Hand pump for more than occasional pumping.. ?
I will be returning to work Sept - early Dec in a contract position, so I may end up working longer than that but for now it will just be Sept - Dec.
I have been home with DD since birth so I've only used the Medela hand pump for occasional bottles. I do have the single electric attachment for my pump but I rarely use it because I was so used to "doing it myself" and I kept laughing whenever I tried.
DD will be nearly 8 mos when I go back to work. Based on our schedule now, she would need 3 bottles while I was gone. I usually give her 3.5 oz bottles when I'm away and that seems to work. I have really good output when I pump (usually) but this seems like a lot of milk to pump each day! I'm wondering if my little pump can handle it! I'd def have to get used to the electric attachment because that's a lot of work by hand.
I'd rather not spend the money to upgrade because it's a lot of money for a short period of time. Even if I end up working longer, DD will be 1 in Jan and at some point she'll start eating a lunch which will help with the caloric intake during the day and I could pump less at that point too.
Anyone have any success pumping regularly with a "small" pump?
I'm Melissa, DD (01/12/2009) weaned at a little over 2 1/2 years