Posted in Babies, Bottle Feeding, Breastfeeding

Breast Pump

I’m 33 weeks pregnant and I’m still torn between the idea of breastfeeding v formula feeding. I know I want to TRY to breastfeed but I’m not going to be heartbroken if it doesn’t work out. With that being said, do I buy a pump or just wait and see how everything goes?

  • Aye
    Feb 27

    You can try and see if your insurance will cover for one

  • Emily
    Feb 27

    All pumps are covered through the affordable care act. Aeroflow is a good company to go through, or call your insurance directly and they will set you up with one of their covered providers. It was super easy! Thatway you have it in case you do want it. If you end up formal feeding, you can give it away if it’s in good contrition so that someone else has two if they need one at work and one at home.

  • Mama
    Feb 27

    Definitely get a pump. It helps during those difficult times. Insurance most likely covers it. You got this mama!

  • Megan
    Feb 27

    Get a pump just in case. Than bring it to the hospital and they will show you how to use it and make sure you’re using the correct part size for your nipple. My insurance covers one new pump and parts each pregnancy. I did have to get a prescription each time from my Dr to prove pregnancy than the company who provides them called me and asked which one I would like. They gave a couple choices. Than it was mailed to me and I received it within a week. Breastfeeding is hard. It was harder with my first, so I mostly pumped the breast milk and gave her it in a bottle. Pumping was nice at first cause my husband could help with feedings but later became a hassle as I would spend a hour pumping than had to feed. It was double the work. And having to bring the pump with us everywhere and worrying about proper storage for the milk when out could be a headache til you get used to it. With my second I was determined to breastfeed as it is way more convenient! But there were lots of frustrations at first until we got into a good routine. My son likes to freak out when he sees the boob and is not patient at all. He throws his body around like a mad man until he’s latched.... which makes it take longer to latch. But it was very nice not having to wash bottles or warm them in the middle of the night of worry about it when out. Plus according to both pediatricians (for some reason the military clinic gave us different ones for each kid) they said there is no comparison to how much better breast milk is for the baby. There is no formula that can even come close. Now if you can’t breastfeed for whatever reason, don’t feel bad! The important thing is you do whatever is BEST for your child and your situation. With both children at one point my milk did not produce enough and I had to spend hours trying to build it back up by pumping and pumping. At one point I had a nipple crack and bleed so bad I had to dump the milk I worked so hard to pump because it looked like strawberry milk! Luckily for me, my milk supply built up, but this isn’t the case for everyone. I ended up switch to formula for both children once they started on solids. Not because I couldn’t produce anymore, but because I had to go on medicine that would go into my breast milk. This was my situation but everyone’s situation is different. Whatever you decide is ok! Don’t let anyone tell you different! If you choose formula for the fact that you can’t function or go into depression from lack of sleep, than that’s ok! It’s better to get sleep and be mentally stable and healthy to take care of your kids.

  • A
    Feb 27

    I would suggest get one especially if it's covered under your insurance and you are going back to work. You can order one through insurance as early as 36 weeks. You can take it to the hospital for them to show it to you how to work it or wait and go to a consultation. I ordered one at 36 weeks through insurance but realized it wasn't for me. Breastfeeding worked out better for us. Rarely used it since I was SAHM also. But if you have to pay for it then i suggest you just wait and see how it goes and then buy one you like.

  • B
    Feb 27

    Can I suggest you see if there are any breastfeeding/pumping classes near you? And ask to see a lactation consultant in the hospital. But all insurance is required to cover a pump. Call yours and see how to get it. The spectra is awesome if you get a choice Also, don’t worry about pumping at first. Let your milk regulate and get used to feeding. Otherwise you can deal with some bad oversupply issues.

  • Kristina
    Feb 27

    Medela is a great pump. And it was super easy to get it. I just completed the form online with insurance information. They contacted the insurance. I received the pump in 1-2 weeks!

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 27

    Yea! Medela through insurance. Don’t waste the money. Try aeroflow to order it.

  • Tabitha
    Feb 27

    Thank you everyone. This helps a lot!!

  • Jeska
    Feb 28

    You can also rent a hospital grade pump. The lactation clinic associated with my hospital had them. Maybe check around and see what the options are?

  • Erica
    Mar 20

    Get a pump. Maybe someone you know has a slightly used one? Because even if skin to skin breastfeeding doesn’t work for you, breast milk is still the healthiest thing you can feed your baby, unless there’s allergies or something. Your breast milk is specially designed for Your baby, and is particularly suited for its needs.