Hi everyone, i posted in a recent discussion and got the advice to invest in a Medela Freestyle pump (thank you ladies). However, i tried a Phillips Avent motorized and compared to the Medela hand pump it was not good at all (didn't get as much milk out, control pump was ok, but second one wasn't sucking as much). Now I'm back at work and using a single Medela hand pump. I get about 100-110ml per breast (3-3.5oz) and spend 20min in total, plus it's easy to wash it and I dont' have to carry anything extra or worry about batteries or power outlets.... My baby is 3.5months right now and I want to breastfeed exclusively as long as possible. Could you tell me your experience. I don't know if I should buy an expensive motorized pump and if it will really help me get more milk out per session. Am I missing out? What if I buy an expensive one and get the same amount of milk as I get now? Thank you for replyingView Thread
Hi, my LO was born on March 30, 2012. Unfortunately, my insurance doesn't pay for pumps, even if i have a prescription Right now I'm a little worried, I'm pumping 3 times per day and my left side has about 100ml and the right now has reduced to 60 I'm currently taking Fenugreek and drinking the Mother's milk, but i didn't notice a change in the amount of milk produced. At this point I'm just hoping that my supply doesn't decrease, because I'm rotating the stash I have in the freezer and I'm making enough to keep the same amount, hopefully I don't lose electricity and spoil my precious storage of frozen milk... It's too expensive to buy an electric one and I am afraid to buy one used (contamination fears)...I guess I'm just praying and pumping for now....View Thread
Hi ladies, I just had a question. As a first time mother I decided to breastfeed exclusively and recently returned to work after a 3month leave. I've saved up some milk while was on leave and have some supply in the freezer, however, I am also trying to have plenty to pump while at work and so far have managed to pump every 3:30-4 hours. I usually get about 3-4oz per breast at each session, but I am seeing posts where the baby will start drinking at 8-9 ounces...When does that happen? My baby is 3m12 days right now and he drinks 3-4 ounces per session, every 3:30-4 hrs... I breasfeed him during the weekends and now I'm concerned about the milk supply when he starts feeding more...Will I be able to pump enough milk for his demand? I mean it's so hard to get the amount of milk I have now, what happens when he doubles/triples his consumption?? Please respond w/ your experience and advice.
P.S. sometimes I manage to pump one breast at night when the baby feeds from one and falls asleep, and freeze the milk. Also I use a Medela hand (manual) single breast pump and it takes me 20-25min per session...Am I not getting enough milk per session? I tried using Avent Phillips double electric pump, but the control one worked and the second one didn't get any milk out so i got frustrated & returned it.... Thank you so muchView Thread
Hi Hgreenwood, thank you for your reply. I've never heard about insurance prescription, how do you get that? I would like to try renting a hospital grade pump to see if I pump more with an electric one, but the cost is very high here in San Diego. If I had insurance help out with the cost I would try it for a month or two, then I can consider buying a Medela one. My baby just turned 4 months today and I want to express milk at least until he is a year old...Thank you for any advice.View Thread
Thank you for your reply. I checked the Freestyle and am more confused..I noticed that you get 3-4oz with electric one, I get about 3-3.5oz from each breast when I pump at work and it takes me a total of 20min per session (I use a single hand Medela pump). Do you think that I might get more if I use a motorized pump? I am so indecisive right now if I should buy an expensive pump if it will do the same thing I get from the manual. the pros of hand pump is that it is easier to use and no set up is needed, and washing it is quick...Whereas with electric one I have to carry all this stuff around and make sure it's charged or plugged in... thank you in advance for your response.View Thread