Pumping to increase your supply or to have a back up supply is necessary in most cases. Make sure you have the correct information on when to pump and for how long. Every mom is different so contact me if you need assistance
For whichever pump you get, make sure that you have more than one set of pump
parts. You could be pumping up to 5 times a day, depending on your situation, so best
to have 3 sets of pump parts and extra bottles to pump into. This is something that you need to order once you figure out what size is best for you once your milk comes in. Your breast size now will be different once it is filled with milk. So, wait until after the baby arrives to order extras. Each pump comes with 2 or 3 different sizes to try.
Your Breast Pump is supplied or reimbursed by your insurance company. Most commonly used, from my experience, are the Medela and Spectra brands. The Sonata Smart Breast Pump is the newest of the Medela pumps as I am writing this.
The Elvie Pump is a newer and portable style that goes directly in your bra. It only
holds 4 oz at a time and is not as powerful, so should only be used as an extra pump. (Definitely not necessary). The same style pump, the Willow has not had as good reviews and I do not recommend it. I do not know if insurance is covering these. Moms that I know that have used this pump exclusively have ended up with clogs and mastitis so you definitely want a stronger pump and use this as a convenience pump, in addition to a traditional one.
A hands free bra is a must have or else you have to sit and hold them for 15-20 min at a time. There are many styles and many run small- fyi