Does anyone have any recommendations on breast pumps? I have a medela, but not overly satisfied. Going to get replacement parts today to see if it will help. any suggestions?

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Amy - posted on 01/08/2009

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is it a manual or electric? I have found (both in my experience and several friends) that manual pumps draw more milk than electrics. I have the medela hand pump and love it.

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Shana - posted on 01/08/2009

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its manual. I tried an electric First years brand and I really didnt like the feel of it. I find with the manual I have more control. It also draws up to 4 oz at a time(small bottle only 4oz) but with the electric one I was lucky to get 2 full oz at a time and it was soooo loud.

Shana - posted on 01/08/2009

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I use Lansinoh manual pump. It works well and it is the second time I have chose it over others. I found it more comfortable although you have to watch your breast positioning.

Jill - posted on 01/08/2009

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The ones you rent from the hospital (like $10 per month) are WAYYY SOOO much better than the ones they sell. To buy one would be thousands, but renting it for a year is fairly cheap.

Melissa - posted on 01/07/2009

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I used the Avent. My daughter is now 9. They have made an electric version since then that I used with my son and I loved that one too.  I could get 6-8 ounces on one side in about 4 minutes.  Avent is MUCH cheaper than the Medela brands (or most others I believe). Their bottles come in basic plastic or bag style and the nipples have various flow types and even a cereal flow for thicker feeds. You can unscrew the pump top and put a cap and nipple right on the bottle after pumping.  The parts are easy to clean. I tried the electric Medela in the hospital and it took my nipple all the way down and spit it out on the low suction setting. OUCH! I wish I could have sent it back to the store! What a waste of money! Avent products were my favorite right down to the storage bags, clips and cooler bag. I used to lay the bags down flat in the freezer until they froze then stand them up in the freezer in an empty icecube tray.  It would hold about 15-20.  I hope this helps!

Kelly - posted on 01/07/2009

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I used the Avent pump, it worked better than any electric or any other manual pump I tried. It was easy and I was able to pump A LOT of milk very quickly. If you aren't happy w/ the Medela, I would totally switch to the Avent.

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I used Ameda Purely Yours Dual pump.  I really liked it and it was easy and convenient. Did not hurt, pump a good amout quickly.



I travelled for work alot during the first year and I would rent one from the Hospital so that I could be sure to easily pump alot in a jiffy.



Check your hospital or LaLeche for rentals in your area.



I bought my Ameda on ebay for a reasonable price.

Nancy - posted on 01/07/2009

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all the moms i know hate medela. buy a cheap one, i had a first step i think, i thought there was something wrong with me! the medela hurt and wasn't getting hardly any milk, i was ready to give up, got the other pump, no problem!

Nicole - posted on 01/07/2009

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Im not sure which Medala you have.. I have the pump instyle advance and absolutley love it! It is a great dual pump with very little mantinence. The back pack was a plus for easy transport.. It went through two children.. one of which was a very early preemie (born at 30 weeks) So we had to do everything by pump for the first 27 days as she was on a feeding tube only.. then when we got home she had issues with latch due to her prematurity and ended up solely pumping. With my second we also used it frequently because I had supply issues...

Maya - posted on 01/07/2009

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I love the Ameda Purely Yours Dual-Pump.  I've had the pump for 3 months now.  I've got very sensitive breasts and find this to be comfortable (I pump 6 times per day).  It only takes 10 minutes for me to pump 8 oz. and the parts are easy to clean, plus it's cheaper than some of the other brands. 

Christina - posted on 01/07/2009

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Manual Avent worked well for me and it was very comfortable and compact I could take it anywhere. Since I pumped several times a day, I put the pump in a big ziploc bag and put it in the fridge for the next pumping. Then I would wash it after the 2nd time. Very convenient. If you want to build your milk supply. You should pump after you breast feed to trick your body into making more milk.

Amy - posted on 01/07/2009

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I want to say that is all depends on how often you use it and if you have the right kind for your breasts I tried many different pumps and had no luck til I got a medela and had to get a larger cone to get the pump to work the right way and it is all trial and error good luck I just thought I would let you know it might be as simple as a different size cone or cup from the manufature I know medela has them I dont know about the rest

Leanne - posted on 01/07/2009

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Never thought of refrigerating it. Ill give that a try for the next baby for engorgement!

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I also used the medela with my first born...it was ok.  With my second baby I used the Avent manual pump and it was much more comfortable, especially with the silicone pad. (it is a seperate part that can be refrigerated before use...Ahhhhh!) Good Luck.

Leanne - posted on 01/07/2009

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I have the Avent manual pump and like it the best out of any of the ones I have tried. I guess it depends on how often you are pumping. I am fine with just the manual pump as I dont pump all that often. I have tried the first years pump and the battery medela one and wasnt overly impressed. The avent one has a silicone piece that sits against the breast rather than just the hard plastic of the pump. I get much more milk from the avent in a shorter period of time than the other pumps and also have a better let down with it. Hope it helps, let me know what you decide!

Mavis - posted on 01/07/2009

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I have the manual Medela and it worked really well for me. I found that positioning my breast properly made a huge difference. Make sure with any pump you use that your nipple is always centered.

Renee - posted on 01/07/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

Does anyone have any recommendations on breast pumps? I have a medela, but not overly satisfied. Going to get replacement parts today to see if it will help. any suggestions?




I tried a few of the less expensive ones before purchasing the medela.  It worked much better for me then any of the other ones.  I do not think any type of "pump" is completely satisfactory - but it is the best I found.

Kenyetta - posted on 01/07/2009

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Hi! I think the Advent pump worked the best for me. I had the electric Medela also but the manual Advent drew more milk.

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