Re: electric vs. manual breastpump
I personally haven’t tried the Dr. Brown’s manual pump. I have the Medela Pump in Style Advanced only because I pump at least 3 times a day (3 times a day at work, and sometimes an extra pump session at home). I think it’s your best bet to get an electric double pump if you will be pumping a lot to increase your supply. The Ameda Purely Yours pump is very comparable to the Medela, but is much cheaper, so that may be an option for you.
Also, pumping takes a lot of practice. Every women reacts different to pumping…some can get a let-down really quickly, others can’t. Breast compression/massaging your breasts while you pump will definitely help yield more milk. Another thing to consider is taking herbal supplements (fenugreek), drinking mother’s milk tea (you can get this from GNC), and eating oatmeal…to help increase your milk supply…see below for more information.
Fenugreek Seed for Increasing Milk Supply
Oatmeal for increasing milk supply
HTH! Good luck!
Aleina... born on Mother's Day, May 14, 2006...7lbs 4oz, 21.6 inches
Lauryn Elle...January 26, 2008...7lbs 15oz, 20 inches