Breast pumps - what brand is best

Rebecca - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am looking at getting another electric pump (my Avent electric one has died). I am looking at the Medela Mini Electric double pump or the Medela Swing. Has anyone got any comments or experience with either or both, or suggestions for any other? It is a lot of money to spend to want to get a good one. Am I over my manual pump!!

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Katie - posted on 03/16/2009

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I used the Symphony when my son was in the hospital (I rented it for 3 months at $65 a month) and it was definately the best. Unfortunately most people don't have that kind of money (I don't either) and the Pump In Style is still pretty good (I've also tried the Playtex Embrace and didn't like it as much). I got mine from Craig's List for $125 and just used my hospital accessories to be sanitary (I think you can buy them any place that sells the Medela pumps for about $30) since you really can't properly sanitize the tubing and the bottles.

Kristi - posted on 03/16/2009

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My cousin uses the Medela Swing and thinks it's ok. I literally tried every pump the hospital had, none work at all. I do use, and will continue to use, my Medela hand pump until I am done breast feeding. I have not found a pump that is strong enough for me ...

Valerie - posted on 03/16/2009

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I have the medela swing. Works great for me. It fit into my budget and has worked awsome!

Kristel - posted on 03/13/2009

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I have the Medela Freestyle. It's great, especially if you are a working mom.

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I got the medela advanced backpack one with first daughter a year and half ago.. and loved it.. Using again with this baby and still working great.

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I'm also a big fan of the Medela pump in style. Used it for a year while working full time, and never had a problem with a decrease in milk supply. I found it just as good as the electric pump I had rented from the hospital.

Nicole - posted on 03/13/2009

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I have the Medela pump in style, and used it for my other 3 children, it works great.  I've been using it now with our 4th and even though it's almost 7 years old, I still love it!

Kandi - posted on 03/13/2009

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I have an Ameda and work full-time. I love it! (As much as you can love a breast pump!) It is a closed system so there is no risk of milk contamination. It is really easy to set up and take apart to clean- you pump right into the bottles. It is a lot cheaper than the Medela and it's electric. I was able to get 2 let-downs with this pump in a 10 minute period. It also allowed me to work full-time and not give our daughter formula. Check it out here:
www.amedababy.com

As well, when I ordered new parts for it, they were there the next day- on regular shipping. My husband and I were stunned! Very fast!

Tanya - posted on 03/13/2009

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I used the Medela pump in style and thought it was great. I will be using it again in July with my 3rd child.

Amber - posted on 03/13/2009

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A lactos consaltaint said those two that you mentioned are the best kinds to use.....I just us the manual medela pump, works great for me!

Brenda - posted on 03/13/2009

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I used the same Medela Pump in Style for my 10 yo and My 1 year old...best $250 I ever spent!!

Kim - posted on 03/13/2009

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I have a Medela Pump in Style Original. I love it. I've never had a problem with it. It is super reliable.

Rebecca - posted on 03/13/2009

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Quoting Belinda:



Hi Rebecca, I have used the Medela Symphony pump in the hospital and I didn't find it was very good.  I actually hired a pump through MediRent as they were the cheapest (Not sure if you are in Sydney??) as I was not sure how long I will need the pump for, but if this is your first baby and you intend on having more kids I would definately recommend investing in a pump of your own.  I use the Ameda Elite pump and find it excellent, I used it for my twins as well and I use the twin attachment so that you can express both breasts at the same time, which is great and cuts down expressing time not having to do one side and then the other.  Being a Mum of 5 with 2y.o. twins and an 11 week old baby time is everything to me!!!  Hope this helps you, and good luck.  Belinda :-)





You must be a super mum!!! What's the pricing on the one you have recommended?

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Hi Rebecca, I have used the Medela Symphony pump in the hospital and I didn't find it was very good.  I actually hired a pump through MediRent as they were the cheapest (Not sure if you are in Sydney??) as I was not sure how long I will need the pump for, but if this is your first baby and you intend on having more kids I would definately recommend investing in a pump of your own.  I use the Ameda Elite pump and find it excellent, I used it for my twins as well and I use the twin attachment so that you can express both breasts at the same time, which is great and cuts down expressing time not having to do one side and then the other.  Being a Mum of 5 with 2y.o. twins and an 11 week old baby time is everything to me!!!  Hope this helps you, and good luck.  Belinda :-)

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