Do I need a breast pump?

I don't think I'm going to have any extra money to buy a quality breast pump, are they really a MUST have?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:38 AM on Nov. 18, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • For me it was my daughter would not latch on and she hated the nipple sheilds so for the 5 months I breast fed I had to pump.
    Heaven0802

    Answer by Heaven0802 at 10:57 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • WIC loans them out. Hand pumps to SAHM and electric to working moms. I think the baby has to be 3 or 6 weeks old though.
    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 10:58 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • Nope. That was my biggest waste of money.
    Pauline3283

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 11:06 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • not if u plan on being home with baby,,but if u go to WIC program,they will give a a very nice one for free,no matter if u get wic or not.
    angelairelan

    Answer by angelairelan at 11:18 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • I have one that you can have. I only BF for 7 wks. PM me if you want it.
    drowninginboys

    Answer by drowninginboys at 11:18 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • Just because you plan on breastfeeding doesn't mean it will work out the way you intend. I had bad pain with feeding and used a hand pump for a few weeks. But I only lasted 6 weeks. I didn't waste money on an electric pump when I was afraid I wouldn't even use it. I would suggest waiting to see how it plays out then investing in one based on how much you feed and how long you will be gone.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:09 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • I have a cheap manual pump. I only used it a few times. Every time I pump a bottle for my hubby, he doesn't use it.

    If you will be home with the baby, you won't need one.
    aehanrahan

    Answer by aehanrahan at 12:26 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • I found it a must have and had to go out a few days after my sons birth and buy one..it helped relive my boobs especially when i suffered from mastisis. It also gave me a much needed break for four hours in the first two weeks...

    of course it is not advised to use a pump in the first six weeks but i really had no choice...

    my only regret is that i didnt buy one sooner because the one i had to buy from the stor was expensive...but it was the only one they had!
    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 12:27 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • I had a hand pump too and it was really quick and easy.
    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 12:28 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • I had a hard time with cracked, bleeding nipples and also with my daughter's latch. I let a pediatrician talk me into supplementing with bottles of formula and after that, she refused the breast. I've been pumping now for almost 8 months, and my pump is a lifesaver. Medela Pump in Style
    Cassidhes_Mom

    Answer by Cassidhes_Mom at 12:34 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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