Originally Posted by casmer
Is a double pump necessary? I've heard of some people feeding on one breast and then pumping the other...is this common or a necessary part of bf? Any thoughts?
I'd really, really prefer to use that money to buy a car seat, but if I might need a pump then I should probably just let her get the pump.
Will you be staying home after baby arrives?
A double pump is not a necessity, the way maybe a car seat is. But it's one of those "really nice to have if you need it" kinds of things. For most moms who will be staying at home with the baby for the first year (or more), a double pump is probably not necessary, and a manual would be plenty for the occasional bottle if you want to go out to dinner or whatever. That being said, there are definitely times when a double electric is a life-saver. If you think you might need to go back to work within the first year, I'd absolutely get one. Or for any mom who has had difficulty BFing, for whatever reason, a double pump can keep the milk flowing where a manual really isn't going to cut it. For pumping anything more than the rare occasion, a manual is too much work for most people. However, I will point out that not everyone responds (or responds well) to them - I happen to be someone who doesn't - and despite renting double electric pumps (which are more powerful than the kind you buy), I was never able to BF DS after our rocky first few weeks. For me, the double electric was a waste of money.
However, if you get the pump, and don't open it, you can then resell it down the road for close to full price. Once you open it, you're going to take a big hit on resale value, since they are intended as a one-user item.