Breast Pump recommendations

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I'm an expectant first-time mom, researching the best breast pump. I will probably need to do it once or twice a day so my hubby can participate in the feedings. What do you recommend?

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Heather - posted on 03/28/2011

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I also LOVE my Medela Pump n' Style.... and I am WELL acquainted with it. Lol. =) It's a great pump... effective, easy to use and clean, easy to find and buy parts for if needed, etc. Highly recommend it.

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Thanks for your response, everyone! 



Question for those who rented from the hospital:  I thought they say you're not supposed to 'share' pumps because of possible things (bacteria, etc)  that could be passed on.  What's the diff between renting from hospital and buying used from Craigslist?



 



I'd love to get a Medela In Style, but these electric ones are expensive! -- dunno if we could afford it.  Was thinking about going with the Medela Harmony.  How soon do women pump after they have the baby?  Have you found any 'nipple confusion'?

Melanna - posted on 03/09/2009

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I had to pump for the first 7 weeks as my baby was a preemie. I rented the Medela Symphony as it's hospital grade and only hospital pumps have motors strong enough to bring in your milk. What I liked about the Medela pumps is that they all fit onto one another. . I knew after I got her off the bottles and onto the breast, I would only be pumping every once in a while for when someone else was taking care of her. So I got the Medela Harmony (manual) pump. It's great as far as manual pumps and I could use the breast shield on the Symphony when the one that came for the symphony was being cleaned. Medela pumps have a let down feature to help your milk come down each time, which I found helpful. But, to be fair, I haven't used anyrthing else!

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I'm so sorry.  I'd refuse the bathroom!  Would people eat their lunch in there?  I work at the Pentagon and we're fortunate to have a few pumping rooms.

Misty - posted on 03/09/2009

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Quoting April:



I am a working mom and used the Medela Pump in Style 3 times a day for a year while nursing my older son and it was great.  My younger son is 8 weeks old and I will return to work this week.  I've again been using the Pump in Style to build my supply for work and am happy again.  My work provides the Medela Symphony (hospital grade) in the pumpimg rooms for mothers to use.  I haven't decided if I will use it or carry my personal pump back and forth.






That's awesome that your work provides all of that.  My work isn't breast feeding mom friendly at all.  I have to pump either in my car or the women's bathroom.  I'm jealous, lol.

Misty - posted on 03/09/2009

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Medela Pump 'N' Style. I love mine, I didn't even want to try a manual one (my sister got tendonitis from pumping manually).

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I am a working mom and used the Medela Pump in Style 3 times a day for a year while nursing my older son and it was great.  My younger son is 8 weeks old and I will return to work this week.  I've again been using the Pump in Style to build my supply for work and am happy again.  My work provides the Medela Symphony (hospital grade) in the pumpimg rooms for mothers to use.  I haven't decided if I will use it or carry my personal pump back and forth.

Priscilla - posted on 03/09/2009

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The pump I really liked, is from Avent... I have breast-feeded for 11 months. Working started when my daughter was 3 months old.
I dont believe in electric pumps. They make to much noise in the working-enviroment..

Good luck! Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful things you can do for your baby AND for yourself! The first month is difficult, but when you are past that, it's the best!

Allie - posted on 03/08/2009

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i love my tommee tippee closer to nature. my sister got it for me. i had borrowed one from a friend an avent electric one but i didn't like it.

Cynthia - posted on 03/08/2009

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i used an electric double pump for the first couple of months until my milk settled down. I rented it. Best thing ever. It was a medela pump. I then purchased a single pump the electric Medela 'Swing' pump. easy to take with you when you go visiting and effective.



I never saw myself using a manual pump...way too much effort for hands and wrist I'm already subject to minor carpel tunnel so I wasn't about to try setting myself up for problems.



best wishes with your new little one.

Carolyn - posted on 03/08/2009

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I would also recommend the Medela Pump in Style. It was described to me as the "Cadillac of Breast Pumps" and I would have to agree. I bought it for my first daughter and am using it again for my second. I pump much more often this time and it's been great.



In 5 minutes, I'm done pumping and I usually get exactly what she takes from the bottle during the day-- if not a little more! Great news since pumps usually do not empty the breast as well as a baby does.

Jenny - posted on 03/08/2009

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Medela for sure! The electric one is fantastic, i have 2 kids and still breast feeding the youngest who is 8 months and i express using the Medela when im full and its so easy to use plus you can use the Medela milk bags to express into and freeze. I have used Avent but it doesnt compare. Good luck !

Melody - posted on 03/08/2009

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I love my Medela Pump in Style.

Just a word of advise... breastfeeding will take a few days or weeks to get the hang of. I only pumped a couple of times to relieve my engorgement those first few weeks. Since it felt like I was already spending all day and night breastfeeding, the last thing I wanted to do was spend more time pumping. Plus those first weeks your body is figuring out how much milk to produce, so the more you feed and pump the more you produce. It's a little easier after a few weeks to pump after a morning feeding or after the babies last feeding.

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