I'm a first time mother, looking into a great breast pump. Does anyone have any advice?

Stacy - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I've been looking into breast pumps but the more I look the more complicated it seems to get, I've read article after article in almost every consumer report but I don't really get a straight answer.

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Kate - posted on 05/09/2013

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Hi Stacy! I would stick with Medela, they make great breastpumps. There is a post comparing some Medela breastpumps on babiesarecomplicated.com. Hope that helps! I use the Medela Pump in Style Advanced and love it.

Shaina - posted on 12/26/2009

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do not waste your money on a cheap pump! I did it twice (thinking the first time was just a fluke) I have the Lansinoh pump (ameda has the same type, just different color). I didnt want to spend a ton of money on a pump so I got the pump off ebay and because its a closed system I didnt worry about contamintation. I DID get all new sterile parts for it (also off ebay). For everything including shipping it was under $50. It works GREAT! I love it. I wish I got it at the begining and not 9 months into breast feeding.



With the parts I bought it also came with the ameda hand pump which is REALLY nice for when I go some where without my son so I dont get engorged. I just pop it in my purse and am ready to go : ) Good luck!

Alicia - posted on 12/26/2009

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The hospital recommended Medela for me. I got the Medela Symphony or somethin like that. It' awesome. It's expensive, so luckily I got it as a gift...but Its well worth the money.

Brenda - posted on 12/26/2009

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Medela or Ameda. Medela pumps have a cycling system and adjustable suction, and I believe Ameda does as well. This adjustable feature is worth its weight in gold. That way you can put the suction wherever you need it. It may seem expensive, but cheap pumps are just that, cheap and worthless. I wasted forty bucks on one with my first, and now have a Medela Swing, and the difference is amazing. The difference between Ameda and Medela is mostly in relation to the type of pump. Medela pumps are open system pumps, should not be bought used, because milk can get sucked into the pump (had it happen once with mine, so it does happen easily). The problem is if it doesn't dry out (and it is impossible to clean the motor of course) there is a chance of mold and bacteria building up in the motor. Closed system pumps can be used by more than one user because there is no way milk can get to the motor. There is some debate about Medela too because they technically violate the WHO laws by advertising their pumps (WHO dictacts that formula manufacterers and bottle makers cannot advertise and Medela violates this, so some breastfeeding mothers refuse to use their pumps and products for this reason).



Had I known about the open system/closed system thing before I bought the Medela Swing I would have bought an Ameda instead, and they are roughly the same price. Hope that helps you some!

Chidimma - posted on 12/26/2009

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I'm a first time mother too. The best breast pump in my oppion is Medela brand. I just bought a medela pump in style double pump. It works great and i have not had any problem with it.

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Joanne - posted on 12/31/2009

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I got the ameda purely yours and it was great. Well worth the money. I'm in Australia and ordered one from the US as I found this was the cheaper option. Just had to buy a new power cord for it. I got the full setup for the same price as the basic here. Make sure you shop around.

Kelley - posted on 12/31/2009

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medela is awesome! its the brand they use in the hopsital where im from. if your looking for a more reasonable one the swing works great.

Erica - posted on 12/31/2009

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I have a Medela Pump In Style and it works great. I went back to work at 8 weeks and pump three times at work and once at night before going to bed. I do wish I would have gotten the hands free version for an extra $50, though. It so would have been worth it to be able to do things while pumping. My friend washes dishes, eats lunch, or reads a magazine while pumping with hers.

Michelle - posted on 12/31/2009

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My favourite one is my Medela. I also have an Evenflo Elan & some weird Aveda one I was given (it looks like that Lansinoh one that I see in stores). I like the cycle feature Medela has. My Elan has better suction, but no cycle setting. If I could have afforded to buy the one I had in the hospital, I'd be thrilled, but they're so expensive.

Cheryl - posted on 12/30/2009

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medela is one of the ones that i never wore out, but get the double pump, the single one i wore out using it daily, but they are great pumps

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2009

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Medela Swing is wonderful, powerful and easy to take with you anywhere! It uses battery or an AC adaptor!

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Get a manual pump!! I have both electric and manual and the manual is a lot quicker. I have the Medela Swing pump which cost me $200 and I still use my manual pump because it pumps a lot quicker. A friend of mine told me to get a manual for this reason alone and I figured I'd give the electric pump a try...I wish I would have listened to her and saved the money.

Mattee - posted on 12/30/2009

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Just being nosy... Why is it you need to pump? Are you going to be away from the baby and unable to feed? I'm asking because I am a SAH mom and I was pumping enough for a bottle a day and still doing every feeding regurlarly. I was mainly pumping just to get a little stash in case we needed it, but it caused my boobs to oversupply and caused my baby problems at feedings. So, I would reccomend only pumping if you have to because oversupply is very hard to get regulated... But a hand pump was completely adequate for me...



Sorry about this, but I feel that as a breastfeeding mother, and also a first time mother I need to pass this information along... Have you ever heard of foremilk/ hind milk imbalance? When the hospital tells you to nurse the baby for 15 min each side I reccomend you ignore that information and try to do block feedings. I was nursing my son 15 min each side and we had major problems with it... He would nurse the half hour and still be fussy like he was hungry, so I would let him eat for sometimes an hour... I finally read about the imbalance; It turns out that block feedings are better for babies, because the milk they get first is the watery foremilk and switching sides causes them to only get that and not the fatty hindmilk. The baby will nurse and fill up too full with the foremilk and be full but not getting all the calories they need. My son would do the long feedings, like I said and then he would fuss and cry, fart alot and then he would end up puking the entire feed... So look into it. This will give you the info you need. http://www.llli.org/FAQ/foremilk.html



http://www.llli.org/FAQ/foremilk.html

Shaina - posted on 12/30/2009

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I've had 2 different pumps, and my favorite is the Medela Swing. It's small enough that you can take it places and pump pretty discreetly and it mimics the way a baby nurses so you get more milk.

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i have the lansinoh. i thought it was awesome until the motor started to act funny. the medela is a sure bet, but more expensive.

Natalie - posted on 12/30/2009

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Definitely get an electric breast pump!! no manual, way too much work!
I have a medulla pump. It is an investment, but well worth it. Try looking on ebay or hospitals rent them out also. It is alot of work to pump, but worth it for your baby.
Good Luck!

Sigrid - posted on 12/30/2009

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I also used the Lansinoh double electric. I am a nurse that works in a newborn nursery at a hospital, so while at work I was able to use the hospital's Medela Symphony pump... and honestly, I liked my Lansinoh better! :) It never hurt and I the suction was strong enough to express lots of milk. The best part? It is HALF the price of the medela pumps!!!!

Urvashi - posted on 12/29/2009

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I'm using a Philips Avent pump and I love it... it's pretty compact and covenient to use.

Thea - posted on 12/29/2009

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I tried many and always cam back to my Medela Swing. It was well worth the money. If you are only going to use it once in a blue moon... then a cheap one might work. if you are going to use it more then once a week then spend the money. I loved mine. It was fantastic. If you go to Toys"R"us they have a cupon in the back of their catalog and you can get the buyer Protection Plan. Well worth it.

Jennifer - posted on 12/29/2009

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I rented the Medela Symphony breast pump and it was amazing. It's an electric pump and you can double-pump so it's really quick.

Kimberly - posted on 12/28/2009

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Medela pump in style. I used mine for my first child I pumped every feeding for over four months and now I am pumping at school with my second one and it still works great

S - posted on 12/28/2009

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It depends on your needs. If you suspect a low supply or have difficulty I would recommend Medela all the way. Cheap is not the way to go on a breast pump or else you will just end up replacing it. If you only plan to pump infrequently then a regular one will do but if you need to build a supply go top of the line.

Debbie - posted on 12/28/2009

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Medela Pump in Style is AWESOME I am a first time mom as well and I used it and I never had any problems with it. It is expensive but well worth the money, I was lucky though my husbands company gave us a 100.00 off coupon to use.

Jamie - posted on 12/28/2009

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I agree with getting a medela. I got one of those with my last child. With the previous two i had gotten some cheaper ones from walmart and target and a few other places. I think i went through about 4 pumps with my first two kids and was frustrated beyond belief. The medela is more expensive but worth the investment, especially if you are going to have more children.

Joy - posted on 12/28/2009

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i replied before and i just wanted to add that i tried the Lansinoh brand and it DID NOT work AT ALL! i was engorged and it did little to relieve the pain/pressure. It is also a cheap pump and those just do not work. if you are serious about breast feeding and want to keep it up for a long time you need to invest in a highly rated pump like the Medela brand. It is so worth it!

Joy - posted on 12/28/2009

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i dont breastfeed anymore but i did for the first 6 months and i worked full time as well, i used the Medela pump in style and it was my life saver! it kept my milk supply up and it was very easily portable so i could pump at work or anywhere for that matter! All the nurses at the hospital where i had my daughter suggested the medela and i promise it really works! Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 12/28/2009

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I've been using the Ameda "Purely Yours" double pump for the last few weeks and have found it pretty easy to use. I like that it has a double barrier system to avoid contamination. It was also not to expensive ($149) since it did not come with all the bells and whistles like an insulated bag and extra stuff I didn't need.

Natalia - posted on 12/28/2009

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I use the Lansinoh double pump. I'm a working mom, so I have to pump at least twice a day, everyday. The pump works wonders. I recommend it to anyone who needs a breastpump.

Megan - posted on 12/28/2009

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I have a Lansinoh..it is the same as the Ameda, but can be bought at target(i think) or babies r us. Great pump for less money. i have not found extra parts for Lansinoh brand. will have to go to Ameda.com for that.

Cheri - posted on 12/28/2009

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I was in the same boat. I bought the Lansinoh double electric pump (which is made by Ameda). It was rated just as highly as the Medela. I have used it for 6 months a minimum of 2 times a day every day and had no problems. As a working mom, I find it easy to tote around and so simple to clean and operate. At $149 you can't beat it.

Cynthia - posted on 12/28/2009

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Avent Isis, used for two children. love it..it's portable and works great....

Steffanie - posted on 12/27/2009

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I had a medela with my first child and did not find it to work for me. With my 2nd and 3rd I used the Avent hand pump and LOVED it. You can simulate let down and I was able to pump for 7 months without problems on the days I worked.

Melissa - posted on 12/27/2009

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See a lactation consultant. They can go over different pumps available to you and help you select one that will work for you. Also, they tend to be slightly less from a lactation consultant vs from a store. I purchased mine from one 4 yrs ago and it has lasted me thru 2 kids so far. I have a Medela and highly recommend it to anyone.

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my first pump was a First Years from Target and it did not work well for me at all. i was not happy with it, but it was inexpensive, so that's why i got it. later i went on craigslist and found an almost new medela pump in style for $100. i just purchased new attachments from babies r us for sanitation purposes, so all i'm really using is the motor. i think to buy it new it would be somewhere in the $300 range, but i just couldn't afford to spend that much on a new pump. it works so much better than my last one and medela makes various breast shield sizes to make a more comfortable fit for you. i have 4 or 5 other friends who also use medela and love it. good luck!

Avry - posted on 12/27/2009

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Nothing but a Medela. I have used mine with 3 kids. It's a pump in style advanced well worth the money.

Emily - posted on 12/27/2009

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i use the platex embrace double pump and it works great. pumps can be expensive but in the long run you save a lot of money by not having to use formula

Chantel - posted on 12/27/2009

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The Medela was suggested to me by a lactation consultant when my first was born. I loved it and was able to store breast milk in the freezer. my second was born and I had to get another one! I have tried a few and Medela is by far the best!!

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