I keep reading that manual pumps are bad for milk supply, but the electric ones are very expensive. I am taking the first two years of my child's life (mostly) off of work, which is also all I plan to nurse. As a former nanny, it will be easy for me to get occasional babysitting jobs at times when my husband is home, and, of course, we will occasionally attend events without the baby. I am guessing that the baby will need a bottle an average of 3-4 times per month. The amount will increase as I feel more comfortable leaving him/her, and then decrease as s/he starts taking fewer feedings and relying more on solid food.
Given this, I feel like I'm a good candidate for cheaping out on the breast pump, but I should also add that avoiding formula is VERY important to me. I would consider it to be a disaster if I had to use it; this is not a judgment of others, but, rather, just how I feel. I have no way of knowing if I'll have milk supply issues or not. I am 35 and my breasts have always been healthy, but small. I don't think that matters.
Do you think a manual pump would be okay for me? Specific recommendations would be welcome. I also want to use glass bottles; I think any pump can be used with glass bottles, but if you know otherwise, please tell me.
Edited by MrsSlocombe - 1/6/12 at 7:24am