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Which manual breast pump ?

My daughter is 4 months old and fully breastfed. Next month I'd like to go back to choir rehearsals, 1 evening per week.

I'd like to pump my milk so that my partner can feed her when I'm away. Which breast pump would you recommend?

I don't want to invest in an electrical one, as I would only use it once a week for one bottle.

Also, is it easy to use a manual pump, or do you have to pump like a maniac to express two drops of milk?!
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Old 24.08.2011, 14:59
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Re: Which manual breast pump ?

I used the Avent manual pump which was really easy to put together & use. How much you need to pump depends on your supply & let-down reflex, if yours is really good then you don't have to do much pumping at all.
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I used the Avent manual pump which was really easy to put together & use. How much you need to pump depends on your supply & let-down reflex, if yours is really good then you don't have to do much pumping at all.

I used this one too. It was really super easy to use. I only used it couple of times a week for the same kind of reason you want to.
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Re: Which manual breast pump ?

I second the Avent manual pump. It has a silicon insert that massages the milk ducts all around the breast so that the milk flows better. The electric ones didn't work for me at all.
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Re: Which manual breast pump ?

I had the medela hand pump and it was great, definitely recommend it.
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Old 24.08.2011, 21:46
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Re: Which manual breast pump ?

+1 Avent manual.

Even if you let-down struggles, there are ways to help it, heat your chest with compressions, shower, drinking hot tea, massage, shake while bent over (sorry for the visuals)..etc, that all supports the milk ducts opening easier. Imagination helps, too (your hungry baby).

Pumping is not easy for every one, especially with some let down sticky points. Avent manual worked well. More frequently I did it, more efficient it was.
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Re: Which manual breast pump ?

Ok, girls (and boys...yes, when looking for suitable image, I ran into webs dealing with dad envolvement in nursing, wayhayy), I have created a nursing support group, should anyone else think we could discuss nursing in a bit more privacy. I know there are shy folks out there as well, who won't feel like asking in public. The group is open to all nursing related Qs, be it baby related, health, mom related, current research, myths, help in CH, products in CH, and so on.

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I had the medela hand pump and it was great, definitely recommend it.
i currently use medela and I am also very happy with it.
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Re: Which manual breast pump ?

It's certainly nice to know the Avent pump is good. I thought it was horrible because it took me over an hour to pump a small bottle (which my son finished in under a minute), and I was just crying. But it turns out my supply was just miserable.

I'd better jump over and join the nursing group then for baby 2 (due in January).

Sorry to go off-topic, but does anyone know if pumps are ok to give to someone else? I think I'd like to give mine (hardly used) away since it's just sitting in a box, but I'm not sure if that's ok? Maybe boiling in hot water works?
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It's certainly nice to know the Avent pump is good. I thought it was horrible because it took me over an hour to pump a small bottle (which my son finished in under a minute), and I was just crying. But it turns out my supply was just miserable.

I'd better jump over and join the nursing group then for baby 2 (due in January).

Sorry to go off-topic, but does anyone know if pumps are ok to give to someone else? I think I'd like to give mine (hardly used) away since it's just sitting in a box, but I'm not sure if that's ok? Maybe boiling in hot water works?
Absolutely. I sterilized the pump when I pumped to freeze, just like one sterilizes the bottles, containers, etc. If the pump suction part does not seal anymore, you can just simply order the soft part and replace it.

Supply is just a matter of balancing the demand/supply ratio, hop over to the group when you need. If you managed to nurse, it will work, don't worry. It's not a huge science to kick up the supply, if you stick to it and have the right support. The thing with supply is, it starts to slow down very very slowly, so nobody notices for weeks, once one notices, baby's hungry or supply struggles, it gets really tough. You have to start working on your supply way before there would be any signs, really. Prevention. I will check the group regularly. I had enormous help when I had difficulties by moms and agents who set on pc and on phones in all the odd hours.
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Re: Which manual breast pump ?

Thanks for your answers.

And for those of you who gave the occasional bottle of expressed milk, did your baby take it easily? A friend of mine told me she had to give up the idea because her little one pointblank refused the bottle.
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Thanks for your answers.

And for those of you who gave the occasional bottle of expressed milk, did your baby take it easily? A friend of mine told me she had to give up the idea because her little one pointblank refused the bottle.
Yes, it was pretty easy. I pumped so I could have some non baby time and learn French, the fact I was not in sight did the trick. I think if you expect some (really some, some aren't fussy at all) kids to take to the bottle while you are holding them, they smell you and feel you, they won't take it. Cup also worked really well, it is in fact faster and since she saw me drinking from a cup, she was immensely interested, it was past 6mo.
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Re: Which manual breast pump ?

He had no probs taking the bottle, just make sure you get a teat with a small flow- the ones we had had a number in them, 1,2,3 where 1 was the slowest flow. If you want baby to continue bf, then always use the slowest flow. If you really don't want lo to have a bottle, you can use a spoon or a small beaker (v. small. Else it's like us trying to drink from a bucket.) mine was given tea ( whole other story) in hospital from a beaker and I was told after that he had no probs drinking from it.

No problem to pass on a pump. Mine was from a friend. I just washed and sterilized it all (as I did each day after using it) before using it as it hadn't been used for a while.
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