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Old Oct 1st, 2009, 10:46 AM   21
winipeg1
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just a quick question

iv just looked at double electric breast pumps and they are quite pricey and i dont want to spend that much if its not for me

can the same be done by buyin 2 single breast pumps and use them at the same time? (i have been looking on ebay and 2nd hand 1's are alot cheaper)



 
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Old Oct 2nd, 2009, 04:06 AM   22
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just a quick question

iv just looked at double electric breast pumps and they are quite pricey and i dont want to spend that much if its not for me

can the same be done by buyin 2 single breast pumps and use them at the same time? (i have been looking on ebay and 2nd hand 1's are alot cheaper)
I found that I couldn't get the hang of double pumping with two manuals. I tried with two electrics, but they were Avent ones with the motor attached and too heavy to do both at the same time. I do have quite big boos though, and need to be able to balance one side while I get the second in position. I needed a double with decent suction.



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Old Oct 2nd, 2009, 10:28 AM   23
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just a quick question

iv just looked at double electric breast pumps and they are quite pricey and i dont want to spend that much if its not for me

can the same be done by buyin 2 single breast pumps and use them at the same time? (i have been looking on ebay and 2nd hand 1's are alot cheaper)

right now I am using this

And it is awesome! Doesn't have any fancy things to it like two pahse expression etc, but as a cheap (65) basic double it is comfy, powerful, easy to use and given that my average output from 2 breasts was 30-50mls, one is sitting at 40mls and one at 30mls after only 8mins. for me that is amazing!

Pretty quiet, only has a vacuum control not a rate of suction control, but I'm good with that.

I did try using a swing and a mini electric at the same time but nowhere near as good (plus the swing was a bit crap anyway). This double is cheaper than the swing too.

My next choice would have been this http://www.expressyourselfmums.co.uk...reast-pump.htm

But it was a bit more (95) and I am tight.



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 07:32 AM   24
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I have hired mine from the local breastfeeding support group. All it costs was a refundable 10 deposit. Maybe this would be better for you? I get to keep it for 6 weeks if someone needs it or longer if not.

I have a question, I've started expressing so I can have a store for when I need to take strong painkillers (codeine/tramadol). Have I left it too late and will I find it harder to pump? I don't have much milk on one side due to baby's preference and I am hoping that pumping will help this also.



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Old Oct 12th, 2009, 04:03 AM   25
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just a quick question

iv just looked at double electric breast pumps and they are quite pricey and i dont want to spend that much if its not for me

can the same be done by buyin 2 single breast pumps and use them at the same time? (i have been looking on ebay and 2nd hand 1's are alot cheaper)

right now I am using this

And it is awesome! Doesn't have any fancy things to it like two pahse expression etc, but as a cheap (65) basic double it is comfy, powerful, easy to use and given that my average output from 2 breasts was 30-50mls, one is sitting at 40mls and one at 30mls after only 8mins. for me that is amazing!

Pretty quiet, only has a vacuum control not a rate of suction control, but I'm good with that.

I did try using a swing and a mini electric at the same time but nowhere near as good (plus the swing was a bit crap anyway). This double is cheaper than the swing too.

My next choice would have been this http://www.expressyourselfmums.co.uk...reast-pump.htm

But it was a bit more (95) and I am tight.
I have just bought the mini double electric one, I'm glad you said it's fairly quiet as I read somewhere else that someone said it was too noisy, lol. I hope I'm going to like it!



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Old Dec 22nd, 2009, 11:53 AM   26
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Got a question for the expressers ...

Do you find that you produce more milk overall (daily total) if you pump more frequently? I don't, and I know a friend who doesn't either. If I pump every three hours, I get about 60-75ml; if I pump every four hours, I get around 80-100ml; so my daily total doesn't vary. I'd like to increase the amount I get, but not sure how, given this!

I'm on Fenugreek - I was up to 9 capsules a day and still didn't smell of maple syrup - and Domperidon (9 tables of Motillium a day), and the combination has got me up to the above totals, but again am stuck for how to increase. Is it safe to up the Fenugreek to 12 a day? It would be flippin' expensive to do so though, they're not cheap.

For the record, I am using a Medela Lactina double pump; I'm pumping for 5 minutes beyond dripping; and I am pumping in the wee small hours around 3am.

I feel like I've read this thread, I've read Kellymom, I've read sooooo many sites - and I'm now out of ideas?



 
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Old Dec 28th, 2009, 20:52 PM   27
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My supply only came in today (my little one is a week old already and screamingly refuses to latch on which breaks my heart so I have decided to express) I expressed for 40 mins tonight and all I got was about 1ml !!! Is this normal to start with??? Or are my boobs just not working??



 
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My supply only came in today (my little one is a week old already and screamingly refuses to latch on which breaks my heart so I have decided to express) I expressed for 40 mins tonight and all I got was about 1ml !!! Is this normal to start with??? Or are my boobs just not working??
Normal for a first time! Maybe a little low, but most people only seem to get around 5-10ml to start with, it increases with regular massage and regular (feed frequency) pumping. Read back through the thread to get more tips.



 
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I'm expressing every 3 hours for 30 mins and getting about 30/40 ml and keeping this in the fridge. Can I then add my next sessions milk into the same pot in the fridge or does it need to be in a fresh pot by itself?



 
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I'm expressing every 3 hours for 30 mins and getting about 30/40 ml and keeping this in the fridge. Can I then add my next sessions milk into the same pot in the fridge or does it need to be in a fresh pot by itself?
Yes, you can add later milk to earlier bottles - but remember that in terms of calculating how long you can keep a bottle before using it, work it out by the earliest pumping session in that bottle. (iyswim)



 
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