breastpumps

Samantha - posted on 10/30/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know of any breastpumps that are affordable, electric & easy on the breasts?

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Carly - posted on 10/31/2010

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I had a manual Medela which was extremely cheap and easy and quick to use, so I am assuming the electric one would be just as great.

Cally - posted on 10/31/2010

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I have a medela swing and while I have not needed to pump in months (my little boy only has three feeds a day now and because I am not working it is easy to plan around) however when i did pump it was easy, gentle and I could adjust the suck meaning it was never uncomforable. Intially I had bought the avent pump but found it difficult to use, painful and then it packed it in so I returned it and got the medela pump, a really good decision on my part.

Tricia - posted on 10/30/2010

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Alright: math time. A top of the line Medela Pump in Style Advanced costs $280 brand new.
The walmart brand of powdered milk-based formula costs $71 for six 23.2 oz cans, totaling 139.2 oz. That means each ounce of powdered formula costs a little more than 51 cents.
The only can of formula I own says it is 8 oz and makes 57 fluid oz after it is mixed, which means that 1 oz of powdered formula makes 7.125 fluid oz of formula for your baby to drink. That's about an ounce less than a bottle, because formula is digested less efficiently and babies have to drink more of it to get what they need. That means that each bottle costs you more than $3.63.
That means that it will take you 77 bottles of formula to reach the cost of a Medela Pump in Style Advance. If you give baby only one bottle a day, 5 days a week, it'll take 15 weeks to make 77 bottles. That's less than 4 months.
What I'm saying with all that math is, compared to formula, any pump is super affordable. If getting a top of the line pump will help you pump longer (which is a probability), it's worth it. I used my Pump in Style to pump over 150 GALLONS of milk for my son, and I believe it was one of the best purchases of my life.

Allison - posted on 10/30/2010

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Have you tried ebay? I understand that as long as you get new tubing it is sanitary. Something I learned too late is to make sure that the part that goes on the nipple is the right size. They sell one size w/ the pump but you can buy other sizes. If it is wrong too much or too little breast can be pulled in and that can make it uncomfortable and inefficient. Can you borrow a pump? I have lent my out a few times. Have you checked into renting vs buying? I have a medela dual pump but sometimes could get more by hand expressing. A lot of it depends on how much you need to pump and for how long.

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