What breast pump should I buy?
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Dawn - posted on 03/05/2010
I had the Medela Freestyle and it was amazing! Hands free, battery or plug, comes in a discreet carrying bag with bottles, lids, a cooler with an ice pack, etc. Pricey, but a life saver. Don't bother renting one from the hospital if you already know you can breastfeed.
Tracey - posted on 03/03/2010
For sure the Medela Pump and Style, the advance has a let down button that allows you to control when you experience let down and then move onto the regular pumping action. It was a life saver as I went back to work and needed to pump throughout the day. It never lost suction for me (even on batteries) and was truly a great pump. I was sad to have to put it away!
Diana - posted on 03/01/2010
Medela all the way. Like others said it's pricey, but completely worth it. I found a loop hole to that, though. I told my pediatrician about my Evenflo pump not being efficient and he prescribed one for me. So it was completely cost free because the insurance picked up the tab. Talk to your pediatrician and see if this is an option for you before you shell out the cash.
Emily - posted on 02/22/2010
I would definitely rent the hospital pump first (my hospital provided a Medela Symphony) before you invest in buying one. See how it works for you and then make a decision on what to purchase. The Medela Symphony never gave me any problems (with multiple uses every day for almost a year), and the Medela Swing that I bought to take back and forth to work 3 days a week also worked great.
Marisa - posted on 02/22/2010
I agree with Keri, I would rent a hospital grade one first to see if that is even something you are able to do and then speak with a lactation consultant. Sometimes the nurses at the hospital don't always know the best methods. A lactation consultant would. You can make an appt with one prior to giving birth too.
I believe the hospital grade ones are Medela.
Sherry - posted on 02/20/2010
medela pump -n- style or a Bailey Nurture III. I work for the WV WIC Program and they are the ones we use. Good Luck and so glad to hear you plan to breastfeed. It is so good for the babies. I have a 12 year old and a 22 month old and I breastfed both. I am currently breastfeeding the 22 month old.
Jill - posted on 02/20/2010
I checked with many resources before purchasing mine and Medela was always the # 1 suggestion. I bought a hospital grade double pump (Lactina electric plus) and it was great. Look for a newer version with 2-phase expression and a let down function. My pump basically just starts pumping which is fine, but the newer pumps with the features I just mentioned help get the milk flowing better. Congrats and good luck!
Alexandra - posted on 02/19/2010
I have an AVENT manual breastpump ( i have 2 now as i have just gone back to study) which suits me fine, depends on how often you are looking at pumping, i pump and feed my daughter at the same time (as she goes to day care 4 days whilst i study,) she has been exclusively breastfed so far. Ameda and Medela are the leading brands out there.
It is well worth purchasing one, as it works out to be twice as expensive renting on for 6 months. (you can actually get them cheaper on ebay (brand new). again it really depends on how often you want to pump, and for what purpose. A manual pump can be just as effective for those who can use it ( i know people that cant get a let down from a manual pump - or just cant work it. ) A lactation consultant can give you a better over view on this.
Keri - posted on 02/19/2010
I would rent a hospital grade one (check your hospital or babies r us). For the 1st four months I rented the hospital one and then used the Medela Pump in Style. The Medela didn't even come close to pumping the amount of milk I got from the hospital one.
Crystal - posted on 02/18/2010
Medela is the brand the lactation consultant at the hospital suggested. Yes, they are expensive but totally worth the money. You may even be able to purchase one at a discounted price or rent one from your local WIC department.