• Tina

    Tina is a public relations manager by profession. In January 2010 she entered the new, adventurous world of motherhood. Every day is a magical new experience, she says. In this column she shares some of her experiences with the readers.


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    Keenjal Shah is a kindergarten teacher and is pursuing her doctorate in Early Childhood Education. Keenjal's focus lies in establishing and facilitating home-school partnerships with new immigrant parents and parents from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

    Keenjal can be reached via email at [email protected]
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March 30, 2011


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I understand the whole concept of breastfeeding. I was also one that was hesitant and my husband encouraged me to do so for my baby-to-be. After my child's birth, the hospital was great with how to breastfeed etc...but then I got home and it was downhill from there. With my new baby and unsure if what I am doing it correctly, pain and sensitvity...I was a wreck. On night four, I wasn't even sure if the baby was fed. I was crying all night and gave the baby formula. I went back to the hospital for their clinic sessions and they introduced me to the Medela double breast pump. It was was quick, less painful and you can control the pressure unlike a baby suckling and it was a double breast pump! It became my friend for a full year. I had bought a Medela single pump which was not the greatest (I used it on the fourth night)as a back up prior to my child being born. I also used the single pump at the airport going to India and then rented the same Medela double breast pump while I was in India. It was way to heavy to travel with. Although, family and friends in India were not happy hearing about me using a pump instead of feeding naturally...I was happy...and everyone had a turn to feed, plus the addition of my freedom. I had a great experience with the Medela breast pump. For those that dry out before 6 months, the pump stimulates the production of milk, well at least it did for me. I would totally say to go with the pump...I loved it.

Tina George

Thanks for the comments, Deepika. Yes, breastfeeding experience can be stressful for new moms and they need all the help and reassurance they can get.

I am glad Medela worked for you. I think the main problem is the single-breast vs double-breast pump. Did you have the big one you take on rent from pharmacies? All the complaints I have heard is about the small single pumps. I think the double-breast, sort of industrialised pump works better. I never got around to using it. I didn't know you can rent them in India too.

Thanks for your feedback.



I had a similar experience with a breast pump from another company. I found pumping time consuming and simply exhausting, but I am still happy with my decision to breast feed my son who is now 8 months old and growing :) And, I will continue to do so until he is at least a year old.


My wife and i agree to breastfeed our first baby, she also had those struggles you wrote up there. But she just manage to do well. I love my wife and the way she takes care of our baby.

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