M.S. asks from Phoenixville, PA on March 13, 2007
Question for Moms That Work Full Time and Breastfeed
My son is 3 months old and I just went back to work. I am breastfeeding, so I am pumping at work. I currently have a manual pump and wasn't sure if an electric one would work better. I produce plenty of milk, so that isn't an issue. With the manual pump, I can get 10-12 ounces in 30 minutes. I was just wondering if an electric one would work faster or maybe I should buy a second manual one so I can do both sides at the same time. Any advice would be great.
A.N. answers from Philadelphia on March 19, 2007
S.L. answers from Washington DC on March 14, 2007
I breastfed my son for 11 months. I also pumped at work. I loved my Evenflo dual electric pump. It works on batteries as well as has an electrical plug. HTH
J.S. answers from Philadelphia on March 14, 2007
I was never able to get that much at one sitting, however I was more successful at the electric than the manual. But you do need to spend the money for a good pump. They make some that pump both sides at once too. Also I would read the reviews on amazon about the top pumps before buying one. I was able to pump and eat lunch at the same time.
S.M. answers from Washington DC on March 14, 2007
Hi! Congrats on your decision to return to work and continue breastfeeding. I did the same thing, however I rented a hospital grade electric pump from my pediatrician's office. It cut the time in half, however was more expensive. If you plan of breastfeeding for the first year, it's probably worth looking into. It really makes things easier. My daughter is now 10 months old and I breastfeed her in the morning, after work and right at bedtime. Sometimes I have to use a manual pump at work and there's just no comparing the two. Good luck and congratulations again.
L.N. answers from Washington DC on March 13, 2007
was it medela double pump? it does wonders. i used the manual one at the beginning and my milk was decreasing very fast. try to rent it from a local hospital or ask your doctor if the office has one for rent.
M.C. answers from Philadelphia on March 13, 2007
H. answers from Pittsburgh on March 14, 2007
I would definitely recommend a double electric pump. Having said that, there are a lot of crummy ones out there (the First Years double electric is REALLY bad). I have the Medela Pump In Style Advanced and love it. Used it three times a day with my older son for about 8 months without a problem. I will use it again following this pg. I would shop around on the Internet because prices vary a great deal. You may have to call the different vendors, because Medela has cracked down on who can and cannot advertise their prices.
A word about buying used. I wouldn't do it. While there a pp said it was okay, that's not totally true. They are a single person item. Milk can back up into the motor in rare instances and then the pump would be contaminated (there's no way to sterilize the motot). I personally wouldn't do it. If it is from someone you know/trust, maybe. But otherwise I wouldn't. The warranty also will not cover a resale.
M.P. answers from Washington DC on March 14, 2007
You should really check into the Laleche League if you are breastfeeding. http://lalecheleague.org/ They have a ton of really awesome information that helped me greatly with breastfeeding my last child. The ladies are really great at offering help and advice and much like this site... just be there to help....
If you can get 10 - 12 ounces manually... you may not be so successful with an electric and WOW that you can get that much! I was only ever able to get 5 oz every 4 hours with electric and 2 oz with manual. I even tried herbs and foods to increase my supply as well as a ton of water and just did not seem to be so successful with it. I am not sure time will matter that much more... it make save you at most 15 minutes. Buying a pump for both sides may be more efficient for you. I found my pumps on EBay for some pretty great deals and am getting ready to list all the infant things on there again as soon as I get it all in order.
Hope that helps....
Mama to Bryce - 9, Austin - 6, Taylor - 14 mnth
Step mama to Nick - 15 & Christian - 14
T.A. answers from Philadelphia on March 14, 2007
M.~ I have the Ameda double pump.. Little bit cheaper then the Medula (had that one too for my first child) Loved both pumps.. I only got a new one because my break at work is limited and my medula (sp) was a single pump. Both worked great.. A co worker was also nursing and pumping at work I believe she had the Avent?? her pump frequently quit working and it took her almost 1 hour to pump and I was done it 15 mins...
Good luck going back to work and hope you get the right pump for yourself..
D.M. answers from Allentown on March 14, 2007
Hello...I am full time working mom.I nursed my son for 11 months. This means I pumped for 9 month at work every day 3 times a day. I would not be able to do it without electric pump...it helps to keep the flow going for such a long time...it dimishes faster if you are having only manual one. I was ussually done in 20min with both sides. Medela is the brand you need...check your health insurance some of them are giving discounts for the medela (or other brands)pumps. I got I believe $40 back. All my friends and "pumping" mothers at work had Medelas. Let us know what did you decide.
J.L. answers from Parkersburg on March 14, 2007
Oh my goodness girl, yes, most def. get an electric one!
I work full time and have a 9 month daugther..I have a medula..which is a great breast pump, it has 2 so you do both sides at the same time and has 5 diff speeds..its awesome. It takes 10-15 min to pump!
It is pretty pricey..250.00 but it is well worth it! It comes with a little cooler with ice packs and it just looks like a black bag...the cooler fits inside the breastpump! If you need any more suggestions..let me know!
Also, it comes with a battery pack incase you dont have an outlet handy. It takes 8 AA batteries and lasts a long time, like 10-15 pumps!