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I'll have to pump when I start working again and I have no idea where to start. What should I look for in a pump? I've seen some bottles that claim they are better for breastfed babies because of the nipple shape, flow, etc. Any suggestions for bottles/nipples?

The one that jumped out at me today was First Years Breastflow. Has anyone tried those?
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Personally we didn't like First Years, we did Born Free - never had a problem w/bubbles/gas, their vents work really well. I was told to look for a wide nipple and I like Born Free for that reason, never had a problem going between breast and bottle.

As for the pump - I've often heard you should buy the best one you can afford (or get second hand...but buy a new accessories kit if you are using a used pump) If you are pumping regularly I would definately get an electric - I had a Medela pump and go w/the tote that worked well.

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I have a Medela electric and LOVE it. My friend, who is also a lactation consultant, says that only Medela and one other are decent (other than the hospital grade ones) and all the others are crap. Her opinion, but an educated one.

I'm going to give the breastflow bottle a shot. Of all the breastfeeding bottles, they have the best reviews, although I heard from a woman who used those exclusively that they should be supplemental bottles only, since you lose about half an ounce of milk everytime you use one. I plan to use them for when I need to go out or to the gym without the baby, and this sounds like a good fit for me. DS had a couple of bottles that flowed really quickly and getting him back on the breast was a bit of a painful chore after those feedings. He was impatient and latched on HARD after a couple bottle feeds. I want a more compatible bottle this time, and Breastflow looks like it for me.

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I have a medela pump in style and its lasted through two kids, one I pumped daily for four months and the other for about 2 weeks while she was in the NICU. I was always able to get a ton with the pump (more than with the hospital pump that they loaned me when my DH was trying to find my pump and get the replacement parts for it). I have noticed I get a ton more using a double pump than a single. The hospital pump was a single and Id get maybe a bottle of milk per session, with a double Id get 3-4 bottles per session.

Bottles, I never found one my oldest DD would take. She refused every single one and I tried just about all of them. With my youngest she would take all of them but she only used them for about a week until she was out of the hospital and I got her back to nursing.

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I really like my medela pump in style.
My friend gave me hers, back when I had #1, but it works awesome and although I didn't pump with #2, I kept in around just in case. It worked really, like if I wasn't paying attention, the bottle would litereally explode from too much milk in it being pumped.... I like that you can buy the accessories at atarget for it, like the bottle and freezer bags.

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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!

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DDCC, the Breast Flow bottles are TERRIBLE. I bought them, baby girl was in NICU for 2 weeks and I couldn't nurse her so I had to bottle feed, bought the breast flow bottles and pumped milk would just drip drip drip (basically run) out of the bottles. I was irate because they claim to be so much like the breast and only during let down will my milk run out. I called the company and they said I should return them to the store but that all of them would do the same thing. I ended up getting the brown nipples that are extra slow flow (evenflo classic I think) and playtex airevent bottles (I think) and a pediatric dysphagia specialists suggested these (we worked on sucking and swallowing with her).

I also LOVED/LOVE my Ameda purely yours pump, that's the OTHER one that LC's recommend besides Medela. Used it with my 2yo when I returned to work and have used it since Lilah. I did have to rent a hospital grade pump since I was pumping 24/7.

Miraculously My beautiful daughter started nursing ONLY at 14 weeks and i don't need bottles or the pump now, but those are the ones I would recommend.

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Thanks for the helpful suggestions, everyone! I went to Babies R Us the other day and got totally overwhelmed. There are thirty different brands for just about anything and it's hard to stay informed about it all. New parents are such a captive market...
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