母乳餵哺

跳至

首頁
1

尾頁
   0


男爵府

積分: 6341


發表於 05-7-9 15:39 |顯示全部帖子

Is Medela Symphony breast pump good

My baby is almost 4 months old and recently he has started to demand more milk. Problem is he likes to suck for a long time, like an hour and quite frequent (every 2.5 hours). It makes me very tire and I start to supplement him with more formula. Given I am a working mother (though I work from home) I really don't have the time to let him stay on my breast for a long time. I am thinking of renting medela breast pump to pump the milk and feed him with bottle. The rental fee for symphony model is quite expensive, I am wondering if it is worth the cost. Can the pump help stimulate more milk production? Thanks.


複式洋房

積分: 269


發表於 05-7-9 18:42 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Is Medela Symphony breast pump good

I think it is more cheap to buy, not going to rent, one medela double mini electric pump if your target is bf your baby for long time. I use this now and find it's quiet good. I am also working mother and my baby is almost 10 months old. By my experience, pumping more times and longer time, actually can increase milk production.
My baby was born at 18-09-2004, with 2.78 kg [img align=right]http://b2.lilypie.com/WBSOp8[/img]


洋房

積分: 158


發表於 05-7-11 22:34 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Is Medela Symphony breast pump good

I have rented the Symphony pump and find it has a much lower noise level than the mini pump which I use at office.. Symphony will be faster provided that the lactation is about the same when you use either of them.. however I don't think it helps a lot in simulating lactation, I also had a few hard times even using Symphony because lactation really depends the most your intake of fluids and your body+mental condition (stressful, tiring, etc) rather than the machine..

Either way, I find expressing milk is not an interesting thing to do and try to nurse my baby at the most I can.. in fact, your baby will only take 4-5 meals after a little while since he is 4 months old now.. then you may start feeding him a meal of solids.. it turns out you will become more relaxed.. just mentally help yourself to go thru this spike of demand from your baby.. you and your baby will return to normal soon.. it won't last very long.. i am going to return and stop renting Symphony as it costs too much (i rented it for 5 months already).. purchasing it from US is much cheaper but you need an adaptor..

Not sure how long you are going to nurse your baby.. if you are going to do it up to his 6-month, then enjoy the BF closest time with your baby la..

Double mini is pretty much the same as mini except that double mini is lighter because the electronic part is not directly attached to the valve/bottle that is easier to hold during expressing milk.. cost-wise, purchase of double mini is more economic and cost effective than Symphony.. it may require you another 5 minutes comparing to Symphony..


男爵府

積分: 6341


發表於 05-7-12 11:14 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Is Medela Symphony breast pump good

Thanks Lingna and 蜜糖 for your replies.

蜜糖, my son drinks more often than 4-5 meals, he drinks every 2-3 hours and I would say probably 3oz per meal, very small apetite for a 4 month old kid.

Recently for whatever he start to dislike formula, I sometime supplement him with formula after feed if I feel I don't have enough milk. He cry and push away the bottle even though he is hungry, but if I give him mama milk that I previously squeeze out he would happily take it. My problem is I can't sequeeze out much milk, at most is 2 oz every few hours(coz I don't know how to induce let-down). So I am hoping the symphony milk-pump, given is hospital grade can do a better job than hand express and avent pump. But if your experience shows otherwise then I need to seriously think again.
wow you rented for 5 months, very costly! But I guess if it worked then it really worth the money. I will not consider the mini pump as I have no faith it will work for me :( Luckily my son drink quite often at night time, though is painful at time but at least i have all the time he needs to stay on my breast :)


洋房

積分: 158


發表於 05-7-12 18:43 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Is Medela Symphony breast pump good

hi Stockinette,

at 4-month-old, baby needs about 5-6 meals which are normal but graduately within few weeks or less, your son will demand less for about 4-5 meals..

i don't think the pump style matters much in term of inducing let-down but the typical methods such as diet, massage, heat treatment and rest.. i still believe let-down comes much better when your breast are engaged ("swollen").. so think of ways to induce lactation.. i had one to two times that i was only able to express 3oz from both breasts with symphony at night time while normally around 6-8oz.. also there were times 6oz from both in 15 minutes with a mini pump.. in my experiences, the pump doesn't matter much.. others may experience differently..

afterall, the most count is the weight your baby gains.. if he gains weight at good or normal pace, that's good enough.. if you find your son gain weight properly, don't worry about his little appetite.. although it may bother you as he drinks frequently these days.. he will demand less very soon and you will become easier in the nursing job.. you are doing fine, keep it up and don't give up.. and i believe you are not alone.. =)

首頁
1

尾頁

跳至
你需要登錄後才可以回帖 登入 | 註冊