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Medela Freestyle Electric Double Breast pump

The Medela Freestyle breastpump combines proven 2-Phase Expression Technology with lifestyle features such as a powerful rechargeable battery and a hands-free kit. The Medela Freestyle provides a pumping experience that feels most like a baby, giving mothers maximum comfort and enables them to express more milk in less time. Now includes Medela's revolutionary Calma teat.

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump - including the Calma Solitaire Teat

The Medela Freestyle breastpump combines proven 2-Phase Expression Technology with lifestyle features.

Medela Supplemental Nursing System

Originally designed to help adoptive mothers to produce milk, this innovative feeding device is also used for babies with sucking difficulties or for mothers who need to re-stimulate their milk supply.

Medela Softcup Advanced Feeder

Eases transition to breastfeeding. Medela's SoftCup Advanced Cup Feeder is designed for use when health care professionals recommend cup feeding or for feeding breastfed babies for whom nipple confusion is a concern.

Medela Finger Feeder Pack of 5

To teach babies proper suckling. Can also be used for feeding small amounts of breastmilk. The soft silicone tip is attached to a syringe.

Medela Disposable Cup Feeder Pack of 10

A tried-and-tested method of supplying controlled amounts of breastmilk when breastfeeding is not possible. No nipple confusion. Graduated cup ensures a controllable milk quantity. Easy handling and well-designed shape prevents spillage.

Breastfeeding is  even more important if your baby arrives early. This is because your body will automatically produce breastmilk that's specially designed to nourish your premature baby, with extra calories, vitamins, and protein.

What's more, the live cells in breast milk that protect babies from infection can be even more important for premature babies: Preemies face a higher risk of infection because their immune systems are particularly immature.

At many hospitals it's standard practice to start off feeding very premature babies expressed breast milk through a nasogastric (NG) tube. Once your baby is able to start nursing at the breast, be prepared to nurse frequently, although preemies may not take in much milk at each feeding until they're closer to term.

For this reason, you will need to use a breastpump after feeds to keep up your milk production as well as have milk for any necessary supplementary feedings. It will also help your milk production to get as much skin-to-skin (kangaroo care) with your baby as possible, under the guidance of a neonatal nurse; this will help elevate your prolactin levels and increase your breastmilk supply.

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Express Yourself Mums is delighted to launch our new website offering you an easier and clear shopping experience. Breastfeeding and expressing is still very much our speciality, however new product ranges include developmental baby toys, nursing and breastfeeding bras, slings and weaning products. If you need advice on any of our products do contact us and we will be happy to help. Enjoy your visit. We are currently offering Ameda Elite and Medela Lactina and Medela Symphony hospital grade breast pumps for hire and rental.