from the hospital here, and my friend rents one from WIC but apparently it's not that great.

Devil Duckie 3 kids; New York 48700 posts
11th Dec '12
Quoting Sonya B *Due in March!*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Devil Duckie:</b>" madeal pump in style is amazing. very worth ... [snip!] ... rent them from the hospital or WIC? I don't think we qualify for WIC this time around but can you still get a pump from them?"


I got a few gift cards through my hospital for various things, so I only paid about 225.00 for mine. I'm not sure if you can rent them. I've heard some medical insurance will pay for them.

Historymomma 2 kids; La Grange, North Carolina 403 posts
11th Dec '12

Call your insurance company and see what they cover. The new affordable care act has a stipulation for breast pumps. From what I have read, you have to get a Rx from your doctor, and then get it from a medical supply company, meaning you don't always get an option. However, it is worth a shot to call and find out, because those pumps are expensive.



Oh, I also read that in some cases it does not go into effect until January.

Sonya B+2 18 kids; Brazil 3512 posts
12th Dec '12

Thank you all for the help, I'll ask my doctor if I can rent one from the hospital also check with my insurance. :)