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Thread: Pumping, bottles, and nursing oh my!?

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    Default Pumping, bottles, and nursing oh my!?

    Hi,
    I am about to be a mom for the 2nd time, i breastfed my son from birth until i was 4mo. pregnant this time(he was almost two when he self weaned) i never used bottles or formula at all. This time around I am wanting to pump and use bottles some starting at 6-8 weeks PP. I am jw what is the best pump and why and what are the best bottles. are electric pumps better than manual? why/why not? also i've read that its just as good to use a manual pump and pump on one breast while baby is feeding on the other, is that true, and when should i start pumping/storing and just any advice you have would be great bc i know a lot about breastfeeding but NOTHING about pumping and/or bottle feeding

    my daughter is due in 10 weeks btw
    thanks

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    Default Re: Pumping, bottles, and nursing oh my!?

    Are you going to need to pump often?
    Tracie

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    Default Re: Pumping, bottles, and nursing oh my!?

    i'm not sure, it depends on when/how much i go back to work and that sort of thing. i know i will be pumping for date nights w/ my husband or when he wants to feed the baby. it also depends on how well the actual breastfeeding goes, if pumping becomes easier/harder than actual nursing, etc.

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    Default Re: Pumping, bottles, and nursing oh my!?

    What the best pump is depends on your needs. If you're going to stay at home with your baby, and just need to pump a very occasional bottle, you may be able to get away with a simple manual or cheap electric pump. If you're planning to go back to work part-time, and will be pumping frequently, you're going to want a decent electric pump- perhaps something like an Ameda Purely Yours or something even higher end than that. If you're going back to work full-time and will be relying heavily on your pump, you want a top-of-the-line electric pump like the Medela Pump in Style.

    Electric pumps are generally better than manual ones, since they create more suction and require less work on your part. Some moms have better results with manual pumps, but most moms find that electric pumps are best.

    also i've read that its just as good to use a manual pump and pump on one breast while baby is feeding on the other, is that true,
    Not necessarily. Moms are very individual in the way that they respond to pumps. Some moms can get away with a manual pump, some need a good double electric to get the same result.

    and when should i start pumping/storing
    You probably want to wait a few weeks before starting to pump. A lot of moms start pumping too early and end up pumping themselves into an oversupply situation. Best to let your supply have a few weeks to adjust to your baby's needs, and then start adding in pumping sessions.

    it also depends on how well the actual breastfeeding goes, if pumping becomes easier/harder than actual nursing, etc.
    Just a word of caution: pumping is often easier than nursing in the early days, when the baby is tiny and takes forever to feed. But it's really worth making sure you get nursing down pat before you start mucking around with bottles and pumping, since in the long run pumping is much, much harder than nursing. You don't want to introduce the bottle too early and wind up with a baby who prefers the bottle to the breast, and then get stuck exclusively pumping! (Not saying that will happen- just that it can.)
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