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GUESS WHAT???? My good friend, Mama to the little boy I babysit for, has offered to GIVE ME her DOUBLE ELECTRIC PUMP at the end of July!!!!!!! She plans to stop pumping and possibly wean once T reaches his first birthday in early August, and she's not having any more babies, so IT'S MINE!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
AND, dh has agreed that it's ok for me to spend the $$ on an SNS so I can try to breastfeed a bit longer than I normally can.<br><br>
Oooooh, I feel happy!!
 

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Bethany that's GREAT!!<br><br>
I didn't have much luck with an electric pump at all but then again I had a cheapie and switched to the avent isis hand pump, not that I used it all that much. I hope the SNS helps you bf longer and that it's successful for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I'm really excited about it. I've always used manual pumps and with them I can get about 1 oz total. That gives me enough to do 1 or 2 bm bottles per day, plus the regular nursing sessions. But this is a hospital grade electric, a very very snazzy thing, not sure which one it is exactly but I cannot wait to try it. Isn't that funny?? I can't wait to milk myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It sounds cute.. I can imagine the excitement you feel though and those buggers aren't cheap!
 

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Aewsome! I am sure that is exciting!
 

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I loved my Purely Yours. I pumped a lot though. Since we had such a hard start, I pumped several times a day at the start, but I kept it up at least 2 times a day for a long time. I had lots of extra milk for the wedding weekend we attended when Benji was 5 months old. Dh and I were both in the wedding so my parents kept B for the whole weekend...and only used breastmilk...yea me! I'm so excited for you!
 

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Oh, now that is exciting! I still have my old hand-held pump that the hospital gave me when I had Lydia 5.5 years ago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I don't know why I hung onto it as we weren't going to have more kids, but I'll be glad for it when my milk comes in! I would have <b>loved</b> an electric pump when I was WOH.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bethany that's GREAT!!<br><br>
I didn't have much luck with an electric pump at all but then again I had a cheapie and switched to the avent isis hand pump, not that I used it all that much. I hope the SNS helps you bf longer and that it's successful for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"></div>
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Yep, the Isis is the only one that worked for me too. But I didn't have a high quality electric one before that. Good luck Bethany - I really hope this helps you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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YAY thats so awesome Bethany!<br>
and def invest in an SNS and some Lactaid stuff, lust in case the SNS isnt everything you hoped it could be the LA might be. oh YAY!
 

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Alea, I hear and read such conflicting things about WIC's pump policy. You might really want to search the actual government website - for some reason I keep thinking they have a policy on pumps that many local WIC agencies don't properly promote or enforce. There's a big thread over in Lactivism right now with some details on this, let me see if I can find it...
 

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Tiffany, I can only afford either the SNS or the Lactaid, I'll have to choose. I'm jazzed, and even though I know I'll still need formula can I just say that the other day I expressed an entire palmful of milk into my hand?? Well, more like squeezed, since that's the only way it comes out for me, but still. An ENTIRE PALMFUL.
 

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I hear the electric pumps work great! I was given a Medela pump in style that I'll try using this time. Last time I had an Advent Isis and it didn't work for me at all. I wound up hand expressing a few times, but I'm glad I'll have a ump available.
 

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Personally, I really like Lact-Aids. I'm still nursing my 31 month old with the help of LAs. I'm ordering more for when the baby comes. I know dd will up her nursing with the baby nursing all the time, so I need more.
 

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a PALMFULL!!! and i was all jazzed about my hours worth of droplets!!!! you GO mama!!!!!!!<br>
thats so awesome!<br>
is there anyway you can put one on your registry and buy one, that way you have one of each?<br>
we are going to be getting a few of each so middle of the night feeds arent so wakeful, just have to take it out of the minifridge(that we have to buy) next to our bed, put it on, and nurse, instead of getting up and washing it, and filling it, etc.<br>
DH is definitely getting a lesson in how to wash and fill, cause i cannot be the only one focusing on BFARing, i need his help too.<br>
make sure your DH is down with helping you as much as possible.
 

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that's great! i hope it helps you breastfeed a little longer!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Mmmm, I don't have a registry. I have absolutely everything I need except for the nursing/feeding supplies and a few odds and ends that are really more convenience than necessity. My folks like to buy one "big" item for each baby - this time Dad is buying the double stroller and Mom wants to buy the Ergo. ALl my friends are either having their own babies or have so many kids of their own already that we just loan each other "stuff", and don't have registries or showers or whatever anymore. So my long answer to that short question is "nope". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The minifridge idea rocks - my bedroom is upstairs, and we do have a minifridge in our storage unit, I bet I would be very very very happy to have that upstairs with me!!!
 

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I have a small (6 pack size) cooler that I take to bed each night. I throw in some ice packs and put the LAs in there. This has worked out well for us. For naps and on the go, I use little soft sided lunch type cooler bags. A friend gave me the free bottle cooler she was given and it has worked very well while we are out and about. It has pockets for the ice packs and stands up really well.
 

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Oh, that's a good idea too. Then I wouldn't have to use the electricity for the fridge, or put a lock on it to keep the toddler out.
 
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