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I am planning on purchasing a double pump off of ebay as I found a site that can hook me up with a mommy in need of breastmilk. I have an oversupply. By hand expressing I get about 2 ounces after 15 minutes. I know I will get more with a battery operated pump and once I get the pump I can build up my supply even more. I am just curious as to HOW to go about pumping? Should I pump after my son nurses or between feedings...I would assume between so the baby I donate to can get the foremilk, right? How do you make it work? Would I need to pump at night? How many ounces a day do you get and how often do you pump? Thanks girls.<br>
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First of all, what kind of pump are you looking to buy off ebay? Not all of them are created equal. In particular, I wouldn't buy a Medela PIS because those are meant to be single-user pumps and the design is such that milk can get into the motor and contaminate it for the next user. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> If you can find a good deal on an Ameda Purely Yours that would be a better double electric. A lot of women have also had just as good results with a handheld like an Avent Isis or a Medela Harmony, and these are a lot cheaper than a double electric.<br><br>
How much milk are you planning to try to donate?<br><br>
I would think pumping first thing in the morning, and before and after nursing your son would probably work best...you'd want the baby receiving the milk to get both foremilk and hindmilk mixed.
 

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I would suggest pumping on a schedule and being really vigilant about pumping at the same time every day. This will help prevent engorgement, mastitis, and plugged ducts.<br><br>
First thing in the emorning is a good time to get lots of milk but it can also lead to you waking up with dangerously full boobs or a bottle full of foremilk. If you think that this might be a problem then I might suggest right before bedtime instead? I think it just depends on when you can find time to do this consistantly.<br><br>
As for how to pump, it's pretty much a plug and play sort of thing, the hard part is finding a quite time to relax so that your body learns to let down for the pump.<br><br>
As for which pump, I've oly used a medula PIS but I hear that the battery ones aren't really designed for anything other than occasional use. If you can't afford a heavy duty pump you might be better off with an Avent hand pump or just hand expression.
 
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