What kind of breast pump should i use ?

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Shenice - posted on 09/20/2009

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There are so many replies that I did not read them all; I apologize in advance if my information is that same. I too agree that Medela is the best to use. I currently have the pump n style. I would like to have the freestyle because it is hands free and that will be useful when I go back to work. However the pumpstyle works just as good if you have the little bottle stand to prop on your leg. If you do not want to pay the price I suggest looking on craig's list. You can always buy new accessories to go with the pump. I bought one from one of my mom's co-workers for $75 and got the accessories (pump, tubes, membranes) for $25. That was ALOT cheaper than buying the actual price. I thought about the other brands of pumps but one of my friends who has 3 kids and has tried others told me this, "you get what you pay for. what do you want when it comes to your nipples."

April - posted on 09/19/2009

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I use the medela manual it's not so rough however takes about 20 mins to pump.

Jen - posted on 09/19/2009

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I'll tell you that you definitely get what you pay for in a pump. I have the Medela Pump In Style backpack style dual pump, and I also used the Playtex dual pump and the Playtex one was HORRIBLE for me....the Medela made all the difference in the world, even though it was expensive!

Alishia - posted on 09/19/2009

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Quoting Cynthia:

Oh yeah i've seen those breast pumps - i wonder if the brand all together is good. Cuz i found one with medela brand that can do manual, batterie or eletric for only 179.99. But i have a curse of buying things and them not working [ aka my blender that said it would crush ice - but does not ! ] and i want to make sure my breast pump works or i'll be pretty much screwed because i'm sure if it doesn't work they wont let me return it !



If you buy from Toys'R'Us they have a warranty you can purchase for $8 more.. its good for 15 months and will replace the pump if it malfunctions or breaks due to normal wear and tear.

Alishia - posted on 09/19/2009

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I rent the medela for at home as it is large and not battery powered. But,

i bought an evenflo one @ toys'r'us for $65. It works well, lightweight, portable, battery powered and has ac adapter as well. also has bag to carry in w/ insulated cooler on one side. the only downfall i have found is it doesnt have a stimulation phase of pumping like the medela, but i have a good flow and milk supply so it hasnt been a problem.

Caronne - posted on 09/19/2009

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I currently use the Lansinoh Brand...it was $150., is a double pump, it can be plugged in or takes 6 batteries.....it really is Great...we travel lot & I take it everywhere...........

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The medela swing is brilliant! It's electric that runs on either AC or batteries and it's small enough to take anywhere. Easy to clean and it's really comfortable to use with an adjustable suction. It's only slightly more expensive than a manual as well. Well worth the few extra dollars.

Debbie - posted on 09/19/2009

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I am currently using the medela mini electric., It's great because it works of mains or batteries. This makes it handy for if your going to be expressing once back at work.

Emma - posted on 09/18/2009

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you could get the medela swing. it's a single, electric pump, and at about $150.00, it costs $100-$150 less than the double pumps. i would definitely recommend medela though, and i tried another electric and a couple of manuals.

Zoe - posted on 09/17/2009

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I would recommend Medela Harmony manual breastpump. I tried Avent's manual pump but I like Harmony better. It has fewer parts to clean and sterilize plus it has a 2 phase expression mode for more efficient pumping. I also like its ergonomic handle which makes it more comfortable to pump. I use this 3x a day at work and have had no problems so far. And oh my experience with avent, some milk would sometimes build up in silicone soft shields which was a waste. Because you know with pumping milk, every drop counts. Hope this helps. :)

Emma - posted on 09/16/2009

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I found the AVENT isis I.Q to be the best electric pump, its comfortable, quiet and very efficient. It also comes with the attachment to turn it into a hand pump,it retails for about £85. (hand pump also very good retails seperatly for £25)
I've also tried the medela mini electric (£55) wouldn't recommend it, noisy, uncomfortable and if you have large breasts the funnel doesn't really fit so you get poor results(can by different sizes separately)
The more expensive medela are better(hospital grade)
I've been breastfeeding my 2nd child for almost 10 months and pumping for 9, I also expressed solely for 2 months for my first born when he was in special care( he was born 15 weeks early and couldn't BF, so i relied solely on the hosp grade pumps to provide the milk for him)

Molly - posted on 09/16/2009

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If you are going to pump only when you are at work PART TIME and breast feeding when you are home, I would go for the Avent hand pump. This pump works will if you are going going to pump for a short time. It is a manule and will take time to do and your hand will get tired. If your planning on going back to work full time, I would get the Medela Pump in Style. It is expensive, but it will get the job done in 15-20 minutes if your doing both breast at the same time. The pump is hospital grade and very powerful. This is good if you need to stimulate more milk if your baby is feeding less on some days. You can get it used, BUT do not use the tubes and section cups, and the part that hold the section cups. I would buy new of those. The bottles, you can sanitize by boiling or you can get the microwave sanitizing bags. If you are looking for a moderately priced pump, try the Lansonoh electric pump. This pump is not as good as the Medela, but it will get the job done. This pump has a bit more small parts, which you have to fiddle with during the pumping. You can also see how the Playtex pump works, but I do not know how well that one works. For me, I would go for the Medela pump. Look through Craigslist and you can buy the pumps for the half the cost or better offer. The newer ones come with a battery pack which I love! I have pumped in the car, at church, and at work where I forgot the plug. Good luck finding one and I hope this helps.

Cynthia - posted on 09/16/2009

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Oh yeah i've seen those breast pumps - i wonder if the brand all together is good. Cuz i found one with medela brand that can do manual, batterie or eletric for only 179.99. But i have a curse of buying things and them not working [ aka my blender that said it would crush ice - but does not ! ] and i want to make sure my breast pump works or i'll be pretty much screwed because i'm sure if it doesn't work they wont let me return it !

Shawna - posted on 09/16/2009

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Well if you look the machine up on line and see a picture of it, theres no way it can get into the machine. What you may have heard is that it can get into the hoses which it isnt supposed to but I can see how that could happen. So you just have to make sure you replace them but again thats really cheap. Or again you can just rent from the hospital but those will definitley have been used. Good hunting, wish you luck :-)

Cynthia - posted on 09/16/2009

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Okay thanks ladies - however, i did read some where that your not suppose to buy breast pumps second hand unless they are made for more than one user because even though you don't think that the milk can't leak into the actuall machine it can't and some of those parts you can't sterillize. I've heard of everyone renting from the hospital so i'm thinking that might be the choice. However i wanted just a small manual one cuz i don't mind pumping by hand because it's not gonna be an ever day thing - only for when i'm away from the baby for a night or so. Because i'm not against mixing breast milk and formula.

Linda - posted on 09/16/2009

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Rent one from a hospital. Medela electric is very good. Feeding right from the breast is best. When you have to return to work for economics. Call any OB dept in a hosp they can hook you up to a lactation specialist on rental rates.

Shawna - posted on 09/16/2009

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Well I borrowed it from my sister but you have to be careful doing that and make sure you replace the replacable parts (cheap) other wise it was like $350. But you can rent them from the hospital or buy them on ebay or craigslist.com. Again just make sure you seriously sanitize it and buy replacable parts from Babies R Us or somewhere. It shouldnt cost anymore than $20 to do that.

Christine - posted on 09/16/2009

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I vote for the medela in style. It is a double, electric pump. They are expensive, but if you need to pump, you need a good one. Check on craigslist for a gently used one or ask around to see if any of your friends have one you can use. You can buy all new tubes, cups, etc. for it. Milk doesn't come in contact with the actual machine.

Cynthia - posted on 09/16/2009

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what is the price range ? cuz i'm only gonna use it on rare occasions so i don't want to spend a fortune.

Shawna - posted on 09/16/2009

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I used the medela double pump that comes in a carrying case and is electric. I give it a B+

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