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.  

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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. 

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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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I have a 9 month old. breastfeeding didn’t work for me even with a pump. I will share this to my baby group 🙂

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Sheri thanks for sharing with your baby group!

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The Freemie pump looks so cool to me! I used medela and ameda brands with my kids in the past and they were no where near as user friendly as the Freemie look! Thanks for sharing the info!

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Yes i found out about the Freemie way after I had been using my Medela. I wish i would have know about it before.

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I have the Medela Pump in Style. I really like it. Though, I have very rarely pumped. I also have the Medela Manual pump. That worked great in the first week when engorgement kicked in!

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Yes pumps do help with engorgement. Thanks for reading!

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I got a Medela electric pump but really rarely used it. Neither of my kids ever took a bottle so it was mostly just to help with engorgement.. I felt like a cow though when using that things!! Not attractive at all!

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Hi Hil, thanks for reading. For me pumping was the only way i was able to keep on breastfeeding since i had to go back to work when my baby was only six weeks old.

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Wow Delba for introducing such a variety of breastpumps, most of them are electric, I have used the manual one as my first is premature, so have to send it to the NICU, well it was the difficult time for me.
Thanks anyways.

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