I am going to an NCT sale today and was wondering if it's trying to buy a breast pump there if there's any bargains? I am planning to breast feed and to start expressing when I can too. But, obviously, I don't know how I will get on.
Is it worth buying to have ready before the baby comes along?
I completely agree with Antidote. It's not recommended to express and give bottles until the baby is at least 6 weeks, and so that gives you plenty of time to wait and make sure you and the baby take to breastfeeding!
Saying that, if you spot a complete bargain at the sale then I'd probably grab it - you could always resell at another sale or ebay it. I bought a backpack carrier from ebay which my DS hated, but I then ended up selling it for twice the price at a nearly new sale at a later date.
Hi Saffra! When I had DD the hospital lent me a breast pump and said I could take it home if I wanted to. I left it in the end (it was a massive hospital grade milking machine) and bought a secondhand Medela Swing on eBay - ironically, from a lady who had bought it before her baby was born to be prepared and then ended up not breastfeeding.
There's no rush, but agree if you find a major bargain then why not?
Well, I bought one before giving birth and am very glad I did. After having an emergency c-section, I'm really struggling with my milk coming in late, and pumping is one of the things they recommend to help with that, to signal your body that there is a need for more milk. And this problem was only discovered after I got home from the hospital, so it saved us having to rush out and buy a pump. (Which is probably not a big deal if you can go and send DH, but I was glad that all I had to do was get it out of the cupboard).
I figured that if I didn't need the pump, I could always sell it again.
I very nearly bought the Tommee Tippee electric pump when it was half price in Mothercare, but decided to check out the reviews etc first. I found the reviews were very crap for the TT pump and really good for the Medela Swing. I have a friend who has the Medela Mini electric pump and it has faithfully served her with 2 babies, including regular expressing for he milk bank.
Having said that, I did buy the Tommee Tippee manual pump for a tenner in the Asda baby event and was pretty happy with it, so may just be horses for courses.