Re: 1st time mom-to-be... electric or manual pump?
Welcome and congratulations on the baby to come!
I am with the PP: if you're going to be working more than just an hour or two a day, you're going to need a good double electric pump with properly sized shields. A double electric will enable you to get the most milk in the least time, and with the least effort. If you're going to work part-time, the Ameda Purely Yours or something in that range might be a good choice. If you're going to be working full-time, go a step up to something like a Medela Pump in Style or a Hygeia Enjoye. If these pumps seem pricey, weigh the cost against a year's supply of formula (typically $1500-2000), and you'll see that the pump is a bargain in comparison!
Definitely do not warm milk in the microwave. Not only will the microwave destroy a lot of important elements in the milk, and potentially overheat the milk, but microwaves heat unevenly- ever taken something out of the microwave only to discover that bits are scalding hot while other bits are frozen?- and you don't want to risk having a boiling-hot pocket of milk inside an otherwise perfectly warm bottle. You can use the PP's water bath suggestion to warm a bottle, or, if you're lucky, your baby will be okay with cold milk and warming won't be a problem for you!
Having dad feed the baby is a great idea, but you should be aware of the following:
- Introduction of bottles should be delayed at least 4-6 weeks, or longer if mom and baby are having difficulty getting breastfeeding established. Babies latch differently on artificial nipples (bottles, pacis) and introducing them too early can have a negative impact on baby's ability to latch onto the breast.
- When you give a bottle, you should pump at the same time. Pumping for missed feedings will keep your milk supply at the right level; not pumping will cause it to decrease.
- If you get pushback from Dad or other family members about delaying bottle introduction, remind them that a) getting breastfeeding established is the number 1 priority for everyone in the family and b) there are lots of other ways for non-nursing family members to bond with the baby (e.g. wear baby in a sling, change diapers, give baths, sing lullabies, etc.).
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"