After Adelaide was born, I got to stay home with her until she was over a year old. By the time I went back to work, she was eating table food and content with nursing whenever I was home.
With August, I went back to work when he was just seven weeks old(!), and I dreaded the thought of going back to work and pumping.
There are so many pumps out there—some of them are really expensive!—and so many bottles and nipple shapes and materials. My mind was going a little crazy with all the options, and I was prepared to spend a lot of money.
And—forget about the pump—would August even take a bottle? And if he took a bottle, would he still want me?
Thankfully, Augie took the bottle and still wanted to nurse. Our system has been great so far, and it only cost $40 (plus bags, which are about 20 cents a pop).
I use the Medela Harmony. I actually got it at no cost through WIC for Adelaide when we were super low-income, but you can buy it from Amazon or Target for $30.
I thought I would need an electric pump to use at work in order to get enough milk for Augie, but the manual pump has been just fine. I pump every 2 or 3 hours and get 3-5 ounces in about 15 minutes.
Now that I have used it for a couple of months, I think I prefer the Harmony to an electric pump because of the simple design. It doesn’t need electricity or batteries, it’s easy to clean, and it is super quiet.
(For those looking for an electric pump, the Medela Pump in Style was going to be my choice. It goes for about $250.)
I use Lansinoh bags and put them straight into a Playtex drop-in bottle.
So that’s what’s been working for me ‘n’ Augie so far.