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BUY THIS PUMP EVEN IF YOU ARE A STAY AT HOME MOM!!!,
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This review is from: Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote (Baby Product)I am a mostly stay at home mom (working 1 night per week) and based on the Medela guidelines--daily to occaisonal pumping--I got the Swing. I used the Swing until my son was about 6 mos old and then I decided to upgrade to this one because I wasn't pumping enough milk for him in enough time with a single pump. As soon as I got this pump and began using it, I realized this is the pump I should have had from the beginning--even though I'm mostly home. Why? Well, because even if you stay at home, you still need to LEAVE your home for things like grocery store runs, manicures, meeting friends and errands. And you need to pump and leave enough +extra when you are away. And, I realized that even when you go OUT with your little one, say for shopping or out to dinner, you still need to bring milk for those moments when you can't just whip it out to nurse--say when he's strapped into the car seat and has woken up from a nap starving and you are stuck in traffic. So for all those reasons, you need to pump fairly frequently and build up a frozen milk stash. Believe me, you will have much more peace of mind when you know you can pump almost 8 oz in ten minutes or so. I NEVER pumped 8 oz with the swing. Plus this pump is so much more comfortable than the Swing. I love, love, love this pump.Plus, since I'm no longer stressed about pumping enough and having enough, my hubby can bottle feed him at night which is of course great bonding for them. Trust me, invest the money and get this pump from the beginning. All nursing moms should have one!!!
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Initial post: May 18, 2012 1:05:30 PM PDT
E. Willis says:
Posted on Jun 22, 2012 4:58:52 AM PDT
I can understand how other stay at home moms might be incredulous, especially those comfortable with the Swing (like I was). I purchased the PIS after my swing's motor died, though I believe my toddler had something to do with it. I'm so glad I did. I know I traded mobility for quicker pump time and it's worth it to me. My younger son latches well but only snacks, so I was literally feeding him every hour, despite the fact that he's several months old. It was easier to pump 5 or more ounces and give him a bottle and still be available to jump up and stop my toddler from doing whatever it is he's not supposed to be doing. And with the quicker pump time, I can sit baby in a swing, if he's not asleep, and stick the toddler in his booster seat and give him a snack in the maybe 10-15 minutes it takes to pump roughly 8oz. It's worth it to me.
Posted on Sep 15, 2012 11:16:06 AM PDT
A good pump is the most valuable investment a nursing mother can make. As someone who was skeptical of buying the "good one" I bought a hand pump first. I then got some clogged ducts and mastitis (twice) and the lactation consultant wouldn't let me use anything less than this. Once I was better I started using a Lansinoh model (to pump for date nights with my husband every couple weeks and maybe a night out with the girls every couple months...I'm really not pumping that often.) Even though I don't pump a lot....you STILL NEED TO GET MILK OUT! The Lansinoh just doesn't cut it. This pump is fantastic. I get much more out (I think because of the 2 phase suction.) If you are going to breastfeed one child for any length of time, or especially if you are going to feed more than one child, just make the investment!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 11:16:58 AM PDT
Date nights and getting out away from baby occasionally are very healthy activities, and baby still needs to eat when mama's away!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:46:53 PM PDT
E. Willis says:
Posted on Feb 18, 2013 7:31:40 AM PST
I had actually made the mistake of thinking all breast pumps were for regular use. So I mistakenly bought the Swing and then when I was having an issue with my Swing, called customer service. They informed me the Swing cannot maintain supply and is only meant for occasional use (max 4 times a week). So now I bought the PIS advanced. Thanks for the review! Confident now I'll love my PIS when it arrives.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2013 6:56:31 AM PDT
I get what you're saying. I'm a stay at home mom and I never actually "needed" a big fancy pump. Didn't have one with my first daughter and we've nursed for 3+ years just fine. I'm expecting again and I'm looking for a nice pump because I hope to be able to donate milk since I had such a great supply the first time around. My daughter will probably never (or RARELY, anyway) need anything I pump, but my some other baby will.
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