Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Wilds of Pennsylvania
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Big yes to a double pump! Mine was covered by insurance because DS was in the NICU for a couple months, so I rented a Medela Lactina, which was awesome, but retails for $1000 or something ridiculous. I suppose you could rent one, if you wanted to, but it hardly seems worth the $50 a month for a couple bottles here and there. I hear good things about the Pump In Style for that purpose!
I had a manual hand pump that I tried using a couple of times, and it never really worked - but the double electric pump was amazing. I actually had enough milk stored that I donated over 100 oz to two babies, as well as gave my friend a bunch when she had surgery and couldn't nurse her daughter for a couple of days.
We actually never had any problems as far as bottles vs breast went, but could have just been lucky (although once he started nursing well, bottles were soundly rejected - DS is a total boob man). We just had plain glass bottles with silicone nipples, which is probably what I'll do again. If we encounter problems, it looks like the Breastflow ones would be great to try!
Kelley, lucky partner to my Canuck and momma to Peter Gwydion (9/08) , Eliot Theoden (2/11) , and Harper Ophelia (m/c 6/12) . We breastfeed exclusively, cosleep peacefully, vax selectively, homeschool joyously, and love each other unconditionally!