Okay, I am starting to feel like a personal gas station for my daughter. Breastfeeding has its rewards but it can also be all-consuming. One of the reasons I might have hesitated about breastfeeding was the fear that my baby would be attached to me 24/7. As a person who enjoys her freedom; this was a big issue for me. However, the health benefits of breastfeeding won out. (by a margin, home run.) As a compromise, I use a breast pump to express some milk for times you just need to get away. Then the co-parent, otherwise known as the guy with no boobs but hairy chest, gets to take over. Extra perk, bonding time with daddy.
At the hospital, I scored the Medela Harmony breast pump from the Lactation department, and this has been a godsend. When I was engorged and the little one couldn’t latch on, I expressed some milk and it helped during that stressful time period. After a couple of weeks, when she was ready for the bottle; I would pump for a couple of minutes (up to 20 on those not so good days) and would fill up to 4 ounces of breastmilk. You can buy Medela nipples to put over the bottle but I chose Avent (which is getting exchanged for something else because of the whole BPA thing).
- With 2-Phase Expression
- Ergonomic swivel handle
- Gently massaging SoftFit Breastshield
- Fewer parts than other manual breast pumps
This breast pump has gotten accolades from many breastfeeding moms. It has gotten good reviews on Amazon which is my barometer of product reviews in general. If you are looking for a manual pump; this is the one. According to the lactation consultant, others, like Evenflo breast pumps are worthless and disabling, so stick with this one. Perfect for full-time mothers who want to pump occasionally. If you are looking for a more powerful pumper for those working moms (or soon to be a full-time student) out there.. look for my Medela pump-in-style review coming up soon.
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[This post was written by Susie Kim.]