*GIVEAWAY* Dr Brown's Breast Pumps

With Carson I wanted to breastfeed. But, after a 23 hour labour and a distressed baby being whisked off to Intensive Care & SCBU, staying there for a good 10 days, it just didn't happen.

This time round, I've had milky boobs for months already and I'm only 29 weeks pregnant now. It is sooo not exciting me for breastfeeding.
Meh, I don't know.
It's a difficult choice and I think ultimately I will wait until baby has been born and see what happens.
Yeah, I know! This attitude may come across as a bit blasé but I made so many plans with my first born that just didn't pan out that I don't want to set myself up for a fall the 2nd time round.That's all!

What I do know though, is if I breast feed, I need to invest in a breast pump to stock up on milk and give my nips a rest every now and then. I'll be looking to opt for a reputable brand, promising to be gentle on my breasts during expression.



Dr Browns Manual Breast Pump promises to minimise pinching and tugging with their super soft breast cups conforming to the shape and movement of mums breast, whilst gentle compression technology expresses milk comfortably.

With mega thanks to www.drbrowns.co.uk & www.johnlewis.com I am pleased to offer my readers the opportunity to win their very own Dr Brown's Manual Breast Pump, currently retailing at £42 each, and I have 2 to giveaway as well!

1. This is open to UK residents 
2. Winner has 48 hours to acknowledge and respond before another winner will be redrawn
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4. Competition closes at midnight 14th March 2014.
All entries are checked so, as tempting as it may be to skim through the Rafflecopter entry, you will be doing yourself out of a genuine chance to win a cracking prize. 
So enter genuinely because, as you've probably gathered, I do check guys.
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87 comments:

  1. I'm still breastfeeding my son at 22 months so I guess I'm pretty pro breastfeeding

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  2. I tried but my breasts became sore so I expressed milk for the first two weeks. I am pleased I tried and I think it is good for any mum to give it a go - and if it works then great and if it doesn't then it is fine to bottle feed or express and bottle feed like I did!

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  3. As olivia was 5 weeks early and also in SCBU. I made the decision not to breast feed. I know it's best at that age especially but she wasn't feeding and I was overwhelmed so I chose to bottlefeed

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  5. My son who is now 4 was born by emergency c-section and my milk never came through, I wanted to try am hoping it will be different 2nd time round

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  6. Breastfeeding takes time, patience etc to establish. Respect, support and some TLC (Tender Loving Care) all help, especially getting sufficient rest and nourishment. Once established, it just seems so natural and normal.

    Rachel Craig

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  7. My sister in law was breast feeding but the baby wasn't getting enough milk and she had to start bottle feeding and really felt bad about it , i know they say breast is best but really if it isn't working you shouldn't feel bad about it , xxx

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  8. I think breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby. It takes patience to get established and I do think that there isn't much help out there. You have to go with what you think is best for you and your baby.

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  9. I breast fed both of my kids (my son for 18 months!) but unfortunately I'm really sensitive to prolactin so I suffered terrible migraines the whole time. They stopped when I stopped breastfeeding. I think a happy mum is the best start a child can have, so do whats best for you. Breast, bottle, whatever works.

    Twitter id: TeaandcakeMse

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  10. I think breastfeeding is a lovely way to bond

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  11. I loved breastfeeding - it was the most precious time I spent with my baby boy. The first 4 weeks were quite challenging when all the cluster feeding and night feeding kicked in - but I was determined from the outset to perservere. Little did I know that after 12 months of breastfeeding the biggest challenge would be to 'stop' both for me and for my boy!

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  12. I havnt experienced yet but when my baby comes i would like to as i feel it gives them alot of goodness :)

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  13. Although breastfeeding can be beset by problems, it is worth persevering for the result, a better immune system for the baby and a deeply satisfying bond.

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  14. I loved breastfeeding my daughter.

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  15. I tried to BF my baby boy but found it stressful for us both. I'm FF and expressing a little now. I think there is too much pressure on new mums to BF.

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  16. I breastfed two of my three children and intend to bf this one - I thoroughly enjoyed it but I have experienced how hard it is when it;s just not happening too!

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  17. I feel that you shouldn't be made to feel bad if you don't breastfeed, my milk didn't come through and the midwifes on the maternity ward made me feel like a bad mother as I had to bottle feed.

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  18. wow my daughter would love this for when the baby comes

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  19. I'm due in 2 weeks and have every hope that I will breastfeed. Its going to be tough from what I've heard but the thought of making bottles to me is even worse!!

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  20. It was very difficult and painful, but worth keeping at it.

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  21. I had a great experience breastfeeding my daughter can't wait to breastfeed #2 in a few months time.

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  22. i personally dont breast feed bu my 2 sisters in law have both done it

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  23. well i will be breast feeding when the time comes,but this pump will be ideal so my partner can also feed our baby

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  24. I breastfeed my first for almost 14 mths, I had to stop as my supply went down to almost nothing as I got pregnant with my second. She's now 3 mths old and breastfeeding is going well. I hate the comments I have had from some of my in laws though who keep telling me that formula is better, that it never did their kid any harm and that my kids won't sleep. Well I showed them eldest slept through from 3 mths and little started sleeping through just before she was 2 mths. My mum jokes I must have super sleepy milk :)

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  25. I have been breastfeeding exclusively for 5 months now. I could do with a pump to help my husband have more bonding time with our girl.

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  26. I think you should try it, if you can do it great, if you can't you shouldn't be made to feel guilty as long as you gave it a good go. Don't expect it to come easy straight away though.

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  27. hoping to breastfeed my first and trying not to panic as to whether I will be able to or not. I've heard pumps are gret for helping along milk supply :)

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  28. I'm hoping to breast feed, I think it's important too but women shouldn't feel guilty if they are unable too.

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  29. I pumped milk & bottle fed it for 3 months so am a big fan of pumping. It gets me very angry when everyone talks about 'bottle feeding' as opposed to breastfeeding as they usually mean formula. I was bottle fed formula as were my siblings & none of us are overweight, we all have a degree, no health problems & very close to our mum! It's all just scaremongering & you should do whatever is right for you.

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  30. my son was born 7 weeks early so i missed out on the early weeks of breastfeeding

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  31. with my first, i managed to last nipple only feeding for 3 weeks, i bought a breast pump , and i think expressing was the best think ive ever done, it enabled daddy and grandma to help with the feeding so i could catch up on my rest.

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  32. I myself was in two minds about breastfeeding. It continued to be painful for the full 6 months, however the bond I have with my daughter now is priceless and I wouldn't change my experience.

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  33. would love to be able to breastfeed

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  34. I'm currently 20 weeks with my first and plan on doing my best with breast feeding if i can.

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  35. It did hurt me at first but I stuck with it, it was the "let down" sensation that got me, but after 2 weeks that funny sensation stopped happening. I was reluctant to give up at 11 months, but it was practial to stop at this point as I went back to work.

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  36. Nothing nicer than cuddling up feeding your babies.

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  37. i think there is nothing more natural and beautiful than breastfeeding it bring a closeness between mother and baby that is beyond anything else

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  38. Sarah Knightley2 March 2014 at 16:23

    Expecting my first baby in a couple of weeks and definitely want to breastfeed.

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  39. couldn't do it. too much stress

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  40. I had a similar experience with my first, long, difficult labour, lots of drugs, followed by a stay in SCBU for 6 days and it just didn't happen. This time I am determined to breastfeed although I think I will go with the flow more and be more relaxed about it.

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  41. i always believe that vreast is best it builds that unbreakable bond xxx

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  42. It is something I sort of look forward to!

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  43. Breast feeding is clean, ready made, cheap, you can feed on an aeroplane, it's always at the perfect temperature for feeding time and you bond with your baby or babies whilst doing it. You pass on beneficial antibodies and vitamins with no preservatives, or additives other than what you've eaten. Altogether breastfeeding is awesome.

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  44. I love it. Its the right temp, designed for them and free. I do think unfair pressure is placed on women though, not everyone is able to do it.

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  45. I never breastfed with either of mine, to be hones was ever mentioned to me. They both done well on formula milk still and had strong healthy appetites :)
    Becci Cleary

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  46. I couldn't breastfeed my last baby, though not for want of trying, things just didn't go our way, but I expressed for 6months, it was hard work, but i was so adamant I was going to give him breastmilk even if he was less keen on the idea! I'm now expecting baby number 2 and hopeful this time will be much smoother!

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  47. I am still breastfeeding my 15 month old but its not been a smooth journey, at 10 weeks old I was finding it so painful I was in tears luckly a breastfeeding specialist noticed he had a tounge tie. Once this was cut it solved all our problems

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  48. Pam Francis Gregory11 March 2014 at 11:53

    Breastfeeding is the only way to go!

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  49. I loved breast feeding, cannot wait for our next baby to start breast feeding again, helps so much with bonding

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  50. Intending to breast feed as there is so much evidence it is best for baby.

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  51. Second time around I would go with my gut and not listen to everyone else!

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  52. i think its great but i also think there is far too much pressure on mums, also dads enjoy feeding baby as its a great bonding experience for them too

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  53. I believe everyone should make the decision that is best for themselves and no-one should feel pressurised to breast feed or feel bad if they decide not too. We seem to have become a society who feel they have the right to enforce our own beliefs on to everyone else from those who condone mothers who don't breastfeed to those that berate mothers for breast feeding in public (this happened to my friend in the doctors a few weeks ago!). Peoples choices are their own and not the business of anyone else :(

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  54. It wasn't for me but I have no issues with any one else breast feeding

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  55. both my boys were premmies so didnt get a chance to breast feed but had to express there was one day I was using a battery powered one and it died on me i was like oh no it was agonising

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  56. its the most natural thing to do but its not for everyone. Personally I have breastfed my 3 children (still feeding the 3rd). It's easy for me, cheap and convenient.

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  57. i breastfed all of my 4 children with no problems, it was cheap, convenient, no problems. but realise its not for everyone

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  58. I breastfed my son until he was 9 months he is now 3, im due a second little boy on june 14th and I plan to breastfeed him too, I find it convenient and creates a great bond with baby, i struggled at first and worried baby wasn't getting enough milk but we both soon got into the swing of it, I wasn't a fan of breastfeeding out of the house so I spent alot of time expressing milk, I also found my son was hungry in the evening and i wasn't producing as much milk so I expressed in the morning to cater for the late night feed

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  59. We are strange here in the UK, were we treat breast feeding as a taboo in public, where in the rest of Europe it is common

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  60. Don't put too much pressure on yourself or compare yourself to others methods

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  61. i couldnt do it with my little boy as he was premature, but with my next one im open to try it! i wouldnt stress out about doing it tho!

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  62. Its definatley worth a try, always go with what feels best for you and baby x

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  63. I think it's a great way to bond with your child and I felt its a natural thing to do, I did it with all my children. But I wouldn't run anyone down for bottle feeding either.
    claire.bob23@hotmail.co.uk

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  64. I'm a Grandma and my family are all grown up now. I think that there is far more support nowadays than back in the 80's, I didn't breastfeed, or try, with any of my children. My Daughter-in-Law is expecting and due next week and she is really hoping to be able to feed her baby herself. (Karen Barrett - @chocolateonemse)

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  65. I mainly expressed because it was too sore otherwise - I'm going to give it a good try this time round. It's good to express though because then someone else can feed the baby :)

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  66. i tried to breastfeed for quite a while, didn't go according to plan, but i did express as this was a lot easier for me

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  67. I didnt know a lot about breastfeeding when I had my youngest.I did no that I didn't want to be making bottles at 2am in the morning!so I ended up feeding both my girls until around 14 months.it wasnt easy went through the lot but I was determined and stuck by it and I learned so much and have two very healthy children- sazfairy123

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  68. breastfed my baby unil she was 9 months enjoyed the closness of breastfeeding

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  69. I'm all for breastfeeding but I hate the way ppl are been bribed into it with incentives!

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  70. No experience yet but PG & planning on breastfeeding!

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  71. I have a horror story for you.5 months into my daughters life Breastfeeding lead me to develop mastititis which within 24 hours turned into sepsis. I have spent a week in a hospital - first 3 days in Intensive Care Unit because my body organs started failing on me. I was kept nil by mouth for all this time because of seizure fear and need for immediate operation. I had to undertake what is called a 'water challange' - they pumped me with 8 littles of water via IV in hope of getting my kidney to start working again. I was in and out of conciousness thoughout those 3 days - my body ballooned from all this water which kidneys was not filtering. I was pumped with cocktail of very strong antibiotics which were making me sick at times I was concious. Finally after 3 days I was starting to show improvements. But my story was not over yet. The part of breast where mastititis developed have died and needed to be removed. I am left with pissing part of the breast and an ugly scar - but I still consider myself lucky because I am alive to see my daughter grow.
    I am for a free choice - women should not be pressurised to breastfeed if they do not want to.

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  72. I haven't had my baby yet - I hope breastfeeding will work for me! @Pheresla

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  73. I tried with all of mine unsuccessfully but will try again with out baby due in May.

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  74. I haven't tried it as yet but I think it's a great way to bond with your baby xx

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  75. I couldn't get the pump to work for me, so had to put up with being uncomfortably full of milk :(

    Natalie Gillham

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  76. I am currently pregnant so don't really have any advice or stories to tell as yet! Except that this prize looks brilliant! Many of my friends have recommended pumps to me to make life easier when out and about!

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  77. I think if you can do it (not everyone is lucky enough to be able to) its a lovely way to bond with bubba

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  78. I loved breastfeeding my babies and would recommend to everyone! Would love this pump for my next baby xx

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  79. undecided as yet. need to do some research. 3 months to go :)

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  80. I had a terrible time with my first child, breastfeeding was agony and she was always hungry, but I persevered - I'm sorry but I don't sympathise at all with any mum that quits because "it just isn't happening", "it's painful" or whatever. If you want to do it and can produce milk then you should stick at it for longer and put up with the pain or difficulties and work through them with your baby. I loathed breastfeeding because it hurt so much, the only nice part was the endless cuddles with my baby, but I would do it over and over again.

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  81. i was unable to breastfeed my son. he was 7 weeks premature due to severe preeclampsia and both of us were so ill. i could never get more than 10ml each time. im now 14 weeks pregnant with my second child and im really hoping that it goes smoothly and i can breastfeed this time :)

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  82. i hate they way people are so negative about breastfeeding in public it is normal and we should embrace it

    @emmakinsey22

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  83. I think breast feeding is a personal choice and I completely support any friends and family who choose either to do it or not, I did it for a couple of weeks but found it tiring

    Kel Ellen Hirst @kelandab

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  84. I think that I would really like to try next time! I thought about it a lot in my first pregnancy but I had a 72 hour labour and lost a lot of blood and was in and out of consciousness for a good few hours, so by the time I had come around I had no energy to even attempt breast feeding! :-/ x

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  85. I commend all mothers who breastfeed and more so in public. People need to learn to be much more accepting of this. I breastfed my baby for 2 weeks and expressed milk for another few weeks. I found breastfeeding difficult unfortunately. @FHallgate

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  86. I breastfed my daughter for a week and I was in so much pain and the midwives made me feel really bad about wanting to stop. My advice would be, follow your body!

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