My non-pregnant best friend keeps nagging me to show her my breast pump. Lurking beneath the inquisitive nature of the request is the undoubted desire to mock. The whole notion of a breast pump is rather bovine – the use of a contraption to extract milk … it’s bizarre. Info everywhere says that breastfeeding is the best. I am keen to try it and it’s a cheaper alternative to formula. This being my choice, I have acquired a breast pump so that I can retain a semblance of a life after my baby girl is born. So while I spend the money that I would have spent on formula on financing gigs and babysitters – my baby will feed away happily on mom’s milk from her bottle; I’m happy and baby is healthy (assuming, of course, that breastfeeding and breast pumping are skills that I am able to master).
So how did I choose a breast pump when there are so many options available? The only thing I knew for certain before making my purchase was that the device had to be electric – I refuse to manually milk myself. The mere thought just disturbs me. The electric ones are rather pricey but I was prepared to pay. The one I ended up buying was the one on special – the entire reason for my choice. So I have a Tommee Tippee breast pump and Tommee Tippee bottles to accompany. I am not the type to do months of research and read a million reviews on what the best apparatus is. A wise friend told me that the difference between all the bottle brands out there is not actually that significant, what is important is to be consistent to avoid the occurrence of nipple confusion (although I thought that this was a joke, it’s really real). She also told me to spend a bit more on a breast pump because she had gone through the experience of buying many cheap ones which broke systematically. With friendly advice in mind, I killed two birds with one stone and didn’t have to think too much about it – the price dictated the purchase: thank you very much. I have not tried and tested my Tommee Tippee products but will be most happy to review them once they have been put into use. For the moment, all that I am able to conclude is that this whole baby feeding thing sure is going to be interesting.