They aren't cheap and you might not need it. Unless you want to express to have someone else feed your LO.
I don't get any pain if bub does drain a breast.
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22-12-2013 21:43 #11
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22-12-2013 23:17 #12
I've hardly used mine this time. I agree that you should wait and see if you need one. And you can always hand express if your breasts become engorged anyway!
22-12-2013 23:22 #13
I had one with dd2 because I wanted to be able to leave her occasionally but they only happened once as she refused all bottles & cups so it was a waste
Bought one when pregnant with dd3 tried to use it a few times at the start as I had major engorgement and some lumps and I could literally only get a few drops out
So no you don't always need one, I do how however think spend the extra money and get an electric or hire an electric manual ones are cr@p !!
22-12-2013 23:30 #14
Kazza I wouldnt buy one at this stage. Wait and see how BF goes first. I have hired a hospital grade pump through ABA at 6 weeks to get a back up supply frozen.
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23-12-2013 07:37 #15
Thank you soooo much for all your responses
I won't get one now. I will hire one if needed or 'hand express' as pp mentioned.
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23-12-2013 10:39 #16
29-12-2013 23:36 #17Senior Member
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Maybe wait to see if you need one. I always said I wouldn't get one but when my bubs didn't attach well at first I used it to express milk to top her up as I didn't want to give formula. Since my daughter got good at feeding I never use it anymore.
My friend was following a routine thing and pumped twice every but got mastitis 5 times so decided to stop.
30-12-2013 00:23 #18
For me yes! I used it alot, as when we went out i would bottle feed bm rather than feed from the breast as i was more comftable doing that and found it easier. Perhaps just see how u go, hire one and if u find u use it then u can buy one later
30-12-2013 00:28 #19
You won't necessarily need one but if you wanted one just incase I would just get a manual pump. I exclusively expressed for 5 weeks with an Avent Isis manual pump before receiving my double electric and I pumped just as much milk, it just took a bit longer
30-12-2013 05:47 #20
I have been EBF for 16 weeks with lots of difficulty (feeds are still painful with latch issues, I've posted about this before) but even I don't pump because I find it so tedious and time consuming.
I bought a Medela harmony manual pump, which is a fine manual pump, but already you feel like all you're doing is feeding, psychologically I felt like the last thing I wanted to do in the time my daughter napped was to pump!
So no, you may not need it, and even if you do (LC suggested I pump to give my nipples a break), you still may not want to do it!
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