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    Default Breast Pump Questions!

    I'm thinking about getting one. But I've never used one and have some questions for those of you who have.
    Firstly, when do you express/pump? I'm totally clueless as I didn't BF DS for long but really want to with this one on the way.
    If you breastfeed the baby until you are "empty" and then they feed again in the next 2-4 hours, when do you get the chance to express/pump? And how much should I expect to get from the pump each day if I'm breast feeding as well as using the pump to store my milk? Can I even do both, or is the breast pump best used alone in the case of attachment issues or inability to physically do it?

    Also, I was looking at hiring a breast pump from my local chemist, the costs are:
    $150 deposit
    $70 per month rental (for electric single breast pump).
    plus I have to buy the attachment, which is $60 for a single, $70 for double.
    The lady at the chemist told DH we are better off hiring as the motors are notoriously bad for breaking down and I'd be wasting my money buying one. But I can buy one for $190, brand new!
    Also, should I bother with a single pump? How much can i buy a double one for? This is looking so expensive

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    Why are you wanting to pump if baby is feeding well?
    If you need to for work or going out etc you pump after you have fed the baby and only take what is left or pump instead of feed the baby.

    As to hire or buy, it is up to you. The pump you hire will be a lot better than any pump you will buy. If it is a good chemist they loan the medulla pump that is used in the hospitals, worth over $1500. If you new to pump a lot then it would be going this option.
    If you are only planning to pump every now and then there is nothing wrong with the pumps on market to buy. I have an electric medella pump and it works fine for what I want to do, just wouldnt want to be on it every three hours. If I had to pump 3hrly then I would want the hospital grade one.

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    Here's my thinking, and I could wrong; any advice on this would be so helpful as well;
    I want to breast feed, I want my baby to get breast milk into her for at least the first 3 months. With DS I couldn't do it, found it very painful and uncomfortable after trying my best.
    I want to be able to have bottles made up of breast milk in the fridge so DH can help now and then with night feeds.
    I really don't know if any of this is even really achievable? Like I said, I'm pretty clueless about BFing as I had my DS at 17, that was years ago and all I know is I couldn't manage just giving him breast so resorted to formula in bottles. If I have to use bottles again I at least want my own breast milk in them and not formula unless I have to.
    Just trying to plan ahead and prepare myself... confused.. it probably wont work doing both breast and bottle though.. if I express, that it.. maybe I'll try bottle feeding and formula top up if that fails?
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    I struggled with expressing because I couldn't get much but I know people that have expressed and stored regularly for your same reasons. I would like to do this next time too so I don't feel as tied down. I found it quite stressful never having the option of a break if I needed one. I think if you pump regularly then your breasts get used to the pumping and you will get more. They will also adjust to produce enough for that extra bit of pumping. What my friend did was commit to pump every morning after the morning feed and it worked well for her. In the end she was feeding from one breast and getting another full feed from the other. You have to commit though so it can be a pain to have to pump every morning but you have to decide if it's worth it. Sorry I can't speak from experience but this is what I will try next time. Otherwise if you are one of the lucky ones, you might e able to just pump occasionally as needed but for me I would have had to pump at least three times for just one feed and it wasn't worth it to me.

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    I bought a medela electric pump so I could store some milk to have on standby if I needed to go out or have a drink etc.

    I found pumping in the night or in the morning best. I only feed from one breast each feed so just pumped from the other one. I initially wanted DH to do a night feed every now and then to give me a break but my breasts were always so full and uncomfortable that I'd have to get up anyway.

    My DD is 3 months now and I haven't pumped in ages....I still like that I have the pump just in case and I'll be using it more regularly when I return to work later in the year.

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    I express 1-2 bottles a day. Each morning after DD's morning feed around 9ish I get up and express from the other side. During the day if I'm feeling full I'll do another bottle to freeze. I find it so handy to have some frozen milk on hand. You just never know. My pump is a medela swing and I think it was $220 brand new online. Prior to buying the electric pump I was using an advent hand pump but I found that a bit painful on the nipples. My hand pump was second hand off a friend for $25.

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    I used a hand pump from Nuby and it was fine for me, i went back to work six weeks after bub and had to store and did this right up till she was six months. I found feeding her on one breast and then expressing the other soon as she was done, changing sides each feed was great and then have a nice shower b4 bed and express soon as was out and dry helped me sleep with out feeling full.

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    Thanks everyone. I was under the impression that the baby will want to feed from both breasts during a single feed..
    Well it's something to think about, anyway; I'm still undecided as to whether I'll need one. But at least it's a little a clearer for me now

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMJandBaby View Post
    Thanks everyone. I was under the impression that the baby will want to feed from both breasts during a single feed..
    In my experience, a newborn will generally feed from both breasts in a single feed though this changes as they grow older and feeding from one breast becomes sufficient.

    ABA have some excellent resources https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/index.html

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    You can train your boobs to supply enough for a feed per side. I found this was good in times of a growth spurt as bub would finish one side but if seemed hungry I'd offer the other. Also helped to make sure the breast was fully drained regularly.

    I only got my pump when back to work. There is no real need for you to worry about pumping any earlier than 6-8wks unless you have supply issues. Bub is far more efficient than a pump. Plus you produce more milk in the first few weeks if you don't inhibit access to the boob. Prolactin is strongest in the immediate weeks after bin is born so the more you feed the more you make milk.

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