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Expressing. Electric or hand pump?

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Ninjacat Wed 04-Nov-09 16:50:13

I am 38wks pregnant and leaving it a bit late with the whole feeding malarky.
Please could you give me your opinions on the best way to express.
Many thanks

arolf Wed 04-Nov-09 17:22:08

only started 3 days ago, but for giving DS one supplemental evening bottle, I've found manual expressing fine - cheap pump, and very easy to use. i've got the tommee tippee pump. i have not tried an electric pump though!

if you're 38 weeks, you hopefully won't need to worry about expressing for a while though - think the advice is to wait until breastfeeding is well established (4-6 weeks) before introducing a bottle.

Fanjita Wed 04-Nov-09 17:44:08

I just expressed for 6 months with DS1 using a handpump and at the end of that time I did feel like I had RSI. I tried an electric pump at the hospital over 3 years ago and found a hand pump to be more effective at that time. However I have just hired an Ameda Lactaline to express for DS2 and would recommend it. You could try hiring one and see what you think before buying. You get sterile packs for the bits that come in contact with your breasts/milk so safe to hire. My only word of caution is that when I switched from handpump to electric I was so amazed by how much easier it was and how much I was getting that I think I overpumped and got two bouts of mastitis from engorgement or bruised boobs.

Ninjacat Wed 04-Nov-09 20:01:34

Thank you. shock at the bruised nipples.

Cosmogirl Wed 04-Nov-09 20:12:11

I tried a handpump (tt) early days but found it unpleasant to use and didn't get a lot out. When DD was 6 months (can't believe I waited so long!) I tried hand expression and found it to be fantastic! Plus no parts to wash/sterilise etc...
Bit like milking a cow but very effective. I can easily get 5 oz out in a day if I take an oz off after a feed.

Started a thread a while ago and ladies said that hand expression is actually just as good as an electric pump - only diff is a pump might be a bit quicker.

Good luck - 38 wks isn't too late to be thinking about it - as I say it took me until dd was 6 ms to really get into expressing. Some women never get their heads around it/do it.

devilsadvocaat Wed 04-Nov-09 20:17:39

i also have tommee tippee manual and think it's v good

JaMmRocks Wed 04-Nov-09 20:19:32

I've been using a medela electric one and found it really good

star6 Wed 04-Nov-09 20:19:45

I have rather small breasts and found expressing quite difficult. WIth a medela double pump, I was able to do it quickly and comfortably. Don't get the Avent ISIS pump. It hurts and it very machine-like!

clairesparkle Wed 04-Nov-09 20:28:39

If you think you'll be doing alot of it (?!) the electric pumps are really good - I think you can hire hospital grade Medela ones which are MUCH better than the smaller ones you can buy. Having said that, when I was only occasionally expressing, the manual pump was fine. Your hand will hurt after a while though!

Claire236 Wed 04-Nov-09 20:31:31

Used double electric in hospital with ds1 which was fantastic. Bought manual which was ok but made my hand ache. Currently 35 weeks with ds2 & bought Medela Swing which is supposed to be really good.

YourCallIsImportant Wed 04-Nov-09 20:34:50

Medela Mini Electric pump was brilliant, although I remember feeling like a dairy cow at milking time.

star6 Thu 05-Nov-09 11:17:39

I used medela pump in style. It all came in a neat little black backpack and I could take it anywhere as it had a battery charger as well as a plug.

KatherineHepburn Thu 05-Nov-09 20:10:04


I hired a Medela Symphony - found it really quick & excellent. Can recommend.

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