I waited until after.
ha! If I breastfeeding weirded me out bit, then pumping my breasts was definitely weird! But my DD was jaundiced in the hospital so they brought me a pump & said get to it. Like a lot of things so far, I'm glad I was forced into it. Not that I pump anymore...
But I bought a Medela pump with the same type of parts as the hospital pump.
Maybe you can try one in the hospital as well?? Just ask...
Good luck to you!
I got one for Christmas 2mo before DD was due from my MIL, I have a PIS, which has been great but since I SAH it is actually probably more pump than I need
I meant to get it before, but didn't end up actually doing it until after. I didn't pump for the first time until almost 6 weeks, so it worked out for me.
I will say it was a pain to try to get out and get it after DS was born, so I had to order it online with my completion coupon and have it shipped. Sort of wiped out the completion discount.
I have the Medela PISA and really like it.
ECUGirl2004:I got a pump before the baby was born, but I was 100% sure I was going to BF and that I'd need a pump when I returned to work. I have a Medela PIS and it's great.
Ditto this exactly. I think the type of pump you need depends alot on if you're going back to work.
I wasn't planning on getting one at all (figured I'd just use a manual one if the need came up), but then DS was in the NICU for a few days, and we had problems getting BF started, so I pumped for a week in the hospital with one those fancy-schmancy ones. I had all the parts, but we still just ended up renting one (I think I did contemplate buying one, but I wasn't going to work or anything), and it was the best plan for us. I stopped pumping when he was abotu 2 months, and now I just use the manual one once in a great while.
We rented ours for $50 a month, so you could do that and then wait to get one (and also be able to scout around for coupons/discounts at the same time).
DS2 - Oct 2010 (my VBAC baby!)
I bought a medela pump in style advanced before DS was born, and I'm very glad about that decision. I ended up pumping in the hospital. DS was born almost 2 weeks late and he was very frantic and would try to nurse for hours at a time. The lactation consultant said they sometimes see that with babies who are overdue--they don't have as much reserves left. Anyhow, we used a supplemental nurser in the hospital and they had me pump to get the milk in faster.
But in any event, I knew I was going to breastfeed and I was very determined, and I was going back to work. Plus, we wanted to start bottles of pumped milk around 3-4 weeks pp, and there's no way I would have wanted to worry about buying a pump after delivery.