I am trying to buy a brest pump... what do you reccomend?

Layce - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 78 moms have responded )

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I am looking into buying a brest pump are there some pro's and cons of them they are pretty pricey! should i purchase one or what would you reccomend...

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Nicky - posted on 10/18/2009

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I would invest in the Medela. I breast fed my three daughter over a yr ea. My pump in style is 8 yrs old and still works like new. I had the ameda purly yours also before I got the medela and it was a good pump also, but it did need repair, not as long lasting. For long term. and frequent pumping I would definatley get the Medela and you can get a car adapter, & battery pack. I put rechargable batteries in mine and the charge would last over 2wks.using it every 2hrs at work. Get the 15min battery chrger. worth every penny. Spend the $ Especially if your having more kids,plus you will breast feed longer, it is great at emptying the breast so you can keep up a good supply.

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Jessica - posted on 10/13/2012

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hi my name is jessica and i have a ameda purely yours double electric pump and it worked wonders. i no longer breast feed so im selling mines if you would like to buy it from me. i used it one time then i stopped breastfeedin all the parts are still brand new extra pieces to it. and there is a nice travel bag and coolar bag. 440 822 1865 tex or leave a msg

Stephanie - posted on 11/06/2009

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I originally used the Medela double electric pump. It helps build your supply. I was pumping 10oz and she was only eating 5 oz...it was great to get milk stored and get your body on a routine. I always pumped when she wanted to eat. So my body was on the same schedule as the baby. I actually rented it from the hospital. For long term use it is actually cheaper to purchase one. But only used the pump for 2-3 months to build my supply. Now I have a Lansinoh hand held. At first I liked it, when I used it occasionally, but I was still using the electric one for the majority. Now I only use it every once in a while and it is ok, but I fell in love with the electric double pump. That thing made life SOO much easier.. I have not been using bottles, maybe every so often when I have to go away for a period of time but I wish I still had the electric even for the little bit that I do pump...It works wonders :) Good Luck! Breastfeeding is a great experience and it really is a blessing!

Kathryn - posted on 10/19/2009

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I started by calling my insurance. They were able to cover my rental and I only had a $8. dollar copay per month. They gave me a medela which works great. My baby has been in NICU so I've had to pump from day one. I thought I would have a hard time considering she was not with me but this pump worked great, was quiet and got the job done. Good luck.

Sara - posted on 10/18/2009

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I use Medella pump in style, about 275.00 bucks but is worth it:) started pumping as soon as milk came in and breastfeeding her as well, I have a generous milk supply due to the pump working as well as the baby. It helped produce a great supply and works very quickly. I can get two 5 oz bottles in about 8-10 minutes!! My daughter is only 3 months, so as you can tell it has worked wonders:)

Michelle - posted on 10/18/2009

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I use a Medela and I read all the reviews before I bought mine and most of them said that if you are going to spend the money to buy the Medela one in the first place. Otherwise you will end up buying it in the end. I would go to the Medela website and look at all of their models and choose the one that best fits your lifestyle. They are pricey but definately worth the money!

Megan - posted on 10/17/2009

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I bought a Medela "Swing" pump. It's electric and it's the best. It is pricy, although I got mine from a baby shop. It was $310 but I have seen them in the Chemists Warehouse for approx $289. They are worth it though. It's the best thing I have bought for feeding!

Kelcie - posted on 10/17/2009

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I would say nothing less than a double electric pump from medela. I have tried the playtex pump and its a waste of money to buy anything other than a medela. Luckily I get wic and they gave me the lactine which is the same pump that they offer at the hospital but the pump in style ranges about 279 to 300 but would be well woth your money and on the bright side after your done you could always sell them to a consignment shop or on ebay/craigs list and get atleast 100 or so back of your money. Plus ot is the only pump said to be most like a baby's latch which will trigger your body to produce more milk. Good Luck!

Cassie - posted on 10/17/2009

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I personally have used two different kinds. I bought a medela pump-in-style, and absolutely love it. And got a Ameda Purely Yours as a gift, and that works good too. But I perfer the medela pump. It seems to get to most milk out the quickest. you can only control the suction, where as on the ameda you can control the suction and cycles. But the Medela has the "let-down" option, were it does longer stronger sucks. Which is just like what your baby does. When my milk "let-down" happens you can just push this button and it changes how the suction. Both are good, and work nicely. I use the medela daily, cause I work Full-time and pump 3 times while I'm at work. And get usually anywhere from 2-6 ounces more than what I need to send with her to daycare. Yes they are both expensive, like 200-300, but well worth it. My daughter is almost 3 months and has only received breast milk. It the best thing you can do, is breast feed you child. Good luck and I hope the best for you.

Teri - posted on 10/17/2009

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I have a Medela double electric breast pump, and it is absolutely wonderful. It was a tad pricey, but worth every cent. Good luck!

Cassandra - posted on 10/16/2009

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i would deff get a medela pump in style i have one and its awesome coulent ask for a better product!!

Sarah - posted on 10/16/2009

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Hey,
Like everyone else says, go with the Medela. I bought the double pump by Lansinoh and my girlfriend who breastfeeds told me there was no other pump to go with other than Medela so I returned it before I opened it so I got all my money back. I went on craigslist yesterday morning and bought a previously owned double electric Pump In Style in the backpack. I went to Babies R Us and bought the pieces along with sterilizing bags, ALL OF IT for 140 dollars =] I got the pump for 100 on craigslist, and the pieces came to about 40 dollars. There's no other way to go! And if you ever get low on milk supply, which is my problem, this is supposed to increase it! Its also what the hospitals use (a different version called the Symphony) but I wouldn't go with anything else!

Melody - posted on 10/16/2009

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Go with Medela you'll never hear anything bad about them and wish i had listened to my gut I bought one from playtex and got a $150 one from my insurance but they both have issues. I want a medela but know have gone broke on pumps spend the money once and be happy also check with your insurance company they may cove a pump or rentals. Good luck

Kristen - posted on 10/16/2009

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It really depends on how often and how long you will be pumping/breastfeeding. I have a Medela Pump N Style, which I love. I decided to get the really good pump on the off chance I went back to work (I didn't), but it comes highly recommended for frequent pumping. If you plan on being a stay at home mom, you can opt for a cheaper pump, but I'd stick with the Medela brand or Ameda and definitely don't get a First Years, I hear they die really quickly. Anyway, sign up to get coupons from Babies R Us, they sometimes have breast pump coupons.

Ashley - posted on 10/16/2009

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I use a Madella Freestyle that I really really like. It's comfortable, more so than the Symphony they had me use at the hospital, works quite well, is convenient, and I have been told people use these thing for years and years without a hitch. It's a bit pricey, but, considering how some of the cheaper ones tend to lose suction, I'd say it's worth it, especially if you plan to have additional children.

Misty - posted on 10/16/2009

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I use the Medela Pump-in-Style, I love it! It was pretty pricey but you can use it with every child, from what I've heard. I love that it's discreet and my co-workers don't know what it is, it just looks like I'm carrying my purse. And I can find replacement parts at my local Babies 'R' Us. I also love the soft breast shields as opposed to the hard plastic most pumps provide. And you can pump into any regular mouth bottle and the have an adapter for wide-mouth bottles. Good Luck!

Emma - posted on 10/16/2009

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definitely use an electric. hand pumps feel nicer (if it can feel nice at all!!) but take ages. electric is so fast, you just have to get over feeling like a cow!

Kelly - posted on 10/16/2009

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I've had two and I wish I had bought the Medela Freestyle first. I was concerned about the price, but honestly it is worth it if you will be pumping frequently! It charges so you don't have to be by a plug and the battery lasts a long time, it's not stuck in that bag, it has a belt attachment and clips to attach to your nursing bra/shirt and you don't have to hold it (you can't do jumping jacks, but it's nice for the working mom). I lOVE it. Actually wish I was still breastfeeding so I could use it still.

Amanda - posted on 10/16/2009

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Medela is the way to go. Very comfortable and the most effective. More expensive but DEFINITELY worth it. I love mine

Shauna - posted on 10/16/2009

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I use Dr. Brown's electric. Works great. I would not recommend a manual pump.

Melinda - posted on 10/16/2009

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I have the medela "pump in style" and i love it. It's a little pricey but I got mine on sale when Burlington Coat Factory and the Baby Depot was going out of business. You can pump both breasts at once or you can do a single one at a time. I take it to work with me and if we go out of town. It's not loud like the ones that you would buy at walmart.

Rebecca - posted on 10/16/2009

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Any pumps that I've used ( I think 3 different kinds) were really inefficiant. I finally ended up renting one from the hospital where I delivered. They work really well so you don't have to spend all day trying to pump 2 oz. The cost was not outrageous either, I think I poaid $35 a month. so it depends really on why you're using it. Good Luck!

Jesse - posted on 10/16/2009

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I think you should have one, I had my son and planned on breastfeeding, unfortunatley he was in the nicu and I had to pump the first two weeks, and my pump was a life saver. I also had over production and used it to fully empty after he nursed to avoid getting mastitis. Now depending on the amount of time you will be away from the baby you can determine what kind of pump to purchase. If it is only going to be used once in a while so you can go out without the baby, then a hand pump or small single electric might be fine, but if you are going to be away from your baby for extended periods, or need to up your milk supply you need to bring in the big guns and get a nice double electric pump. I have owned a medela pump in style and it worked great, but my favorite one is the one I have now, the avent isis duo. You can set the sucking pattern however you like and it fits the avent bottles that I love as well. I hope this has helped you. I know that a pump is a huge investment, but if you add up the cost of formula, it is actually cheaper. Good luck with your baby and breastfeeding:-)

JJ - posted on 10/15/2009

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I used the Medela for both my children. It is expensive though, but it's got me through two children. I haven't had any problems with it.

Amy - posted on 10/15/2009

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I use the lansinoh double elecric breast pump. I love it especially because you can use batteries with it so i take it and pump at work. i don't find it loud at all and suctions extremely well.

Summer - posted on 10/15/2009

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well i make so much milk, i have burnt out the motor in 3!!! all in under 1 month, i have used first years, gerber, and a medela swing.... now i have the medela in style and i LOOVE IT its great!



i recomend buy it brand new at babies r us and buy the warenty... they are great about replacing it if it breaks for any reason and the peace of mind is worth it!!

Aideen - posted on 10/15/2009

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I use an avent manual pump. I have found it good. No probs with steam steralising or dishwasher. I've had it since 2003 used for 20mths in total (so far). I only ever used it to express about 10oz a day for use while I'm at work, so I'm not sure how it would be for heavy/long term use. Its comfortable and works for what I need.

Lindsey - posted on 10/15/2009

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Quoting Christina:



Quoting Carrie:

Anything from Medela. They're pricey, but they last. Mine is 4 years old, and I'm still using it...no problems. I have a "Pump In Style" model. It's packaged in a backpack and comes with a removeable milk cooler complete with reuseable ice pack. It's been great for work and anytime I need to pump away from babe. Best advice - don't be afraid to spend the money. This is one of those items that you can justify a significant investment.





I have the Medela Advanced Personal Double Pump it is in a nice backpack andhas the cooler with icepacks ...the difference minewas free. Believe it or not you can askyour midwife or gyno whoever you're seeing and they will write you a script for it !! Most insurances cover it or at least only a co-pay (I had to co-pay for my nebulizer and got my pump free ----go figure ...lol)





this is wonderful info. I used to work for a cardio group of doctors and I remember them  writing Rx for special equipment. It never crossed my mind to look into this, but I will def. speak to my OB-GYN at my next visit. **also, I know that most hospitals will allow you to rent double pumps from them (this could be a good idea if you are looking to test how your body takes to pumping. )

Victoria - posted on 10/15/2009

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Well The the one I have is called Medela and I love , but you must find one that works for you. You love to breastfeeding because of the bond between you and your child.



Gooc Luck!

Jessica - posted on 10/15/2009

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I also have a Medela and they are amazing. I first experienced one with my first son in hospital when all the other pumps were too harsh, of course the one from the hospital costs around $5000 but you can get a hand held version which is just magic. I would highly recommend a Medela.

Cassie - posted on 10/15/2009

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I would recommend medela that is the one that they used in the hospital that i delivered at and that is the one that i use at home. It's great.

Christina - posted on 10/14/2009

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Quoting Carrie:

Anything from Medela. They're pricey, but they last. Mine is 4 years old, and I'm still using it...no problems. I have a "Pump In Style" model. It's packaged in a backpack and comes with a removeable milk cooler complete with reuseable ice pack. It's been great for work and anytime I need to pump away from babe. Best advice - don't be afraid to spend the money. This is one of those items that you can justify a significant investment.


I have the Medela Advanced Personal Double Pump it is in a nice backpack andhas the cooler with icepacks ...the difference minewas free. Believe it or not you can askyour midwife or gyno whoever you're seeing and they will write you a script for it !! Most insurances cover it or at least only a co-pay (I had to co-pay for my nebulizer and got my pump free ----go figure ...lol)

Christine - posted on 10/14/2009

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Medela In Style Pump is my vote!!!  I have used the hospital ones (which are AWESOME), an evenflo one and a manual one.  Check out craigslist or freecycle for used ones, you can usually get them at a discounted rate and then you would just need to replace the tubing, bottles, etc.  I have stayed home with my son, and the pump was still completely necessary for me.  Pump some here or there so I could have a break, or just to try and build up a stash in case he needed it.  Good for you for making the decision to breastfeed!!!  And like one of the other mamas said, it will pay for itself in a couple of months if you compare it to buying formula!  Not to mention the bonding, and good antibodies your little bundle will get!

Christine - posted on 10/14/2009

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Medela In Style Pump is my vote!!!  I have used the hospital ones (which are AWESOME), an evenflo one and a manual one.  Check out craigslist or freecycle for used ones, you can usually get them at a discounted rate and then you would just need to replace the tubing, bottles, etc.  I have stayed home with my son, and the pump was still completely necessary for me.  Pump some here or there so I could have a break, or just to try and build up a stash in case he needed it.  Good for you for making the decision to breastfeed!!!  And like one of the other mamas said, it will pay for itself in a couple of months if you compare it to buying formula!  Not to mention the bonding, and good antibodies your little bundle will get!

Melissa - posted on 10/14/2009

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I ended up using 2 manual Medela pumps, they are a bit awkward to hold but do a fabulous job w/out a million tubes and extra parts. My electric pump would constantly get condensation in the tubes, my Lansinoh manual pump worked great but the handle broke, and the Evenflo pump is absolutely horrible, leaks everywhere and squeaks embarrassingly.

Leslie - posted on 10/14/2009

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I really like Ameda Purely Yours. I've been pumping for 9 months now and it still works great. The price was also very reasonable. I would recommend this pump to anyone, it was especially great when I first started nursing. If one of my nipples was getting overly irritated I could take a break and pump instead. Good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 10/14/2009

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I have used the same Medella (not sure of spelling) pump for all 3 of my children and love it. Replacements parts are always available.

Jennifer - posted on 10/14/2009

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Definitely the Medela Pump in Style Advanced. It pays for itself in a few weeks if you compare it to buying formula!

Lindsey - posted on 10/14/2009

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The Medela Electric Single Pump is what I have decided to use. With my first child I bought the cheapest electric pump the store had, and it just took soooo long an only lasted a short time. The more expensive pumps are really worth the money. I'm a stay at home mom and plan on breastfeeding again with this child...From what I've heard, Its great for moms who stay at home and just want to pump a couple times a day for storage or to allow their partner to bottle feed. If you just plan on pumping, I would invest in the double pump. It will cut your time in half.

Stephanie - posted on 10/14/2009

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No it didn't work that way when i use an electric one It worked faster and I had milk in storge for days ahead and my son ws a tank . There are Portable electric pumps and they work get and the pain with a mannual one on your hands your better off pumping with your hands .

Lupe-Monica - posted on 10/14/2009

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False! I Would Pump 10 OUNCES I said IT TEN OUNCES In One Sitting With My Medela Harmony I Would Pump At My Own Rate It Was Easy and Very Portable! I Take It Everywhere With Me...

Stephanie - posted on 10/14/2009

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I recommend anyone that is electirc I'm looking for one my self but with my first i had a manual pump and it was the bigest pain and took so long I recommend an electric one !!!

Lupe-Monica - posted on 10/14/2009

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I spent...300 bucks on a MEDELA SWING electric I Liked it and all its just it got weak after a while. I ended up loving the MEDELA HARMONY manual which was 30 bucks...its so great. your not sitting there getting a cramp in your hand either its so easy to use. I love it..

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I breastfed and pumped with all three of my children i reccomend Medella Pump n Style it is pricy but well worth it

Mellissa - posted on 10/14/2009

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medula pump in style! so worth the preice tag! have used it for 3 kids. check to see if your hospital rents them out

Libertad - posted on 10/14/2009

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Medela, double breast electric pump. it is the best! I used it with both of my girls.

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