Hi, first baby due any day now. I bought a nursing pillow that I like.....but the pump, bottles, etc are things I have put off....since I am hoping to not pump much or use bottles much (I have heard that it's best for baby to get used to sucking on the breast!)
I finally looked into insurance coverage, and it looks like a pump will be 100% covered! YAY!
Before I looked into this, I figured maybe I'd get a hand pump to start since I wasn't sure how often I'd have to pump, so why waste the money, but now it seems like I should just get a nice one, and then maybe I'll need it for future babies, etc. Or if I have a preemie in the future, never know.
I guess my question is, when do you start using the breastpump? Should I make getting it before the birth a top priority? Is it nice to have in that first week or two, or what week does it become important? And if it varies, how important is being prepared?
Also looking for recommendations on the pump. Looks like there are one or two Medela models--Freestyle or Pump in Style, and the Ameda Purely Yours, at my local breastfeeding store (I guess I'm lucky that I have such a place closeby!). If anyone has bottle recommendations too, that would be neat. I like the idea of glass bottles (since plastics are porous and soak up smells over time), and I like the idea of being able to store or freeze it in the bottle? Can you do that?