Another Question About Pumps Formula

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mom42 - February 20

I have posted about getting an electric pump, but wonder if I'm really nutty! I mean, even if I'm not able to produce enough milk for all of my 6.5-month-old's feedings, she will only have formula once or twice a day (I nurse at home and on my lunch hour). So, is it reasonable to spend all this money on an electric pump just to keep her exclusively on br___tmilk for the next five months? Formula isn't an issue because of cost, it is included in her day care cost, but I just feel bad feeding it to her! I don't know why I feel this way, I supplemented my older daughter with formula both at day care and even some at home. Why is it so different now? Am I totally over-worrying about this? Sorry for rambling, I guess I just need some mom-support (or some "get-over-it")...

 

katie - February 20

i say go ahead and try it. but instead of investing in a pump, try renting one for a month or two from a hospital or a lactation consultant to see how much you can get out. my daughter and son have never had an ounce of formula - pumping does work! and it can increase your supply too, so if you don't get enough right away, be patient because your body is used to your baby having formula for those feeds - it has to adjust to the fact that now you need to make more milk in order to pump it. but definitely rent one before buying one, in case you end up with a costly pump that you will never use.

 

Heidi - February 21

I bought my pump used. It's $250 new and I got it for $80 used. Go on e-bay. Lots of good pumps for a fraction of the price they are new!

 

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