Breast Pump

Amy - posted on 01/25/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I need advice on what type/brand of breast pump to get that is not overly expensive.

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Fabiana - posted on 01/26/2009

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Amy,



it all depends for how long you want to breastfeed your child.



If you want a good pump that will keep your baby well fed while you're out (not having to give formula even as a suplement to your breast milk) go for Medela. You should check at the hospital. I got mine at the hospital where my son was born and it was a good price.



sometimes your insurance also covers medela rentals. check it out.



just make sure if you buy it used, DO NOT STERIALIZE THE AIR HOSE THAT COMES OUT OF THE PUMP, it clogs. and there is no necessity in doing that either since it doens't have any contact with the milk.



if you have any questions in breastfeeding feel free to ask me. I'm an expert. :)

Christel - posted on 01/26/2009

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Avent Isis Manual pump is the best , i used to take it at work with me , to pump three to four bottles a day , it is verry easy to assemble , and simple to use , once u get used to it , it will take u aroud 10 min to pump around 5 oz of milk ,



 

Dagmara - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi i bought a breast pump on ebay, called New Cherub Natripump electirc breast pump starter kit it was $80.oo when i bought it, but now they are a little more depending weather you get the starter kit, or just the pump. They are great, ive been using it for the 2nd year and its still working well......But try EBAY, its the best place for stuff like this.. Hope this helps

Mandy - posted on 01/25/2009

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I hired an electric breast pump for the first 2 weeks on advice from the hospital. They gave me a list of chemists that hired them out just to see which one worked best before buying one. All you have to purchase is the hand held kit or bottles before hand. I ended up buying the Medela brand.

Melanie - posted on 01/25/2009

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I used a playtex in style. I loved it, I didn't notice a difference between nursing my child and pumping. I will say that I wish that it would have lasted longer for what I paid for it. I dropped it one time and it started making a horrible noise and some times doesn't work right now.

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Becky - posted on 02/04/2009

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I swore by my medela (can't remember the name or find it to tell you) but i brought a double breasted electric pump, so quick, pain free and easy to use............................although my husband did you to say it looked a bit like milking time at the farm! Nice



Although on a down side i did but a cheapish Avent hand pump to take out with as not many places will let you plug in an electric double breasted pump! (i had to express milk for both my children as neither of them took to the breast the first ripped both nipples as her suck was too powerful and Oliver was just to lazy! But i managed to express using my electric pump for six months with both of them!! Not bad for a milking factory!

Alice - posted on 02/03/2009

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How do you want to use it?  Occassionally?  Everyday while you are at work?



 



What you need it for depends on what pump to get.  I used mine to provide my son with brest milk when I went back to work.  That meant pumping 4 times a day at the office to get enoug and maintain my supply.  Do do that efficiently I wanted an electric double pump.. done in 10 minutes and back to work.



 



If your needs are less pressed you can get a less expensive machine

Simone - posted on 02/03/2009

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The Avent Isis is totally the best breast pump - I've had 3 babies and tried out some other (electric) pumps and thought they were slow and annoying. With the Avent (hand pump) I actually used it to pump all my first baby's feeds for 4 months (he was a nightmare feeder); The Avent was very comfortable, even when my nipples were cracked and bleeding; it's really easy and fast, even though it's a hand pump. Totally recommend that one. Good luck! :)

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2009

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I have the Medela Pump in Style and the Medela Harmony manual pump. If you are planning on pumping all the time I recommend spending the extra money on a good electric pump. I take the manual one with me everywhere just incase I have to pump while I am out. My son would not nurse so I pump exclusively. When I did the math on formula verses a good pump I realized in the long run I would be saving money and my child would get all the goodness of breast milk.

Amy - posted on 01/26/2009

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Thank you to all of you for all of the great advice! I think I have an idea of what to get now.

Tiffany - posted on 01/25/2009

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I am 100% behind the Medela pumps. They can be pricey to buy but when I had my daughter (she's almost 4) we rented one through our hospital. It was worth every penny as it was hospital grade and a double electric pump so you could pump both breasts at the same time. I never had an issue with pain as someone mentioned that it can be a problem with electric ones. I have never used a manual pump so I have no advice on those kinds. Also, when you rent you have to buy your own attachments & hoses(sounds like a vacuum-haha) but they provide them in the hospital & you get to bring them home with you so as long as you get the same type of pump you don't have to worry about shelling out the money for those. My son will be here in the next few weeks and I plan on renting another pump, to me that is the way to go because you don't have to shell out major money for one of your own-you get your money's worth-and when you are finished with pumping you aren't stuck with an expensive product that someone else probably won't take off your hands. Good luck with whatever you choose.

User - posted on 01/25/2009

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I had a manual pump because the electric ones tended to be a little painful. Once you start using it, especially if your baby is close by, your milk will let down and flow easily. Even the scent of the baby signals your body to prepare for nursing.

Sondra - posted on 01/25/2009

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I used an avent hand pump and found that it was better than the electric pump i had.  It was only $60.00 that was 8 years ago.

Jade - posted on 01/25/2009

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I use just a basic hand pump from early stages and it works fantastic. I got it pretty cheap for 35$ and it works like a charm...its really easy to clean and maintain too :).

Allison - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hello. The Medela pumps are quite expensive new ($250-300), however you can rent one from the hospital or I believe Babies R Us also rents them. I felt kind of funny using one that has been used, so I purchased one made by Lansinoh. It is a double electric pump and it was $150 (see link for Target :http://www.target.com/Lansinoh-Double-El...) I went back to work briefly and it is a very good pump! I highly recommend :) Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 01/25/2009

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I purchased the Medela Pump in Style with my first daughter, it is pricey, but works great esp if you are going back to work or are going to be pumping a lot..  FYI:  I know someone mentioned getting a used one but unless if is a hospital grade one which are very expensive you are not suppose to reuse pumps from other people, even with your own brand new tubing because of the way they are made it can spread bacteria and germs from the person who had it before, I wouldn't want your baby to get sick!!!

Melisa - posted on 01/25/2009

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A REALLY GOOD PUMP IS MADELA. I BOUGHT IT AT THE HOSPITAL. IT WAS A LITTLE EXPENSIVE BUT I HAVE HAD VERY GOOD RESULTS WITH IT. IT IS AN AUTOMATIC PUMP, I DO NOT RECOMMEND A HAND PUMP. HOPE THIS IS HELPFUL.

Laura - posted on 01/25/2009

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I bought a Medela Pump in Style on ebay for  pretty cheap. Another good brand is Ameda. These pumps were what my lactation consultant suggested. Compared to others the work the best and last the longest.

Liza - posted on 01/25/2009

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If your a going back to work Mom and you quilify for WIC in your area you can rent one for a year for $1.00. If your a stay at home mom tehy give you a pump that helps suppliment in between feedings. Also check with your local hospital lactation consulat. They may have a program taht helps moms with this question.Good luck, happy pumping:)

Tammy - posted on 01/25/2009

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I rented with my first one but bought an Ameda pump for my second, it was just over $100 and worked well.  I was able to bring it back and forth to work with little inconvenience.  It was recommended by the lactation consultant in the hospital.  It worked well and I was able to give it to a friend to use (she bought her own accessories) when I was done.

Danielle - posted on 01/25/2009

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If you have the attachments, which the hospital normally gives you, the pump can be reused.

Kelly - posted on 01/25/2009

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Look into renting a pump. sometimes it maybe covered by ins.  If you only plan to pump occasionally a inexpesive hand pump is probably your best bet.  I think medela is the best pump if you plan to pump on a regular basis.

Kelly - posted on 01/25/2009

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Look into renting a pump. sometimes it maybe covered by ins.  If you only plan to pump occasionally a inexpesive hand pump is probably your best bet.  I think medela is the best pump if you plan to pump on a regular basis.

Heather - posted on 01/25/2009

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I've used the Medela Pump in Style - its nice but $$$. I actually used the Dr. Brown manual pump with my daughter. It was great for occasional milk (enough to have milk for date nights, hubby to take a few feedings, supplementing, etc) and relieving engorgement. I guess it depends what you need the pump for.

You really shouldn't buy a used breast pump - just FYI. It's not sanitary, the pumps made for consumer use aren't meant of multiple owners. You could pass something to your child from the previous Mom.

Heather - posted on 01/25/2009

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I have an Avent Isis Manual pump and have really loved it. It was about $45 at Babies R Us. I only pump 1-2 bottles a week. If you need to pump full time, this wouldn't be for you, but it is a cheap alternative to an electric one if you won't be pumping all the time. (By the way, I did a lot of research on manual pumps and this was the only one recommended everywhere I looked.) PM me if you have any questions about this one.

Danielle - posted on 01/25/2009

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I used the Medela In-Style. If you buy it new, it's expensive, but I found one on Craigslist for $40.

Sarah - posted on 01/25/2009

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OK, I know this sounds weird, but I never had luck with a pump. I just used my hand to get the milk out. Now if your going back to work etc..and need a lot of milk I wouldn't recommend that. Your hand would fall off. I hope someone can recommend a pump though...

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