best breast pump

Megan - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm looking to get a breast pump to help with breastfeeding. If dh wants to feed her, or if I'm in the mood for a glass of wine, etc.

What have you used? Electric vs. Manual, single vs. double, brands, problems, etc.

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Brenda - posted on 01/04/2010

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You want to spend some money on a good electric one. I've had a cheap one and it was terrible. I have a Medela swing now. However, had I known about open system pumps like Medela as opposed to clsed system pumps (Ameda) I would have bought an Ameda. Closed system pumps cannot suck milk into the motor, while open system pumps can, which means there is a chance of mold and bacteria growing if it doesn't dry out right.

Marianne - posted on 01/04/2010

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it reallyis a pesonal choice in the end and depends on if your plan to pump occasionally or more frequently what you will end up with.



I recremend Medla electric double brest pumps I have a Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump Shoulder Bag it was recremended to me by my hospital lactation consultant if you plan on doing a lot of pumping its fast and easy and save your hafds from getting'sore.(15 mins max and your done both breast%



it'costs a bit but'it well worth tle money in my oxion i've used'mine for over a#year now and it/still works greit. adn i had no problem gettinc replacement pazts the pump also has a battery pack attachemenx so if i dont have access to elictricity i can zun it off of 8AE Batteries you can use just abcut any bottle tupe (excluding#advant bottles%>9 to attach to phe pump even thkugh the kit comis with a set of/4 bottles with storage caps and accessories, cooler bag & ice pack for traveling are included Medla also makes what they call quick clean micro steam bags you clean your pumping equipment set it in the bag add a bit of water and put it in the microwave for a few minutes and it sanitizes them. they come in packs of 5 and can be used mutiple times. up to 20 uses fast and easy. i love it!



I also own a small hand pump for when I am out and about for the day or at work or don't have anywhere to plug my electric pump in. it is by Lansinoh im fairly satisfide with it i wanted something resonably priced that world do the job in a pinch like any hand pump my hand does get sore after a while and i find it takes longer to pump the milk but it does the job it was designed to do. it comes in a few pieces you have to assemble it before using but i find its easy to clean and agian fits many differnt bottle types. it also comes with two bottles and storage caps.



good luck, with your hunt a good pump no matter what brand or manufacture can go a long way and be a very invalueble tool in the care of your daughter.



hope this helps

Sondra - posted on 01/04/2010

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It depends on your schedule. At first I had a manual one but when I went back to work part-time I needed to get an electric one so that my son could have breast milk at his daycare. The electric medela helped me tremendously! It so much more efficient and your hands won't cramp :) If I pump once with it while at work I can get up to 9 oz in 20 minutes of pumping!

Kimberly - posted on 01/04/2010

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electric double pump by medela pump in style its so great it may be pricey ($280) but it will last through all of your children nursing.

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Any Medela pump is going to be your best option. I used the Medela Pump N' Style for the past year to exclusivity pump and it has never let me down. I would suggest using a double pump if you want to speed up the time (that's a nice feature for someone like me that pumped full time). The pump I used also comes with a on the go battery pack (8 AA batteries) to use if you're not near electricity. I have also had really great experience with dealing with Medela when needing extra parts or replacing one of their bottles. They stand by their products 100% and don't argue with the costumers.

Jen - posted on 01/04/2010

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I liked my Lansinoh electric pump, and it takes batteries too so you can use it without electricity. It's cheaper than the Medella and worked great, easy to use, and the parts are easy to clean.

Susie - posted on 01/04/2010

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Amazing to many of my friends, I've used a manual with both kids. As a teacher, it was important to be able to pump on field trips if there was no outlet available (like in a bathroom stall--ugh...). I use the Avent Isis manual pump and it is wonderful. There is also an electric version that uses the exact same parts. Compared to another pump that I used while waiting for a replacement part to come in the mail, it was hands-down the winner. I expressed twice as much milk with the Avent manual pump in probably half the time. If I use two manual pumps at the same time, I could empty out 8 ounces in 5 minutes.

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