First of all, let me say that I have no desire whatsoever to ever, ever feed my baby directly from the source (i.e. da boobies). I realize I’m weird, and this is my own personal issue, and I do not take issue with women that don’t have mental issues where breastfeeding is concerned. I have been reading and researching breastfeeding my baby, and I have come to the conclusion that I will gladly pump until my nipples fall off if it means my baby gets proper nutrition and I never have to feed him directly from my breast. Now, it’s possible (like, as in, it’s possible my husband will be the next president of the United States) I will be able to work through the fact that feeding my child from my boob is a thought that makes me want to vomit. However, I’m going to proceed as if I will be using a pump to express my milk from day one.
I have read a lot of reviews, breastfeeding ladies out there, and let me say I appreciate every single one of you that took the time to write a review about a breast pump, ever, at any point in time.
Okay, appreciation aside, I need more up-to-date, situation-specific information. I need a recommendation for a breast pump with the thought in mind that this pump will be all I’m using to express milk. My insurance will cover several pumps and even contribute significantly (a couple hundred) to a pump not covered if that’s what I choose, so expense isn’t exactly a limiting factor. I will be a stay at home mom, but I will be working from home and busy playing chauffeur for my daughter (age six–so many playdates, so little time). Portability isn’t a deciding factor here, though. I just need something with a high rating of functionality, reliability, and…well, I really don’t want my nipples to fall off. Something that isn’t excruciating to use would be great. I am not so much for pain emanating from my nipples several times daily. Something that doesn’t require a ton of cleaning would be nice, too, but again pain-free is a definite plus. I have been looking at the Medela Pump In Style because it seems to have the most consistent “it’s great” feedback with most of the few complaints being about its lack of portability. Thoughts? Experiences? Suggestions?
Any advice about which breast pump is the best for my situation would be much appreciated!