Need Help From All You Pros

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Kiersten - October 26

Hi everyone! My little one isn't here quite yet (due Dec. 6th) but I was wondering what kind of pumps you all have and can recommend and also curious as to how long the br___t milk lasts in the freezer. I plan on exclusively bfing and will be a sahm. Should I definitely have a pump, bottles and storage bags (what kind?) before he/she comes? I've been trying to read up on all this, but there is so much more that goes into it than I thought! Thanks for your help!

 

DB - October 26

I think since you will be a sahm some people may recommend getting a cheaper pump, but I am just sold on Medela's PIS (Pump in Style) or PIS Advanced. I pumped for 5 months when I went back to work. I used my pump daily-7 days per week for 7 months. It's a fantastic pump. I would recommend getting one box of bags incase you pump and want to freeze the milk. In a deep chest freezer frozen milk can last up to 6 months. As far as bottles go, don't invest a lot in bottles yet. We had to go through 5 or 6 different types of bottles once b___stfeeding was well established before we found one my dd would drink from (Avent)...So maybe buy a couple single bottles...but remember most lactation consultants don't recommened introducing a bottle before 4 weeks as it may cause nipple confusion. My dd took her first bottle right at 4 weeks. Good luck. It's confusing, but there are usually people here to answer your questions! It may be hard at first, but it gets soooo easy and it's so rewarding. Good luck!

 

Kiersten - October 26

Thank you DB! I've read and heard that you should wait until nursing is well established so there's no confusion, but what about if we have latching problems or if I have a forceful letdown? Do I get a cheaper pump and just pump some to relieve it or just stick entirely to the b___st and wait for things to work out? We'll be moving when our babe is about two weeks old (depending on when he/she comes) so should I just wait until we're moved and settled to worry about a pump? Do you have to get certain kind of bags ( to go with your pump) or can you get whatever? How long would my milk last in a over-the-fridge freezer? Sorry for all the questions. Thanks for answering and letting me pick your brain! lol

 

maryg - October 26

I have the Ameda double pump and it works great and I believe is a bit cheaper than the Medela. I bought it after much research because of the price, the fact that it's a "closed system" so it's really hygenic, and because of a friend's reccommendation. I found out later that the same pump is sold under the Lansinhoh brand name too. I thought I was going back to work, but decided to become a sahm. If I had known that in advance I would have bought a single electric pump. I find that pumping both sides at once is pretty awkward and even if I'm going to pump both now, I usually do one first and then the other. I have another sahm mom friend who just used a manual since she didn't need it often but it's a lot slower and a lot more effort--still it's a lot cheaper too if money is an issue.

 

Val - October 26

You don't need a specific brand of bag. I use the Lansinoh ones with my Medela pump. I pump into the Medela bottles and then transfer it to the storage bag. Make sure not to overfill the storage bags (they seem like they can hold a lot more than 6 oz, but I think you can have problems with bags breaking if you overfill.) re: getting the pump or not... you should check with your dr's office or hospital as they sometimes sell them at lower prices. I used mine from early on because my baby had some weight gaining issues (and we had to supplement with a feeding tube), but I have a friend who didn't need to use a pump at all for the first several months- just recently started since she's going back to work. If you want to be prepared for all possibilities, you may want to get one ahead of time, but otherwise you may want to wait. You can express by hand (in the shower works well!) if you need to. Pumping won't help a latch problem (except to reduce engorgement before latching). Good luck!

 

DB - October 26

Kiersten-sure, things like forceful letdowns and latch problems do happen, but I think in that situation you would/should either go see a lactation consultant or have one come see you ASAP!! Usually they are great at getting most babies to latch on correctly. Also, there are different positions/angles you latch the baby onto for a forceful letdown. I think in an over the fridge freezer your milk would last 2-4 months or so, but it would have to be in the back, away from the warm air that may hit it when you open the door. I personally don't find pumping both sides awkward at all, it seems like it's really time consuming to do one and then the other afterward,s, but if you're not going to have to pump often then maybe a single pump would work just fine :) Ok, hope that helps...oh yeah, visit kellymom.com they have TONS of bf info.

 

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