I remember asking myself both of those questions when I was pregnant with my first child in 2006 (see right - that's a photo of me 2 weeks before I had my daughter).
3 1/2 years later, I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 2-month-old...and I'm a little more "baby-wise" than I was then (not to be confused with "On Becoming Baby Wise" by the ezzos...a philosophy that I totally DON'T espouse).
If you recall, I recently posted about 15 newborn necessities, the top 15 things I use with my baby.
I also recently wrote about unnecessary baby items, a list of products not to register for.
Breast pumps made the "wait and see" section of the latter list - meaning you probably shouldn't run right out and get a top-of-the-line breast pump before your baby makes his or her debut. You should "wait and see" if you want one.
That said, you will likely want/need a breast pump if:
If you're going to be returning to work and/or school, I would recommend going with the best and most efficient breast pump available - a double-electric pump. The price tags may seem steep (between $150-$400), but the ability to pump both sides simultaneously without wearing out your hands/arms is something you will want if you'll be pumping daily/regularly.
The top two customer-rated double electric breast pumps on Amazon.com are:
Philips Avent Isis iQ Duo Twin Electronic Breast Pump (available @ Trusted Breast Pumps for $285):
Medela Pump In Style Breast Pump With Shoulder Bag (available @ TBP for $269.99):
If, however, you just want to be able to leave your baby with someone for a couple of hours or a weekend away every now and then, a manual pump will likely do just fine. The downside, of course, is that they're not as efficient or fast and they don't have multiple "modes" to stimulate let-down, etc. The upside, however, is the price. Manual breast pumps typically retail for between $30-$60.
The top two customer-rated manual breast pumps on Amazon.com are:
Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump (available @ TBP for $33.27):
Avent ISIS Manual Breast Pump (available @ TBP for $49.99):
I bought the Medela Pump In Style breast pump (see above) shortly after my firstborn daughter was born in 2006 because I *thought* I was going to return to work part-time, but then I ended up bringing my baby to work with me (at my employer's suggestion!). Needless to day, I didn't end up using my pump much...but it was a good pump, overall. Quiet. Not painful. Efficient. Etc. I would recommend it to others who want a high-powered pump to take with them on-the-go.
I now have the sweetest little 2-month-old baby girl and I have yet to break out the pump. I just don't want to leave her anywhere. Ever.
YOUR TURN: Do you/did you own a pump? What brand was/is it and would you recommend it to other moms?
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