Breast Pump and Registry

Updated on November 04, 2010
B.R. asks from Dallas, TX
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We are expecting our first child in February and we registered over the weekend. I plan on breast feeding and registered for the Madela Pump in Style. What other items do I need to have if I'm breast feeding-- freezer bags, storage bags, containers, etc. I am clueless on this topic and want to make sure I have all the right things for breastfeeding. Thanks for everyone's help!!!

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answers from Dallas on

Just wanted to add this to the list. Cannot live without it!

-Easy expressions hands free pumping bra

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answers from Billings on

Will definetly need storage bags, good nursing bras, nipple cream, nursing pads, a nursing pillow is great as well, and a nursing cover comes in very handy!! Blankets work to but the covers are much easier especilly in public. Also if you are wanting to share feeding duties you'll need good bottles. I liked the playtex bottles cause I could pump right into the bags, and when I was ready to use them I could just put the bag right into the bottle, no transfering back and forth , less waste and spillage that way. Good luck!! and definetly talk to a lactation consultant!! They are very helpful!!

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answers from Dallas on

If i can give you one bit of advice about registry, its buy the very minimal to get started and then see what you need as u go along! I have a ton of stuff i thought I needed. Things that "sounded" good at the time, and now Im selling this stuff off at my garage sale for pennies on the dollar. I would recommend asking for gift cards that u keep handy and then buy as u think u need. What one person thinks is necessary isn't always what u would find necessary. For example, I hardly ever used my boppy pillow. It looked great at the time, but I found it to be in the way, and I liked holding my son myself. A regular pillow under my arm worked better for me. That's just me tho.

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answers from Buffalo on

Boppy or other nursing pillow
Nursing cover
Medela Tender Care Lanolin (Nipple Cream MUST HAVE)
The First Years Milk Storage Organizer
Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags 50-pk.
Lansinoh Breast Pads
Gerber nurser Bottles for whena bottle is needed

Check with your OB if there are Breastfeeding classes you can take before baby is born here they are $55 but worth it. also get a lactation consultants number and put it on your fridge or speed dial.

Make a sign for the hospital No Pacifiers or bottles please. You do not want an unnecessary bottle or pacifier if any during the first 2-3 weeks so baby can learn how to breasfeed with out nipple confusion then introduce pacifiers, and or bottles.

I have nursed 3 kids for 12 months if you ever need something ask me, I am here, well we all are, but a good lactation consultant is your best asset.

I love my Madela Pump in Style, Button Down tops work great for nursing tops.

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answers from Dallas on

I used the playtex drop-ins (4oz) and loved them. Well worth the money. I'm expecting #2 in January and will use them again. I love my Bravado nursing bras, but I can't find them in stores anywhere so I have to order online. The Lansinoh disposable nursing pads worked best for me. They stayed in place and never leaked. I used several different nipple creams, but I liked the Lansinoh Lanolin cream the best. I had a love/hate relationship with my Boppy. It tends to slip out from under the baby and I felt like I was readjusting it all the time. This time around I'm going to get a My Breast Friend because it goes behind your back and stays in place better. Make sure you have a VERY COMFORTABLE chair to nurse in. I followed what everyone else was doing and got a glider rocker and hated it. It killed my back.

Please remember that nursing can be (and usually is) very difficult for the first few weeks. It is physically and emotionally draining. The best piece of advice I can give you is to attend a couple La Leche League meetings before the baby is born. I know they have a great group in Dallas. I'm in Rockwall and we have a fantastic group of supportive Mommas there. We would love for you to join us if you have a chance.



answers from Dallas on

You will definitely need the bags (ziplock kind), breast pads and some Purelan or other nipple cream. Also, I found it very helpful to have extra attachments for the breast pump. I do not know what they are called, but I am referring to the funnel looking attachments that go directly onto the breast. That way you don't have to be so quick with washing and sterilizing immediately after you pump.


answers from Huntsville on

Nipple cream!!! Medela carries a good soothie too for painful nipples, if things a rough at first!! pads.....breast pads I found the best ones for me were the purple Lansinoh! IF you choose to have a drink or two at dinner or something they make alcohol testing strips.....GOOD LUCK MOMMY!


answers from St. Louis on

I just discovered that Playtex drop In's make a kit that goes with the Madela Pump to store/freeze your milk. I found it on their website it looks really cool. I wish that I would have known that 3 months ago when I started nursing. It would have saved me some cash when buying bags and bottle liners. Theirs is just one cost instead of two.



answers from Missoula on

You may want a breastfeeding pillow, I had a Boppy and used it all the time. In fact, I had one I bought new and one that was handed down to me, and both got a ton of use. It was perfect for positioning my son to nurse, and once he was older we used it to help support him when he sat up. Some moms don't use them though, and some prefer different ones, so maybe do a bit of research.
You may also want/need a nursing cover. You can certainly use a blanket, but sometimes it is nice to have one of the ones that loops around your neck so it stays in place.
A few other things besides what you mentioned:
-Good nursing bras/tanks, non-underwire, and at least one you can sleep in, I like Bravado.
-Nursing pads
-Bottles, nipples etc. for pumped milk
-Nipple cream, I liked Lansinoh

Does your pump come with a cooler bag to store pumped milk til you get home? You may want one if it doesn't.
There may be other things but that's all I can think of now.
Congrats on your pregnancy!



answers from Raleigh on

Have your pump ready long before you'll need it. Get the disposable bags that zip lock at the top - they're worth it. When your milk first comes in - everything the baby doesn't need - pump and freeze. You'll be glad you have it, just in case. If the extra milk lasts until you start solids, the kiddo will LOVE to have it mixed into his/her cereal.



answers from Dallas on

Basically, you'll just need the plastic bags, maybe some clothes pins. It kind of depends on how you are doing it. My 1st 2 I worked part time and pumped every morning. I would pour the milk into the bags in 2 oz. servings then hang them in the freezer by clothes pins so they would not leak as they froze. Once frozen, I would put the newest in the back and the oldest to the front for me to use and I would put about 3 baggies together, fold the tops over and secure with some sort of clip...clothes pin or these snap ones seemed to work well. If you are going to be home and just needed to pump if you are leaving, then you'll need less. When defrosting, I put the baggies in a small tupperware so they would stand up and not leak as they defrosted, then I used the playtex nurser with the plastic bags, so you would need the bottle and the bags if you go that route. the ones that were pre formed were the easiest (they have a ring at the top that keeps the bag from falling into the bottle.)

You'll also need nursing pads. I liked the Johnson's brand. It held the milk like the diapers do in a gel form. Some don't work as well as others.

I nursing pillow is also helpful. The ones that fit around your middle are really great and they work to support you while you sit up in bed, support the baby as they get older, and are great for a nursing pillow.

You may want a nursing shall, but I never used one. I had a sling I would use to cover me if I needed it, or I would sit in the car to nurse so no one saw me, but some friends that had the shawl said it was really nice.



answers from Dallas on

I agree with Nikki - buy the minimum you think you will need. I planned on breastfeeding and bought ALL the stuff - and my mild never came in (the lactation specialist ended up telling me to throw in the towel after a week of trying) - luckily the book I had told me to rent a pump from the hospital before buying one - so I didn't take the hit on a $300 breast pump - but I had bought all the accessories, etc...and ended up taking them all back. Now hopefully this won't happen to you - but just wanted to share that it unfortunately can happen. Best of luck to you!



answers from Dallas on

You have gotten a lot of good advice on the things you need, but my major advice is to use the lactation consultants while in the hospital. Make sure you are comfortable with the baby's latch and that they watch the baby breastfeed. Breastfeeding can be very difficult and it is so nice to have some help from the professionals. I continued to use the lactation consultants for over the phone consults after leaving the hospital.

As a side note, I loved the My Brest Friend pillow you can get at Babies R Us. It straps around you and gives you back support unlike the boppy, although I used both. Somebody else recommended buying additional pump parts and I had about 4 sets of those. That was nice especially when I went back to work because I didn't have to sterilize them after every pumping session.

Target sells nursing tanks and bras. Also, there is a website called Glamourmom that has some good nursing tanks and accessories like the nursing shawls. You won't know exactly what size bra you will need until closer to the due date and possibly after the baby is born. The tank tops are a little more forgiving in size so those are a nice place to start and to have on hand at the hospital.

You really will have time to figure out a lot of it after the baby is born as well, but it is nice to have the major things in order.



answers from Chicago on

It depends on how you will be feeding!

Its a good idea to register for one of everything because as the saying goes, even the best laid plans... :) sometimes the baby doesn't go along with what Mommy planned so well lol

The sterlizing bags were wonderful to have! I would definitely recommend that.

If you are pumping to store the breastmilk while you away you might need more than if you would be primarily breastfeeding and using the pump as a back up.

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