Re: Pump decisions
You should get an electric double pump. A lot of ladies around here use the Medela Pump In Style, or Pump in Style Advanced, which are personal use items. There is also the new Freestyle, which seems really neat and is hands free and tiny. Sixyearplan has a website for where she got hers that has good deals. Perhaps she will come along and link it up.
There are also other brands of pumps that other folks like, Lansinoh & Avent both make them, I think.
Another option is renting a hospital grade pump. In my town you can rent them from BabiesRUs and from a local midwife. I believe that it runs about $20-$50 a month depending on where you live, etc. Do you work at a large corporation? Have you checked into what options there are at work? My company actually has a pump loan program where you can check out a hospital grade pump - although it is first come, first served.
Regarding the personal use pumps that I talked about above. Some people buy them used on craigslist, ebay, get them from a friend, etc. That is a personal decision - there is a small risk that some milk from the previous user could get into the system and then into the milk you pump for your baby. I chose to purchase a brand new pump, which was approx. $250, but I figured that would be the same cost a 3 months of formula - so after the first three months I would be saving money. Not that I ever wanted to use formula - just an argument for my husband if he chose to question my decision to buy a pump.
With your work schedule, I would porbably pump at 10 AM and 3 or 4 PM. I don't think your baby would need more bottles than that if you're going to nurse at lunch time. You may want to add another pumping session on a day if you're going to be at work longer.
Congratulations on your new baby! Is it 23 weeks until your baby is born, or 23 weeks until you have to go back to work?
Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months