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    Quote Originally Posted by rani View Post
    For me I would pump while nursing. I would only give baby one breast and pump the other.
    There are a few things that make this almost impossible for me.

    1. Daughter is easily distracted and would not tolerate the sound of the pump
    2. While at home I breastfeed mostly lying down as that is the position my daughter prefers--if I breastfeed her any other way she fidgets and it's very difficult
    3. I'm simply not that coordinated to hold baby while pumping the other side
    4. At this point with milk supply I'm in a rescue effort as it has reached a critical point--I had to go on a medication last week that reduces my milk supply a lot PLUS I got my cycle back when my daughter was 8 weeks old (this also happened with my son) so my hormones are literally fighting against the prolactin in my body which makes keeping a milk supply a huge struggle--it's not just a matter of supply/demand at this point. I think I need to go on domperidone immediately.
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    Thanka - the other one that is generally well spoken of is the Ameda Purely Yours - I know they have a distributor in Hong Kong, I remember seeing the info at the hospital when I was there but I can't remember the details... the Medela Pump in Style has worked fabulously for me so I never wanted/needed another pump... ah found the website: http://www.homecare-medical.com/eng-index.php - but I can't see the Purely Yours... maybe call them and see??

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    I am using Avent manual pump as well.. In fact, I have 2.

    My sister gave me one. Then when I started pumping at work, I noticed that I was wasting lot of milk from the other breast each time I was having let down. I didn't want to spend too much in a double pump and waste the one I already have, so I just bought another one.

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    I'm using the medela mini electric and, while it's probably not the best, I can get plenty of milk from it (just lucky?). I do find that things flow a lot better (literally!) if I massage & gently squeeze my breast while pumping. Also, I follow the usual recommendations - try to relax, massage before etc. I also try to have a cup of tea (pref. mother's milk) while i'm doing it - i realise the effects of drinking mother's milk tea may well be psychological, especially immediately, but it helps me relax, and it warms my hands, which can help, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalligirl View Post
    I'm using the medela mini electric and, while it's probably not the best, I can get plenty of milk from it (just lucky?). I do find that things flow a lot better (literally!) if I massage & gently squeeze my breast while pumping. Also, I follow the usual recommendations - try to relax, massage before etc. I also try to have a cup of tea (pref. mother's milk) while i'm doing it - i realise the effects of drinking mother's milk tea may well be psychological, especially immediately, but it helps me relax, and it warms my hands, which can help, too.
    Oh, how I wish those things made any difference for me. It's just a total battle right now. Started domperidone today.
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

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    JMW, boy, born November 29, 2007, 9:43 pm, USA
    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanka2 View Post
    nicolejoy, thanks. I am looking for a double electric pump. I have a Medela Pump-in-Style but am thinking about trying something new. Anything that's gentler on my nipples would be great and also I'm having such bad milk supply problems right now that I'm willing to try anything.
    Thanka, If you want to "try", you might be interested in this (I know, it is in chinese):
    http://www.mamabebe.com.hk/ameda.html#ameda

    At Baby Outlet, you can try the Ameda Lactaline for 3 days for HKD 100. This way you can see if you like it or not before you buy it. If you decide to buy it after the trial, then those HKD 100 will be refund to you.

    Another option would be to rent a hospital grade pump from Celki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanka2 View Post
    Oh, how I wish those things made any difference for me. It's just a total battle right now. Started domperidone today.
    good luck! i hope it does the trick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gataloca View Post
    Thanka, If you want to "try", you might be interested in this (I know, it is in chinese):
    http://www.mamabebe.com.hk/ameda.html#ameda

    At Baby Outlet, you can try the Ameda Lactaline for 3 days for HKD 100. This way you can see if you like it or not before you buy it. If you decide to buy it after the trial, then those HKD 100 will be refund to you.

    Another option would be to rent a hospital grade pump from Celki.
    Thanks for the tips. Actually, I have a Medela Pump in Style which is only one step lower than the Harmony. I don't think pumping is going to help that much. I'm giving domperidone a try and we'll see if it can help. The reason why I don't think that pumping is really the solution is that I'm pretty sure I'm fighting a hormonal and chemical battle here due to early return of my cycle and medication I need to take. I pumped and pumped the past week but it didn't affect supply at all. I hope that I can keep going. It sure ain't easy.
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

    Mother of Two
    JMW, boy, born November 29, 2007, 9:43 pm, USA
    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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