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  1. Re: FYI: I mixed my pumps and got the best pump ever

    Well darn! I tried them with my PISA and my boobs just didn't like them. They are very comfortable, but for some reason I could hardly get any milk out with them. I pumped for 25 minutes and only...
  2. Re: FYI: I mixed my pumps and got the best pump ever

    Yep, the Symphony tubes will work with the Embrace shields. You have to remove the hard plastic part that normally goes into the back of the medela shield. You should be able to just pop it off. ...
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    Re: Medela tubing interchangeable?

    You don't even need to cut off the end...I just stuck the Symphony tubing right on my PISA and it fits fine.
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    Rotating Freezer stash

    I am EPing for my surro daughter, who is 3 weeks old today. I'm making 50 oz/day and she is only drinking 20-25 oz so my freezer is getting full! I have 200 oz in the freezer and another 60 oz of...
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    Re: HELP! EP pumps and questions

    I am 3 weeks PP today, and I started out with my Freestyle and just got the Symphony on Thursday because I have heard over and over that you need a hospital grade to establish your supply when you...
  6. Re: Pumping Is Wearing Me Out! Question for women that exclusively pump

    Yes, you can eliminate the 3 am pumping. Many recommend going no more than 6 hours between pumping sessions though, so you might want to rearrange the other pumping times.

    There are a few ways...
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    Re: HELP! EP pumps and questions

    I have also heard that the Lactina is the same as the PIS, just for multiple users, and the Symphony is the same as the Freestyle. I have a Freestyle and I'm actually waiting for my Symphony rental...
  8. Re: problem w/my avent pump/anyone have evenflo dual pump?

    Are the white valve/membrane thingies blocked? Or are the diaphragms worn out? Those are the only two things that I think would prevent the milk from going into the bottle (if I'm understanding the...
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    Re: The first years pump

    I haven't used their electric pump, so this is probably not helpful...but I did use their manual pump and it was total garbage. I could get more out hand expressing than I could with their pump.
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    Re: Business Trip w/o Baby

    I've traveled a few times with breast milk. I put it in an ice chest and taped it shut with packing tape before I even got to the airport. When I checked in I checked the cooler and told them it...
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    Re: Hurricanes and frozen breastmilk

    Ditto this. I know (from other surros who ship EBM) that in a fully packed cooler with dry ice, the EBM can stay frozen solid for at least 24 hours, even in the summer! When you pack the cooler...
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    Re: Hand pump and electric?

    Go with the Freestyle if you can! It's as effective as the PIS and other similar electric pumps, but it's easy and portable like a hand pump. It was a God send for me when I was EPing and working...
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    Re: uneven supply

    Ditto! My lefty is a super producer! I always tried to pump the right side a bit longer hoping it would even them out, but it never helped.
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    Re: Heating milk while out?

    I've used one of those portable warmers that you plug into the cigarette lighter in your car and it was worthless. It didn't do anything to heat up a cold bottle.

    I think thermos of hot water and...
  15. Re: Experience pumping as a waitress/server?I

    Yep, my Freestyle saved my life (well, milk supply) when I was pumping and serving. I didn't mention anything about it when I was interviewing, though. They can't "technically" not hire you because...
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    Re: Surviving International Flight

    I just pumped in my seat on a very packed cross country flight. I didn't care what anyone else thought :D I have a Medela Freestyle so it made the portability factor much easier than a bigger pump,...
  17. Re: Breastmilk donation in San Jose or LA

    Milk Share has a yahoo group for matching donors and recipients. You may be able to connect with someone there for a one time donation.
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    Re: Milk Storage in a deep freezer

    If it is a deep freeze with a consistent tempurature of 0F you can store it up to one year.
  19. Re: Is the Pumpmate system still available?

    I don't know if this will work in your situation, but I exclusively pumped for my surrogate son and we used water bottles for milk storage. I would pour the water into a glass (helped me remember to...
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    Re: need some encouragement

    I would try pumping for longer than 7 minutes per session. I would often have a second letdown after about 15 minutes of pumpings that was good for about 2-3 oz. Also, if you can fit it in, try to...
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    Re: Pumpin' Pal

    I use the Pumpin' Pal sheilds and really like them. They allow you to sit back while pumping instead of having to sit straight upright. I'm not sure if the will help with emptying your breast...
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    Re: putting parts in fridge ?

    No, not the motor...just the horns/flanges (whatever they're called.) The top part that you would normally wash after every pumping.
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    Re: putting parts in fridge ?

    I'm so glad I read this thread! I EPed for my surro son and I just stuck the pump parts back in the fridge after my night time pumpings (too tired to clean it at 2 am!) but I was always worried that...
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    Re: How much/How long???

    Ideally, you should be pumping on the same schedule that your LO is feeding. However, working and pumping every 2 hours isn't very practical, but you should try to pump as often as possible. Going...
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    Re: Blanching on areola

    If the 27 mm is working for you then I would keep using it. A good portion of my areola goes into the flange when I pump. You can try calling a lactation consultant and see if they can give you...
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