I started out with the manual Avent pump, seemed okay. Then, after 8 months of BF and expressing for my DD, a gilfriend put me on to the Medela Swing Electric pump. The Medela Swing was fantastic and I am going to use it with my next bubs. I was amazed at the difference and how much more and how easily I was able to express.
On a completely different note, may I offer you some advise on the Contented Little Baby routine?
We used this routine for my DD from the day we got home from the hospital. I will say to you, keep an open mind and use it as a guideline.
Folowing the routine strictly, I found Lily would get hysterical every night and this would go on anytime from 5pm to 10/1030pm. Sometimes it would be short, sometimes the whole 5 or so hours. My DH is away for work quite a bit, sometimes up to 4 days at a time, and I found this nightly crying routine to be really hard when I was alone.
After getting the average sleep times for babies from the Maternal Health centre, I decided to put Lily to sleep on her signs, while DH was away on a trip. This worked so much better for her and me. When DH came home, he wasn't too keen to deviate from the CLB routine but after seeing the difference in Lily for one day, he changed his mind.
We still used the CLB routine in a way, but not as strictly. We continued to start the day for her at 7am, but let her sleep when she wanted to during the day and put her to bed at 7pm every night. She is now 17months old and still in that routine.
We also did express and give her a bottle every day which was so handy when it came to having her babysat. I found that I wasn't producing enough milk early evening for her, so we switched the bottle to before bed (instead of the 1030pm feed) and this worked so much better and she slept through longer.
The Contented Little Baby Book was a great help, but keep an open mind about it.
All the best.