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Let's try this again with the correct Product name...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
I'm looking at buying a Medela swing. I'll be using it to build a freezer stash and for a once a day pumping when I go back to work. (DS will be a year old at that point) Has anyone used it? What did you think?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm looking at buying a Medela switch. I'll be using it to build a freezer stash and for a once a day pumping when I go back to work. (DS will be a year old at that point) Has anyone used it? What did you think?</div>
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I've never heard of the switch...Do you mean a Swing? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">: The single pump? I bought one when I had a nipple injury and couldn't nurse on one side for ~6 weeks. It worked great for that (I'd nurse on the good side, and ~4 times a day pump the other side). I still use it occasionally when I need a bottle...I think a 2-sided pump would be better for daily pumping and building a stash - faster.
 

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Corrected the product name.<br><br>
I know a double pump would be better, but financially it's not going to happen. It's the Swing or stick with the Avent Isis hand pump. (Unless someone suggests something in the same price range?)<br><br>
My thoughts are that since DS will be a year old when he starts childcare and is eating solids well for his age he won't need as much milk as a younger baby. Am I wrong here? Should I be posting all this in Working Mamas?
 

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My thoughts are that since DS will be a year old when he starts childcare and is eating solids well for his age he won't need as much milk as a younger baby. Am I wrong here? Should I be posting all this in Working Mamas?</div>
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I went back to work when DS was one year old. Pumping just wasn't happening for me...I don't produce well, even for the big hospital grade pumps. DS ate solids and drank water from a sippy during the day, and did all his nursing in the mornings and night. It worked great for us. He did LONG nursing sessions in the morning and right after work (like sometimes 45 minutes!), plus bedtime and 1-2 times overnight/early morning. I didn't night wean him cause I knew he was getting lots of milk in the night and it was good for my supply, too. He continued to grow and do fine. We did phase in my return to work over 2-3 weeks - I started with half days and increased from there...to help him transition but also for my own comfort! My supply adjusted to the change in schedule with just a bit of hand expression when I felt I was getting really full and uncomfortable.<br><br>
My doc (whom I actually left to find someone more supportive) was worried about it - DS's weight gain slowed down (still gaining, just not as fast) long before I went back to work, and my doc was very chart-oriented. But every time she or someone else questioned it I threw Jack Newman's name out there and that shut them up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><a href="http://www.drjacknewman.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=62&Itemid=91" target="_blank">http://www.drjacknewman.com/index.ph...d=62&Itemid=91</a><br><br>
ETA: Just to ensure the story is complete, I should add that I did drink mother's milk tea and took fenugreek and blessed thistle on and off, whenever I was worried that supply might be diminishing a bit. I am not sure if I had a valid supply concern or was just paranoid, but it did seem to help boost things a little.
 

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you could get the lansinoh double electric pump for under $150 at walmart or target. i have the ameda version which is more expensive, but these are identical except for the color and works great!!
 

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I too was looking to create a freezer supply by pumping once or twice a day. Being a 1st time mom I figured I'd go with the Avent Isis manual pump. It seemed like a good deal given the fact it was $40 compared to the Medela Swing, which was $150.<br><br>
I used the Avent for only a couple weeks and just wasn't happy with it. It took a reeeeaaaallly long time for me to express milk and I didn't seem to get very much out with it (maybe 1oz total - if that). I do use it on occasions, though, when I’m away from dd for more then a couple hours and need to relieve myself.<br><br>
I came to quickly realize that the electric was a worthwhile investment and bought the Medela (single pump). I LOVE it! I usually only pump once after dd has gone to bed and most nights I get at least 2oz or more within 10-20 mins (that’s right after her bedtime feeding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">) Also, the Medela doesn't need to be sterilized after each usage as the Isis does (I do clean it well after each use though).<br><br>
If I were going back to work I'd invest in the Medela double pump, but, the Medela single pump is a terrific compromise between the manual and double pump!
 
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