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    I would like to breast feed but I have a couple of questions. What all do I need to buy? I know I need a pump but what else would I need? What is a good pump that will last a long time? I heard of Medela (sp) but its really pricey. Do they show you what to do in the hospital ? Any advice on this stuff would be appreciated. Thanks

    I am 23 weeks and my nipples already leak sometimes is this bad?

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    It is normal for them to leak. You do need a pump. I have the first years one which I only use once in a while. It works great for me but have heard many complaints about it. The medela is pricy but I heard it is really worth it. The hospitals usually have a lactation specialist that will help you with any questions or concerns you may have. They even can help you to make sure you are feeding baby properly. Your OB doc may be able to give you the name of a lactation specialist that you can call before hand to ask questions. Depending on where you live there may be classes you can go to about breast feeding. I would ask your doc for all that info.
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    Well if ur going to be working....I would find an electric double pump (there are places u cant rent them)...if ur gonna be a SAHM then find u a little electronic single pump...(medela IS excellent, but yes, pricey) I used avent.

    I would highly recommend NOT pumping for the first couple of weeks...when baby wants to eat LET HIM/HER...directly from u....it establishes ur milk supply and u get into a routine. However, it will feel like ur feeding baby CONSTANTLY, and u probably are, but it will even out.

    You dont really need to buy alot of things to breastfeed. Keep some nipple cream on hand, and thats about all u need for the first few weeks.

    I also wouldnt suggest introducing a bottle to baby for the first 3-6 weeks because of the risk of nipple confusion...its a different kind of suction to get milk out of a bottle than it is ur breast.
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    I will be staying at home with the baby. I read about not feeding the baby with a bottle for a while so it doesn't get confused. The only reason I would like to feed with a bottle is so DH can sometimes and he won't feel so left out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany View Post
    I will be staying at home with the baby. I read about not feeding the baby with a bottle for a while so it doesn't get confused. The only reason I would like to feed with a bottle is so DH can sometimes and he won't feel so left out.
    That totally works. But for the first few weeks...u and baby are learning how to do it...and that needs to come naturally without the confusion of the bottle.

    lol I'm FULL of tips on breastfeeding...I succesfully breastfed all my kids. Feel free to PM me anytime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devinn View Post
    Well if ur going to be working....I would find an electric double pump (there are places u cant rent them)...if ur gonna be a SAHM then find u a little electronic single pump...(medela IS excellent, but yes, pricey) I used avent.

    I would highly recommend NOT pumping for the first couple of weeks...when baby wants to eat LET HIM/HER...directly from u....it establishes ur milk supply and u get into a routine. However, it will feel like ur feeding baby CONSTANTLY, and u probably are, but it will even out.

    You dont really need to buy alot of things to breastfeed. Keep some nipple cream on hand, and thats about all u need for the first few weeks.

    I also wouldnt suggest introducing a bottle to baby for the first 3-6 weeks because of the risk of nipple confusion...its a different kind of suction to get milk out of a bottle than it is ur breast.
    I agree with all this!! My daughter was in the NICU and they fed her from bottles so they could monitor her food intake and it was a pain in the butt to start breastfeeding!! She was very confused and tried to eat from me like she would a bottle. That was very painful!

    I have an Avent manual pump and it does its job. I can get just enough to feed her. I also have a medela electric pump, if you are on WIC they have them, just ask for one!

    Also get some breast pads incase you leak, and also if you do pump get something to store the milk in. Avent makes storage containers, or Gerber has bags!
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    I would recommend waiting more like a month before feeding from a bottle. Also, if you are going to do that, get a nipple that is harder to work. They tend to get lazy with the bottle because it is automaticlly there; no work. I just used a hand pump. I didn't have money for an electric one and the hand was just what I needed. Don't forget to get breast pad. When you leak they are a life saver. I used them for the first year and 1/2
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    I leaked around 16 weeks get alot of breast pads becuase you will need them..the hospital should have a breast pump you can use while you are there if need be. I have the evenflo comfort select..they are under 60 bucks and it was really good it worked really well for me and was easy to clean. I never tried it with batteries though so not sure if it good that way.
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    I used bottles after I pumped the first couple weeks and ds still prefers me but does take a bottle for daddy or someone else. It helps me a lot...I maybe got lucky though that he didn't get nipple confusion

    definetly breast pads you'll go through them a lot. I have a single electric pump that way I can mostly feed at home but if I NEED it I can use the pump too.
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    i have a medela that i got second hand (from my aunt). if you find a reputable place that resells them try that if you want a medela or other expensive brand.

    ETA: there is just like one sterile part for most pumps that you'd have to get if you went second hand
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