Robin - posted on 03/12/2009
I use the Medela PIS but would like to know if anyone has used the handsfree or has purchased one of those bras which allows you to pump hands free.
I have the Medela hands-free pump. I've been using it for about 5 months and have only used it "hands-free" a couple times. I can't get the straps to hold the breast-shields flat against me. I'm a bit bigger in the bust and find I have to support myself with my hands, anyway. So the hands-free part isn't all it's cracked up to be...but the pump itself works well, is compact, and pretty quiet.
Danielle - posted on 02/17/2009
Looks like I'm the only one, but I have an Ameda Purely Yours, which has lasted m a total of 24 months, between my two kids...I will be happy to retire it soon, though...not my favorite thing to do, but so worth it!
You're not the only one!! i have an ameda purley yours as well. so, far it's only been 4 1/2 months, but it's working great.
Julie - posted on 01/27/2009
I used the Playtex Embrace double electric pump for two years total with my two girls. I LOVE this pump. I bought it because it is so easy to clean the parts, and it has both suction and massage motions. Also, it fits PERFECTLY with the Playtex drop in bottling system. I could either thrown them straight into the freezer, or right into the bottle shell. SO EASY.
Shelly - posted on 01/10/2009
I bought mine at a store in town, but here's what it is: http://www.affordable-breastfeeding-supp... This is the one that the Woman's Hospital here sells. I'm not advocating that website or anything, they just had the item. While I was searching for it, I also saw this other thing that's a similar concept but adds a sort of halter strap: http://www.diapers.com/Product/ProductDe... I would think that could be nice, especially for those with large breasts.
Laura - posted on 01/09/2009
I love my Medela PIS. I tried a Gerber manual pump and it didn't work at all. The Medela is totally worth the cost. I was a little self-conscious because of the noise of the pump at first. Even though people at work knew what I was doing when my door was closed, I didn't want them to hear the pump. I zip up the front where the tubing comes out and it makes a big difference.
Claudine - posted on 01/07/2009
Just a tip: For those who have a hard time with the noise on your PIS, I have used a rolled up towel and tucked it in the top of the shoulder bag which comes with the pump and this helps to dramatically reduce noise, I also put a throw blanket over the top of the whole bag when I am pumping at home, to reduce the noise even more. This does not hurt the machine, don't worry.
Claudine - posted on 11/25/2008
I currently use a Medela Free Style, which is a million times better than the Playtex Embrace which I started out with, the Playtex died about six weeks after I bought it.
I pump exclusively about 5-6 times a day, ever since my daughter was born, the Medala has really made a difference because it only takes 10 minutes instead of half and hour (with the Playtex).
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