Breast Pumps

Jaime - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




As a reward for nursing my first for 1 year I get a new pump. I am having difficulity choosing bewtween the Medela or the Avent IsIs Duo Iq; both dual pump and electric...I had a Medela but I kept getting mold in the tubing, the Avent you have to use your hands to adjust and have a disability with my hands...Any suggestions?


Megan - posted on 01/31/2009




I've been using the Medela pump in style and I have not had issues with mold in the tubing. After I'm done pumping I disconect the bottles from the tubing and let the pump run while I take care of the bottles (It allows the moisture to evaporate from inside the tubing). I also bought the microwave bags to sterilize all the pieces for the pump and I put the tubing in at least once a week.  Good luck.


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Alice - posted on 01/31/2009




I've got a Medela PISA and and Evenflo electric.  Have not had a problem with either one.  The Evenflo is electric/battery power, so this might work ok with your handicap.  It is cheaper than the Medela.  My only complaint is that it isn't real nice to your nipples if you use it a bunch.

Carrie - posted on 01/31/2009




with my medela PISA  I used to clean the tubing in the microsteam sterilizer bags - but afterwards I had to spin them to get the water out.  it was sort of fun, but sort of dangerous Lasso-type motion.  I'm sure it looked hilarious if anyone watched me!

here's what I've heard.  The PISA is better if you're trying to pump to bring in milk (like for a preemie), but the Isis is better once your supply is in and regulated.  The hand trouble is something to consider though.  Good luck with your decision. :)

Jaime - posted on 01/31/2009




I didn't think of letting the pump run to dry out the tubing...I microwaved it but it still didn't help...this does give a point to the Medela LOL.

User - posted on 01/31/2009




When I was using a breast pump I used to sterilize it along with all the bottles, teats dummies and so forth. That used to help prevent any issues like mould as you mentioned. The tubing would be tricky, perhaps you can get a tiny bottle brush or depending on length use a little cotton bud to clear it.

I only ever used to the electric pumps so can not comment on the others. I found electric pumps fantastic as I had excessive flow and it was done simply and quickly.

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