I have a three week old baby and inverted nipples, which means I am having problems breastfeeding him. I am currently expressing and bottle feeding, with formula to top up one or two times a day. My aim is to keep giving baby breast milk - eventually directly from the source!
I am not sure how long I'll have to express for. I've seen a lactation consultant, and the plan is to try to get baby to latch onto a nipple shield and get him to feed that way until he can manage feeding from the breast directly. We haven't had much luck to date with the nipple shield, but intend to keep trying.
So - I'm pumping - a lot. I have a Medela Swing pump at the moment, which is getting quite the workout. Pumping takes at least 30 min per time, and when I'm doing this about 8 times a day, the time really adds up... I need something quicker and effective, especially with DP going back to work next week.
I'm thinking of either buying a better pump - eg a double pump, either the Medela Swing Maxi or the Medela Freestyle - or hiring a hospital grade double pump - eg the Medela Symphony or the Ameda Elite. Does anyone have any advice or recommendations amongst these? Are double pumps worth it? Which one is most effective?
Given I'm not sure how long I'll be exclusively expressing for, I'm leaning towards hiring as opposed to buying a $400 or $500 pump - but the longer I have to hire something, the more cost effective it would be to buy outright, etc.
Also, next question - if I'm hiring, where is the best place to hire through? I see the ABA have their rates on their website (discounts for members), but I understand that other places, such as medical supply places and chemists, hire them too, and I haven't found much info about their hire rates. Any recommendations about cheapest places to hire breast pumps from?
Thanks so much in advance for any advice