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#1 SarahVandooo

Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

First bub and I've pretty much gotten everything, I can get a breast pump cheap from work and was wondering if its actually worthwhile? Did you actually ever use yours?Or is it just as easy to self express? ( if that makes sense )

#2 Wildence

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

i am not an expert in breastfeeding, but I think its helpful to have one.

we purchased one.
hoping it will help DP and DS to bond through bottle feeding

also not sure if i am correct, but sometimes you might have too much milk, and it will be easier to use a breast pump rather then expressing manually.

#3 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

Having a breast pump is handy. Just a manual one, like a Avent one, is fine.  I wouldn't bother with a costly electric one if you aren't sure you're going to need it.

#4 Fairey

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:29 PM

I used mine flat out until about 2 weeks ago, so I've found it invaluable. DH was able to feed DD lots of bottles, and I LOVE that DD will take a bottle. Means that anyone can feed her!!
And yep, helped manage my flow with all the leaking that happened early on in the piece original.gif



#5 Mille-Mille

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

I used mine a lot, i'm now expecting baby number two and I have ordered replacement parts (new tubing etc) because again i'm expecting to use it often.  If my supply is good i'll start stocking up on milk (in the freezer) to use when I need a break.



#6 Funwith3

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:40 PM

QUOTE (Alacritous~Andy @ 02/01/2013, 10:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Having a breast pump is handy. Just a manual one, like a Avent one, is fine.  I wouldn't bother with a costly electric one if you aren't sure you're going to need it.


I've had a manual one for my first two babies. I could never get much milk out, and it used to take forever! This time around I invested in an electric Medela pump....I would never go back to manual!!! My Medela is much faster and much more efficient. It has helped me through several bouts of mastitis. It's enabled me to express quite a lot of milk and have heaps frozen.

I would definitely get the best pump you can afford. It wouldn't be a waste of money.

#7 SnazzyFeral

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

I am a blow in from we are discussing but here is my 2 cents. It is always worthwhile to get one before your baby is born because everything can get pretty crazy in the first few weeks of having a new baby and if you are like me who needed to express to build my supply from the second DS was born you need to have a pump on hand. If you have no trouble breastfeeding it will seem like a bit of a waste but if you do have trouble you will be so glad to have one. Try to get an electric one while you have time to find one on gumtree if you don’t want to spend a lot because if you do need to pump full time from birth you will not have time to find a good deal. I ended up spending $250 on a mediocre electric pump that I had to get delivered to the hospital when I had seen much better quality ones on gumtree for pennies prior to birth.

#8 Tobias'smum

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

i used an avent manual one it was my best friend for 8 months - i had so much milk and i couldnt hand express  - when a part brke (our fault not the pumps fault) i waited outside the chemist until they opened and rushed home to use it , it was easy to use and clean

#9 Minxybug

Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:12 AM

Yes if you are planning to breastfeed get one now before baby is born. It can help with supply (to increase or let off) and if you can express and freeze milk then there is always the option for Dh/Dp to have some bonding time feeding baby.

Found my so valuable and still have it now so that will be 3 babies I have used it for.


#10 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:14 AM

I'm so glad you asked this question! I have just been wondering whether to buy a breast pump now or not. I think I will.

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 03 January 2013 - 04:15 AM.


#11 dreamingofcats

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:20 AM

Absolutely.

It has helped me be able to have a nap during the day as I can express a bottle and someone else can feed her while I have a lie down.



#12 mumma_ox

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:41 AM

Yes, but I was able to borrow a friend's in the early months.  I bought one of my own when I went back to work.

A previous commenter mentioned that she didn't like the manual pump - I was the opposite, I didn't particularly like the automatic one as it made me feel like a cow in a dairy.  The manual one I have now is much more comfortable and I am able to control the flow as if my baby was taking the milk directly.  Given that a manual pump is much cheaper than an electric, I'd suggest starting with it and if you need to invest in an electric later then do so.

I wouldn't say a pump was an absolute essential, but it was certainly helpful - like most baby stuff really!

#13 melodypond

Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:24 AM

I would say so.  My plan was to breastfeed but nature had other plans so I comp fed.

If you can get it cheap from work, why not?  I had a double electric (Ameda Purely Yours) which was great.  I sold it after I used it pretty solidly for two babies but really, it paid for itself.

Even if you haven't any issues breastfeeding it might be nice to be able to express a feed here and there if your baby is willing to take a bottle to give you a break  original.gif

#14 whatnamenow

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:22 AM

i to am not in this DIG but will throw my 2 cents worth in.

Breast pump = essential but make sure its the right one...

I had an avent electric that also comes with battery pack and parts to make it a manual one as well and love it.  Unfortunatly the kids let the dog inside and he decided he loved it too.

Replaced it with a Nuk brand one and threw it out 2 min after using it.  it was horrible and really hurt. Got another Avent.  DD has just been in hospital needing to be NG tube fed with expressed milk and they offered me the use of their hospital grade medela pump.  i got less than half of the milk i usually get so switched back to my pump.

Everyone is different. But hand expressing is horrible..  it leaks everywhere and breast milk is sticky.

#15 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:34 AM

The other option is that you can hire a variety of pumps through the ABA, so if you want to "try before you buy" an expensive electric, you can.

#16 livvie7586

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:37 AM

i do belong here, but i'm going to go against everything that everyone else has said.

To me a breastpump was a useless piece of crap that after 2 babies got handed on to someone else.  brand wise it was fine (an Avent), it worked fine, but i had no use for it.  Breastfeeding went fine (ds fed until he was 21 months, DD until about 17 months), but i just never had need to pump.

i'm 28 weeks, and wouldn't bother buying another one this time around.  No one i know IRL got any use out of theirs, either

#17 lozoodle

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:39 AM

I found it handy with DD2. I'm really hopeless at breastfeeding and can't get the attachment right so I'm a bottle feeder mainly, so it was good having the pump to at least be able to do a mix of breastmilk and formula. I have the medina mini electric and found it way better than a crappy handheld. I could never get a letdown with a manual pump.

I wont be breastfeeding this baby at all, but I do intend on expressing a little for as long as I can be bothered.

I wouldn't buy one just in case, I'd wait and see if you need it. You can always hire one original.gif
I didn't buy mine until DD2 was 4 weeks old.

Edited by lozoodle, 03 January 2013 - 06:40 AM.


#18 Kay1

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:40 AM

I had low supply in the early weeks with all three kids and had to pump to increase my supply. A hand pump was very useful and was permanently attached to me for the first 3-4 weeks.

I still use it now and then when I have to leave DS3 with someone else. He will take a bottle of formula or EB so MIL or DH can give him that if needed and then I just express when I get home.

#19 Alxeen

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:02 AM

Another vote for yes here! Hand expressing is fine for colostrum but inadequate when your milk comes in. As to whether to get one now, I think it depends on whether you'd intend to definitely use one (useful for a night out or just a break and get DH to bottle feed) or whether it would be sitting there just in case. If its the former I'd say get one and get a manual to start with, but if its the latter I'd say don't bother and wait until you're actually considering it or need it. A pump is great for low or high supply in the early days too.

I had a manual with DD but this time around I got a double electric. My plan is to BF but a pump is usually the difference b/w exclusively feeding and 'topping up' with formula. Depends which way you want to go but for me a pump is a must have.

#20 ~shannon~

Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

I found hand expressing incredibly difficult, but as soon as I got my first pump (Avent manual) it was a breeze and helped me a lot in the early days as I made more milk than my baby could keep up with.

For my second baby I got the Avent electric pump secondhand (ebay I think) because I needed to express at work and wanted something faster and more efficient, and it never let me down (hee hee pardon the pun).

I like that the Avent brand parts can be used on the manual or electric pumps and you can buy spare parts if needed. I also bought these really great freezing trays that were like long sticks so they could go straight into a bottle for thawing out or reheating.

If you can get one cheap, then I would go for it. Even if you never use it, you will likely be able to resell on ebay or to someone else.

#21 Marchioness Flea

Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

I breast fed for over 2.5 years(pretty sure I've finally weaned her, yay me!) and I never once used a breast pump.

I'm of the opinion that other people can bond with a baby JUST FINE by cuddling it and settling it and bathing it and changing it's nappy etc. I don't think you NEED to feed a baby to bond with that child.

If you are planning on going back to work it might be a good idea, but I'd wait till you decide you need one first. Otherwise it sits and gathers dust.

#22 Jax12

Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

Sorry, another blow in...

It was for me but I was back at work part time when DS was 3 months old.

Another who found the Avent manual pump great- this is what I used in the early days.  I bought a Medela Freestyle for when I was back at work which was handy during my lunch break because I could double pump while eating/reading a magazine.  It was portably, cordless, light and fairly quiet.  It was also pretty pricey though so I wouldn't bother if you weren't going to need to express long term.

If I was planning on being home for the first year of baby's life I probably wouldn't invest much money in a pump.  It was always easier for me to breastfeed than express a feed so if I was home I'd rather do it myself and save the EBM for when I was out and DS was being babysat.





#23 Missmarymack

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:17 PM


I have only used a pumP with DD1 to keep up my supply while I was away from her on a uni placement (she wouldn't take a bottle), and don't plan on expressing with DD2.  If you are planning on routinely expressing to feed your little on EBM that of course it is a different story, but a pump is really not a necessity.

QUOTE (Jenflea @ 14/01/2013, 06:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm of the opinion that other people can bond with a baby JUST FINE by cuddling it and settling it and bathing it and changing it's nappy etc. I don't think you NEED to feed a baby to bond with that child.

This.
I think the notion that a dad needs to feed to bond with baby is a bit of a cop out. He can definitely bond with a bub via many other ways.

#24 Contrebasse

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:24 PM

I bought a Medela Harmony manual pump which was perfect for my needs. I probably use it 1-3 times a week depending on what I have on. Hand expressing IMO is way too messy unless you are just doing it in the shower to relieve engorgement.

Considering DD fed every two hours for 4-5 months, if I hadn't been able to leave her between feeds I would have gone crazy!

#25 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

Another blow in.   I never could get the hang of expressing by hand but got lots with a manual pump and even more with a Medela Swing electric.

I mainly used it when I went back to work, but it was handy to be able to express an hour after the bedtime feed, then go to bed and sleep through the next feed, so I could get a good block of sleep.

Edited to make sense.

Edited by meggs1, 14 January 2013 - 06:33 PM.





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