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Despite the fact that I HATE pumping (I had a bad start nursing with Samuel and had to pump round the clock for about a week and a half), I'm trying to ensure that I'll be able to get Atley to take a bottle when I start my midwifery apprenticeship in January. I've got a WIC appt. to get a PIS, but right now I'm just using the medela manual pump and I HATE it. But I'm faithfully doing it and DH is feeding Atley one bottle each day. I've been having a really hard time pumping the 3-4 ounces he eats in one session, so I've been having to pump 2-3 times a day just for that one bottle. Well, this morning, I pumped between 6 and 7 ounces! Add to that the 1-2 ounces I had in the fridge from yesterday and I have TWO full four ounce bottles in there! I even got to put one in the freezer because it'll be at least a day before he needs it! I'm so excited
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Now when I get my PIS, I'll only have to spend 10 minutes at a time with the stupid pump instead of 20 minutes (one for each side) with the manual. And my forearm won't be sore anymore!
 

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Wow! Is there really that much difference in the PIS and the manual? I know the PIS would be easier to use, but does it really pump more effectively? The manual I'm using is the one that goes with the PIS to make it sanitary for each mother. I have it and the tubing from when I rented my pump after Samuel was born and wouldn't nurse.

I'm hoping WIC will let me have a PIS. My teaching MW said that they're giving EVERYONE a PIS at the local WIC office there. And I have a friend who just got one from our wic office because she's working full time and had a preemie. Anyway...I'm just hoping they won't be like "well, you're not working full time, so..." I've only dealt with WIC once in my life and swore them off after that, but now I could really use a $300 pump if they're going to GIVE it to me. And I really don't feel so bad b/c a $300 pump is still cheaper than the 12 months worth of formula that they give everyone else, ya know?

*sigh* My appiontment isn't until 10/1, so manual it is until then.
 

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that is a great yield!! yes the pis will probably get more milk, double pumping has been shown more efficient because it increases prolactin. that is great that your wic office go=ives out pis pumps!!!

it all depends on where ya live i guess.
a friend in texas says they gave her an ameda purely yous, compared to the office i worked in that would only provide a manual ( given it was a medela, so it was a t least a good one) and that was only if you "qualified" oh well, keep up the good work
and good luck with your midwifery stuff
 

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Oh! the joys of filling bottles with your precious milk! I remember those days, and I was the proudest when I pumped 4 oz or more (with my Medela electric, I don't know what a PIS is, but I can imagine it's powerful stuff) and when my freezer was filled up with little bottles of milk.
Nobody can understand why one can be so proud of something like this, except of course another pumping mother!
 

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I have never really had trouble pumping with my manual, but I have an Isis. I got a PIS from WIC for school, but while I found it terribly amusing to watch, I actually got more milk in less time with the Isis. I tried the manual that went with the PIS and decided that I would keep it handy for emergencies. It's a teensy bit less work than hand expression for me, because it attaches to a bottle. Congrats on the 7 oz
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