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Cheap Pumps? We're broke!

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Cheap Pumps? We're broke!

Hey all. I was just wondering if anyone might be able to help me. I'm in around my 7th month of pregnancy and I'm leaking REALLY badly. It seems as though a breast pump might be a solution but I have no idea about costs and I'm really broke and don't even think I can afford one. Please help?

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I don't know anything about pumping while you're still preggo, cuz colostrum comes right after you have the baby and you might want to wait to start pumping until then. I had my nipples pierced and I was leaking a little before too, but not enough that I could pump. I suggest getting some nursing pads, those I couldn't do without! But I know that your local WIC can rent a pump out to you for no cost. Thats what I did, but I didn't start to pump until the baby was a month old.

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i doubt there is WIC in ireland but i agree pads are the best way to go, in addition to lots of pressure. when they start leaking, you can discreetly cross your arms over your breasts and use the heel of your palms to press firmly right on your nipples. it will make it stop almost instantly. also, avoid hot showers on your chest, and heating pads, or any extra warmth on your chest.

i would not try to pump because like the previous person said, it's not actually milk yet, and it won't be milk until after you give birth. i know you are planning to adopt out, so are you planning on breastfeeding at all, like in the hospital?

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a breast pump wont solve a leaky breast problem. As Amy Rox said, pressure will, and breast pads will help.

If you can't afford a pump, don't buy one. I never needed one as I found hand expression to be way easier. Atleast wait until you have the baby to see if you need a pump or not, because you might not.

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Thanks so much everyone, you've all been so helpful! That sounds perfect, I'll be sure to buy some asap. And thanks so much for the advice.

Re breast feeding in the hospital, I honestly don't think so. I would like to but it might be too hard to give up the baby afterwards if I become attached, and I realistically can't keep him/her :(

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I'm not sure exactly what you'll need to do to have your milk dry up after birth, but I'm pretty sure they'll tell you NOT to pump, because that'll just cause you to produce more milk. I've heard engorgement is really painful, but there are things you can do to make yourself feel better. The doctor might give you a medication to take to help your milk dry up, if I recall correctly.

Good luck! We're here to answer questions anytime :)

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Yeah, sorry, I didn't realise you were giving the babe up. You probebly don't want to breastfeed the baby in hospital, because then it would be hard to let go.

Anything that incourages the breasts to make more milk, ei breastfeeding, expessing, pumping, will only keep you making milk longer. I don't know much about drying the milk up right away. Sorry.

But breast pads for now will help from keeping wet circles from appearing on the front of your shirt.