My journey with breast pumps…
When I had my son Lucas, I knew I wanted to give breastfeeding a try again. I had breastfed my other children briefly. But this time, around I wanted to really do it for a longer period of time. Not only is breast milk one of the best things you can give your baby it is also way cheaper than formula! Lol. For me, it was a no-brainer. O.k. so here is the reality of breastfeeding- it is not always easy, from latch on problems to painfully engorged breast to difficulty with milk supply. If you have decided to give breastfeeding a try and you are having a hard time don’t give up – seek advice and help. If family and friends can’t help seek out a lactation consultant.
Personally, I researched all sorts of things online. I purchased the above pictured Medela breast pump. Which I could use on the weekends on the go. While I did breastfeed I also bottle fed my son. I would pump the breast milk and give it to him in a bottle. As a working mom, it was a way of still giving him breast milk while I was working.
To help with my milk supply, I rented a hospital grade pump (pictured above). This pump really helped me with milk production. Yes, it a BIG heavy unit but it did the job. It was fast and efficient. Additionally, I was lucky enough to have a lactation room at work which also provided sterile hospital grade pumps. Finally, my insurance covered a breast pump! It was also a Medela pictured below. I liked the one the insurance paid for because it also included a manual pump. But I also did purchase a Medela Manual pump also pictured below.
Recently a friend mentioned the Freemie Breast pump. I personally have never used this pump but she swears by it. To be honest, if I would have know about this pump 3 years ago I would have probably given it a try. The hands-free flexibility is a great feature to this pump. I included a picture of the Freemie Pump below, go ahead and check it out. So in summary, if you are considering breastfeeding (because of all the benefits) and you are looking into a breast pump make sure you choose a good quality pump from companies such as Medela or Freemie! It’s an investment that you will not regret. For more information on breastfeeding visit www.laleche.com also, click here for useful breastfeeding info (item 8).
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