Feeling very excited to have ordered my Medela Freestyle a few days ago. It was an upgrade, so I had to pay a extra, but I get the tote bag and freezer pack and a few storage bottles to go with it. I also get a voucher for a free hands-free pumping bra and an accessories kit, so it kinda makes it worth it. With my last babe, I pumped all the time. I struggled hardcore with supply, and pumped to try to increase milk. From that, I already have pump in style advance, and a spectra s2. I also rented a Medela Harmony. I did not see any difference in how much milk was pulled from any of the pumps, so I mostly used the spectra s2, because it was more comfortable. I also used the Harmony quite a bit, because it was so recommended to build supply.I'm just excited to try something new! I've heard that the freestyle is much louder than the PISA, but is much more portable. Given that I will have three pumps, portability probably won't be that big of a deal. I can just set up a pump at work and one at home.I plan to start pumping while I'm still in the hospital this time. I would like to lay a strong foundation for supply. I've heard that allowing the baby to have a full feed at both breast followed by a 5-10 minute pumping session is the way to go, so I will try that from the start. Knowing my luck, I will end up with an oversupply this time!
So my amazing best friend sold me her two PISA pumps and all of her accessories. It's crazy how much stuff there is! I need a lesson! Does the tubing get sterilized too?
@RedInLove: Did you see this article? My takeaways are: even smelly milk is not harmful to baby, it can be mixed with fresh to help the flavor, and scalding to 180 degrees in a saucepan does the trick (though lower temps seem to work).http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/lipase-expressedmilk/
STM Tip: find someone who can teach you hands-on how to hand express milk post-pump. You can use it to bring milk to the nipple to encourage latching when BF and helps you be able to empty your breasts completely after pumping. You can likely find some YouTube videos on it, but seriously, find someone who can help you in person, it makes a big difference
@kns1988 I thought Claire would never catch on to nursing and resigned myself to ‘comfort’ nursing her. I kept it up 0-2 times per day and at this point she actually transfers enough to not want the bottle afterwards (6 weeks since hospital discharge, 10 weeks after starting to work on at-breast feeds). If you want to nurse, there’s still hope. (It also doesn’t have to be 100% one or the other - I don’t plan to nurse Claire exclusively since I haven’t been working with Owen much during my leave).
@lnds32 I haven't noticed a *huge* efficiency difference between the Spectra and the Symphony (all I've used so far), but I'm absolutely sure that there is a difference between the Spectra and the PISA (latter of which I got through insurance, while the Spectra I bought out of pocket). The biggest plus for me with the Spectra is the comfort aspect. It took a couple of days to get used to the vibration "suckle" compared to the smooth suck of the Symphony/PISA but now I'm a believer. Love it.
@mrsrep123 I hope you get the green light to go longer between feeds at night soon!
@chailife34 How are things going for you?
Are you still all limiting your caffeine intake while BFing/EPing?
@chailife34 I tried it the last couple of sessions. Seemed to get a little more! I sometimes will lower the level if I'm sore, which is what I did this time, but don't seem to get as much. Ugh and the flange was off on my left boob and so I didn't get much milk. Makes me mad! lol I really need to get the hands free bra. I'm sure that would help keep them in place!
@lrwardrop I pump once over night because my breasts are so full this morning I got 8 oz! She started getting green poop which I think is from fore milk imbalance from my over supply ugh so many little things to worry about