Well it's time. I start work again part-time the week after next. It's time to make a few decisions, so I'm here to ask for some opinions/suggestions/advice.
LO is 14 weeks old. I've been EPing since the beginning, and I rent a Medela Lactina Select from month to month. Since I plan to continue pumping, I would like to buy a pump. I was planning on buying the same pump (maybe from eBay) since I'm used to it and at 6 pumps/day, I think I need a hospital grade pump. Opinions?
I'm concerned about pumping at work. It's a new job and I'm not sure what my schedule will be yet, but I had this big brainstorm yesterday that I would buy a manual pump and pump on the way to work (in the car) and then on the way home from work (again in the car). One hand on the wheel and pump one breast, then the other hand on the wheel and pump the other breast. (It's about a 35 minute drive each way.) I was thinking about the Avent manual pump. I don't think I can double-pump in the car. When I double-pump at home, I need both hands to hold the bottles up so I don't think that would work in the car. Plus, the Lactina is so big and cumbersome that I don't know if I want to haul it to work every day and back. (Plus I just read the post about forgetting things... makes me want to have two pumps!) The Avent pump has an option that comes with bottles and a bag with gel packs that might be nice too.
And then I'm thinking about all this BPA stuff. We've been using Avent bottles since the beginning, but the more I read about BPA the more I think maybe we should buy the BPA-free bottles? We like the Avent brand though.
And lastly, (this is aside from going to work) I'm wondering about nipple flow in the bottles we use. We used the one-hole nipples in the beginning and they worked fine. At the 3 month mark, I bought the 3-hole nipples (they didn't have the 2-hole ones) and that was a disaster. We went back to the one-hole ones. Should I keep using the slow flow and just buy new ones because they are getting old? Or should I try the 3-hole ones again? He takes the one-hole bottles fine (unless he's really hungry and then he's super noisy ).