Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Let's shop...

Last weekend we had a blast! Ok2, I had a blast, of S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G!!!!... For 2 consecutive days. Tee hee… Eventhough not most of it for me, but it was still a blast… hehehe.

Baju raya Iman? Checked! Baju raya Papa? Checked! Baju raya saye? Checked! Gifts? Checked!!!

Enough of that, now I can just focus on surveying my baby stuff n a sewing machine… for baking items, maybe I’ll get it later. This time, I really need to do some survey so that it’s worth buying. I’ll search nook & cranny for the best breastpump and sewing machine that suits my needs n do some readings.

Ok, let’s read now on how to choose a breast pump from BabyCentre
"If you're breastfeeding, you probably want your baby to benefit from your milk even when you're not available. Whether you're getting ready to go back to work or you just want someone else to feed your child while you get some rest or go out, a breast pump can be a big help.There are several different types of breast pumps to choose from. Whichever pump you pick, it's a good idea to have it ready to go well before you return to work or leave your baby with a sitter
.In fact, because many babies will refuse a bottle offered later on, it's best to start pumping and introduce a bottle as soon as breastfeeding is established, when your baby's 3 or 4 weeks old. To keep her willing to take the bottle, offer it with an ounce or two of breast milk inside at least every three or four days.

Which kind of breast pump is best for me?
There are many styles and models of breast pumps, but they fall into two main categories: electric/battery-powered and manual (which you operate by hand). While some women use both — one for the bulk of their pumping, the other for taking on short trips — most moms strongly prefer one or the other.

Here's a look at your options:
Hospital-grade electric breast pump
If you're pumping constantly throughout the day, perhaps because you or your baby isn't able to breastfeed — you'll need the most efficient pump around: a heavy-duty hospital-grade model with a double collection kit. These pumps have a rapid suck-and-release cycle (referred to as the cycling time) that draws milk from your breasts at about the same rate as a nursing baby.

Using a double collection kit means you can pump both breasts at once, which can cut pumping time by more than half and drain both breasts more effectively. Keep in mind that these pumps are usually heavy — weighing as much as 18 pounds — and bulky.

Hospital-grade pumps are by far the priciest — a new one costs more than $1,000. However, many hospitals, lactation consultants, and medical supply stores rent top-of-the-line breast pumps for $1 to $3 per day.

To find rental locations in your area, call Medela at (800) 835-5968 or search the company's Web site or try Ameda at (800) 323-4060 or search its Web site.

If you're renting a pump, you'll still need to purchase a collection kit, which includes breast flanges (the piece of the pump that goes on the breast itself), tubing, and collection bottles, for $50 to $60. (If your baby was born prematurely or with a condition that makes nursing difficult, ask your insurance company whether it will cover the cost of a breast pump with a doctor's prescription.)

Top-end electric personal-use pumps
Combining the efficiency of hospital-grade pumps and the convenience of more portable models, top-end electric pumps are a popular choice for moms who return to work full-time. These pumps are fully automatic, with quick cycling times, adjustable suction levels (to help you avoid nipple discomfort), and double-pumping capability.

Some newer models are designed to mimic a baby's sucking patterns: They start with short, quick sucks to elicit the letdown response and then move into a slower, deeper sucking pattern. This feature can make pumping more comfortable, but it doesn't necessarily mean you'll produce more milk.

Weighing in at 8 pounds or less, these pumps can come in attractive carrying cases with accessories included — like storage bags, labels, clips, bottles, and nipple ointment.

Most top-end pumps can run on a car's cigarette lighter with an adapter that's sold separately, and some even come with a built-in battery pack — both handy options if you're pumping on the go or in a room lacking an electrical outlet.

Prices range from $200 to $350, and most pumps come with a one-year warranty. Examples of top-end pumps include Medela's Pump In Style and Ameda's Purely Yours

You can also rent lightweight portable pumps — for example, Medela's Lactina or Symphony, and Ameda's Elite. To find rental locations in your area, call Medela at (800) 835-5968 or search the company's Web site or try Ameda at (800) 323-4060 or search its Web site.

Note: Though it may be tempting to share or borrow a friend's personal-use breast pump, or buy one used, the FDA and breastfeeding experts caution against it. Breast milk can carry bacteria and viruses — including hepatitis, HIV, and cytomegalovirus — that can contaminate these pumps and pass an infection to you and your baby. Because droplets of milk can get into the internal parts of these pumps, using your own collection kit doesn't necessarily make them safe to use.

Pumps designed for multiple users, like rental pumps and hospital pumps, don't have this problem. They're designed to prevent breast milk from getting inside the pump. So as long as you use them with your own personal collection kit, they're safe.

To find out whether a pump is okay to use secondhand, check the packaging or call the manufacturer. If it's designated as a "single-user" pump, it should be used by only one person.

Mid-range electric or battery-operated pumps
These pumps are best for short-term separations — for instance, moms who want to leave their baby with a sitter every now and then and don't want to supplement with formula.
These pumps are more portable (most weigh less than 2 pounds) and more affordable than the high-end models. On the down side, they generally take a little longer and require a little more effort to use than the top-end electric pumps. If the pump is battery-operated, the batteries may need to be replaced frequently.

Most mid-range pumps allow you to pump only one breast at a time — and slowly at that. While there are some double electric pumps in this category, the motors may not last as long as those in the more expensive models.

Semiautomatic models tend toward long cycling times. (Some produce only about 12 sucks per minute, compared to 50 to 60 per minute for top-end and hospital-grade pumps.) The suction can often be too strong or too weak, although some have adjustable suction.
Prices range from $50 to $150. Examples of these pumps include Evenflo's Comfort Select, Medela's Single Deluxe, Bailey's Nurture III, and The First Years' Easy Comfort single or double electric/battery breast pumps.

Nonelectric manual pumps
Manual pumps require you to pump a piston or squeeze a lever to create the suction to empty your breast. These pumps empty only one breast at a time and may require two hands to operate, although a few are designed for one-handed use.

While most moms who need to pump regularly opt for a more efficient electric model, some women rave about manual pumps' simplicity and convenient size. Many also say that some manual pumps feel more natural and more closely mimic a baby's sucking, and that they like being able to control the suction by hand.

Hand pumps are generally more affordable, smaller, lighter, and quieter than electric pumps. And if you like to pump on one side while your baby is nursing on the other, he'll probably prefer the quiet of a manual to the noise of an electric.

While some moms get the knack of effective manual pumping, others find these pumps maddeningly slow. (It depends to some degree on how quickly you can squeeze the pump handle — and this can get tiring for your hands.)

Some moms have trouble getting any milk at all with hand pumps. Others say that hand pumps don't completely empty their breasts, which can lead to a lowered milk supply.

Prices range from $30 to $60. Examples include Avent's Isis and Medela's Harmony. A note of caution: Stay away from the models that look like bicycle horns — the rubber balls can harbor harmful bacteria.

What features should I look for?
  • Adjustable suction control: A level of suction that's comfortable for one woman can be torture for another. Choose a pump that allows you to adjust the suction for your comfort. Some manual models come with adjustable pump-handle positions.
  • Efficiency: If you're time-crunched — and what mom isn't? — it's probably worth paying more for a pump that sucks at least 48 times per minute and has double-pumping capability. A model that allows you to pump both breasts at once will cut pumping time by more than half: from roughly 30 minutes for both breasts to about 12 minutes. Double pumping also boosts milk production by emptying both breasts more completely.
  • Ease of use: Look for a pump that's easy to use, clean, and assemble. If you'll be lugging it around, choose one that's light and compact, with a nice case. (You can also buy a case you like separately.)

Accessories to try
Accessories can help you use your pump more efficiently and more comfortably. For example:• A "pumping bra" or band: Holds a collection bottle at each nipple to free your hands while you pump both breasts.
  • Storage bags or containers: For collecting, storing, and freezing your milk.• Microwave bags: Let you steam-clean pump parts in the microwave.
  • Breast shields: Soft shields massage the breast during pumping, soothing sore nipples and helping increase milk flow. They come in varying sizes to accommodate smaller and larger nipples. (Note: Most breast pumps come with shields included, but you may find that you need to buy a smaller or larger size separately. If so, make sure the brand you buy works with your particular pump.)
  • An insulated bag and cold freezer packs: For keeping your milk cool throughout the day when there isn't a fridge handy.

These general nursing aids can also be helpful:

  • Hot/cold breast packs: Gel packs fit inside a nursing bra and can be used hot or cold to soothe swollen or sore breasts.
  • Lanolin ointment: Helps relieve sore nipples.
  • Nursing pads: Disposable or washable pads absorb milk from leaky breasts and prevent spotting on clothes."

Hmm, based on my experience, I had enough of single breastpump. I need to get double-pumping breastpump this time. Super cepat for me to finish my pumping session n I hope for better output. N I prefer manual rather than electric pump. But, it’s a bit difficult to get a manual double breastpump in the market. Besides, I don’t think both my hands can pump at the same time with the same speed as my left hand is not as strong as my right hand. Huhuhuhu…

Enough for today. Will search info about sewing machine tomorrow… Tata

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