I, personally, would wait and see. It obviously depends on your circumstances, but I didn't require one at all with my first two breastfed children.
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06-11-2014 16:41 #11Senior Member
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I breastfed twins for a year and never used one.
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06-11-2014 19:07 #13
I've used mine when I've been too full and/or to help bub latch on. Having said that I can easily hand express as I have oversupply problems so don't need it necessarily.
I'm planning on introducing EBM in a bottle to DS soon so I can go out every now and then and know he can be fed.
I was initially planning on waiting until he arrived to see if I needed it, but they were going for a complete steal and if I didn't use it then I didn't waste much money, so I got one.
06-11-2014 19:40 #14
I wouldn't buy one until you actually need it and, unless you need to pump regularly, I'd just get a manual.
07-11-2014 09:10 #15
I never bought one. I was going to hire one or buy later if I needed too, but never did
07-11-2014 09:19 #16
I haven't read the other replies, but I don't think you necessarily need one. I did use mine a bit to give relief from engorgement (but I could have hand expressed for that) and also to give cracked nipples a break. I also had intended to express to give bottles so I could have a break for a while but neither of my kids would take a bottle so that was pointless! I would wait and see if you need one. Maybe do some research now so you know what you want - that way if you decide you need one you can send someone out to pick it up easily.
07-11-2014 14:46 #17
I think ultimately in order for a breast pump to be useful your baby has to take a bottle. There are a lot of comments on here saying wait and see and the reason I don't agree with that (for my experience) is if you don't get bub used to a bottle early on then he/she may refuse it later. That's why I had one ready and glad I did as we had trouble breastfeeding for the first 2 weeks and it was invaluable (I have the Medela mini electric but got it cheap if I were to pay full price I would get the swing).
In saying that though perhaps the best option for you is set the money aside, when you're in hosp/for the first few weeks you can use the hospitals pump if you need it. They can also help you with the right size shields, etc. Then you can buy your own after. Or, if breastfeeding or expressing turns out not to be an option, then you have the money saved to set yourself up for bottle feeding.
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