To ask for your breast pump recommendations?
Cw112 · 21/09/2022 18:00
Due in the next couple of months and hoping to bf but would like to find a decent breast pump and would love some honest reviews from any you have used to give me a steer on what to buy! There's so much variety and they can be expensive so would be great to know how you all got on with them! Ideally I'd like something that can be used without being plugged in and maybe hands free but open to any and all suggestions! Thanks in advance!
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AwkwardPaws27 · 21/09/2022 21:10
I use a Haakaa (silicone pump, which works through suction). I pop that on one side & DS on the other, & usually get 3-4 oz.
I only pump for occasional feeds though - just building up a small stash so DH can feed when I need a break (he's doing it now while I'm mumsnetting in the bath 😅) or for evenings out.
I'd really recommend spending some time reading about establishing breastfeeding & preparing for the first six weeks where you are establishing supply. You can cause oversupply if you overdo the pumping during the first six weeks, it's preferable to just feed on demand (if possible, of course).
It can feel very relentless at first but I've found it much easier once we were through that first six weeks. We had a very tough start to feeding, DS lost a lot of weight, but I really appreciate it now (no getting out of bed to make bottles & instant comfort for teething).
MarianneVos · 21/09/2022 21:14
I agree with not getting anything until you know why you might be pumping/how often/what your supply is like.
I also don't find pumping more convenient (takes longer than direct feeding so doesn't actually save you any time), so have only done it when I've really needed to.
MarianneVos · 21/09/2022 21:16
If you really want one, this Bella baby one is cheap and excellent - pretty much as good as the one I used in hospital.
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