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Pamela11703 posted:
Hey Ladies.. Good Morning! Okay So I have decided I am going to go at this breastfeeding thing FULL FORCE this time around! With my first son, my milk didn't come in properly, I spent a lot of money renting a hospital grade pump, visiting lactation consultant with baby and dh, and it just never worked.. finally i got frustrated and quit., Then with my second the milk came in great, he was getting it BUT i felt so guilty leaving my first son to go breastfeed... I'm very shy and didn't feel like pulling out my boob in front of family members..

This time around, my sons are 2 and 3 years old so they have each other to keep company while I am in the other room breastfeeding, hopefully my milk will come in , etc.. So i can do this right.. but i need some advice..

First of all, I would like to purchase a breast pump, I figure if I start putting alittle money away a week Ill be able to save the money to buy one instead of just one lump sum.. this will make it easier for me to feel better about spending so much money on a breast pump that I may only use for one preganncy (since this may be our last baby).

Anyways do you ladies have any ideas of good breast pumps for me? and other things I will need? I will be returning to work probably within 2 months of having my LO so i would need one that i can bring to and from work..

Also any other tips.. anything else I will need??

I am sure I am not the only one who needs help with this topic... :o)

Thank you!

Pam (28), DH (31), Patrick Jacob (3), Ryan Joseph (2), Edd 10/15
UGAmomof2 responded:
Check with your insurance company and see if they cover under "Durable Medical Equipment". My insurance w/DD would only cover a certain kind (Ameda) which I didn't like, but they did cover it at 100%. Just call and check. GL!!
mommy_a replied to UGAmomof2's response:
Yes! I was just going to say the same thing - get a prescription from your doc, and get itpaid for by insurance
Pamela11703 responded:
Its not really about the money, My insurance covers formula but I dont think they cover pumps... I just need to know a good one. I dont mind purchasing it if its going to be worth while..
roni090909 responded:
You definitely want a Medela double electric, especially if you plan on pumping at work. I have one from my last pregnancy. I pumped at work for 9 months and it still worked great at the end. They are a little pricey around $300 but you can use the 20% of BRU coupons on them.

You might need different shields then the ones it comes with and you will also need some of the milk bags.
SunConure responded:
I will be purchasing a Medela! Every mom I have talked to inculding my older sister swear by them! An any of the electric ones will do. If you read reviews online about them people rave, I think I have cam across like 2 negative reviews out of the hundreds and hundreds listed online!
UGAmomof2 replied to SunConure's response:
JMO, if money isn't an issue, I would rent a hospital grade one. The lactation specialist I hired w/DD said they are by far the best one to use. HTH!!!
Pamela11703 replied to UGAmomof2's response:
Thanks everyone, I will probably go with the Medela, I keep hearing great things. Although the hospital grade one worked well BUT its sooo heavy and I would need to bring it to work, I dont believe they are v very compact, but i could be wrong so Ill look into that too. Im also going to have dh check with insurance company to see about the policy regarding pumps.

Thanks for everyones help.
williamswifey responded:
My DH bought me the Lanisoh Affinity Dual Electric breast pump.

One of my girlfriend is using it now and LOVES it. I also was reading great things about it on BRU and Motherhood Maternity.

I plan to breatfeed exclusively until I go back to work (about 3 months) but I hope this helps in a healthy and easy transition for both baby and me.
aligd responded:
I breastfed my DD for 18 months and will breastfeed this one for hopefully just as long.  I tried the hospital pump and medela-liked the medela better-more compact and the pump-in-style looks just like a back pack with a cooler area for the milk.  Make sure you get lanisoh or some other ointment for you nipples so they aren't sore and try to relax.  Stressing about it will prevent the milk from coming as easily.  
I also loved my "Udder Cover", a blanket that covers your front but makes it possible for you to still see your baby.  It keeps everything private!
scperdomo responded:
Medela Pump In Style Advanced.... awesome pump!!!
scperdomo replied to Pamela11703's response:
I find it a bit odd that your insurance company will cover the cost of formula, but not a breast pump - which would actually be cheaper to them..... weird.
roni090909 replied to williamswifey's response:
Just something to think about since you are going back to work. You will need to introduce the bottle between two weeks and a month. Once good latch and feeding is established. You don't want to wait until you are about to go back to work to introduce the bottle, alot of babies will reject it at that age if it hasn't been introduced prior. Plus this gives Daddy a chance to help out and give you a little break.
williamswifey replied to roni090909's response:
Thank you soooo much for the advice!!!

I really want to make a good go with breastfeeding this time around. I failed miserably with my DS (I think he suffered from nipple confusion because the hospital gave him that hard green pacifier when I told them not to. I have small nipples -tmi, I know- and that big old hard thing was no comparison).

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