Reddit reviews: The best breast pumps

We found 171 Reddit comments discussing the best breast pumps. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 65 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Breast Pumps:

u/snapshotsally · 1 pointr/January2018Bumpers

Here are mine:

  • Secure Beginnings Crib Mattress - a totally breathable crib mattress. You can take the "sleep surface" off and throw it in the washing machine when needed. I surprisingly don't do it that often. The mesh fabric and space under it helps in temperature regulation and air exchange. Basically, helped me as a new mom not worry about suffocation. I ended up going wild and getting two sleep surfaces per mattress. I got one set in the regular size and a mini crib for our room.
  • LED Touch Light - these suckers are rechargeable and hold their charge a long time. They're super portable. What I like best is that you can turn them suuuuper dim, which is great for middle of the night wake ups and diaper changes. We have one hanging from our headboard and one hanging above the changing table. And then another around the house. There are tons of sellers of this type of product and they're quite inexpensive.
  • Wet Bag - a reusable and washable bag to stash wet/dirty stuff. An essential for cloth diaperers, but also great for pooped on clothes, bathing suits, etc.
  • Fischer-Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard - this is a smaller and less expensive version of a traditional pack and play. We kept it in the living room and baby spent a lot of time there as a newborn.
  • Gripe Water Lots of gripe water. Good for gas, sometimes hiccups, and gentle relief for stomach upset. Also helps some newborns poop.
  • Grovia Magic Stick Diaper Balm - made for cloth diapers, but would work for sposies. A barrier "cream" on a stick, so you don't have to get your fingers gross. Smells amazing - I literally sniff the stick every time we use it.
  • Freemies - great for hands-free pumping, especially in the car or at work. Fits inside the shirt. Can be hit or miss on if it works for individuals, but it works GREAT for my boobs. Regular flanges hurt me and didn't yield good output, but Freemies agreed with my body wonderfully.
  • Spectra Pump I have nothing but good things to say about the Spectra pump. I have the S1 (battery operated), S2 (plugs in), and the S9 (battery operated, but not as fancy as S1). I haven't had any issues with my pumps, but others have had great customer service experiences. It's a "closed" system, which means it's impossible for milk to get into the pump on accident. This is a good thing.
  • Kiinde Storage Bags - these breastmilk storage bags are more expensive, but highly durable. I love the twist top - much easier to use then a zipper top. We used the whole bottle system from 0-6 months. At six months, he realized he could take the nipple off the bottle and we switched to Como Tomo bottles. But for those months, it was SO NICE to just send the bags to daycare and wash only the nipples (the shells stayed at daycare).
  • Lillebaby Complete Airflow Baby Carrier - while baby carrier preferences will vary widely by body type and personal preferences, I love my Lillebaby most. It doesn't require any special insert for newborns and the lumbar support was awesome. The airflow version was great, as I live in a very hot state.
  • Lectrofan Sound Machine - you may be wondering why this is $45 and other sound machines are $20. Because it is amazing, that is why. Seriously 100% amazing.

    Hope this helps somebody!

    Edit: added a few more after the Spectra.
u/tinapop · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

Warning - lots of text below! My baby is about 6 weeks now and I'm exclusively breastfeeding. My Medela Harmony manual pump has been fine for building a stash - I pump 1-2 times a day for the freezer and occasional bottle feedings from Dad. I think it's pretty convenient, but I'll be using a double electric pump when I go back to work (waiting to see what Tricare will cover in 2015!).

Whatever you decide to use for diapering, I'd strongly recommend getting some prefolds (I got Osocozy unbleached). They're great for burp cloths, catching milk from your other boob during letdown, etc and they're also way cheaper and more absorbent than fancy burp cloths. Personally I love prefolds and covers for diapering, but don't buy too much into any one system or brand until you know what works for you. My husband hates prefolds so now I'm having to add pockets and AIOs to appease him.

I'd get some swaddlers (at least 2; my favorite is from Nuroo but that was a gift and they're pricey, the summer infant SwaddleMe wraps are good now that she's bigger but didn't fit well until about 10 lbs). My girl lives in footed pajamas and I love the Gerber zipped ones, we found tons at goodwill for $1.50 each but if you can't find them used, they're on Amazon for $10 for a 2 pack. You're right that other people will buy clothes, but they'll pick cutesy stuff and you need some practical choices too.

Nursing pillow - I had an unexpected C section and this has been so necessary. I love the Luna Lullaby since it's big and I had a big baby.

Some kind of baby carrier, I got a Moby wrap while she's small and it's amazing for running errands (I put it on before getting in the car and pop her in before going in the store, WAY easier than a carseat and stroller).

We were gifted a used swing and it is a freaking godsend. It's the only way I get chores done since I can pop her in there and cook, do laundry, clean, etc without her crying. YMMV, some babies hate them, but buy used and you won't be out too much cash.

Wubbanub pacifier is easy to keep track of and super cute.

Pack n Play with a mattress for cosleeping (recommended to reduce SIDS risk for the first 6 months). At least 2 mini crib sheets.

Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter is amazing for the first couple weeks.

QuickZip crib sheets will be amazing once you use the crib.

Simba baby safety nail cutter - no bleeding!

Finally, the Itzbeen pocket nanny timer is so helpful for keeping track of feedings and diaper changes, especially in the first few weeks.

Hope this wasn't too overwhelming. Good luck!

*Edited to add links to products.

u/UltimateKane99 · 2 pointsr/AdultBreastfeeding
  1. Start low and work up, if you want to use Domperidone. It's a galactologue for sure, and there's a variety of people out there who have different regimens. I would compare several examples of people using dom and see if you find a good baseline to start at, but maximum recommended dose by doctors per day is 30 mg (you may go higher, but risks increase).
  2. There is limited research that it can negatively affect your heart, with the US FDA indicating that it has risks of cardiac arrythmia, cardiac arrest, and sudden death. Obviously if you experience any of these effects, stop taking dom and contact your doctor. That said, we've never had a bad experience with it.
  3. This is massively dependent on dedication + technique. Some people see results quickly, others it takes a few months. If you're doing ten sessions of 20 minutes of pumping per day, for example, you'll likely see faster results than someone doing it only 4 times a day.
  4. No, it's not always a sex thing. I mean, it really can't with the number of sessions you need to do. It's usually a very enjoyable closeness and can build relationships, though. I would recommend discussing with your SO if they can do the time commitment. It's important that you both be on the same page regarding this, because it can have long-term impacts on your life.
    As for sex itself, it just gets incorporated into sex pretty easily; playing with your breasts during sex will naturally elicit a reaction, and it can be lots of fun!
  5. For a breastpump, look for hospital-grade + high suction. I've heard good things about the Bellababy pump, although we haven't used it ourselves. I've For TENS units, here's a URL: TENS Unit Directions
  6. There's plenty of websites dedicated to ANR/ABF, I recommend browsing around! No better way to find new people and places


    Couple tips:

  • Make sure you are hydrated. This is key to ensuring successful lactation
  • Other supplements, such as oatmeal, fenugreek, blessed thistle, etc. all have different effects. Read up on those in addition to dom, perhaps.
  • Supply = demand, so the more you demand, the more faster your supply will respond.


    Good luck! Feel free to post your progress here if you are interested, but please respect the rules! :)
u/Thisisalovebeanie · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

I have a Spectra S1 and love it. Only difference between S2 and S1 is the S1 has a rechargeable battery- this was huge for me as I like that I don’t have to turn it off and unhook myself to just go grab water or something. Once you know what flange size you need, I’d recommend getting an extra set of parts as well. As an FYI the duckbill valves need to be replaced every couple months as they will eventually get little tears at the opening.

I have a couple Elvies as well which I mainly use to pump if I’m driving and need to pump at that time. I don’t get as much as I get with the spectra.

Boon grass also SO HELPFUL for drying all the little pieces. I thought it was just a frivolous registry item but it is CLUTCH.

I’d also recommend getting a haakaa (editing to add: this one specifically has worked best for me, the older styles have a weird neck that doesn’t suction as completely: https://www.amazon.com/Haakaa-Breast-Manual-Silicone-Breastfeeding/dp/B07CWK4S5W) to catch letdown - you put it on one breast while feeding from the other, and make sure to switch it to the other breast when you switch sides so it’s not ALL foremilk. It’s been huge for helping me build up a stash- I get 1-2 oz extra at each feeding without spending any extra time, because it just catches what would be dripping out anyway. Sometimes I’ll hand express a little extra into it at the end of a feed. You have to wait for the milk to all be at the same temperature before you can combine it, but every 1-2 days I have enough for a whole bottle and then I’ll give that to hubs to use and pump a full bottle’s worth to keep in the freezer or fridge depending on what needs we have coming up. I loved it so much that I just bought like 4 of them so that when I’m home all day on the weekend I have a clean one to grab for every feed.

If you are returning to work, find out if your lactation space has a pump there. Mine has a Medela symphony, so I got a set of parts for it so that I wouldn’t have to schlep the spectra around. It works great.

If you do need to carry your spectra around and want a professional looking bag, the Sarah Wells bags are great.

FWIW, a friend of mine got the Medela pump in style and HATES it. She says the Symphony works great for her, and she likes the baby Buddha as well. I find the Symphony to be comparable to the spectra, but wasn’t about to rent that giant hospital grade thing to keep at home.

u/MableXeno · 3 pointsr/Parenting

I think some of this depends on your situation...are you cramped for space, low on cash, looking for ways to keep your life as uncluttered as possible?

That's kind of my wheelhouse. So from that perspective:

  • Good convertible carseat. The bucket seats (the ones with the click-off base and carry handle) have to be upgraded at a certain point. I lucked out with my first kid. She was almost 2 before she hit 20 pounds. But My 3rd kid outgrew it at like 6 months. Lesson learned, just use the convertible. It reclines more for an infant and then stays rear-facing usually up to about 30-40 pounds (when your child is about 3 years old - the new recommendation for turning them forward facing). The cost of two seats is worth it if you have 2 vehicles and will regularly be trading off driving duties (like one spouse dropping at daycare, and the other spouse picking up). It's smarter to do two seats - so that you don't risk installing the seat incorrectly b/c of the constant shuffling.

  • Sleeping space: The most basic IKEA crib is perfect. It's cheap, easy to move, a mattress can be raised and lowered, and it's fairly small, so might fit through doorways. Baby has no idea how much her crib costs. Room sharing is much easier this way, too (for parents not interested in bed sharing).

  • The most basic style of flannel receiving blankets. Mostly b/c these can double as many other things. Obviously, you have traditional uses like swaddling and keeping baby warm. But I have used them as: barrier between baby and floor for diaper changes, or the grocery cart, an emergency diaper, emergency towel, emergency 'soak up whatever that gross liquid is', burp rags, nursing cover, I've soaked them in water to help cool baby down on a hot day or during a fever. (And maybe less important, but a good old fashioned style baby pin or new fashioned style pin - in case you do need to wrap up an emergency diaper...You might never need it, but I've used pins for plenty of things that aren't diapers, too.)

  • All the onesies. Don't go crazy with cute outfits. There will be plenty of time for them, but when they're really small - onesies are easy to carry, easier to wash, and easier to keep track of. And when they inevitably get destroyed b/c babies are disgusting you won't feel bad leaving it in the garbage can of the Target bathroom. Get socks. And I also like the footie and footless "body suit" onesies...also called creepers, sometimes? They're just an easy all in one piece of clothing.

  • Even if you're not sure about the specifics, a pack of pacifiers, a pack of bottles and a basic handheld breastpump. I know a lot of insurers started doing the bigger electric pumps, but it's a hassle if it's not something you're definitely using...and hard to pass on (creating waste) once you've used it. The manual is good for helping to pump the non-feeding breast, or just to relieve basic engorgement (this was my primary use for my last baby) or a single skipped feeding. It's also good for stimulating to help the milk come down if you're not sure if baby is triggering the letdown reflex.

  • Don't buy a ton of tiny newborn diapers. Sizes 2 & 3 tend to be the more common long-term use. So if you're going to stock up on a size - do the larger ones.

  • A basic carrier. Even for a newborn, this helps to be hands free. And it's pretty easy to use without help. You can find these used online or baby consignment shops if you don't want to pay full price. And if you decide you want a more expensive variety, you at least have an idea of what other features you'd wish you had or would be nice in a carrier if you have some experience with one.

  • Hold off on buying a stroller...they're not that easy to use, and if you aren't going to be walking long distances on smooth pavement, they aren't ideal. You can't really use them at the grocery store, they're too big for restaurants. The carrier ends up doing some of this work for you.

  • Thermometer, gas drops, diaper cream (like desitin), olive oil for skin care.

    Those are my go-to basics.
u/mmabpa · 2 pointsr/InfertilityBabies

I love this list, I kept thinking "ditto!" with almost everything you wrote! Because I can't help myself, here is some of my feedback on some of those products:

For boob cream- I loooove the Motherlove Nipple Cream. The Earth Mama Angel Baby one was really grainy to me, and I'm not a big fan of the cocoa butter smell (to each their own!). The Motherlove cream saved my nipples those first few weeks and I still use it after a long pumping session.

Leak management- gurl I feel you on being leaky! I am SO leaky. I love the nighttime Bamboobies, they're the only ones that work for me (and I have to switch them out three times a day). The downside is they're pretty obvious through clothing, so when I have to go out of the house I'll pop a disposable lansinoh one in there instead. But Bamboobies all the way!

Leak Collection!- Yes! The Milkies Milksaver I have has been great at catching the ~1oz I leak from the non-nursing side. Now that Miss V and I have more of a breastfeeding pattern that involves her only eating from one side per session I'm going to try out a Haakaa Silicone Pump to see if the suction will draw out even more ounces from the neglected boob.

Extra Pump Parts- NeneSupply on Amazon is a Spectra pumping girl's best friend, especially for hard-ish to find and expensive spare Spectra parts.

Nursing Bras- They're expensive but I'm a total Bravado fanatic. I'm a big girl and they carry a wide variety of sizes, even for the much bigger bust sizes. And they recently released this hands free pumping attachment that, the few times I've experimented with it, was freaking awesome. I hope it continues to be awesome when I go back to work!

Oh! I forgot one of my favorite pumping accessories! The Pumpin' Pals Super Shields have made a difference in my output but are also a thousand times more comfortable that regular flanges. Plus you can recline while pumping without spilling breastmilk everywhere! I was gifted these by a friend at my shower and I was skeptical about them living up to the Amazon reviews hype but I am definitely happy to have them.

u/baseball_guy · 1 pointr/Parenting

Oh, where to start.

I guess, first of all, equipment will probably be pretty low on you concerns. Any thing you end up lacking can usually be remedied with a couple quick emergency shopping trips by dad. That said, I can recommend some stuff.

  • burp cloths..
  • a yoga ball for bouncing.
  • breast pump and bags..
  • new born pacifiers.

    And there are other things you might like such as small blankets, blackout curtains for the windows.

    However, what I think is the most important is to setup your support network. A lot of people don't get this established in time, and it can make a lot of difference in your quality of life. You may get a really easy baby, but even in the best of times, you'll benefit from help.

    My wife signed up for a new parents meet up this one won't work for you, but if you can find something similar, it can be a huge help to have other moms going through the same thing you are, and she made some really good friends. Also, establish, if you can, some people to help out. Do you live near any of the grandparents? Can they come over once a week to help with laundry and dishes for the first few weeks? Can you make some frozen dinners to ear when you're to exhausted to cook? Is there going to be anyone who might be able to give you a couple hours off to sleep or recharge if you're running on empty? These sorts of things are hugely helpful.

    I'm sure you'll get lots of help finding out what products you'll want in you life, but my 2c is to spend some time arranging the people you'll want in your life as well.
u/tortsy · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

So I had this issue too! I don't know how you feel about building up a milk stash, but I would recommend investing in a haakaa silicone pump.

Its the best thing ever. It gently collects let down from one boob as you nurse and its just great. It did wonders for me and I have recommended it to all my friends who decided to nurse their child and all of them have raved about it as well.

Its also super easy to wash and helps you maintain your supply. This was helpful for me because I kind of wanted an over supply since I was going to go back to work. Pumping twice at work and not being around my child would definitely cut down my supply so the haakaa was good at building it.

I stopped pumping with my electric pump at around 9 months and exclusively used the haakaa and it was great.. I ended up nursing my LO until she was 18 months

u/Emceeguy · 1 pointr/daddit

Its definitely tough and a lot of work. I will say based on your summary, it seems like you are doing everything to the best of your ability, which is the most important thing. I just passed the two month mark, so I will tell you now, it only gets slightly better. Supposedly at 3 months, it can start to get a lot better in regards to having a pattern and more control over the schedule. But, as a 2 month vet, here is how I'm managing this to the best of my ability:

You wife definitely does need support. Depending on how well you can sleep, instead of STAYING awake with her, get up, get the baby, help her set up for a feed, then go back to sleep.

I don't know about yours, but my baby needs to feed for anywhere from 30 minutes to a full hour. an hour of sleep 3-5 times a night can make a big difference with your ability to handle it long term.

Also, buy your wife this pump. Its WAY better than the free one we got with insurance, it pulls out way more milk, and it's easier on her breasts. As an exclusively breastfed baby, this will allow her to pump, make a bottle, then SHE can go back to sleep and you can take 1 or 2 feedings every once in a while.

You love your child. you are trying, and you are asking for advice. You are already doing EVERYTHING right. Hang in there, it'll get better.

P.S. Once you get your first regular baby smile, it'll allllllllll be worth it

u/HawKarma · 1 pointr/parentsofmultiples

Wow. Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate your input. Thanks for sharing the pics too :)

I'm planning on taking the first two weeks off to help my wife. My wife is taking a full 12 weeks, and I've made it clear to my retired mother-in-law that she's welcome to move in for that first month. She's wonderful and should be a great help.

We're getting there. Picked up a Sony Nex-5N over Christmas to capture all the memories. Also definitely planning to get this Medela and the Miracle blankets.

As for my original question, we did find a recliner we like. It's the Havana recliner from Macy's. It's a bit pricey but we called and it's supposed to go on a one-day sale tomorrow, so we'll see. We're planning to pull the trigger tomorrow. I must say, it's not easy finding a modern recliner with nice, clean lines. They all look like teddy bears.

In our search, we did come across this awesome glider recliner loveseat (8908 style). Both sides independently recline and glide. Amazing if you're prepared to drop $1300.

u/bantamforever · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

So, I totally breastfed one kid and then pumped exclusively for the next, and for the third breastfed a little but mostly pumped and then when I was sick of pumping, I switched to formula.

A couple of things to know about breastmilk production. First is that the initial wave of hormones that triggers the production of breastmilk comes from the delivery of the baby and the placenta. Your milk will come in whether you do anything or not. But, to maintain your supply, you need to empty your breasts and stimulate your nipples about 8 times a day. It doesn't have to be in 2 hour intervals around the clock. A baby doesn't cue to eat at exactly 2 hours around the clock. When you breastfeed you follow the baby's cues. If you are exclusively pumping, then you can pump more frequently in the day and then at night give yourself no more than one 4-6 hour stretch for uninterrupted sleep. Don't go more than six hours without pumping or feeding a baby unless you are trying to decrease your supply, because that is what will happen. If you do go more than six hours, beware that you can get plugged ducts or mastitis. Your supply regulates at 12 weeks, so the first 12 weeks if you want to develop your full supply, it's important to keep up the frequent breast emptying and nipple stimulation. After that, you can go further apart and some people are able to pump as few as 4 times a day with a couple "power pumps" throughout the week (pumping on an off for 10 minutes over a 1 hour period to simulate cluster feeding). But some people need to keep up the eight pumps for the duration of pumping, so you will figure out what works for you. If your goal is not to provide breastmilk only, you can pump less and give some formula, but your supply will tend to gradually dwindle. That might be what works for your family.

Some people do use formula during the very early days of breastfeeding and there is actually evidence that this can increase rates of success because it decreases frustration and allows the baby to have more energy for effective breastfeeding. So you don't have to be afraid of formula. But you do have to stimulate the nipples and empty the breasts. :)

If you are doing a combination of pumping and breastfeeding, the easiest way is to just breastfeed when you are home and then pump when you are away from the baby. In your situation (going back to work), if I liked breastfeeding, I would probably start out breastfeeding and maybe add in 1 extra pump a day if it's not too onerous. Then once your are working, you pump throughout the day while you are away from your baby. Some people breastfeed overnight (this is good for your supply and bad for your level of fatigue), some people use pumped milk or formula. Personally I found this all to onerous with my third, so I mainly pumped because I preferred it to breastfeeding, and my husband and I took turns giving the bottle at night. When I switched to powder formula I would keep bottles prefilled with water and a premeasured formula container at the bedside. Add formula, shake, feed baby. When I went back to school he was 8 weeks, and I rapidly dropped pumps, used up the rest of my freezer milk and guilt free switched to formula. My plan for all future babies is to provide breastmilk for approximately six weeks and then to give formula after that. This is based on my own personal experiences with breastfeeding and my current lifestyle (work full time). You will find what works best for your situation and your family. Some people are able to pump and breastfeed and provide milk for over a year, and they are happy with being able to do so.

Other little tips:

Get a pumping bra or make one by cutting holes in a sports bra.

A lot of moms store their pump parts in the fridge in between pumps and wash and sterilize once a day. This might be an acceptable practice with full term kids (I felt fine doing it with mine after the first six weeks) but for newborns, for milk donation, and especially for any preterm babies it is very important to thoroughly clean the pump parts with soap and water and air dry every single time. Which sucks because preemie moms have enough on their plate, but the evidence suggests that cleaning is an important part of safe milk handling for preemies.

Lastly, I haven't had a chance to try one of these personally (they came on the market after I weaned the last baby) but a lot of my friends have raved about this for use during a feed: https://www.amazon.com/Haakaa-Silicone-Breastfeeding-Manual-Phthalate/dp/B01F8W7CF0

u/baileyfaze · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump


Chux pads, hands down, were the best purchase we made. Those saved us so much laundry and so many diapers. The link is hit or miss - one box we got was great and quilted, the second box was not quilted and they fall apart more easily. Which really sucks because we're not going through several a day anymore, so it has time to really fall apart before it gets soiled. Even the shitty ones are incredibly helpful.

A Haakaa breast milk catcher. Best money I've ever spent. I stopped using it every day at 11 months PP. 11 months of daily use.

An electronic nail file. I cut too close once, and decided I don't ever want to do that again. It's quiet, it has a little light on it, two speeds, and a bunch of different nail heads.

Stacking cups. Don't know why we even have other toys. Did you know you can throw them and chase after them and then throw them again, mom? You can put them inside each other! You can put them in the toy basket and then take them out and then put them back in again! You can knock them down when mom & dad foolishly stack them up! You can clack them together! You can bang them against EVERYTHING!!

This inflatable tub. It has a little shoehorn for the crotch so you can use it before baby can totally sit up by themselves. We're still using it because my child is dead set on committing suicide in the bathtub.

Sleeved bibs. Or as we like to call them, eatin' ponchos. We got some "art smock" cheaper ones to alternate with, but the Bumkins one is 👌👌👌 so much better. The art smocks are fabric-y on the body, so they stain.

A ring sling. No link because I actually borrowed from my local babywearing community. But I checked out a ring sling back to back to back. My chonker outgrew the Moby wrap I had (which was super hot and a PITA to get on and off) by 3 months when I finally discovered ring slings. Ring slings are like the cool, breezy older sister.

A yoga ball. We spent hours bouncing our child.


This Graco Swing. Well, any swing, but this is the one we had. Of the several swings at daycare, my baby tolerated one kind...for a few minutes. Obviously this is a my baby thing.

A walker. We got one used from a garage sale before we realized they're not really recommended for babies anymore.

Any chew-toy specific type teether.

u/struggle_cuddle_club · 6 pointsr/baby

Cloth diapers - flour sack towelsfrom amazon as the stuffers - cheap and clean easily. Bamboo liners for the poop. Rubber gloves for swishing it in the toilet for the parts that don't come off with the liners. Lot's of covers that can be used from newborn to 35 lbs. You can use any bum cream if you use the flour sack towels as well FYI because it doesn't ruin them. Also pick up a couple of these laundry bags. Wipes.

Cleaning is easy - "quick wash" with a bit of soap, then a hot long wash for extra soiled diapers.

Baby nest was nice to have but not a necessity. Blankets/towels can help. Also a wrap is nice for the first 6 months but not necessary.

Gripe water for gassy baby, Punkin Butt teething oil

A pump, even hand pump will be handy. Especially in the first few weeks she's regulating her supply.

Zip up sleepers (snaps suck)

Baby Bag (backpack style)

Don't worry about a baby changing table, you can change anywhere. Don't worry about a diaper genie since you're cloth diapering.

Breastfeeding scarf/carseat cover

Older baby (6-12 months will come fast)

- snack containers

- Food holder thing(frozen bananas are awesome for teething)

u/goobernickel · 8 pointsr/AdultBreastfeeding

I like the Spectra S2. It's gentle but efficient. I've also tried a Madela PISA, and it definitely has stronger suction, but it hurt like hell and didn't seem to get as much milk as my spectra did. I feel like the Spectra better imitates the suckling motion of a mouth. Bonus, it's also pretty quiet, it's easy to control suction strength and speed, and it has a night light (for those 2am sessions). I bought mine used, but it's also one of the cheaper options if you buy new.

u/mcsands · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I don't know about renting one, but the Elvie or the Willow are your options if you want it to be super discreet. If you are okay with something more obvious but still pretty convenient to travel with, they make these small portable electric pumps that are made in China, but still pretty sweet:



I have the one with the reddish pink motor and it works pretty dang well for me.

u/winterberryx · 6 pointsr/asktransgender

I started off transition with lactation as a goal. At that time, my partner and I were planning to have a baby; for a variety of reasons, that didn't work out. The first time I saw my GP about transitioning, I talked about my desire to at least try to achieve lactation. She was very supportive. So it's not something I've kept from my doctors, they know pretty much all my history.

I started transitioning January 2018. I went full-time in July, and ordered a pump in August of that year. So it was about eight months before I thought it was viable to try inducing. My experience has been .... interesting. I started developing the let-down reflex very quickly. I didn't make substantial progress in milk production, however, for quite some time after that. So, probably like 18 months before I started producing fluid more regularly.

The pump I bought is serviceable, but cheap-ish, and entry-level. I'm considering upgrading soon. However, as a first attempt, it is reliable, powerful, convenient, and discreet. I really like it, and would have no reticence to recommend it.

Pump: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CZZN1VX

I also bought a TENS unit from the drugstore. That made a huuuuuge difference in milk production; the difference I have noted when I use the TENS unit along with pumping, versus pumping only, is remarkable. The TENS unit I use when I'm at work, or when I cannot pump.

TENS unit, something like this, but not this one exactly: https://www.amazon.com/Progoo-Stimulator-Combination-Reusable-Electrodes/dp/B07SLYGYRS

My goal now is to solidify my gains, and basically hold the course. I need to focus on achieving a regular, reliable pumping schedule, which I have struggle with this year. That is currently inhibiting me somewhat. Personally, I aim for three times a day, 30 minutes per session. That's a lot. Some people recommend up to four or six times a day to induce, which is more than I can budget my time for. Twice a day seems optimal for me, where I am right now, with the goals that I've personally set for myself.

u/erosebro · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

My first recommendation is to check to see if she has a baby registry. New parents need/want LOTS of stuff, and while all gifts are appreciated, having someone help cover the essentials always made us really happy! Some of my favorite gifts were for things we needed like extra bottles, bassinet sheets, and giftcards to Amazon.

Now, to your question - here are some top items we've used with our new baby:

u/aeb1022 · 6 pointsr/TropicalWeather

Even if your wife is planning to breastfeed, have formula on hand just in case. I'd recommend the ready-to-feed (RTF) stuff that comes in the little bottles (like this). That way you don't have to worry about your water source, or washing/sterilizing bottles. You can get individually wrapped nipples for them, too (Amazon link). One of the other commenters said you have to refrigerate the RTF formula, but that's only true once it's been opened.

If your wife *is* planning to breastfeed, i'd recommend a manual breast pump and/or a haaka in case baby has trouble latching and she wants to express milk. They have electric pumps with battery powered options, too, if you want to look into that. (in this case you'd obviously also need bottles and a way to wash/sterilize them).

Obviously diapers and wipes too. Another thing is we do so much freakin laundry, which, in the event of an extended outage, wouldn't really be possible. So more onesies and swaddles than you think you need and burp cloths/rags in case you have a spitty baby.

Some items we Amazon Primed in the first week or two that we didn't know we needed: simethicone gas drops, probiotics, vitamin d drops, velcro swaddle, different size pump flanges, slow flow nipples, saline spray/drops, miracle blanket swaddle, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Newborn babies are hard, and I hope you don't have to deal with a hurricane at the same time! Praying for calm weather in your area!

u/meowmeowlove · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I use the Medela pump in style. It gets the job done, but I can't say if others are better, because it's the only one I've used. I bought the one that comes with a toteb bag. Here's one that has some more accessories and a backpack instead of the tote.

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Backpack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011E75RK/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_LYuGub13C728A

Congrats on awesome insurance! Mine only covered $100ish, and I thought it was good lol.

u/CorgiSnugs · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Not exactly a traditional manual pump, but I love the Haakaa pump. Might be what you’re already referring to though.

It’s a small suction hand pump. Great for catching letdown on your opposite side, or in the shower/bath when you randomly let down. If I use it twice a day, I extract enough for a bottle feeding. Super easy and has no parts, so cleaning is a breeze!


u/superkatalyst · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Comfort is definitely a factor in getting better yields. That and I'm able to pump longer at home and with out the stress that comes with pumping at work.

Medela parts are more readily available at stores so their parts are easier to replace but you can easily find replacement parts for both brands on amazon.
You can use non native brands with both pump parts as long as the neck size matches. Medela pump parts will fit standard/narrow size bottles and Spectra flanges fit with wide neck bottles. However you can buy an adapter like this so you can use narrow neck bottles with you're Spectra if that's what you prefer.
I had the PISA first so I bought an adapter to fit my Spectra pump with my medela parts since already had a bunch of medela stuff.

My Spectra pump actually came with two wide neck Spectra brand bottles so I use those too when I'm out of clean medela parts. It should come with yours too if that's what you decide to go with.

u/mrscartoon · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

Hubs and I finally had a night out sin baby #2 arrived. After her 4 week growth spurt and a wonder week she has been cluster feeding nonstop.

This is what I pumped in about 10 min after being gone for 5 hours! I was still going strong but didn't feel like changing out bottles for more. (Side note: I am MUCH more comfortable now!)

Shoutout to the [Haakaa manual pump](Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_rxotybBR6HFTM) (or the boob grenade as I lovingly call it) for making my supply amazing!

u/Kacidillaa · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

My Lansinoh pump has the option to use batteries but I never have. And honestly, I like using a hand pump way more. A friend gave me this one because I was getting engorged a lot and it felt way more efficient and handy to me. I can get 4oz in like 5 minutes when an electric pump would take like 20 minutes.

u/bethskw · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Congrats and good luck! I trained for a half while breastfeeding so AMA. I have three kids who each nursed for 2+ years.

The good news is that neither exercise nor nutrition are likely to affect your supply. (Here's the science behind that.)

Finding time to nurse or pump is more likely to be an issue, if your long runs conflict with feeding times. My kids were always fine for about 3 hours between feedings, once they were a few months old, so timing wasn't an issue even for long-ish runs. When your runs get really long or if there's a lot of travel time before/after your races or long runs, consider bringing a hand pump. I have this $30 one and it was SO nice to know I'd always have a quick and easy way to relieve pressure if I was away from my baby too long.

Sports bras become extra annoying to fit while you're lactating, just because your boobs can be so big and/or change sizes. Get a good sports bra! I normally go with whatever bra is on sale, but in those early post-baby days I spent $50 on a Moving Comfort and it was SO worth it.

u/PunkinKitty · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I pumped while driving on my way to work (anywhere from 15-30 minutes). I used a hands free bra, the lactamed was fantastic! It fit easily over my clothes, and being larger chested, the size adjustment was great! I picked the cheapest color choice and at the time yellow was only about $9 I believe.

My process was:

Get in car, put on hands free bra, put on flanges with bottle attached, buckle seat belt, then attach hoses. I had been given a nursing cover and car pumping was the only time I used it. Once I was I finished I would place the bottles in the cup holders until I could cap.

u/throwmeawayjno · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

If you plan on putting your baby in daycare, you definitely need a double electric. As another mentioned, check your insurance!! But if not, I'd still urge you to buy one like the Spectra s2 which is $159 on Amazon right now. Even though it's a large upfront cost....don't forget that formula will cost you so much more in the long run. So you'd be making an initial large investment to then save way more later. Keep in mind that formula can cost anywhere from $70-$150 a month....depending on what you buy.

Don't listen to your bf. You have plenty of milk! Supplementing with formula is only necessary if you weren't making enough or you don't want to breastfeed.

I agree with getting a haakaa to catch the drips. Make sure to buy from haakaa USA. There are fakes that aren't guaranteed that pass themselves off as haakaa.

Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_3NaOBbW4JV9T5

One of the knockoffs which was actually a good and trustworthy one was the naturebond but I believe it's been moved likely for copyright.

For a haakaa, you use it either to catch drips after a feed and you're still feeling engorged or during a feed on the non nursing side.

But want to add that it is not a replacement for a double electric. Use a double electric for when your kid is in daycare and gets a bottle. The safe rule of thumb to maintain milk supply is nurse/pump as often as baby eats. For most babies....that's probably 8-12 times in a 24 hr period. you've got a big one so I'd expect your number closer to 10.

To build a stash, you can pump directly after you feed or do 1 additional pump in the morning about an hour after his morning nurse.

Does your bf explain at all why he suddenly wants to formula feed? I bet it's bc it bothers him to see something he sexualizes leaking...but boobs were made to feed babies first before they were ever meant to amuse men....just saying.

u/kimmyd · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Double electric on Amazon for $110 (free shipping if you have Prime!) The First Years Quiet Expressions Double Electric Breast Pump https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00R63IEYI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_I6fMwbSM6ESBB

There's also a bunch of cheaper single electrics. (I have a double myself, but I'm kind of wishing I had saved money and gone with a single...)

Edit to add: babies r us has double electric evenflo for $130 http://m.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=24777156

Good luck! :)

u/kherioux0813 · 7 pointsr/breastfeeding

Hakaa is great! (I got an off brand one on amazon and love it) You just attach and let LO eat from opposite sides. Also watching YouTube videos on it helps, shows you how to get a better suction from it.

Bumblebee breast pump manual... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FLMZKQ2?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

u/delavenue · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

So, what I have done is pump one side and nurse the other. That way I'm not stuck in the chair all day long. I usually do it once or twice in the early morning (thats when your milk is usually most plentiful, from 4am on) and it is enough for one solid feed at night.

I also have a fast let down and pumping for just one or two moments on that side can help with the squirt to the back of the throat. A haaka is a nice affordable option for this as it doesn't require lot of cords and tubes.


I know it's exhausting. I also know you are a great mom for giving it your best.

u/monsto · 6 pointsr/lactation

She must pump, its' no more complex than that. It's a must.

So my wife had one of these. http://www.amazon.com/Medela-Pump-Style-Advanced-Breast/dp/B004HWXCJS/?tag=15615-20 Yes . . . it's expensive, but truly worth it. With a cigarette lighter attachment, it's a beautiful thing.

Along with it she had nursing bra's that zipped.

She'd latch on the pump then zip the bra to hold the pump in place, then would be completely hands-free for :20

And if by "busy" you mean "has a job", then I would hope that she would be able to sit in a bathroom or unused office somewhere for :20 and pump while reading things relevant to work on her phone or tablet.

Pumping 4x a day will absolutely keep here supply and size up. But it will only last a few months before supply starts to fall off and no amount of pumping will bring it back. within a year/year and a half, she'll be all deflated and empty anyway.

u/blong · 2 pointsr/Parenting

As another option, my wife just rented one of the hospital grade Medela's from a local infant specialty store, looks like this one:


Its worked really well for her, but we went this route on a recommendation from a friend, so I don't know if any of the other ones work well or not. We rented it from Day One in San Francisco. My wife did end up buying the backpack Medela for when she pumped at work or on vacation, but she feels the other is much better. I don't know the rental cost of the top of my head, it was much cheaper than buying, but maybe more expensive than some of the alternatives.

u/travelingag · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

This one. i like that it's a closed double pump and actually it's one of the highest rated on Amazon. It doesnt come with a carrying bag but that doesn't matter to me. If Tricare will only cover a few select ones though, like other insurers, I'd pick whichever one is free. :)

u/iLiketheway_youthink · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

Thanks for the advice!! And for the Silicone Breast Pump!! link for the u.s.

I actually had no idea that this was even a thing until my mom had mentioned something to me the other day. She told me I would have to put a towel or something over my other breast while the baby was eating. I had NO IDEA!! So, this thing is going on my registry.

Also, she's SUPER ADORABLE!! I love those eyes!!

u/freyascats · 6 pointsr/breastfeeding

The pains definitely ease up. Use all the lanolin you can get for those cracked nipples! (Or, I really like earth mama natural nipple butter) And it will take a few weeks for your supply to figure itself out, but eventually you will start to worry why your boobs aren't hard any more and if it means your supply is dipping (it's normal and no, your boobs are just figuring out how much to produce and at what time). Warm compresses on your boobs help.

I recommend getting a haakaa milk catcher or similar type of non-pump device to catch those flood gates of milk and save it! You don't really want to pump a lot right now because that will just increase your supply more and more.

u/_TheOtherWoman_ · 3 pointsr/Mommit

Good idea, definitely look into getting a pump. Personally, I just fed on demand and only pumped maybe a 2 dozen or so times in the 2 years that I nursed my son but this [Madela Hand Pump] (https://www.amazon.com/Medela-Harmony-Manual-Breast-Pump/dp/B0006HBS1M/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1487015148&sr=1-1&keywords=medela+hand+pump) is awesome. I also had an electric pump but just found the hand pump to be way more convenient.

u/OrganizedSprinkles · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

The Spectra is so much better. Spectra Baby USA Double/Single Breast Pump with Rechargeable Battery, 3.3 Pound

The S2 is cheaper because it doesn't have the built in battery, but it's great to be able to brush your hair and then go pack lunches all while pumping. You can also easily rig Medela parts to it if you want. They do make nice flanges and are more readily available.

u/mountaingrrl_8 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

If you want to save the milk a Hakaa pump is well worth the $20 investment. It's how I built up a pretty decent freezer stash with almost zero effort.

Edit to add that I also have a manual pump I occasionally use, but all the parts are annoying to clean so the Hakaa is something I'm still using almost daily three months out.

Also, my LO did the same thing and my midwife assured me not to worry, and it is getting better as she gets older. I definitely notice if I have more engorgement than normal and I don't pre-drain a bit, she becomes the exorcist with all the puking she does everywhere.


u/mamawritescode · 1 pointr/Mommit

Good! You should be able to pump less and less as the weeks go by. As someone pointed out, now's a great time to introduce a bottle anyway.

Another thing to look into is a haakaa. I have not personally used it, but it is popular and might save you a little time or effort.

u/Purplethumb · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Check if you or your SO gets a discount through work. I was surprised to find both my work and my husbands had signed up for parent hood support groups. I got my Medela Pump in style at half price and I like it. Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote However, you should not lend or sell your pump. It would be like sharing used underwear and it is advised against for health reasons.

u/hersheykiss7761 · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

First make sure you look into your insurance. Many insurance companies now are required to supply you with a breast pump. I used the Ameda Purley Yours with both my kids and I loved it. It worked very well, and I have nothing bad to say about it. I didn't use the pump regularly though, so sometimes it depends on how much you are expecting to pump. Generally the two popular pumps are the Ameda Purely Yours and the Medela Pump in Style.

u/snack_blahg · 1 pointr/blogsnark

They're on Groupon often, believe it or not! Also I heard a lot about this single suction manual pump after it was too late to use with my son. I definitely plan to check it out with the next baby. And finally, it's nice to have a single manual pump too (not electric) - good for car rides, when you need to pump only one side a little, etc. Oh and one more thing - hands-free pumping bra. I liked the simple wishes one.

u/soawhileago · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Buy a haaka silicone pump. It quickly solved my engorgement/oversupply issue. My friend basically demanded that I buy one when I told her of my engorgement and I'm so glad.

The electric pump (while offering sweet relief) simulates a baby suckling, which causes your body to produce milk for that "baby." The haaka takes extra milk without stimulating extra supply. It's more like one giant prolonged slurp with a straw.

Check it out! Please don't keep suffering

u/AshLegend · 2 pointsr/Mommit

First of all, it's not too late. Basically, you need to remove milk from your breasts either by pumping or nursing at least 8 times or more in a 24 hour period to maintain full milk supply. If your health insurance doesn't cover a pump (almost all do - you can check by calling the customer service line on your insurance card) then you can at least get a cheap manual pump like the Medela Harmony and still maintain milk supply. The only downside to a manual pump is that you can only pump one side at a time. I personally never responded to an electric pump, and exclusively used a manual pump at work through the first year. You can even use hand expression to maintain milk supply without a pump - and for many women it's can be even more effective than a pump! When you do get your hands on a manual or electric pump, try using the hands on pumping technique to help your output. If you're on Facebook, as to join this group BRAS Brestfeeding Support Group

u/MeepsWellfed · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Wow. That is awful!

Did you get a hand pump as a back up after that? It’s a good back up for folks that can’t afford a full second pump.

I’ve heard good things about the Haakaa and put it on my registry.


u/NotNotACylon · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I have a Spectra S1 and love it. It's very quiet, fast, and the parts are very easy to clean.

FWIW, I ordered the Spectra S2 from this amazon listing and they accidentally(?) sent me a S1. Just saying...

u/Bonzena · 4 pointsr/NewParents

Also maybe look into trying the Haakaa. It’s a pump you use on the opposite breast while the baby is nursing. It just suctions on and does the work for you. It’s very easy to use and only costs about $15. Just another tool to help keep your breasts as empty as possible. Good luck!

Edit: here’s the link

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump 4oz/100ml,2019 New Style https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWK4S5W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CEIrDbDCREG7N

u/sammisamantha · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

If you are on the go. This is what I recommend!


It is what I have. Everything is conveniently in a bag.
Clean up is easy.

Cooler bag to store milk so it doesn't spoil. Etc.

I use this when I'm at school.

Though I wish I heard about this one.


It doesn't need an outlet

u/softcorepwn · 2 pointsr/pregnant

I got a Medela In Style from insurance (Thanks, Obama) and ended up buying a Spectra S2 from Amazon (hospital grade and insurance wouldn't cover).

I like both, but the s2 is lighter, quieter and more comfortable to use. Glad I have both (Medela can be portable for work) but if I had to have one - would buy the Spectra, it's not as much money as I had expected.

u/thecatsmeowmeow · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

If you want to try pumping more, I would highly recommend this silicone pump thingy. You can put it on your other boob while baby is nursing and get a couple ounces. I had the same problem with trying to pump while taking care of a clingy baby. It's impossible!

My husband and I had a similar problem where he always felt like he wasn't doing enough and it was honestly exhausting feeling like I had constantly reassure him


u/Meowmyy · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I got the Medela pump through my insurance and it works (it is pretty loud) but it is nice being able to get parts if needed at almost any store! I wanted the Spectra but my insurance didn't provide that option.

Many people use a haakaa on the side they are not feeding on to catch the letdown! I prefer the milkies milk saver since it goes right in your bra/tank top and you don't have to worry about baby kicking it off!

u/astrocountess · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

There is also the Freemie. It does have tubes, but is a similar concept and a much better price point and I think integrates with existing pumps as well. I haven't tried it, I need to get a new pump with a new baby on the way (mine was lost in a basement flooding episode...yay). Has anyone used that one with any success?

u/tehkittehkat · 3 pointsr/UKBabyBumps

If you're using Amazon don't forget to use http://uk.camelcamelcamel.com to check the price increase/decrease history. For example I decided to pull the trigger and buy my Spectra S2 in November when the price dropped, as the history showed it probably wouldn't get any lower - http://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Spectra-Hospital-Double-Electric-Breast/product/B00BLBLR1I?context=browse

Edited to add: we hit Ikea today and their baby stuff is surprisingly good. Their muslin cloths are better than the ones from Mamas and Papas and their baby towels are also really thick and soft. I'll probably pick up a few of their sleeping bags instead of GroBags too.

u/sendnoodles2748 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

You can buy spectra to small bottle adapters. I just got my S2 in the mail today but haven't used it yet. I tested the adapters though and it's a perfect fit, so I can still use all the medela bottles I have.


(Sorry, on mobile so I can't do formatting)

u/pippx · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I got one of these and am super excited to use it. Like OP, I'm also 5 days PP and am starting to have some serious spray issues. Going to try this guy out tonight and see how it goes!

u/stepheli88 · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

I also recommend trying to bring baby and husband with you to the wedding for reasons mentioned by other posters.

If you would feel more comfortable with baby at home, I’d recommend getting the haakaa to build up a little supply for when you are gone. You suction it to the opposing breast when breastfeeding and it collects leakage/let down. I wish I had it in the beginning days when I was leaking everywhere. This way you don’t have to worry about pumping!

u/MsWhatsit83 · 11 pointsr/beyondthebump

Have you tried using a haakaa? It suctions onto your breast and gathers milk from your let down. So when you breastfeed, you put it on the side the baby isn’t currently using. It’s a really good way to stockpile some bottle feeds, without risking creating and oversupply.

I could usually get an ounce or so per feed. You can combine several sessions to get enough for a bottle, then freeze. Just make sure that the milk is the same temp when combining. So if you already have a container of milk in the fridge, let the new milk cool before adding it to the container. You can leave in the fridge for several days before you need to freeze.


u/backwardshctib · 1 pointr/breastfeedingsupport

Just thought of one other thing... have you heard of the Haakaa?


If you used that just before your feed it might help with the heavy let down and then the flow wouldn’t be as strong. It doesn’t pump it just suctions on and collects what comes out so you don’t have to waste.

So sorry to hear this is difficult for you. I hope you can find a solution!

u/MurderMeMolly · 4 pointsr/pregnant

Right! Let me explain, Tucks are medicated pads that will help with healing and discomfort around your lady bits. A Haakaa is kinda like a manual breast pump but uses suction to stick to your boob so it’s hands free!

Haakaa- Haakaa Manual Breast Pump 4oz/100ml,2019 New Style https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWK4S5W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_dAcHDbX7JDE5N

Tucks - Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads 100 Pads Per Pack (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VPTHP8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_NBcHDbBAZKMT6

Also, add slippers or nonslip socks to your list and an extra long phone charging cord.

u/Arielyssa · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

If you aren't going back to work a manual pump will be fine. If you are going back to work you really need an electric. I am really in love with the Spectra 2 and at $129 it isn't a bad deal.

u/06TH · 1 pointr/pregnant

I'm not sure about the insurance, but if you can't get them to pay for it the Spectra 2 is a great pump for only $120 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BLBLR1I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_PSFozb0K7NDNQ

u/daydreamingofsleep · 1 pointr/ExclusivelyPumping

If you can, get a rechargeable “stationary” pump. Some places that provide insurance covered pumps will let you pay a bit more to upgrade your pump. The blue Spectra S1 works just as well when it isn’t plugged in and has a little handle to carry it. With a good pumping bra you could move around the kitchen and cook.

If you can’t get a rechargeable pump, at least get a long extension cord for your “stationary” pump so you can pick it up and move around the room.

You’ll get to keep your Medela pumping parts, there is an adapter on Amazon to hook them up to a Spectra pump. This. There are also adapters to hook them up to whatever kind of bottles you’re using, if you haven’t found those already.

FYI a lot of the Medela pumps are permanently sewn into some kind of carrying bag.

u/GordonTheGopher · 9 pointsr/Parenting

It won't negatively impact her in any way, but you might feel engorged and uncomfortable, even leaking. Ensure you have pads in your bra or you might be in for some embarrassment.

My daughter was extremely difficult to get to accept formula, but I started trying pretty late, about 6 months old. A 2 month old would probably be fine.

Here's a $30 pump if you decide to leave some breastmilk in the fridge instead of buying formula. It's also useful for relieving pressure on trips away from the baby.


u/yogi1107 · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

I was told to make sure I had an extra set of tubing, the flanges, and the valves (???).

My pump actually came with 2 sets of tubing and stuff so I’m just going to order whatever I need when I use the second set of something.

https://www.amazon.com/Spectra-Breastpump-Replace-Backflow-Protector/dp/B019JL32MS?th=1 amazon has this replacement set but I don’t think the bottles are necessary since the Avent ones fit too.

Maybe a STM can comment on which extra parts were necessary.

u/surrogateuterus · 7 pointsr/breastfeeding

There's a couple options.

Pump one boob while baby is nursing the other.

Slap a haakaa on the non-nursing boob while nursing the baby

Have the pump ready to go before feeding, pump right after the morning feed. The milk can sit out for a couple of hours just fine.

Pump while someone else holds the baby.

Pump after a night feeding. I always used a manual pump for night after-feedings. I just didn't like to deal with all the set up and noise. I only did 10 minutes a boob.

Don't worry yourself too much about a stash. Generally you just need enough to get through the first day because you'll usually pump enough at work for the next day. Its nice to have extra. But really, it's not worth stressing about..with my youngest here I was stressing and when I finally stopped, it seemed like the milk just came a flowing.

u/loveislovelyislove · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I've heard the milk catchers are good for sexy times when we can leak.

I'm going to be using an affordable passive collection silicone pump ( this model ) to collect the milk from my other breast during nursing.

u/coppernecas · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Ok, I will try to format this nicely, but for some reason it always comes out TERRIBLY, so if you see it's been edited, it's just for formatting. Also, I didn't do any sort of price search, so these links aren't the best price guaranteed.

Dream Team Pumping Purchases

  • Spectra Pump S1/S2 - one has a battery, that's the only difference. You can vary both the suction strength and the suction frequency on both the milking and letdown settings. There is a timer (yay!), and it remembers your settings. The only drawbacks is the tubing has a strange surface finish that picks up everything, so that kind of sucks, and the default is it's not on the letdown setting when you power on.

  • Pumpin Pal Flanges - Unfortunately these aren't compatible with the Spectra style pump parts, so you need some other pieces to use them. They draw the whole breast in, not just the part around the areola.

  • Maymom Adapters - These allow you to use the Medela style connectors and flanges with the Spectra.

  • Medela Connectors - These don't have to be Medela, they can be Maymom or Nenesupply, but I couldn't find ONLY the connectors from either companies in my quick search.

  • Duckbill Valves - These are way better than the little yellow piece valve with a rubber flap (if the flap moves, it doesn't always work). These are one piece, way awesome.

    As for bottles to attach...you can use Ameda or Medela bottles, or any bottle that fits the Medela connectors (I use the Medela bottles and sometimes Dr. Brown's bottles since they fit (depends on what's clean).
u/artemisrex · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I just bought this: https://www.amazon.ca/Haakaa-Silicone-Breast-Phthalate-Release/dp/B01F8W7CF0

Works great, very easy.

I pump 3 extra ounces a day, so basically I use the pump until I get 3 ounces. If babe gets a bottle I pump to replace what he eats. Don't worry about not having enough because you can always give LO what you pumped if you're desperate, although you might want to wait until 5-6 weeks to start pumping if you don't want to introduce a bottle this early and are worried about that issue.

u/ernieball · 26 pointsr/BabyBumps

In the US it is required that insurance provide a breast pump (thanks, Obama!!!).

Unfortunately this doesn't always mean an electric pump - some insurances have managed to loophole their way into satisfying this requirement while only providing a simple hand pump, but it's better than nothing.

Be sure to check with your insurance provider. Some require you to obtain prescriptions from your doctor that you can take to a Durable Medical Equipment Supplier. Some just ask for your OB's name and contact info and will do the legwork for you.

u/momopuddy · 1 pointr/nfl

I got this one twice cause 2 kids-- it was really the only one the hospital offered. I liked it alright, but honestly struggled with pumping. I don't think it was the pumps fault though--the struggle was part not being hydrated enough and part because I struggled with "let down" when it was a machine and not my kid nursing. I had a manual one that I used a couple times when I was engorged while travelling, but I actually found that hand expressing was a little easier. The manual pump gave my hands a cramp after a few minutes. That's pretty much the extent of my breast pump advice. Oh and since you're gonna nurse-- LANOLIN and lots of it.

u/PrettyNicola · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this style is more for collecting let down from the breast you are not nursing on than for actively pumping?
I don’t think you would want to use this to pump milk if you are missing a feed. For that you would want something more like this: Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006HBS1M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_l1KgAbQS6XBK4

u/mrspoopybutthol3 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Yeah maybe she misunderstood. I tried to see if my ins would cover a hospital pump, but it would only cover if you had a sick baby. Here's a link to the ones they carry in the hospital....Medela Symphony Plus Hospital Grade Breast Pump - BPA Free #0240208 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001URWNIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_pXsczb19109C2

Hope they will cover for you!

u/how2trainurbasilisk · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Spectra works better for some women. If you decide on the spectra, I would suggest you purchase these pieces so you can use the medala flanges with the spectra pump. These will allow you to stick with one size bottles/storage systems (small neck).

u/ZeusIsAGoose · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

I got a haakaa pump to catch the milk that leaks from the opposite breast while my baby feeds from the other one. (I don’t use the suction though to avoid creating more demand for milk.) I just prop it under my breast to catch what drips out and then I store it in the fridge. That helps because I’m not wasting the milk and it doesn’t go all over me or the baby.

I also bought the lansinoh ultimate protection nipple pads and they are AMAZING. They hold so much milk and you can avoid getting milk on your bra or clothes.

And I got the lansinoh nipple cream because it’s safe for baby, no need to wipe it off before she eats. And I haven’t had dry or cracked nipples yet!

My baby is only 11 days old but this combo has been working so far!

u/ultrav5 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

They're a type of pump. It uses suction to stick to the boob and collect all the let down. I've collected almost 30oz just from popping the haakaa on while I fed my baby from the other side.

As it's just silicon there's no pumping manually or noise like with an electric pump.

Edit to add: Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free by Haakaa https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_CxN0Ab4HVNEEF

u/huminskikab · 10 pointsr/BabyBumps

The Haakaa Manual Breast pump, if you plan on breastfeeding. It catches the milk from the other breast while your LO nurses. No more losing that liquid gold all over your shirt/bra. Because, you’re pulling milk out by simple suction on one side, you are also boosting milk production! Serious, lifesaver! Only 12.99 on Amazon!

Check this out: Haakaa Breast Pump Manual Breast Pumps Silicone Breastfeeding Pu... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWK4S5W/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_t1_kNiaCbW0GBDWV

u/emrose28 · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

I would probably buy one. Spectra is hands down my recommendation and I love mine. I get quite a bit more then my medela, even with the exact same flanges, valves, and tubes. I have this one: Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pump, 3.3 Pound https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BLBLR1I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_2EKEzbGWQSJ50
There is also the s1, which is the same but has a battery. Also the spectras are not that expensive compared to some other pumps.

u/babynursebb · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I've heard wonderful things about this Spectra one. My insurance paid for the Medela PISA, but I plan to buy this one out of pocket if it doesn't work out for me. It's hospital grade and less than 200$.

u/Now_I_Hate_Doritos · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I'm pretty much keeping up with her right now, but I have a decent stash built (maybe a few weeks worth?). I was hoping with the addition of solids it might bring her intake down a little, but we're still working on that. She hasn't taken to them like her sister did. On the keeping the door open thing... I have had several people suggest that. I've also pondered getting a Freemie but it's not in the budget... really want one. :/

DD is a snacker when I get home, so I guess another possibility is to let her have a snack and then pump. She only eats off of one side at a time, so I don't think it would be too bad.

u/Ambiegrace · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

Thankfully my insurance covers a double electric, but I ordered this manual pump for those reasons exactly.


u/AlltheRestisDarkness · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Sure! This is similar to the one I have, but the actual Hakaa brand has one with a suction cup bottom that might be good. The thing tips over if you breathe the wrong way. I just stick mine in a coffee cup so it doesn’t spill. Here’s the link-


u/dexx4d · 3 pointsr/Parenting

Due to medical complications with our children, my wife pumped for almost 4 years (2 kids). After the first 2 weeks with our firstborn, we knew he wouldn't be able to feed normally, so we went out and bought a nice electric pump. When our second was born with a full cleft palette as our son was moving to formula, we just kept going.

The battery-powered backpack and a strap provided by the hospital allowed her to perform other tasks while pumping and made it portable enough we could take it with us on trips.

u/Gluestick05 · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

In addition to the little yellow connectors, you can get these backflow protectors that do the same thing all in one piece.

u/kagamaii · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

This is my current pump. Initially thought I'd only use it on rare occasion. And that link was so helpful! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CZZN1VX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_93RMDbNRDJZ66

u/niihla10 · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

How is the one that you linked different from this one that is already $12? Just doesn’t come with a lid? https://www.amazon.com/Haakaa-Breast-Manual-Silicone-Breastfeeding/dp/B07CWK4S5W

u/LBluth21 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I got the Medela pump in style that is built into a tote bag. Everything fits and pack up inside, then you can just zip down the side panel to access the pump/tubes. I comes with a mini cooler bag that I put my bags of milk in at the end of day. My commute is only half an hour so I don't even put an ice pack in it, just go from work fridge to home fridge.

This is it:

u/ShineBrighter · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I have this one. It has the flower stopper. It was cheaper at target I got it on sale.

u/roweira · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Reasonably priced pump. It's really strong but I don't get as much out of it as my regular pump (Baby Buddha). It's just to tide me over if I forget my Baby Buddha.

u/askwhy423 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Not sure if this will help, but if you look in the comment section someone posts how to use Medela parts on a spectra. Maybe if the parts are similar. http://www.amazon.com/Spectra-Baby-USA-Double-Single/dp/B00BLBLR1I

u/Psionx0 · 1 pointr/cringepics


Additionally, I've gone out of my way to provide a private place for people to breast feed. From empty offices, to empty classrooms. All you have to do is ask. I've actually gone far out of my way to make sure someone could breastfeed in private.

u/librarianzrock · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

I'm tempted to get one of those Harmony pumps for the car for this reason. I got a Medela car adapter for my double electric, but I also forgot flanges on a long car ride (I had one but not two so it took twice as long...).

I also have extra pumping parts EVERYWHERE...little bags of bottles and caps wherever I might pump...and powerbars. I'm like a crazy bag lady and live in fear that I smell like sour milk. Can't wait to go back to work next week...uhh

u/UberBostonDriver · 3 pointsr/personalfinance

They handed us a "free" pump at the hospital before we left, I didn't need to go to pick it up. However we wanted the hospital grade one (https://www.amazon.com/Medela-Symphony-Hospital-Grade-Breast/dp/B001URWNIY). Insurance covered the rental for that for the first 6 months. This pump cut down pumping time by 50%, it was a no-brainier for me.

u/sloanerose · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Look into the Haakaa manual pump. It costs around $25 and is literally just one piece that you suction on while LO is feeding on the other side. It catches all your letdown and you can get several ounces with each feeding. I hated using an electric pump because it's such a process and honestly wasn't comfortable for me. I got 8 oz from one feeding with the Haakaa pump and it would've taken me hours and several pumping sessions to get the same amount with the electric.

u/the-sassyfras · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

One thing that helped me build a stash in the early days before I returned to work is a silicone breast pump that catches your letdown on the side the baby is not nursing from. I would catch a couple of ounces per feed that would have just been wasted in my nursing pad. They are really reasonably priced to on [Amazon] (https://www.amazon.com/Haakaa-Silicone-Breastfeeding-Manual-Phthalate/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=sr_1_10_s_it?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1510088591&sr=1-10&keywords=silicone+breastpump).

u/ColonelCoconuts · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

I second this comment, and here is why:

I used the medala double-electric pump-in-style for my first 3 months at home, so that I could sleep for more than 2 hours at a time and my SO could help with feedings.

Well, on top of being ridiculously loud and waking the baby every time I went to pump, it gave me no range of motion whatsoever. So if by chance you are home alone and they are napping next to you on the couch, should the noise wake them up, it is near-impossible to comfort them with all the cords and tubes in the way. If they are napping in the other room, should they wake up, detaching yourself from an electric pump in a hurry is both frustrating and messy. I now know what it feels like to cry over spilled milk.

A hand pump is quiet and can be used anywhere. After getting my hand pump I could sit cross-legged on the couch. Before that I was sitting in a stool near an outlet, bending forward awkwardly so as not to lose any milk from the chambers. If you need to tend to the baby while you are using a hand pump, set the pump down on the table. It is that easy.

The little nubbins you stick the tubing into with Pump-In-Style broke twice. The replacement part was upwards of 30 dollars, each time, for a small bit of plastic. The only replacement I ever needed for my hand-pump was a small rubber o-ring, which I purchased at a hardware store for less than a quarter.

I know I'm in the minority here, but I HATE my electric pump!!!

Here is the handpump I used. They can be purchased used on craigslist for around 12 dollars, if you are up to sterilizing.

Edit: words

u/darth_junglist · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Hi, congratulations on having your first baby, I'm a first time dad too(although only for almost 6 months now). We've had a similar issue as in my gf wanted to purely breastfeed but she didn't feel like she was producing enough milk, she was dreading at the thought of using formula. And she was going down the same rut feeling really bad cause she wasn't producing enough milk but not wanting to use formula, to the point of tears. I suggested that during night time I give the baby formula before bedtime (gets me more involved too) and while I give her formula she can always pump to at least fool the body into thinking that's she's feeding the baby. Eventually she gave in and it was a whole new beginning, the baby was sleeping almost all night and on top of that we had some milk reserves so sometimes we didn't even need formula for night time feeds. Hope this helps. And additional suggestions is one of these bad boys

Haakaa Manual Breast Pumps Silicone Breastpump Breastfeeding Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone (3oz/90ml) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_rlvEDb258BGZ9

Using while feeding the baby and you'd be surprised at how much gets lost during feeds.