Recommend your breastpump

Mitzi - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )

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I have an Evenflo pump that I am about to throw out the window. It is only about 5 months old and it is just horrible! It doesn't have good suction and it takes about 20 minutes for me to just pump ONE breast! Looking for a new one that doesn't take so long. Thanks

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Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2010

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I see a lot of recommendations for Medela products. It's true they make great pumps, however there are problems with the company that you may want to consider. Unfortunately some of their practices violate the WHO code of the marketing of baby milk substitutes and feeding products.



In fact all companies who make breast pumps and also sell feeding bottles and artificial nipples violate this code too.



It may seen like something minor, but practices like these really do undermine beastfeeding.



The kind of pump you need depends really on your unique situation.



You may consider the Ameda Purely Yours pump made by holister. It's a great double electric pump, perfect for a mom with an established milk supply needing to pump fairly frequently, such as while at work. It is considerably less expesive than the comparable medela pump and still great quality. (I am on baby # 3 with it and it is still going strong!) The company practices are much more breastfeeding friendly, albiet with a lot less glitz and marketing.

Kassi - posted on 01/23/2010

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I'm on Team Medela as well! I have a double pump the Medela pump in style advanced. I was using it 6 to 8 times a day with my twins. By the time I was ready to wean my self from it i had gotten good enough to make 120+ oz a day. On average i was able to produce 18 to 20 oz a sitting. I filled up a 20 cubic foot deep freezer in 8 months and decied that it was time to stop. I does take a month or so to learn how to work it with your body but fully doable. It saved us over 1500$. We had twins and made to much to qualify for any assitance in the state of kansas. I hate making a whole 2000 to much to get help. Yes it will hurt a bit in the beginning and takes some time to adjust to I would do it the same way all over again. Plus I never got a mastitis while using it. I just sucked me dry.

Amelia - posted on 01/21/2010

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I had the benefit of being able to try both the Ameda and Medela when my oldest was in the hospital for the first 6 weeks of his life. I found the Ameda was way better at keeping up milk production (30-50% more milk!), although it did hurt more at the start of a letdown. The Medela was just plain uncomfortable in the way it let the nipples slap back after each pull. I bought an Ameda Purely Yours (which has been put on the regular market by Lansinoh after changing the color to purple) and I've gone through a few of them in my 4 years (literally) of exclusively pumping. I am now pumping for my third child, and I've never had thrush once. I had mastitis once with DS#2 before I gave up on breastfeeding directly (his latch was so bad due to a high palette), but I've never had any problems while pumping. Ameda's "hygienikit" system prevents milk flow back up the tubes, which I've heard many Medela pumpers complain about.

Emily - posted on 01/20/2010

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Avent Isis Duo... can be electric or manual, easy to clean and sterilize. Great for on the go or at home use. Electric, has pump strength memory for easy turn on and go or can be adjusted to you own comfort level of pump strength. I would recommend this one to everyone!!

Ruth - posted on 01/18/2010

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honey go the double pump rather than the single it saves time and makes things alot more comfortable for you also helps keep milk flow even

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April - posted on 02/08/2010

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I heart Medela. I also heart my Ameda Purely Yours double electric. It has a cheaper stunt double that goes by the name of Lansinoh something if cost is an issue for you. If price is not an issue, go Medela Pump in Style all the way!

Michelle - posted on 02/08/2010

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First off you NEVER want to buy a pump that markets bottle feeding , ex : gerber , evenflo , etc . They are mediocre . I made that mistake and bought a medival torture device labled "evenflo" with my first . Something went haywire once and it would not release , thus my nipple getting stuck from the suction in the shield .

I took a hammer to the thing !!!!!

Go for something that sells breast feeding products , Medela is far the best name out there . Well worth the money spent , and to me worth their weight in gold ! Also you can buy new tubing and other misc that are to be replaced with each baby . Most of their stuff if not all stays consistant over the years .

I would also say get something non-manual . Although Medela makes an awesome manual pump that beats a mediocre one , it will give you a work out !!! I have arthritis and it killed my hands . BUT , the manual ones you can buy usually either a battery pack for them to turn them non-manual or even an elec pack .

If you can afford it one of the Pump In Styles are just bliss ! I could pump a full 4 oz bottle from both breast at the same time with in 10 minutes with the one I had with my youngest daughter who is now 6 . I am pregnant again , will breast feed again and once I reach that safe point I plan to decide which one ! I am 13 weeks .

Most baby sites , walmart and all places will always usually have a "customer" review of the products . Check some out online and check out the reviews . Also price shop !

Lene - posted on 02/06/2010

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I have used 3-- the Medela Pump in Style, Ameda Purely Yours and the Avent Isis IQ Duo. All 3 were previously used, kie not new machines- medela worked fine, good suction and variable speed. Ameda felt like little to no suction, but was small and quiet. Avent will almost suck your nips off if you aren't careful :), removes from bag so I carry it in my own backpack. Drawbacks-- 1 size breast shield so bought the pumpin pals slanted shield, the playtex pump-n-serve system doesnt fit this ump, thus necessitating extra milk storage bottles and effort to pour from avent pump into storage, otherwise this pump is probably the best of the three.. also relatively quiet. Its a double, used it 1x that way, as I tend to have to massage while expressing to get the most production.

Dagny - posted on 02/06/2010

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I love my Medela Pump in Style advanced double pump. It works quickly and quietly. They are expensive, but your insurance may cover part of the cost. If you need to pump for work it's totally worth it to buy a pump rather than renting one.

Nicole - posted on 02/05/2010

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yep, I killed a first years pump too. in about three months... the medela pump in style is going strong though. good bang for your buck!

Angela - posted on 02/04/2010

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I use a Medela Pump in Style and I love it! I used the Evenflo Comfort select single pump and it was terrible! It took so long just to do one side, but the Medela goes much faster even if i just pump one at a time. Definitely go for the double electric! You can always still pump one side at a time if you want, but you have an option that makes it go much faster. My Sister in law just had her baby and she has an Ameda Purely Yours that she loves as well. I went to target.com and diapers.com and compared reviews before deciding on mine.

Nichole - posted on 02/03/2010

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I also have the ameda purely yours and am not very happy with it... I should have spent the money to get the Medela.

June - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have a medela and it works great. It cost about 300 but is is well worth it. I pump for about 10 minutes and that is usually enough time.

Kimberly - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have the Medela Pump In Style Advanced with Shoulder Bag and I have never had a problem with it. I got to the point I was double pumping over 12 oz in less than 10-15 min. It was an investment at around $250 but completely worth it ... and it will be there for my second child as well. With it's battery pack I was even able to take it on camping trips! I was having issues with milk production in the beginning and I firmly believe this pump solved that problem and I have been happily breastfeeding for over a year now!

Laura - posted on 01/27/2010

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I have a Evenflo electric double pump that works very well for me. Sorry to hear about your troubles. I know that any electric pump is very expensive! However I am still using mine with child number 2. I do however have some friends that got along very well with the Medela Brand.

Shelly - posted on 01/27/2010

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I have an avent hand pump. Worked well for my first baby and is going strong for my second. I like a manual one because you can control the flow. Only downside I have is that the pump has developed a squeak which made expressing at work embarrasing.

Requelle - posted on 01/24/2010

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i have a Medela swing its great costs about $300aus but works so well so i think it was definitly worth the money

Becky - posted on 01/23/2010

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I'm on Team Medela as well! :) I love my Pump in Style. The first pump I bought was a Gerber manual/electric and OMG, I thought my nipples were going to fall off! I think I used it all of 3 times before I put out the money for the Medela. The sucky thing is, you can't return breastpumps, so now I'm stuck with a pump I'll never use again. But anyways.
If you are pumping regularly because you're going back to work or whatever, get the double. If you're just pumping to have bottles for babysitters or whatever, you'd probably be fine with a single pump. I have rarely used the double feature on mine.

Janet - posted on 01/22/2010

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i have the medela double pump and i love it!
i got mine 9 months ago and used it everyday at least 2x and it works perfectly, and i can pump both sides in 15 mins at work.
it is very expensive but if you buy it through the hospital when your baby is born your insurance might pick up the cost... i know it's too late for that info but maybe for the future it'll be helpful

Liz - posted on 01/22/2010

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Medela for sure!! If you go to bye bye baby you can use Bed Bath and beyind coupons there-look for the one with 20% off!!

Erika - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi there,
I'm on my third son with BF and really recommend the Ameda Purely Yours breast pump. It has different cycles and suctions you can use to find what is most comfortable to you and is the one most recommended to be able to pass along and share with other moms because of its safe, specific airflow system ( meaning milk doesn't get sucked back up into the motor and parts). I can pump a good 4-5 oz bottle in minutes on one side or both if I'm in a real hurry and need two bottles. Hope you find what you are looking for- it's so important to be able to find a great pump to go side by side with BF. :o)

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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i have medula single pump n its great n pretty quick bout 15 min for both depending on ur flow of course! got it at the motherhood store was 80 something bucks worth cuz i had another one n it was terrible also that i got at babies r us!

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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i dont know what state your in but if you get WIC ask them to get the number for the lactation person i got my medela double electric pump for free if you are working

Marcie - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have the Medela double electric pump as well, it is very expensive I still think it is well worth it. Just a note when you start pumping be patient. My daughter could get milk out of my breasts, but they didn't want to give it to the pump at first It took a while from my breasts to get used to the pump after exclusively breastfeeding. Hope it works out for you!

Brianna - posted on 01/21/2010

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I own two pumps: One is a Medela double electric pump that a friend of mine who works in the healthcare field purchased from a hospital. The other one is the ISIS by Avent, which is a manual pump. I can easily say that the manual pump is, hands down, better! Not only is it less uncomfortable than the electric, it is more natural-feeling. Avent advertises that it is closer to a baby’s natural sucking & I agree. I work and did not want to supplement my breast milk with formula, and the manual actually increased my supply. Plus, since it’s manual and quiet, I can cover up and pump discreetly at my desk...no one even knows!

Beth - posted on 01/21/2010

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I love my Medela Pump-In-Style Advanced! It was the best baby item I ever bought besides the swing!

Candice - posted on 01/21/2010

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My First years worked fine for a while,but it crapped out one day....my guess is my turbo-producing boobs were just too much for it to handle.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2010

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I'm expecting my first in March, and this is exactly the information I've been needing to find. I go into the store to look/register for one and have a "duh" moment not knowing which to choose. Thank you, ladies. This is a great help :)

Zofia - posted on 01/21/2010

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Medela, I have bought a pump (not electric one) ten years ago, still works:) Julia is my third child I brestfeed. When she was born I was asked to donate milk. For almost a year twice a week I boil the pump for a half an hour to sterilize it (in water with citric acid). And it works perfect.

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I have a Purely Yours Ameda. I don't like it at all ended up having to rent a hospital grade pump. Love it.

Lindsay - posted on 01/20/2010

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I also have the Medela Pump in Style Advanced. I used it with my son in 2007 and am now using it with my daughter and I have not had any problems with it.

Maureen - posted on 01/20/2010

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i had an evenflo single pump with my first babe and hated it. the suction was never that great. i now have a lansinohl double pump and love it. it used to take me 20 mins to pump when i started now it takes me about 10 min to get about 3-4 oz out of both.

Keri - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have the Medela Pump In Style Double Electric Metro Bag pump. I love it. It is so fast, easy, quite, and the PSI is amazing on it that it really does mimic real bfing. I have had so much luck with Medela that I'm also a Medela Mom Maven, one of the mom's that goes out and explains the pros and cons to bfing and using the medela pump. My friend had an Evenflo and it was so horrible she stopped bfing all together and switched to formula. I went out and bought her a Medela and she is back on track for pumping and loving it. her supply had lowered with the Evenflo and she said that since she has the medela it is like she just had her daughter all over again and has an abundunt amount. She loves hers and I've never heard anyone complain about theirs. The Medela Freestyle is amazing as well if you don't want to have to sit for awhile when pumping. It just clips to your side and and you can do housework etc.... The Medelas can be pricey depending on which one you use but I was able to purchase the pump for my friend brand new online sealed and everything for $249 You can find them NIB with the seal clearly shown closed for around that price and you can always rent one from a health equipment store, Babies R Us, and La Leche Leagues. They rent out the hospital grade ones and all you do is purchase the tubing and any part that will come into contact with breast milk.

Shelbra - posted on 01/19/2010

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I am currently renting the Medela Lactina Select dual pump, I have had it since i delivered my baby two months ago. I love this machine! Good thing my insurance covers the entire cost without an co-pay. I looked into purchasing a pump just like this one and found it to cost $899 on most sites. Anyone know where I can find this pump for a cheaper price?

Kristin - posted on 01/19/2010

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I have a Medela pump in style advance and MY INSURANCE PAID FOR HALF OF THE PUMP!! it really helped, because I don't think I could have footed the bill for a $280 pump. All you can do is ask and all their going to say is no. To each their own, in my circle of moms, the infrequent pumpers were happy with manuals, but as a working breast feeding mama, i needed the double. Bonus, the Medela pump in style advance has a car adapter option, i have a 30 minute commute, so i would pump in the car. Very convenient :)

Candice - posted on 01/19/2010

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I bought and evenflo after my turbo boobs blew up my learning curve. Then I got a Medela Pump in Style,love it. PnSs are ftw!

Selia - posted on 01/19/2010

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If you get a single pump, or in the meantime at least, you could try pumping while nursing(unless this is for when at work I suppose), it makes it go way faster for me, plus I get way more out! I can get 4 ozs in 5-10 mins. with a single manual if nursing simultaneously, but it takes too long and I get sore if I try the same when I'm not nursing. Nothing beats natural stimulation!

Denise - posted on 01/19/2010

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I rented a hospital grade pump from the hospital that I delivered my twins at. It was perfectly sanitary, (all new parts) and much more effectively than anything you can buy at a store. Your insurance may cover it with a deductable, it was perfect solution because I only nursed/pumped for 8 weeks before going back to work.

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2010

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I too have a Medela. The Pump in Style. I bought it at a consignment sale for less than half the current retail price. I love it!!! My LO and I were having latching issues and the pain was just too much to pump between feedings. We pressed on using nipple shields for nursing and I finally got my groove with the pumping...just in time to go back to work. It's great!!! I even can double-pump now with no discomfort and have increased the speed. Although I haven't used ano other pumps, I highly recommend the Medela Pump N Style.

Divya - posted on 01/19/2010

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I have the Tommee Tippee electric pump -- it is brilliant! it has 4 expression phases - light, low, medium and high. i usually express around 4 ounces in 10 minutes at medium phase. it is comfortable and i love being able to control how much pressure to use. it cost me £80, but they have been offering it at half price in certain stores as part of a promotion.

Kendra - posted on 01/19/2010

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I have the medela double pump and I also love it! Medela has been great about replacement parts and such. It is a pricey one but absolutely wonderful!

Coralyn - posted on 01/19/2010

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i have a medella swing. its a single, but still electrical. i love it and it was afforable!

Tara - posted on 01/19/2010

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i rent my medela double electric pump from wic and it is GREAT! they are pretty spendy so wic lets ya rent for free

Lori - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have an Ameda Purely Yours double electric pump that I've been using over a year, and I love it...as much as anyone can love a pump, LOL! I decided on it because it got great reviews and seemed to be every bit as good as the Medela, but MUCH less expensive. I've been very happy with it.

Shaina - posted on 01/18/2010

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I had the SAME problem! I had the same pump but I made the mistake of buying it again, thinking that it was just that one pump not the brand. I got a lansinoh and I LOVE it. It has the 'no back flow' feature (that the meadel doesnt) so I got it off ebay and just bought new parts for it, so in all I only spent about $40 total. It works GREAT! I wish I would have got it first instead of waiting until my son was 8 months old. I hope that helps. Good luck!

Shelia - posted on 01/18/2010

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Check Baby Depot. for the Freestyle pump they have a great deal. I got mine for $280.

Ruth - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have tried several different pumps and have found Medela double breast pump to be the best I tried before buying by hiring them then when i decided to buy i went to ebay and got a second hand pump which is great and only paid $80 for it rather than several hundred. Its ok to buy second hand Medela pumps you just replace the cups and tubes which dont cost much and you can get them from your local chemist just make sure you get the cup size that suits your breast size it will make a huge difference with flow.

Indya - posted on 01/18/2010

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Medela makes wonderful breastpumps. I personally have a medela Freestyle pump and i love it!! It is a handsfree pump( and the only one on the market) problem is...it costs about $350. luckilly for me, several people pitched in to buy it.

Beth - posted on 01/18/2010

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I like the Advent manual pump and the Medela manual pump. Not only are they less expensive than the electronic ones, but I liked to have complete control over how fast I was pumping.

Kat - posted on 01/18/2010

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I own an Avent, but used a Medela in hospital. I think the Medela is excellent. I will hire one with #2 if the need required.

Erika - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hi Mitzi,

I'm with the other ladies as well. I have the medela double pump. I bought in January '08 I used it until July '08 and then started using it in February '09 til present. I'm very happy with it. I hope this helps a bit.

Erika
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

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