2nd Trimester

Breast pumps and nipple shield??

Hi, I'm pregnant with my frist; I'm 21 weeks. And I was picking things for my baby registry. And I have things to ask.

1. On the breast pumps is electric or manual pumps better?

2. Do I need a breast pump?

3. What is a nipple shield?!

Re: Breast pumps and nipple shield??

  • 1) IMO, Electric. Manual, I hear, takes forever.

    2) If you plan on pumping.

    3) No idea. 

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  • image WickedVampireMom:

    Hi, I'm pregnant with my frist; I'm 21 weeks. And I was picking things for my baby registry. And I have things to ask.

    1. On the breast pumps is electric or manual pumps better?

    2. Do I need a breast pump?

    3. What is a nipple shield?!

    electric is you are going back to work

    not unless you plan on working or pumping, it is very handy though even if doing this.

    a nipple shield if for latching problems. The hospital will start you off with one if you need one, its one of those thing you can go buy if you end up needing it. They are cheap cheap

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  • I have been debating the whole breast pump thing also. I don't think I am going to get one until I need one. I plan on breastfeeding and also being a stay at home mom, so I guess unless I have problems breastfeeding or when I finally want a break from it is when I will get a breast pump. A nipple shield is something you put over your nipple when you are breastfeeding if you are having problems breastfeeding.

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  • as for the pump, it depends on your need.  obviously there is a big difference in cost.  i went back to work after DS, so i have a double electric.  if you plan to work, then a double electric is a must.  if you are a SAHM then you could probably get away with a manual but its going to be PITA anytime you plan to leave DC and need to leave a bottle.  if money isn't a huge issue, i'd get a double electric no matter what.

    nipple shield - some people need to use these in order to BF but it's not recommend that you start by using one. so i wouldn't bother. 

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  • 1. I like an electric pump better, it pumps more faster

    2. If you're planning on staying home, you may not need one, but it will be nice to have if your DH wants to help with feeding, or if you need help bringing your milk in.

    3. A nipple shield is a plastic shield that fits over your nipple. It helps if your nipples get really sore, cracked, or raw. Another use (why I used one) is sometimes babies have a hard time latching onto their mother's nipples especially if her breasts are engorged. A nipple shield gives them something to really grab a hold of and pulls your nipple into it. Some people say they create nipple confusion, but I was successfully able to wean DS off of it and exclusively breastfeed for a full year. It was a real life saver for me since every time I went to feed DS (at first) it was a very frustrating full hour process, he wouldn't end up getting much to eat and we'd both be in tears.

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  • 1. Depends on your needs...i rented an electric from the hospital and it came with a manual (that i got to keep).

    2. It doesn't hurt to have a manual pump...you never know if you will want to express some milk for a bottle or to mix with cereal when you start solids.

    3. I used a nipple shield because i had flat nipples.  The lactation consultants will let you know if you need one.  It helped pull my nipples out so that baby could latch better.  I actually didn't wean DD from the nipple shield (most women do wean from it during that first month or so).  I exclusively breastfed with one for 6 months - so it can be used for however long even though some say it hinders supply.


  • I nipple shield goes over your nipple when breast feeding. It protects your nipple from bleeding and will also help to pull your nipple out to better breastfeed.

    I was given one right away at the hospital and wish I didn't use it. I didn't know an better. My DD got used to the feel of it and wouldn't take my uncovered nipple. It was a pain to travel with and to always have with me.

    The only thing it did help with was going from nursing to the bottle some nights. She was used to the plastic and therefore didn't seem to mind the bottle.

    I wouldn't use it right away. I do not plan on using it with my next baby. But will ultimately use it if need be.

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  • Electric pumps are a must if you plan to return to work.  If you're going to SAH, a manual one should be fine.  I would recommend a pump of some sort because at some point, you're going to have to leave baby for more than two hours.

    I ended up using a nipple shield for about two months because DS had serious latching problems, combined with my inverted nipples and low supply starting out.  It draws the nipple out so that baby can get latched and started.  It does hinder the way baby stimulates the breast, so it's best to wean off it if you do end up needing one.  Don't buy one ahead of time.  DS was a success story and weaned off the shield and BFed for 18 months.

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  • 1. On the breast pumps is electric or manual pumps better?

    Electric if you go back to work but after a year of pumping I couldn't hear the sound any longer and bought a manual one.

    2. Do I need a breast pump?

    If you are going to pump yes, they are pricey so maybe see if breastfeeding works for you before opening it? 

    3. What is a nipple shield?!

    Something you use if your baby has latching problems.

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  • My sister who BF 3 kids said that if you're staying home, and wont be pumping often, that manual works better. BUUUUUT, they take longer.

     

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