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    Default Does every breastfeeder own a breast pump?

    I am trying to decide if ill need to buy a new breast pump as my current one has died.

    I had to start off exclusively pumping for DS as he was 8 weeks prem. The pumping caused me t produce 4 times more milk than i needed for DS ... so i don't have any supply issues. I suffered a lot with blocked ducts and a few bouts of mastitis.

    Even if i make it to full term with #2, and manage to EBF her from the beginning - is a pump still needed do you think?

    Or will my milk supply likely be more normal because i wont be pumping the crap out of my breasts all the time?

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    I asked the same question when expecting no 2. I had a few bouts mastitis with no1 and it was a god send for that alone, I didn't express feed though. I ended up getting a hand express pump due to the price and being unsure if I'd need it. I've used it once when I was engorged in the early days, its 7 months now, I've not touched it since. Maybe you could have an inexpensive one just in case, or I believe you can hire them ?? I believe your milk supply will be fine without pumping, as long as Lil one is feeding frequently and all is well.

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    I didn't need a pump till I had to go back to work. Then I had to run out and buy one. I had no supply issues so I was very lucky.

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    Thanks ladies. Maybe i'll just see how it all goes. I keep wondering if it will be the same as it was when i BF DS, but that's not likely unless #2 is prem also ... but i don't think she will be she seems very happy where she is for a while i think! So hard to know what to do. I guess ill just play it by ear.

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    No, this one doesn't.

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    My DD is nearly 4 months old & I'm just about to buy a pump only so I can do a few shifts at work, otherwise I wouldn't bother.

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    I used my pump a fair bit so I could be away from bub. I would express and freeze.

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    I have fed 6 kids without one. I could always hand express if needed

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    I initially had oversupply/engorgment both times so I needed it to express for comfort and to prevent mastitis. #2 refused to drink from a bottle so I had to delay going back to work so I only used it a couple of times when he bit me and it hurt to feed off one side (would've hand expressed if I didn't already have the pump). #1 I used it a few times to leave him while I went out and then expressed at work for a couple of months before he decided to wean.

    I would suggest getting one if you see one for a good price. If you can find a closed system one then you could buy second hand and/or sell when you're done with it. Or join the ABA for cheap hire or a lot of pharmacies also hire them. For me it was a God-send to relieve engorgement and also #1 had attachment issues due to the engorgement and a flat nipple so I was able to keep feeding him until I discovered nipple shields. Neither of my babies were prem but I had oversupply both times so maybe you will again??

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