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11/08/2014 at 14:29
I am looking at exclusively expressing when this little one arrives!
I would like some recommendations of electric breast pumps, I have been looking at the Advent comfort single electric breast pump and the Tommee Tippee one but that one has bad reviews... anymore I should be looking at?
I have already ordered a tommee tippee manual breast pump, but I would like to have a manual and a electric one :)
11/08/2014 at 14:34
I think the Medela ones are good, I'm sure someone will say which model is best. I'll follow this thread with interest in case I have breast feeding issues again.
11/08/2014 at 14:35
The problem is there are so many to choose from!
I will have a look at the Medela now :)
11/08/2014 at 14:36
11/08/2014 at 14:39
Will have a look at that one too thanks MrsB
11/08/2014 at 15:29
If you are wanting to exclusively express, then definitely look for a dual/double pump to cut down on the time you are attached to a pump. Medela are very popular and the breastfeeding cafe at my local hospital loaned (for free) the mini electric ones to people needing to express.
11/08/2014 at 15:39
Oh that's good! Will discuss it more with my midwife when I get to the point when they ask me what I want to do :)
Thank you ladies will have a good look at all the pumps
11/08/2014 at 15:52
I have a medela swing single pump but you waste alot of milk from the other boob when expressing the first one - plus it takes aaaages doing them one at a time. I've just ordered the medela freestyle double pump instead but it hasn't arrived yet so I can't give any feedback on it - I'd assume it's pretty similar though but with the bonus of milking me in double time :D
11/08/2014 at 15:58
Haha at milking me! I will think about double one then! This is why I like normal peoples recommendations and not these reviews on the internet!
11/08/2014 at 19:36
I found a bargin Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump With Calma RRP £240.00 for £100! on ebay! Worth having a look on there too ladies!
11/08/2014 at 20:19
PS I don't think I've ever leaked from the other boob while expressing! You poor thing! I have the medela mini and really like it but only use it sporadically.
11/08/2014 at 20:34
Really? Sweetpea I am jealous... my H didn't believe me so I left both boobs uncovered last night and showed him. As I expressed from one the other literally poured out and was all over me and the floor. My boobs are too leak happy!! lol
11/08/2014 at 21:03
I used the tommee tippee manual pump in the early days (2 months) & would express on the opposite side whilst I fed on the other side as my daughter was great at getting my milk flowing!! I then looked into an electric 1 for when I went back to work. I tried the tommee tippee electric 1 but the milk kept ending up in the tubing which was a pain so I ended up buying a mini medela swing on ebay which I used from 6 months till a year. Worked well for me
11/08/2014 at 22:31
I got a medela swing, and also an avent manual. I really liked the medela till I used the manual and managed to get more off from that.
Why are you thinking of exclusively expressing if you don't mind me asking?
11/08/2014 at 23:01
Because I am not keen on the idea of breast feeding and would like hubby to be able to share doing the feeds when he can... I have GD to so breastmilk is better for them!
12/08/2014 at 08:44
I expressed for almost 7 months and exhausted my TT electric pump! The last month I actually just used my hands!
I would definitely recommend a dual one, you will save a lot of time!! If you can master the balancing act of feeding baby whilst pumping too, you'll be much happier! If you have any questions, just shout!
12/08/2014 at 09:16
Thank you! I am hoping to be a dab hand at it but we will see... I will have hubby home for 2 weeks and my parents for aslong as I need them!
12/08/2014 at 09:56
I've expressed and breastfed the twins for over a month. I third (fourth?) the double pump suggestion. I have a Medela Symphony on hire - these are £1,600 to buy, hence the hiring!
If you want a decent supply without nursing your baby you need to express around 8-10 times a day for the first 2/3 weeks. You also need to ensure at least one session is between midnight and 6am. Pump til the last drop then 2 more minutes. Don't leave more than 3 hours between expressing sessions until yor supply is well established (after 3 weeks).
All the above doesn't apply if you are nursing your baby too but was the advice given to me before the twins could suck. My supply is amazing (around 1.5L a day). You need to be dedicated if you're going to exclusively pump. It can be draining, and boring and time consuming as you then need to bottle feed and sterilise equipment too.
However, I wouldn't change a thing as it has enabled my twins to be exclusively breast milk fed and built up a huge supply in the freezer. We are still going strong too and have no plans to stop.
12/08/2014 at 10:04
So pleased to hear you are doing well with the expressing!
Thank you for the advice! I am happy to express as much as I need to get my supply going! I am sure I will be awale at some point in the night to express!
I wont be nursing baby too just expressing :)
Thats an amazing supply! Jeez at the price of the pump you have on hire!
12/08/2014 at 14:07
I've got the Medela Swing which is a single pump. I'd agree with others that said if you are planning to express as much a double would be a good idea for you.
I'm really happy with my pump but I've not tried any others for a comparison.
PS - I've also never had a problem with leaking on the other boob while expressing. You must hsve a really good supply going on there!!!
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