Sorry to jump in on this thread, but does anyone know if using one of htese would make bfing easier? I had a dreadful time last time - lasted three weeks of cracked nipples, mastitis, etc, and eventually gave up - fed ds on formula and expressed milk (used the Avent hand pump, never got more than 2oz out at a time...). I just wondered if I used an electric pump from the very beginning it might build up a supply of milk more gently than a baby tugging away?? Or am I being stupid? Just thought anything to make it easier and give me a chance of making a go of it this time was worth investigating!
don't worry miranda2. i posted this thread for eaxactly the same reasons. your situation is identical to mine with DD.
i had loads of milk last time but it took ages to get anything with the hand pump so i gave up. i don't want that to happen this time.
i think i'm just going to see how it goes this time with number 2 but i know i'll be able to express more effectively with a dual electric pump.
hope this makes sense. thanks for all your views ladies - keep them coming.
I used the medela double, which was sent to me by a (fab!) aunt. I used it because I was having such a hard time b/f - very very sore but wanted to keep on feeding. Doing the pump gave my breasts a bit of a break and time to recover. The reason for the soreness for me was lack of correct position (babby's mouth on breast that is) but was able to continue due to the pump and also with help of a b/feeding counsellor.
Anyway, it was a bit mad, with me pumping and husband sitting up and giving a bottle, and at times it did feel a bit bovine, but I am really glad I did it, and the medela was super efficient and much easier than the avent hand pump.
By the way, like you Miranda2, I was very worried about b/f second time around, but it was much better than I had expected - you might find it the same.