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Friday, July 15, 2005



Hey--about pumps. I had the medela minielectric and for day-to-day use and the ocassional short emergency it did me fine. For the *big* emergencies (i.e. when Frances's early teething was being taken out on my areolas, which still show the scars) I ended up renting a hospital grade pump.

It's great that there are so many options out there now. Medela is the only one easily available in my neck of the woods, but I'll have to check out the others if/when we decide to have another baby.

Vegan Momma

I used the Medela Pump in Style and I bought the Medela (hospital grade) Symphony. They are both great but I preferred the Symphony. I even purchased the Medela Harmony and left it in my desk at work, in case I forgot the all important horn's for my pump. I had to use it one time. I loved thehorn for the Medela Harmony. It has a very soft texture.


Your post on pumps is really helpful - Thanks!

I am 34 weeks pregnant and have a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks (not by choice...but anyways) I was wondering when can you start pumping before the baby comes? Just whenever your milk comes in or do you have to start pumping to get your milk supply in? I plan to join LLL after the baby is born for additional help, I wish I could go now but work prevents it for now.


I have been reading you for a few weeks now and couldn't agree more with all your breastfeeding posts. I am breastfeeding a 7 month old and also breastfed my 5-y-o. I guess I was lucky to have babies who "got it" and a mom who had had experience breastfeeding who knew how to encourage me--I can't believe how difficult it is for others.

Anyway, I am bookmarking some of your links to share with various friends. Oh, and I wanted to mention that Ameda=Hollister--the comparison chart calls it the Hollister Purely Yours; but you refer to Ameda--I am a fan of this model, so I want to be sure no one is confused! I purchased mine in early 2000 and it is still going strong--my 7-mo-o is the 4th baby to benefit. (Yeah, I lent to friends. I just don't see how that's an issue because all the parts that come into contact with breast milk are washable!) And incidentally, it is almost invariably $25 less than the comparable medela. (I got mine from Motherwear.com--at the time they offered both but now they only sell the Ameda, I noticed!)

Anyway. I"m also interested in all your sling info. I have a kangaroo pouch but rarely use it. Seems to hurt my back too much. Any thoughts? I'm trying to wear her on my hip these days, but it's still too much strain on one side.


I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on adoptive breast feeding. We are adopting internationally from Taiwan and our daughter will be 6-8 months when she joins our family. I have mixed thoughts about attempting to breast feed her. (I breastfed my bio son)

Am looking forward to reading your post on this.

Thank you.


Thanks for answering, I suppose then it falls into the same category as "soft cheese", even if it's a melted camembert, or sushi.

People can make their lives harder to live and appreciate in so many ways...

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