Re: which breast pump to buy?
posted at 7/12/2011 1:35 PM EDT
As another twin mom, I wholeheartedly agree--don't buy one yet. If you're pumping for twins, you're going to need the hospital grade pump. Insurance will sometimes cover a percentage of the rental cost (my insurance covered 80%). When you're in the hospital, ask the OB to write you a prescription/order for a hospital-grade pump. Multiple birth is reason enough for most insurances to cover it (provided it's part of your plan). I used a Medela Symphony. It may be worth talking to a lactation consultant now to get some pointers/advice about the different pumps and advantages/disadvantages.
But, like Stefani said, you don't know how things are going to go once the babies are born. My two were born at 37.5 weeks, DD was 5 lbs. 6 oz.; DS was 6 lbs. 9 oz.--so well-developed and good weights for twins--and they both had latching problems. After a couple weeks of misery for me because nursing wasn't working out (even after seeing a lactation consultant) and I had really wanted to nurse them, I decided to exclusively pump. I am convinced that the hospital grade pump was what allowed me to do that for 10 months. (Babies got ~1 formula bottle a day b/c I had problems with my supply.) The other pumps are good if you have a good supply and nursing is well-established, but if that scenario doesn't work out, you'll probably need the strength of the hospital grade pump to maintain your supply.
Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! Do you know what you're having? If you haven't joined a Mothers of Twins group yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. For most of them you can be as involved or not-involved as you want to be. The one I belong to has a very active list-serv, Mom's Nights Out, Infant/Toddler support groups, Older Kid support groups, and several other activities throughout the year, including 2 tag sales where you can sell your multiple pieces of equipment and clothes. www.mmota.org
has a listing of them. Most of them cover a certain geographic area, but they overlap a bit, so you can check out which ones offer the types of things you'd be interested in.
Besides Stefani and I, I think there's at least one other MOT who posts regularly on these boards, so let us know if you have any questions about the logistics of having twins!