Breast Pumps

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of breast pump to buy?? I am planning on returning to work, and need something for everyday use. The hospital says that the Medela is the best, but it is also the most expensive. Is there a cheaper one that works just as well, or should I splurge on the Pump in Style?? Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks



**Trying to decide between the Medela Pump in Style, the Lansinoh, or the First Years MiPump....if anybody has personal experience with any of these pumps that would be wonderful.**

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Brandy - posted on 08/07/2009

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i have the medela pump in style. i struggled w/the cost as well but now i am so thankful that i have it! it really has paid for itself. i think if i would have had any other pump that wasnt as effiecent, i would have given up and started using formula. i had a cheapy pump w/my daughter and i didnt like it and it was difficult to use, and i did give up. granted...that was 17yrs ago! my son is 2months old and we are both going strong!! spend the money... you will not regret it! i got mine for $250.00

Amanda - posted on 08/06/2009

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Love my PIS I am also a bad mommy and bought used, however before I bought it I had rented one from the hospital for a few months, when I turned the rented one back in they gave me all the tubing, shields etc. that I had used with it, so when I bought my used one I just used my own tubing etc that I had from the first pump.

Also I bought the pump after my first son was born, that was 6 yrs ago and it was a used pump!!!

Nyoka - posted on 08/06/2009

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i bought a medela electric pump that can be battery operated aswell and it was brilliant!!!
i would recommend this one

Martha - posted on 08/06/2009

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Quoting Jennie:

I used the manual pump from infanti and it sucks!! I like the manual avent and electric i use the evenflo.


It's supposed to suck, right?  ;)  Couldn't resist . . . 

Jennie - posted on 08/06/2009

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I used the manual pump from infanti and it sucks!! I like the manual avent and electric i use the evenflo.

Michelle - posted on 08/06/2009

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Renting a pump though is expensive ... its def worth buying... I think my breastfeeding teacher from the class I took when I was prego said the amount u spend in like three months on renting a pump equals out to buying one... so for me it would be a waste since I have been breastfeeding for over 5 months....

Janet - posted on 08/04/2009

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My first was an Avent (Isis I think), hand pump. It worked great for me with my first child, even when I went back to work. Just took a little longer because it was a single pump. When I switched jobs, my new employer subsidized my Medela Pump In Style when I had my second child. I love it. If you plan on nursing for more than 3 months, the Medela is definitley worth the investment. If you work outside the home, check with your employer's HR office to see if they would pay part of the cost of a Medela or if your insurance would cover any of the cost. Other option is to rent. Many hospitals in our area rent hospital grade pumps.

Gretchen - posted on 08/04/2009

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I'm not sure if you would qualify, but it's worth checking into -- WIC will lend a very high end pump to moms who go back to work. So you would actually not have to spend anything. The thing is, you don't get it until you go back to work, so you'd have to wait. I would for sure call your local WIC office, just to see. WIC is super supportive of nursing moms!

Michelle - posted on 08/04/2009

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I have the Medela Pump in Style ... LOVE IT ... use it 2 times at work (double pump) then I usually pump once before I go to bed since she goes to bed at 8 and I dont till 10 and I have filled up by then ... and then once before I leave for work right after she eats since I filled up soooo much over the night.

Susan - posted on 08/04/2009

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I love my Pump in Style. My daughter was in the NICU for two weeks and they told me I should use their hospital pump while I was there, but I didn't get anything while pumping with theirs. The PIS really helped increase my supply and I still use it all the time. I reccommend it if you are looking to do a lot of pumping. It is fast, efficient and adjustable. Also some insurance companies cover pumps as a medical expense to go back to work. You should check that out too. Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 08/04/2009

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Try EBAY, I know they say its unsanitary to use a used breast pump, but that just isn't true. You can replace or boil the tubing and all other parts and clean under the front cover. No milk actually can ever get into the machine itself. May get into tubing somewhat, but never usually makes it that far down to the front panel. I bought new connectors and used everything else after washing it alot and sanitizing several times by boiling. I have a Medela pump in style regular that I love. I've been using it for 7.5 months with no issues. You just need to pick a good one with a seller with high positive feedback and read descriptions carefully.

Jennifer - posted on 08/02/2009

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I had a Playtex pump that i bought first because I wasn't sure if breastfeeding was going to work for me and didn't want to spend a lot of money. It worked well for a while but it isn't for heafy duty use. Now I have the Ameda Purely Yours and love it. You can use it battery operated and they have a car adapter. Its cheaper than Medela. A little trick to go hands free....wrap a rubberband around the sheild and hook it onto the clip on your nursing bra!!

Alison - posted on 07/30/2009

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I have the Medela Pump in Style. It works great. I had no trouble with it at all and it was not painful (I was expecting pumping to be painful) and it is pretty fast. I have no experiance with the others, but I am very happy with mine. I think I will be getting a bra to hold the pump in place before going back to work though.

Renea - posted on 07/30/2009

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I have a Medela Pump in Style, I really like it, have not had any problems with it. My sister bought and Advent pump and did not like it, she ended up going back and getting a Medela too.

Anna - posted on 07/30/2009

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Hey Jennifer - I used the Madela pump in style and loved it. I actually have an extra one if you would like to have it. - Anna

Akmccorkle - posted on 07/30/2009

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Jennifer I very highly recommend the Medela Pump In Style--I have a lot of experience with it and loved, loved, loved it. Very quiet, strong motor, easy to use. It is also recommended by the La Leche League. If you are looking for a good price and also want to help the La Leche League, order from Sheri Murphy who helps head up the LLL here in Fort Wayne at breastpumpstogo.com or send her a message using my friends page at FB, she is one of my friends. I also have some great accessories (car adapter, AC battery adapter) that I would be very happy to lend you. I just don't lend my actual pump any more b/c I am trying to save the motor for a second child : ) If you are going to be returning to work before the baby is six months old, I think spending a little more money on a Medela makes sense, b/c you need the power and reliability. Hope this helps a little.

Veronica - posted on 07/24/2009

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Love the medela Pimp in Style - it's worth the price.. Babies R Us has a 15% coupon it helps

Beth - posted on 07/24/2009

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I'd definitely recommend the Ameda Purely Yours-much cheaper, works wonderfully, and you can get a used one without fear of contamination. I was given a used Ameda pump by a friend and it's been working for 3 months now with no problems. It also lets you adjust the suction on a sliding scale instead of jumping from 1, 2, 3 strength etc., so you can really tweak it the way you like it.

Joanne - posted on 07/23/2009

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I use the Avent manual pump. I had the medela pump as well and I find that the manual pumps are less painful inexpensive and most importantly faster. I pump everyday so trust me all those qualities are really important!!

Ramona - posted on 07/23/2009

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I am on my second Medela PIS. I did the "naughty" thing and bought them used, but I completely trusted my sources. I am also hard on pumps and about wore the first one out with my first daughter and needed another for my second. I have had no complaints, problems from my Medela. The accessories are easily available in my area, can find multiple shield sizes, and both of the ones I have used you could dissamble the "bag" and only take the pump if you choose to.

Amber - posted on 07/23/2009

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I use the Medela PIS as well. I have been exclusively pumping for over six months now. The nice thing about Medela is if I call and feel like something isn't working as well they have actually sent me replacement parts for free. I plan on continuing until my baby boy is 1 year and I also plan on using my Medela with any other babies I have. I feel like I have saved so much money so I don't feel like the cost was so bad.

Stacy - posted on 07/23/2009

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I have a first year pump (double) and hate it. It doesnt seem to work correctly. At first it worked great but then after 6months it would hardly get any milk out (it wasn't me) :) I also did not use it every day so I am not sure if that makes a difference either.

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i have the ameda purely yours and i love it. in fact i had a problem with the motor a few after only a few months of use. ameda sent me a brand new one no questions ask. it was really nice.

Martha - posted on 07/22/2009

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I love my Medela Pump in Style Advanced. I used it for 9 months at work after my first and am now using it for my second. I have also heard good things about the Ameda Purely Yours - specifically that it is the only non-hospital grade pump approved by the FDA for multiple users, which means you can buy a used one with no worries or sell yours when you are done with it to recoup some of the cost.

I would also add that when you consider the cost of formula, even a several hundred dollar breast pump is a bargain.

Wendy - posted on 07/22/2009

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I pumped for over a year and used the Pump in Style - it is a good pump. However, the Avent ISIS Duo is really a newer pump, but has some better features than the PIS and about the same price. Also, I never used the Ameda Purely Yours, but lots of mom absolutely love it and you can get it $50-100 cheaper than the PIS. Also, the PIS can be purchased with a bag that the motor and pump actually come out of. This can be convenient if you are going someplace and just want to throw the pump and a couple of bottles in your purse or diaper bag. The PIS cannot be taken apart, therefore you have to carry around the huge black bag that it comes with. A breast pump bra is also handy to have if returning to work. Good Luck!

Charity - posted on 07/22/2009

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I am using the First Years MiPump and have no complaints! I'm using the single not the double. Its small and pretty quite. And for the money I think its the best buy ($56 at walmart).

Shibahn - posted on 07/22/2009

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I have the Medela Pump in Style and I love it! I also have a local store run by a certified Medela lactation consultant that will check it for free when I'm ready for baby number two. It's an added bonus. I would see if you have a similar resource in your area. It makes the cost that much more worth it.

Hassana - posted on 07/22/2009

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I pump exclusively and the Medela Pump in Style is worth the money. You can adjust the strength, and you only need 15 mins and you're done. Efficiency will probably be key for pumping at work so....

Allison - posted on 07/22/2009

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I use an avent hand pump while i am at work and when i am home i have a medela electric pump that i use. I mostly use the hand pump tho it is cheaper and i love it. I think it works awesome.

Olivia - posted on 07/21/2009

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i would say to spend the money or rent one from the hospital i use a hospital grade pump medela and it really does work the best

Tiera - posted on 07/21/2009

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I had a cheap single pump with my first baby- hated it! I bought the Medela pump in style for my second baby- worth every penny. Definitely get an electric, double pump if you'll be using it while working.

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Its worth it. Check you local medical supply shops, thats where I found mine much cheaper than the big box stores. Also some people can get theirs at almost nothing because their insurance covers it as a medical expense - might be worth a call.

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I have a medela pump in style and a couple of manual pumps. I think I'm in the minority but I get way more milk from the manual pumps. I have a medela one and a lansinoh...they both work great. The lansinoh is more comfortable though.

Jen - posted on 07/21/2009

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Medela Pump in Style. It's worth it for a reliable good quality pump. I love mine.

Amber - posted on 07/21/2009

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I use the Ameda Purely yours and it works great. I think its still pretty pricey but i think its cheaper than the medela one. Not completly sure on the price differece though.

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