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CASILAYNE's Photo CASILAYNE Posts: 693
11/16/10 7:47 P

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I have an Avent Isis and LOVE it! I work outside of the home, so my pump is absolutely necessary. I would highly recommend it.

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DISNEYHOLIC1 Posts: 31
11/7/10 11:10 P

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I USE AN ELECTRIC PUMP. I DONT KNOW WHICH IS BETTER SINCE I'VE ONLY USED ELECTRIC PUMPS WITH ALL 4 OF MY KIDS. I PUMP BEFORE BED AND THEN GET UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO PUMP AGAIN TO KEEP UP MY MILK SUPPLY.

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MEGANRITCHIE Posts: 5
8/29/10 6:14 P

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Whether or not you need an electric pump is different for everyone. I have Medela Pump in Style manual pump and have not had any issues with it. I work 12 hour shifts and am usually able to get 6-7 oz in 5 minutes. I pump 3 times a shift, so I come home with 20+ oz.

Other people though, can't get squat with a manual, or it takes too long to get the amount they need for their baby.

As for how much you should leave for your baby each time you are gone- that depends on the baby and will change as the baby gets older also. Right now, my daughter is almost 3 months and she only takes 10 oz while I'm gone (overnight). I just keep pumping extra in case I have supply issues later.

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*CHANTELLE*'s Photo *CHANTELLE* Posts: 193
7/11/10 12:31 A

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I have the Lansinoh Dual pump too--the new one. The lactation specialist in the hospital told me that you have to pump at least twice a day if you work an 8 hour shift, since the baby would eat at least every 4 hrs. Honestly, I don't produce enough to supply her completely, so she supplements at day care and I nurse her at home.

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7/7/10 1:06 P

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I've got the Medela Pump and Style I think I've been using it for about 2 months I pump Morning and night. Started using it for work when my son was six weeks. Mon-Fri three times at work. Once in morning and two to three times when I come home because it's just more convenient and thorough for my breast milk production. Baby feeds right before bed and right when I wake up. Any engorgement that might still be there I will pump. I love my pump.

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4/13/10 1:14 P

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I have a manual Medela and I hate it soooo much, I can't seem to get much of any milk out when I use it, and it's uncomfortable. On the other hand I have a Lansinoh Dual Electric Pump that I LOVE! I only use it maybe once or twice a week, sometimes my little one won't wake for a feeding and I'll be engorged the next morning, that's when I take advantage and pump one side to stock up the freezer, I typically get 5-6 oz. from that one side, so it's more than enough for one feeding for her if I need to go to a Drs appointment or get my hair done, etc.

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3/19/10 11:13 P

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I made a typo in my post and the pump I had was the Ameda Purely Yours... and I agree - was a very good pump and much lower in cost than the medela (which I'd never would have been able to afford as a stay at home mother)

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3/19/10 10:20 P

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I have the Ameda Purely Yours, and I LOVE it! It's less expensive than the Medela, and I used it for 9 months 2x a day/5 days a week with my first, and am using it again. If you're going back to work, I'd just buy one. But, do your research.

I would guess you baby would eat anywhere between 4-8oz for 6 hours. I'm gone about 10 hours though, and I pump around 20oz (but, I'm an over producer)

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3/19/10 8:36 P

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thanks ladies! your advice is really helpful! i might look into renting an electrical pump just because i will need to go back to work on the weekends and my fiance will need to have it for feedings obviously and i also am only able to pump manually 1.5-2 oz at a time on each side as well if i am gone for 6 hours how many ounces should i leave with him?




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3/17/10 11:15 P

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I have and am using the Medela Pump in Style double pump. It was well worth the investment! Since I had to return to work at 3 months with both kids this helped out a lot! It goes quicker, I get enough milk out, and it's convenient.

If you are not going to be using it much, I agree with the other ladies here, it's probably not worth the investment. If you plan to use it more often than it definately will be beneficial for you. Plus, some insurance plans will pay for some, if not all, of the cost. You should check and see if your insurance has such an offerring.

All the best to you!

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WALKFIT's Photo WALKFIT Posts: 1,940
3/15/10 12:53 A

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I used a Medela Pump in Style when I went back to work with my 1st. Night and day difference between electric and hand pump. A high quality electric is necessary if you need to pump during the day to keep up supply.

If you only need to pump once in a while then a hand pump is fine. I went overnight when my 2nd one was about 2yrs old and just nursing once or twice a day. I took the hand pump just so I didn't get too full-worked fine for that but wouldn't want to use it daily.

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CORINA-MOMOF4's Photo CORINA-MOMOF4 Posts: 14,459
3/14/10 9:55 P

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I never "needed" to pump (my children never had bottles) But I pumped for 2 reasons 1) to have a stash "just in case" (meaning my death) and 2) to use BM for cereal when each baby was 6 months and 3) to keep up supply

that being said - I did buy a manual pump from walmart (gerber) I hated it so much - caused me lots of pain and discomfort... I returned it and got a 2nd pump (also from walmart but can't remember the brand - also manual) same results...

I then bought the Media Purely yours double electric pump - WOW - it was WELL worth the investment... and I used it for 4 yrs (2 children) and recently sold it for just $40 less than I paid for it (craigslist)... so I consider that I "rented it" for 2 kids for only $40 LOL Can't beat that!!

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Dec 2008-Dec 2009 I faithfully maintained a 107-109... Unfortantely after Dec 2009, I let myself get back to a 115.6 - I'm back on track and am going to get back to my maintaining range again!


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SUSANNAH's Photo SUSANNAH Posts: 2,277
3/14/10 10:28 A

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I use both electric and manual. I get the same amount of milk from both, however, my electric pumps both sides at the same time so it is convienent for work, when I have limited pumping time.

If you don't mind your manual, and you only need to pump one side at a time, I wouldn't spend the money. However, if you need to go back to work...you'll want an electric.

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3/13/10 10:02 P

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It all depends how much you plan on pumping. If you plan on pumping a lot then it might be worth the investment.

I have a noisy, one-sided, electrical pump. I hate pumping, I mostly use it if I'm engorged or have a clog-duct. I probably could have gotten away with a manual one - but when I purchased it I had visions of going back to work and my baby taken a bottle of breast milk. yeah none of those things ever happened, but it has been helpful to have.

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3/13/10 9:56 P

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I used the Medela Pump'N'Style electric pump with both my children. It came with a manual pump that I used in a pinch. I was able to express more milk with the electric pump than with the manual pump.




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DEVANNHOFFMAN's Photo DEVANNHOFFMAN Posts: 81
3/13/10 5:12 P

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i have only used an electric pump- I was told its a lot easier than a manual one if you are pumping everyday...

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3/13/10 5:02 P

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i have a double pump and I really liked when I was using it. The downfall I had of course was not getting tons of milk out, say at most 1.5 tp 2 ounces per side. Which many said was great!! I got mine from the WIC program, it was free!

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3/13/10 4:40 P

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I was given a manual pump which works pretty good but I was curious would getting an electric pump be worth the investment?... Do they work faster?

Someone told me that manual ones are better? How could this be true? Does it depend on the brand?

Thanks, I just thought I'd ask some breastfeeding mothers what they think about breast pumps!




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