Need breast pump suggestions asap!

Rebekah - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 41 moms have responded )

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I was a big dumbo and started pumping when my baby was 1 month old. My pump broke and our feeding schedule was thrown completely off whack so now my daughter is half breast/ half formula fed. I don't like it! Formula is messy and a waste of money and I want her to have all of the nutrients from my breast milk. I am looking for a great electric pump but I'm scared to buy a new one. I've been reading reviews and I have to be skeptical about all of them because I have no clue what other moms' breasts are like! We're all different! Anywho, I had an evenflo comfort select. It was the single electric model and worked great...for about 5 weeks, then the suction slowly dwindled away and now it doesn't suck at all! I want a pump I can use EVERY DAY atleast 2 times a day. I have size C breasts, large areolas and tiny nipples (I have to use a nipple shield when breastfeeding because there is barely anything to latch onto). My breasts aren't very sensitive so I wouldn't mind a powerful pump that may seem painful to others. I am also looking for one under $100!!! Single works but double would be fabulous. ANY imput helps especially if you have similar breasts!! Please give me any info you have!

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Quoting dana:

Try the Medela pumps, they're worth the money, especially if you might have another child.

Oh, and the tubes shouldn't get dirty anyhow.





Really?? The tubes on mine always ended up getting a little milk in them, even in the hospital w/ the nurse's help.. Maybe something was wrong with mine..





The tubes will get something in them as the single user (such as the Medela and Avent double electric pumps) are open system products.  Fine milk particles can get in and behind the suction in the motor, which is why they are sold and FDA approved as only single user.  There is no way to effectively clean out the motor.  The hospital grade pumps are the only pump that is approved for more than one user as the system is closed and you can just user new tubing and cones.

Meagan - posted on 12/29/2009

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I love the Medella Freestyle pump. It works great... a little pricey... but overall less expensive than buying formula! Formula is expensive. I used the pump starting when my baby was 4 weeks to 8 months and then I wasn't able to keep up with my schedule (started working when my baby was 3 months old). The pump is great, though. I was able to keep my supply for 5 months working nearly full-time (32 hours/week) and only pumping 1 time at work. The Medella Freestyle has 9 modes to increase power of suctioning. At the end I was using full suction and was able to pump everything within 10 minutes. It's efficient, it simulates suckling like your baby, and it really works well. I wouldn't use anything other. Note: I never used the freestyle pump like it says you can use it... hands free... I tried it once and just didn't think it worked as well as when I held the pumps to my breasts.

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Camille - posted on 01/25/2010

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I'm also using hands free breast pump. I can't live without those. I always pump coz my daughter needed it most, it's more advisable to BF your baby than formulated one. I love my pumping bra this is my companion in life. I could suggest to you a product of Simple Wishes. I've tried it and got a great feeling regarding this product. And I would love to recommend it to you. Hope you could see this and learn more regarding their product:
http://www.simplewishes.com/product/hand...

Cori-Ann - posted on 01/07/2010

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i dont know if you found one or bought one but i have one sitting here. it was a gift to me and i couldnt use it because my milk didnt come down. if you are in the moncton area you can have it. it is a first years pump. probably not what you need but if you need back up it works great... i was able to express when the milk was there no problem. i also have bottles and nipple cream not used. let me know.. cori_ann_horton@hotmail.com

Jamie - posted on 01/07/2010

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i used the Avent Isis IQ Duo Breast Pump i found it brilliant i even got mastitis and managed to continue with this pump because the massage bit on it helped alot with the pain i had. i think its expensive but worth it.

Tara - posted on 01/05/2010

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I have the Medela Swing and I love it! It was recommended to me by 2 of my friends who just loved it as well. It's a single pump one and is $199 (Canadian) at Toys 'R' Us. It is so easy to use and works great. I have no concerns with it at all!

Nurahn - posted on 01/03/2010

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I highly recommend the Ameda Double Breast pump. It's super awesome and really comfortable, especially if ur gonna be using it twice a day. Milk is pumped rally fast too.

Holly - posted on 01/03/2010

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If you haven't bought one already, the medula electric back pack pump for (not the mini, it doesn't work) or the Truly Yours (or purely yours). Both are electric and work great but are over 100. I have had to pump with all 4 of my kids because I am unable to breast feed and like you wanted to give my kids all the nutrients they can get. I'm also a c - cup and fit your describption of your breasts.

The other one that worked well for me was the avent pump. It is manual and not dual so takes a little longer but did great for suction and easy to clean.

Hope that helpful and good luck!!

Pearl - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hi I have a medela electric (pump in style, backpack model). Its 5 years old now and still in great condition. Am letting go at $150. Comes with ice pack and pouch, 2 sets of funnel. Alternatively I have also a second set which is 10 years old (1 set of funnel) but never failed me. Will let it go at $80. Contact me if you are interested.

Shannon - posted on 01/02/2010

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I've used the Pump In Style by Medela and their Symphony. I now am using a Whittlestone Expresser because it is not like the traditional suction style pumps - but instead a cone of air squeezes your breast and it is most like a baby nursing. I had to switch because I have way too sensitive breasts - this one is much better for me. But they don't make them anymore so you would need to find one off Craigs List or something - of course, it isn't recommended to share pumps except for hospital grade - but that's what I did. As for a pump under 100 bucks - you can get a new Pump in Style advanced for around 189 at some places - try MommyGear.com The motor apparently lasts longer than the new Freestyle version - it's been around a long time so they're pretty reliable I think. And it is less of a hassle than the "hands free" parts of the Freestyle. The Pump In Style can be made hands free with one of those bustier bras. If you are in the market for a regular suction style pump - Medela is probably the best way to go - get the milk fastest - reliable - good customer service I've heard - and all parts that touch milk are BPA free. Good luck.

Selen - posted on 01/01/2010

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nothing can beat Medela Pump-in-style. Powerful and not hard to clean. Try the industrial version first if you have an Isis nearby. It is awesome.

Monica - posted on 01/01/2010

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that happened to me alsi i went and got a 2 pump at k-mart it was like 60 or 70 dollars youcan also go to walmart, mine is working great

Lisa - posted on 01/01/2010

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I would recommend Medela's electric pump. It's costly but you can find them used on craigslist and just change out the tubes which are sold at target. It works so well and does all the work for you.

Theresa - posted on 01/01/2010

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i had to use a shield as well!!! and all of a sudden my grl started nursing like a champ!!! no more shield for us for abt a month now!

Theresa - posted on 01/01/2010

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I use the avent hand pump. it works better for me than any electric pump ive tried. i love it.

Rebecca - posted on 12/31/2009

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I have the Medela Swing and absolutely love it! I can't recommend it highly enough! As far as I know, they're available intenationally. It's a little pricey, but way ahead of the other 3 I tried in comfort and effectiveness. I paid Australian $269 and don't regret it for a second!

Allie - posted on 12/31/2009

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Quoting Jackie:

The Medela Pump In Style Advanced was wonderful. They are very durable pumps and very effiicient. They last and are great if you plan on having more children. You might look into renting a pump for awhile if you do not want to invest a lot of money in a new pump, but the Medela is DEFINITELY worth the money!! Ask some of your friends; someone might have one you can borrow.



I agree the Medela Pump is a wonderful breast pump but it is not inexpensive to rent.  The rental fees usually run upwards from $50 per month.  But good luck on finding a good pump.

Carlena - posted on 12/31/2009

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I just went with what ever was cheaper at my local walmart.. I also found that Walgreens carrys some good ones.. But if you have the chance, just latch the baby on anytime you think about it, let your baby use you as a pacifier.. it will increase breast production.. I gave up on pumps, being healthy breasted they usually didnt last long and I Couldnt see purchasing a very expensive one.. SIngle mom and all that.. Also they told me to use Brewers Yeast or consume one Malt Liquor aka Baby bull a day.. Brewers yeast helps.. LOADS>... I ended up breast feeding for many years through several children without ever going dry...

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If you can rent the medela symphony hospital grade from your hospital or babies r us, that pump is just heaven. Problem is that with any pump you buy, once you crack the seal it can not be returned. I loved the medela free style pump too because it is cordless & you can run around the house with it. I cut two nipple holes in a sports bra & put the attachments in so i didn't have to hold it (I'm a 32G & couldn't find a bra). I got my pump for less from lactationcare.com. I pumped & it did not decrease my milk supply at all (daughter got teeth at 3 months so I had too or she was gonna take a nipple off). Good luck with what ever you choose.

Kristina - posted on 12/30/2009

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There are nice ones out there that are do it your selfers. Cheap. I went through three pumps, I have 5 baby's. I can understand getting the double one. your workis cut in half. Take it from me a mother of twins at the end. Check out a store that carries a good stock of baby stuff. Like Baby's R Us. Thats where I got mine at every time. Also check with your hospital where you had you little bundle. You cna rent them from there too. try rolling your nipples that should help if there is trouble latching on. I know there is a book out there about it. made for moms with this trouble. Good luck.

Jill - posted on 12/30/2009

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You know, everything that I read, and I believe this now, after my experience, says that it WILL mess with the natural supply and demand if you introduce the pump and/or formula before the first couple months goes by. If you can, I'd suggest not pumping for a month or two and just letting your baby get the milk back up to her demand level naturally and then when you know her schedule, pump.

I had twins and in the hospital one wouldn't latch on the whole time. The nurses suggested formula and I did feed him formula while we were there, but then I was adamant, and when we got home, I tried and he latched on right away. Both of them gained adequately throughout the five months that I breastfed, but I had a lot of people telling me to supplement with formula, and I wish they hadn't because I would have breastfed them longer.

So, from my experience, I'd say just do what it takes if you really want to stick to the breastfeeding. I used the Avent manual. But I was told Medela was the best from a nurse practioner.

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I used my Medela pump a lot and it still works great! Get a Medela. I got the double pump which comes in handy.

Sheri - posted on 12/30/2009

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I really liked my Medela. You can also rent a pump for less money. Find a Medela/lactation consultant in your area (your hospital can help you with this). I used the small, single, battery or electric hand held and liked it!

Amy - posted on 12/30/2009

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Medela pumps are defiantly the best. I used mine when I was pumping exclusively for my first and plan to use it for the second as well. I had issues with the suction not being good enough, but after having it "tested" I just have iron nipples or something.

Also, if you pump for extra stuff, pumping both sides at the same time is better, by doing both sides at the same time it stimulates milk production more than singly.

Nina - posted on 12/30/2009

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Medela pumps are the best. If you're returning to work and concerned about pumping at work, they have one that comes with a discreet backpack! Worth every penny.

Laurie - posted on 12/30/2009

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i love the avent pump, cause you can get the cushy pads to go on the suction part, it makes it so much more comfortable! good luck

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I am curious why you "need" a pump? You will be able to maintain a supply for a much longer time by allowing your baby to nurse directly from your breast. This gives you the stimulation you need to keep a supply. Some mom's are able to maintain a supply for quite awhile despite not "breast"feeding, but I wouldn't count on this if you are trying to hit at least one year like the AAP recommends or 2 years as the WHO recommends. I agree with the other responses that you do get what you pay for and the most expensive pumps do seem to last a lot longer with a better and adjustable suction. Good luck to you and your baby!

User - posted on 12/30/2009

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I punped from day one through to 6months due to our son having trouble latching, we used the Medela swing, excellent, payed for itself after the 1st use!! not sure if they are available outside NZ??

Jackie - posted on 12/30/2009

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The Medela Pump In Style Advanced was wonderful. They are very durable pumps and very effiicient. They last and are great if you plan on having more children. You might look into renting a pump for awhile if you do not want to invest a lot of money in a new pump, but the Medela is DEFINITELY worth the money!! Ask some of your friends; someone might have one you can borrow.

Dana - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Christina:



Quoting dana:

Try the Medela pumps, they're worth the money, especially if you might have another child.

Oh, and the tubes shouldn't get dirty anyhow.





Really?? The tubes on mine always ended up getting a little milk in them, even in the hospital w/ the nurse's help.. Maybe something was wrong with mine..






Hmm, that is weird.  I never had any milk get into my tubes. 

Katy-louise - posted on 12/30/2009

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i have avent n find it really easy most people say medallas good too just go to your baby shop and discuss it with some one there i went to mothercare and they were really helpful x

C. - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting dana:

Try the Medela pumps, they're worth the money, especially if you might have another child.

Oh, and the tubes shouldn't get dirty anyhow.


Really?? The tubes on mine always ended up getting a little milk in them, even in the hospital w/ the nurse's help.. Maybe something was wrong with mine..

Emily - posted on 12/29/2009

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If you have a BabiesRUs near you, most rent out breastpumps. They are hospital grade and normally have a pretty large selection of brands. On top of that, the rental fees aren't out of line in my opinion. I didn't want to spend $1300 on a hospital grade pump, but I wasn't willing to use a low quality pump either. If this isn't an option for you, try the Lansinoh double electric pump. It's the closest one in quality to a hospital grade that I could find. Good luck!!

Ashley - posted on 12/29/2009

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Medela (spell check) pump in style. Its great brand new they are about $250 though, but I got mine on ebay for $75, and you can buy the accessery packs at target for about $20 so that everything is sanitary to your standards. It has the double pump feature, but if you only want to bump one breast at a time you can do that as well. Though have you tried hand expelling? I found that, that worked best for me when I was breast feeding.

Angela - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have a Medela Pump-InStyle and love it. It is over $250 retail, but if you call Medela, Inc. most the time they can help you out. (1-800-435-8316) I have used my pump for two children; both times I have used the pump 6+ a day and more than six months. Medela also carries breast sheilds down to 21mm for small nipples.

Dana - posted on 12/29/2009

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Try the Medela pumps, they're worth the money, especially if you might have another child.



Oh, and the tubes shouldn't get dirty anyhow.

September - posted on 12/29/2009

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I used the Avent Isis IQ Duo Breast Pump and loved it! It’s more in the $250.00 range but in my opinion you get what you pay for :)

C. - posted on 12/29/2009

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I forgot to mention that the Avent one is a bit easier to clean than the Medela pump.. You don't have those tubes to worry about whether they got clean enough before you sterilized them.

C. - posted on 12/29/2009

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Yours sound a lot like mine.. For the 2 weeks that I tried breastfeeding, I used the Avent manual pump, which worked well.. The insert for the suction cup was nice and it massages you gently (may not be a big deal for you now since you've been feeding more than a month, but since I was still new to it, it was wonderful). My sister also has the same Avent pump and used/uses hers with all 3 (starting from 3 years ago and her youngest is 3 months.. Hers still works fine.) I also used the Medela (the one w/ the backpack).. It was Ok, it was fairly powerful, so maybe something that would work for you since you're not sensitive.. But it does cost a lot.. Almost $300. Good luck on finding a good one!!!

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