Breast Pump advice....
Michelle - posted on 02/25/2010
I have a medela freestyle. It was a bit more expensive but worth every penny! It's a double pump that is handsfree and portable. I recharge maybe twice a week (and thats when the battery hits half) I thought they were exaggerating when they advertised a full pump in 5 min but its almost always right on. If budget is a concern places like babiesrus and most hospitals rent pumps so you can see if nursing is for you before you shell out the money for your own (or you can just keep renting).
As far as one I wouldn't reccommend would be the Ameda hand pump. It was horrible (esp. incomparison to the Medela)
Rebecca - posted on 02/25/2010
I have the Ameda Purely yours and I love it, it is super simple to put the pieces together and very simple to use. I can pump both breasts in about 10 to 15 minutes! Great at work, But you do have to plug it in, i am not sure if you can get a battery pack for it or not. I went with this over the Medela because of the price, also my sister had the Ameda and Loved it.
Karen - posted on 02/25/2010
I have and use my Medela Pump in Style Original, it is double or single and can be used with batteries if need be. It has several different setting/ levels for speed and vacuum. It is very easy to use and clean (I wash mine in the dishwasher after inital warm water and soap). I have had this same pump for 3 1/2 years and it is still going strong.
Marissa - posted on 02/25/2010
I used the Evenflo double electric for about 6 months until it broke. Then I got the Medela single electric that also comes with a manual pump and so far I'm very happy with it. I've only been using it for a few days but I really like it. It's a bit more expensive, but so far worth it.
Martina - posted on 02/25/2010
yea medela is the best so far but i hear lindam is gud too.make sure u buy a gud breast pump cos it is worth it......it will make expressing ur milk very easy for u trust me i tried about three and they didnt work well for me b4 i started using medela.
Angela - posted on 02/25/2010
Medela is the best! I had mastitis with both my children and during the first month the pain was so horrible that I didn't latch my baby but instead pumped for the whole first month every three hours. The medela double pump was great and gentle. It is expensive but definitely worth the money.
I love the Medela Double Pump. Someone bought me this $50 one and it was horrible! I have never had a problem with milk backing up. I used it with my first child (which I pumped for 9mo at work) and 2 years later I am using it agin with my secong child. Still works wonderfully.If you are going to pump a lot, I think there is a special bra that you can use that holds the bottles while you pump both sides.
Adrian - posted on 02/24/2010
If you will need to pump a lot, then go for a double electric pump. I took a breastfeeding class when I was pregnant and the lactation consultant said to get either a medela or ameda pump. They are the top two brands. I did research and never saw a bad review on medela other than the potential of milk backing into the tubes. Also I found out ameda is actually manufactured by evenflo which makes a lot of other stuff. Medela only makes pumps and medical supplies which made me feel better about it. As if they more so specialize in it. So I bought the Pump in Style Advanced and am very pleased with it. I have been using it nearly 3 months now pretty much every day and have not had a problem with milk backing up. There is a diaphragm under the face plate to keep it from going into the motor in case something like that does happen. It's a little pricey but it is excellent quality and it will more than pay for itself.
Megan - posted on 02/24/2010
I have a Playtex, it is cost effective and has pretty good reviews. I have seen that the Medela pump has great reviews but is very pricey. For my purposes a cheaper one was the best option because I will be able to stay home with our daughter for almost 6 mths before returning to work.
Just make sure that you are taking the reviews with a grain of salt and always remember that not everyone uses a product the way it is supposed to be used.
Rebekah - posted on 02/24/2010
I have a Medela swing and I love it too. It's only a single pump, but it's very efficient and so portable. I literally take it everywhere with me b/c my daughter doesn't nurse well in public. I pump one side on my way somewhere (when my husband is driving), attempt to nurse her when it's feeding time, and then offer her a cup with the rest of my milk in it. It's a great single pump!! I've used it with two kids (17 total months of pumping at least a couple times a week).
Keri - posted on 02/24/2010
I use the playtex nursing necessities pump. I used for 8 months with my first one and am now using it with my second. Unlike the medela you are able to choose the suction strength as well as the speed. There is no way for milk to get into the tubes.
Lisa - posted on 02/22/2010
I would only recommend this best one available ....because if you think you are buying a good one because it cost 100 bucks like I thought....you are wrong. I know now what not to buy....The First Years Pump. I am guessing I should have bought that Medela one...the one that was almost 300 bucks!
Rebecca - posted on 02/22/2010
I have a Medella swing and I love it, you can plug it in or it takes batteries as well so its totally portable. It has a let down function and lots of different speeds and suction power I find that it is really quick and easy to use.
Dorothy - posted on 02/22/2010
i have the medela double pump. it is the same as the hospital grade pumps, just more mobile. it does plug into the wall like Kayle said, but there is also a battery pack with it that takes AA batteries. it's very light weight and comes in a tote like bag that is discreet and also has a cooler in the top. they are expensive though, about $270ish. check with your pediatrician, they might be able to write you a prescription for one. ours did. our twins were premature, so we needed one. but it doesn't hurt to ask. definitely go with an electric. the manuals are not very efficient. and definitely go with a double. your time is too precious, you want your pumping to be as quick and efficient as possible! good luck. and happy nursing!
Jocelyn - posted on 02/22/2010
Oh I also tried a gerber breast pump (I'm not sure if they still make it...) and it was horrible!!! I have huge boobs and it barely covered my areola...couldn't pump worth a damn. But I guess it would work if you have long skinny boobs...
Jocelyn - posted on 02/22/2010
I use the manual Advent Isis as well, and I agree it's great! Perfect (for occasional pumping) I'm looking to go back to work soon and I have settled on the Medela Freestyle Electric pump, it's gotten great reviews everywhere I've checked (but I haven't used it yet, I don't want to dump $400 until I know that I will actually need it lol)
Jessica - posted on 02/22/2010
I just use the Lansinoh hand pump. I'm a stay-at-home mom so I don't need anything bigger. I just have to pump enough for sippy cup training once a day and some to mix with baby cereal. I'm very happy with that pump.
I've also used the Avent manual pump and liked that one too.
Cheryl - posted on 02/22/2010
I use an Avent electric breast pump duo. I did lots of research and read tons of reviews before purchasing and I'm very happy with it. I've been using for 4 months now. I'm a first time breastfeeding mom and it was very important to me that I succeed this time around (I formula fed my other two children.) Avent also makes a great microwave sanitizer for the pump parts which makes it really easy to clean. The pump is a little expensive but well worth it and lots less than formula in the long run. Good luck!
Heather - posted on 02/22/2010
The one I use and love is the Ameda Purely yours. It is the only personal pump that has been shown not to allow milk through the tubes back into the pump. It is also convenient to use, in my opinion. Additionally, it is significantly lower in price than the comparable Medela pump, which I consider very important! But a breast pump is a very individual choice.
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