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Breastfeeding - Expressing

(15 Posts)
meltingmarshmallows Fri 27-Oct-17 14:07:38

I’m looking for a bit of advice re: breastfeeding.

I’m hoping to breastfeed and baby is due in 3 weeks. I’ve bought a cushion, bras, tops and pads but otherwise just have the boobs & a load of phone numbers printed off ready.

Is expressing something I’ll have to do? I haven’t bought a pump, bottles or bags as really wasn’t sure. Is it a good idea to buy that in advance or does it come later once things are more established?

Also is there anything else I should buy?


Santawontbelong Fri 27-Oct-17 14:10:00

I have bf lots of dc and never owned a pump!! Anything else to buy? Yes - some magazines to occupy yourself while you bf!! Good luck and enjoy!!

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Fri 27-Oct-17 14:15:39

I don't think it's necessary but it might be helpful. I didn't get my head around expressing and bottle feeding until later - maybe when my ds was 20 weeks old. I was just too tired to figure out what I needed! By then my ds wouldn't take a bottle and I was stuck exclusively breast feeding him for a very long time. As he didn't take to food very well, I wasn't able to be away for him for more than two hours until he was 10 months old!

meltingmarshmallows Fri 27-Oct-17 14:16:31

Thanks for your responses both.

I feel a bit daunted at the prospect of expressing so think perhaps doing it further down the line would make sense.

Will stock up on magazines smile

Foggymist Fri 27-Oct-17 14:18:56

It's not recommended to express until about 6 weeks after birth anyway when supply is established so don't worry about it for now. I picked up a pump and some bottles when ds was 4-6 weeks old, but didn't really express much until I needed a stash for a hen at 7 months.

MadeForThis Fri 27-Oct-17 14:22:20

Lanishol cream and nipple shields.
You might not need them but you will be glad to have them if you do.

I started to express with DD at 2 weeks. But only ever managed to get small amounts. Gave her one bottle a day. I wouldn't worry about getting a pump or bottles until you see how breastfeeding is going. It takes a lot of extra time and I was usually too tired to be bothered.

TheLegendOfBeans Fri 27-Oct-17 14:30:03

My DD had a terrible tongue tie and I had to express basically from day 3 when milk came in.

DS is two weeks old and I need to know how much he’s feeding as he’s poorly and I can only do that by expressing.

My milk supply went haywire but has now settled. I get the same amount now when I express. No more lumpy bumpy boobs. All by day 15.

I’m in the minority as expressing is faffy but it works for me. Best pumps are manual believe it or not. My one is the Philips Avent and it’s ace.

FusionChefGeoff Fri 27-Oct-17 14:38:31

My pump was helpful in the early days to sort of pull out my nipple, get milk flowing quicker and made it easier for a pretty small DS to latch. So if you think you might express later, it’s worth getting now just in case I think.

OnNaturesCourse Fri 27-Oct-17 14:43:47

I've bought a pump already. Midwife happy for me to use in the run up to birth (36+) to collect and then from roughly 4-6 weeks post birth. Xx

GreenGoblin0 Fri 27-Oct-17 14:44:18

no need for pump straight away. only used it a couple of times with my first and not at all so far with second (now 6 mo) you can hire them from hospital if there is am urgent need or easily buy one from boots/amazon etc. there's a lot of stuff marketed at bfing mums that really isn't necessary. your boobs obv plus good fitting nursing bra , pads (I prefer washable ones) and lansinoh are all you need in the early days (plus support from those around you and phone numbers for advice if needed.

NameChange30 Fri 27-Oct-17 14:52:08

Do you want to express? I always did (wanted the option of having a break but allowing DH/others to feed the baby with breast milk rather than formula) but others are happy just to breastfeed. Expressing can be a faff and it's an extra job to do when you already have little time, so only worth doing if you actually want to. Having said that, there might be issues you haven't planned for - if you can't breastfeed for some reason - and you might decide to express.

If you're not bothered either way you could wait and see, then hire or buy a pump if necessary. Do look at the Haakaa pump though, it's not expensive and it's an easy way to get milk from one boob while feeding from the other. I used it quite a bit in the early days. But have mostly used my Ardo Calypso double electric pump since then.

user1493413286 Fri 27-Oct-17 15:49:30

Nipple cream; I was doing ok until about 6 weeks in after a bad night i really needed it and wished I’d thought ahead as just popping out to get something becomes a mammoth task with a baby

NameChange30 Fri 27-Oct-17 16:14:15

YY to nipple cream. Lansinoh!

lorisparkle Fri 27-Oct-17 16:24:01

I had a breast pump which I used a little, was never able to produce that much. I used to pump when I could and freeze in containers but I never gave mine a bottle. When tiny they had a small little cup about the size of an egg cup and they literally lapped up the milk and then a doidy cup. I found they would never take much from other people but enough to keep them happy until I got home! I was happy to exclusively breast feed but it isn’t for everyone. Some people can express loads - my friend donated hers! Others do a mixture. I do think a pump is useful just a manual advent one as previously suggested.

meltingmarshmallows Fri 27-Oct-17 22:17:06

Thanks everyone! Will check out the recommendations.

Have stocked up on nipple cream - forgot to mention that in my list!

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