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    Default Good, Informative Article On Buying a Breast Pump

    Hey everyone shopping for a breast pump. I wanted to offer this Consumer Reports article I found that helped me out a lot when I was shopping for a breast pump.

    http://consumerreports.org/cro/babie...pping-tips.htm

    There's a bunch of good info in there. Check it out.

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    Default Re: Good, Informative Article On Buying a Breast Pump

    I just wanted to comment that owning a pump is not a necessity if you aren't pumping at work. I ended up getting a manual pump for the one day a week I'm at work, but I haven't used it in 6 months. I hand express if I need to store milk. I can't imagine spending $300 on a pump. For mom's who work full time, of course you need a good pump. But if you'll rarely be away from your baby, a manual pump or hand expression is fine.

    Honestly, I find pumping yucky. Cleaning the pump makes me paranoid, and the whole business gives me squimish feelings.

    Just a thought. Before my LO was born, everyone I talked to made it sound like I /needed/ a $300 medela.

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    Default Re: Good, Informative Article On Buying a Breast Pump

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*TimsMom View Post
    Just a thought. Before my LO was born, everyone I talked to made it sound like I /needed/ a $300 medela.
    I got that feeling too. If you're breastfeeding you automatically need a pump. With my first I got a mini-electric because I was paranoid about leaving my baby without any expressed milk even if I was only going to be gone for two hours. It was pretty useless though. I was never able to pump more than 1/4 to 1/2 an ounce, no matter how long I spent at it. Hand expression worked better. With my second I didn't bother with a pump at all.

    The article breaks down the types of pumps and does say if you're only going to be gone occasionally which pumps are adequate and which are overkill.
    Karen

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    Default Re: Good, Informative Article On Buying a Breast Pump

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*TimsMom View Post

    Just a thought. Before my LO was born, everyone I talked to made it sound like I /needed/ a $300 medela.
    And it's just not true. I had so many people tell me I needed a pump and were all shocked when I told them I hadn't purchased one by the time baby #1 was born. I waited to see what my needs were before buying one.

    If you aren't going to be at work FT, you probably don't need the $300 pump. And I did just fine for about 5 years with a hand pump, even working PT. It wasn't until later, when I started pumping almost FT for someone else's baby, where I got the double electric, and that one was just $150 and has done just fine (until now, when I have to EP).

    Good and interesting article.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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