Looking for a reliable pump

Sabrina - posted on 03/12/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I'm pregnant with my third child, and I have tried two times to nurse unsuccessfully. I really want to make it work this time. I think the biggest thing hindering me is the lack of a reliable pump. I bought 1 with each child, and they both died within a month of me returning to work. I never could afford to buy a new one. I want to try again, but I don't want to waste my money on an unreliable pump. I can't afford the hospital pumps, and there's no one to rent from in my area. Has anyone had a pump that would least them at least through nursing 1 child? And if so, what was it?

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Adrianne - posted on 03/21/2011

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I used a Medela Pump in Style three days a week, three times a day for over 13 months. It worked like a champ! I also like that it had a battery pack in case I was stuck somewhere without power. The power went off in my office once, and having that backup totally saved me.

Michelle - posted on 03/21/2011

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Avent Isis Duo Electric Pump. I pumped 4 times a day for about 8 months, and I pump less now. I've been using it for 15 months, no issues. Love it!

Fleur - posted on 03/20/2011

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I love my Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with Backpack. I got it online new for $219 I think 2years ago. I forget the website. Don't get the manual pumps, they are way too hard. It took me 6 weeks to get going and the pump is the save of the day. It stimulated my breasts and got them pumping. My pump has worked for the whole 16 months I nursed. I still have it and it is ready to work for my 2nd child I am expecting in 2 weeks.

Mary Ann - posted on 03/20/2011

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Try looking on the Medela website to see if there are programs you can qualify you to get a free pump.

Craigslist and Ebay list pumps that sometimes people didn't use or used a handful of times that you can get much cheaper than retail.

Also if you happen to qualify for WIC, try to see if they have programs to give you a free pump. Some of them will give you a high quality medela pump if you qualify.

Melissa - posted on 03/20/2011

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I got the Avent Duo Isis. It ran about $200 and was hospital grade. It you go to the Phillips outlet website they offer deals for it. I worked better than my Medela and I would say better than the hospital rentals I had because you determine the rhythm of the pump. Though I don't recommend it you could purchase a used on eBay. It is a closed system but you'd still have to sanitize the pump parts.

Also look into local health organizations that promote brestfeeding. Some offer free breast pumps for families in need.

Sherry - posted on 03/20/2011

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The medela pump is the best any duel one I tried every pump with my first child all of them sucked didn't work then my second child I got a medela it worked awesome never has any problems

Mary - posted on 03/20/2011

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For Gwen - was your avent hand pump and electric one? I'm looking for a hand held one for a meeting but need to pump between breakout sessions. I'll only have 10 min. to try to get both sides done. Any thoughts?

Gwen - posted on 03/20/2011

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medela is great they can be very expensive but worth it and ebay have them cheap. i had a avent hand pump and that was great i had no problems just make sure you keep all of the pieces together.

Mia - posted on 03/20/2011

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Oh I wish I could afford one of those amazing hospital pumps!! I used my pump heaps as I had a prem so I burnt it out it was a medela mini electric, my pharmacy was awesome and swapped it over as it had happened to two other people. I then got an avent electric that can be used as both electric and manual and it was awesome!

Krista - posted on 03/19/2011

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My first LO I bought a Medela Pump in Style from a co-worker. I had no real problems except at the end of my breastfeeding after 91/2 months it seemed to not be working as well. With LO #2 I purchased a Ameda pump. So far I am loving it. It comes with multiple size breast shields, and seems to be an effective pump. I have only pumped a few times though as LO is not three weeks old yet. Good luck.

Rachael - posted on 03/19/2011

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Almeda is a cheaper version similar to meleda and their customer service is AMAZING. Mine had issues with suction suddenly and I called spoke with a rep and had a new unit complete with shields and tubing sent to my house next day air free of charge. another plus is that everything that touches milk is top rack dishwasher safe which was AMAZING! good luck! =)

Ann Marie - posted on 03/19/2011

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I had two Medela Pump in Style Advanced pumps because my job paid for half of the pump cost for each baby. Each of them lasted through 9 months of pumping 3x a day, so I would highly recommend them. The only problems I had were when I occasionally put the parts together incorrectly (oops). Plus their customer service is really good.

Carolyn - posted on 03/19/2011

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I use a medela pump in style once a day (for the past 10 months) and it still works great. I love it! I know they are a lot of money but I am getting my money's worth for sure.

Rachel - posted on 03/15/2011

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I use just an electric double pump,can't remember the name right now, but it works awsome and still going after 9 months, I bought it used on ebay for $15.00 got lucky! steamed it and love it, it also takes batteries, and that was great when we went camping! I will be selling mine in about 2 months! Ebay rocks!

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I have a double lansinoh brand breast pump and it works great my daughter is about 7 1/2 months and it still is working it comes with everything you need the only thing i wish at the time when we bought it it did not have an ac adapter to plug into the car but now they made a new one the same exact thing but with an ac adapter it's called the double lansinoh affinity i think. it works great though. good luck!

Leah - posted on 03/13/2011

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A good reliable pump can make all the difference when trying to successfully breastfeed and work full time. I have the pump-n-style shoulder bag, the back pack and the one that WIC supplies that I bought off a friend's little sister. The over the shoulder one seems to have the best power, and even better power when plugged into my car (?). The over the shoulder pump-n-style was from a friend, bought 6 years ago, used rarely by her and at least twice daily for my first daughter for 11 months. It is still going strong for my second daughter, 8 1/2 months, twice daily, 4 days a week. And I abuse it! Drag it around, stuff the bag full of my work stuff, leave it in the cold car, jostle it. The back pack one is a hand me down from my sister and though I loved how convenient the back pack was I happened to grab my old one one day and it seemed to work faster, stronger. . . I think there are Medela sales reps that call on the ob/gyns or pediatricians that can check to make sure the suction is functioning as expected. I think I may have mixed up the power cords on the various pumps resulting in the variable performance. You can purchase new tubing either online or sometimes from the hospital lactation consultant to make a used one your own. Good luck, its quite a commitment, but just when it seems overwhelming, things mesh. The single best piece of advice I can give you about successfully breastfeeding is to INSIST on a lactation consultation while you are in the hospital. Have your ob/gyn or midwife order it and don't go home with out one. Insist on exclusive nursing while in the hospital and remember your baby does not need to ingest calories for 48 hours post partum, Those little drips of colostrum are really all she needs and also don't expect to get a lot from pumping while you are actively breastfeeding, you will build your stores or at least supply what baby needs, when pumping instead of nursing when you are away from baby ie. back to work. Good luck and good for you for willing to try again!!

Michelle - posted on 03/12/2011

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I just had my third baby in November. I've had the same avent IQ duo pump since my first baby. It's gotten a lot of use and taken abuse from the kids once they got old enough to get into stuff and it's still going. I know what works for me is not always what works for everyone, but I really got my money's worth and then some out of this pump. Good luck!

Lori - posted on 03/12/2011

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I have a Medela pump in style which I used about once a day for a full year with my older daughter, and am currently using it once a day again with my 4 month old. It works very well for me.

One thing to consider to, the pump itself is important, but you also need to make sure the breast shields fit right. It comes with their standard size, but you can buy larger or smaller shields if you need to

Amy - posted on 03/12/2011

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I like you couldn't afford a good pump with my first so within a month or two of returning to work we switched to formula because I just wasn't producing enough. I wish I had known then how much I would be spending on formula and I would of found the money for the pump. This time around I bought a medela pump in style, it's a double electric pump and it was so worth the money. We still have to supplement with a bottle of formula some days as the pump is not efficient but my daughter turns one next week and we are still going strong. Good luck!

Krystel - posted on 03/12/2011

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i used medela i bought it used from kijiji i just purchased the accessories which is like 25$ per pump mine was pump in style and it was so good and worked really well

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