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Pumping Breastmilk

I have been successfully breastfeeding for 2 months now and am now wondering about pumping. I am not planning on going back to work so I don't need to I guess.but here are my questions Do I need to pump? How much should I pump? Should I rent or buy? If I buy is a manual pump ok? (I am broke) When should I pump? Will it screw with milk production? Do I have to buy bottles and then what kind? Pretty much any info on pumping would be appreciated.


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I went back to work very part time with Jackson, now 20 months. As a result, I almost never had to worry about not being around for a feeding and he just weaned himself last month. Having some extra milk around for the "what ifs.." sounds like a good idea. I had a few days with poison oak that forced me to nurse on only one side and, therefore, I needed a pump for the other side (the side with the poison oak). I did purchase the Avent Isis and it was really all that I needed. I also looked online at medela pump-in-styles on ebay and found that it was possible to purchase one that cost less than a new pump. And, it is possible to purchase new tubing, cones, and bottles (the parts that touch the milk) directly from medela. But, after doing the research, I realized that I really didn't need to spend the money as I wasn't going to use it enough to justify the purchase.

I stayed at home with our first daughter for almost 6 months before returning to work. In the beginning, I pumped just to have some extra supply of emergency milk. Before I knew it, I was pretty addicted. I couldn't stop. My milk production was out of control. I looked into milk banks so I can share the wealth and find a productive use of my gallons and gallons of extra milk. I eventually weaned myself from pumping.

Pumping should kind of replace a feeding. When I started pumping at work (electric Medela - borrowed from a friend), I would pump at the times Philly would normally nurse, that way, the production schedule wouldn't be all skewed. I would time it so that when I saw her in the afternoon, I'd be ready to nurse her again. I pumped at work until she was 13 months old, and old enough to drink cows milk. However, I nursed on demand (mostly once in the morning once at nighttime whenever she wanted in between) until she was 2.75 years old (when we found out that Tati was on her way).

My advice to you is coming from a doula standpoint as well as a mother strictly breastfed for almost a year. If you are not going back to work, there is usually no reason why you should need to pump. Are you experiencing any problems or other concerns that make you think you may need to pump? I would HIGHLY recommend you contact La Leche League abouth this matter. They are the leading source of all breastfeeding information and I have included the link for the Portland area contact. Don't worry, you don't have to join to seek their advice, once you get someone on the line or email they should be more than happy and willing to give you loads of info!

for more info, visit: a href="http://www.lllusa.org/web/PortlandOR.html"http://www.lllusa.org/web/PortlandOR.html/a

Here are just a couple of articles that I think can help you and your husband to make breastfeeding a bonding experience for all of you.

a href="http://breastfeed.com/resources/articles/leftout.htm"http://breastfeed.com/resources/articles/leftout.htm/a
a href="http://www.breastfeeding.com/reading_room/dad_help.html"http://www.breastfeeding.com/reading_room/dad_help.html/a

The second one has lots of great ideas for ways Daddy can be involved during the infant stage. I totally second the idea of making a habit of Daddy holding baby skin to skin up high on his neck. There's just something about the crook of their necks that babies love. It also lets your baby get to know Daddies smell. My son always loved it.

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