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    My baby is due in 2 weeks and I am wondering when I should buy a breast pump. I will be a stay home mom for 6 months and then go back to work. I do plan on breast feeding for 1 year. So, do I need the breast pump right away in the first couple of weeks/month? Thanks for your advice.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2008

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    You don't really NEED one right away, but it would be nice to have in case you did need it. Also after a month or two of BFing,you may want to start pumping to build up a freezer stash for when you return to work.

    Here's my experience...I didn't buy one at first, then I needed one about a week after dd was born, I was too engorged for her to latch andstarting to get clogged ducts...I couldn't get the hang of manual expression so I had to send DH to the store to buy me a cheap manual pump. the thing got used a few times and then I bought the PISA for when I went back to work.
    Proud mom of 2:
    DD 5/2008 nursed for 3 years and 3 months.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Landof2toddlers, Oregon

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    Personally, I think you are less likely to have the kind of problems that require a breastpump if you have one before baby is born (Murphy's law kind of thing)

    Call your insurance co and see i they cover one under durable medical goods. If they do they should be able to tell you how to do it at least hassle to yourself. If not i would say go for the freestyle. There are some links on past threads about places that have them at reasonable prices.

    HTH and have fun with that baby
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    I'm having problems pumping, so I'm not really the best one to give advice on the subject, lol. I can tell you from experience (after buying a Medela pump in style and then not being able to pump with my first child) that once you open it, IT'S YOURS TO KEEP. You can buy one whenever you want, but you definitely shouldn't open it until your milk supply is established. I'm not sure of the return policy--they may not take it even if the box is still sealed. Just my $0.02, for what it's worth. I learned the hard way! I ended up selling my pump to a friend for $75 (I paid $350 for it) and she went out and bought new tubing and phlanges. At least I got *some* money back, but that was still a serious chunk of change I spent on the pump!

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    Join Date
    May 2006

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    Buy it now. It's nice to have the pump immediately available in case you need it. I didn't think I was going to need a pump, since I was staying home with my baby. I took a loaner pump from a friend, and boy was I glad I did! I ran into problems and very quickly needed to pump.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Pepin, WI

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    I didn't think I would need a pump because I planned on being at home and never ever giving my lo a bottle, lol! Looking back the best advice that I could give anyone is that you should have a pump before you have a baby!! You may not need it but if you do you will be so so happy that it is there when you need it. If I had had a pump in the beginning I think it would have saved me alot of tears! (sidenote, now I EP, but that's another story Bottom line- prepare for the unexpected!! Good luck!!
    I'm Chris
    Proud mama to my two boys, Elijah and Archer and one baby girl Elsa.
    my 6 month old daughter and with number 4
    with my husband Tom

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008

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    I would definitely buy it now. I planned not to need it until I was getting ready to go back to work, but due to some unanticipated medical issues after my son was born, I wasn't able to breastfeed him for several days. The pump was invaluable.

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