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02/10/2013 at 14:23
i bought my first mother & baby magazine last week and read it on holiday !
i was surprised to see they rent out electric breast pumps. can i ask if anyone has done this? is it hygienic ?
also with regards to buying one i have seen the Medela Swing Electric Breastpump seems to have really good reviews but they are expensive for something you dont know if you will be able to use. however would possibly need to have just incase
how do you go about planning for breast feeding ?
02/10/2013 at 14:33
I had a long term loan of a double breast pump whilst Luke was in hospital. the actual machine (motor that powers the suction) doesn't touch your body, but the shield (cups over your boobs) are patient specific and the tubing that draws the suction in is also removable.
I think they are a good idea if you know you will need to express loan term but otherwise a regular pump should do.
02/10/2013 at 14:34
I haven’t done it obviously but it is fine because you replace the bits that can’t be cleaned properly.
I am going to buy a pump anyway. If I can’t bf I will express, and if bf works perfectly I will still need the odd bottle here and there of expressed milk so I can be away from the baby for any amount of time. Also I think it will be nice for H to be able to give the odd feed.
Baby will be exclusively breast for the first few months, but then it shouldn’t be a problem to introduce the odd bottle here and there, and I’ll be getting the bottles that are slow flow and meant to be better for mix feeding.
02/10/2013 at 14:51
You just need to buy new piping and suction thingies (sure there's a proper name) but they're not expensive. It's the actual machine that's costly and that just produces the suction it doesn't come into contact with you or your milk.
In an ideal world you wouldn't express for a few weeks until BFing is established but it's never black and white. I expressed from day 2 as he was jaundiced and too sleepy to latch on so did use a pump from the beginning.
02/10/2013 at 15:10
Some pumps have sealed systems so the milk cannot come into contact with the internals, and some don't, as long as the one you're hiring is sealed it's perfectly hygienic as the parts that come into contact with the milk are replacable. The medela swing doesn't have a sealed system, mine got milk in it, and is now borked. It was good while it lasted, but that was only about a year, and I'm going to have to buy a new one for baby #2. (Which I will do - if bf works I'll need it for the odd expressed feed, and if it doesn't I'll need a pump because I'll want to feed some ebm for as long as possible.)
brilliant thank you ladies!
im going to be having a look on ebay!
does anyone have any recommendations ?
02/10/2013 at 16:19
The swing is the dogs bollox. I used the big Medea pumps in special care and bought the portable swing for home. Did the same job and just as good in my experience. If you'll be expressing regularly its worth it
02/10/2013 at 16:52
out of curiosity and total ignorance, in the pictures the pumps all have a bottle attached, do you have to use this bottle or can you attach your own bottle?
for instance we were looking at dr browns bottles?
02/10/2013 at 17:02
You have to use a bottle that's compatible
02/10/2013 at 17:08
you can always use the bottle that comes with the pump, then decant the milk into your chosen bottles.
02/10/2013 at 17:33
You have to use the bottle that fits the pump ie for the swing it is medela bottles but you can just pour this into a different bottle (I used tommee tippee)
02/10/2013 at 17:39
Exactly what HT said, inc us using TT! Also if you pump to freeze, you can attach the bag straight on to the pump then store immediately.
02/10/2013 at 17:45
Brilliant hank you ladies!!!
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