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Old 12-10-2007, 04:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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In preparation for feeding the twins, I have reached the breast pump choosing stage!! :

I'm wondering what type/brand of breast pumps other twin moms have used. I notice that dual, hospital grade pumps are recommended for twin moms in general. I would also like to be able to pump into glass bottles... or something that won't leach plastic additives...
Does anyone have any advice to offer on what has worked for you? Thank you!

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with the first set i rented the hospitals Medela Lactina. dss were in the hosptial for an extra week or so. that one worked fabulously! then they were exclusively breastfed for a year. after that time i used the Medela Single Deluxe. which i dont recommend. it got me through but was pretty inadequate and ended up breaking. i also had the manual avent isis which i used when lugging around a electric breastpump wasnt convenient.
with the second set i bought the Medela Pump in Style. and although it isnt as powerful as the Medela Lactina it did a good job. i would recommend that one if you dont want to spend $600 on the Lactina!
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I have had good luck w/ the Medela Pump-in-style Advanced. However, I find that I rarely use/d it. If you're not going back to work, you may not really need to use one much.
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I used the Medela Symphony when the boys were first born and in the NICU. It's considered "hospital grade". It was recommended by the L&D nurses and I rented it directly from the hospital. After I got home (and realized I would be pumping way more than I had anticipated -- every 3 hours for 15 months!), I bought a Medela Pump-in-style.\

IMO, it worked just as well as the big hospital grade one. I definitely recommend the dual pump -- you probably won't have the luxury of time to pump each breast separately!

Also, an accessory that I would HIGHLY recommend is a "pumping band". I discovered this several months after I started pumping. What a difference! The brand name on the one I used is "Made By Moms". It's just a velcro strap with slits at the nipples. You slip the cups into the slits and strap them to you so you are hands-free. It is SO much more comfortable than sitting there holding them in place.

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Also, an accessory that I would HIGHLY recommend is a "pumping band". I discovered this several months after I started pumping. What a difference! The brand name on the one I used is "Made By Moms". It's just a velcro strap with slits at the nipples. You slip the cups into the slits and strap them to you so you are hands-free. It is SO much more comfortable than sitting there holding them in place.

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A *free* alternative to the band: Take a snug fitting old bra or sports bra and put it on. Mark where your nipples are. Take the bra off and cut dime sized holes where your nipple marks are. To use it you just slip the "horns" of the pump through the holes and then connect the valves, containers, tubes, etc.

I just started doing this. If you have a backpack pump you could even get up and move areound while pumping! It makes pumping much less of a chore.
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I loved the Medela Symphony hospital grade pump (bottles are plastic, but safe). I used the Medela Lactina when the babes were in the NICU and it was okay, but I found the Symphony to be much more gentle. I used the regular Medela Pump In Style after the kids came home from the hospital, but started having supply issues (due to antibiotic-resistant mastitis that lasted a very long time), so I rented the Symphony and used that daily until the kids were 15 months old. I loved it--even brought it with us when we traveled, and I still had to PIS

If you are planning to pump a lot, I would recommend getting some extra pump parts and bottles because when the kids are young, it is hard to find the time to wash all those parts in between pumpings!

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I wouldn't buy a pump unless you will be working. I rented a hospital one for a couple months. The medela I had just wasn't nearly as powerful.

I did use an Isis for the car and I managed to break 2 of them. But they work pretty good when you don't have room or power for the other. (You can find them used at second hand stores, etc.)

I don't k now about glass bottles, but you can pour your milk into glass bottles after pumping.

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I use the medela pump in style (the one in the backpack). It works great and so far I've fed my twins breast milk only and they are 5 months old. I credit it for my ample supply (I can pump 4-5 oz from each breast). I use it every 3-4 hours and so far it's worked awesome. I don't breastfeed because my daughter had a really tough time latching on and to be honest I find pumping and bottle feeding the twins to be so much easier and more convenient....plus I'm back to work.
Also I got in on ebay for like half price and just sterilized everything and bought some new pieces at babies-r-us.
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If you have a special situation (preemies or extreme low supply) you will want a hospital grade pump. If it is just once in a great while, a hand pump will do. If it's something inbetween, a double pump electric pump is great. Ameda Purely Yours are just as good as a medela PIS, IMHO, and cheaper.

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If you don't work for a year or so, you may never need one, but if you can rent one, that may be the best option. Rentals come with new tubing, horns, etc-its the motor thats rented. This may save some $, because if you decide not to pump, you just return it. Definitely get a hospital grade one-it saves time and stress, as they have serious suction!

Good luck with the twins-they will be great fun! I have truely been blessed with mine.
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