breast pumps

Stephanie - posted on 02/12/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )




i am due in july with my 2nd baby and want to try to breast feed again, it didnt work out with my first. i dont know which breast pump i should invest in? i know i heard medela is like the best one to have but dont know if i should spend the $300 on one. please feed back will be greatly appreciated


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Catherine - posted on 02/16/2011




What you should get depends on how often you will use it. I thought I wouldn't use it much, so I got a single electric pump, and it didn't work well at all, so on top of that $70, we ended up spending another $300 on the double Medela pump, which has been fantastic. I know it seems like a lot of money, but the way we looked at it was it was still a lot cheaper than formula would have been. Also, some posters suggested Ebay and Craigslist, but I would strongly advise against that. Sharing breast pumps is a sanitary issue. Although theoretically, milk shouldn't get into the pump itself, it is possible, and some diseases (most notably HIV) can be passed through breast milk. Also, if it is not well cared for and there's too much moisture inside of it, it could break or grow mold. Although I insisted on having my own so I knew it was clean, if you are seriously considering a used one, you might want to stick to getting one from someone you know and trust rather than from a stranger.

Sakina - posted on 02/16/2011




i have EVENFLO it s not expensive and it works great, also it s not noisy, moms try to save money for your children.

Shobi - posted on 02/16/2011




I tried the Medela and it was noisy and not productive. The avent hand held pump was great i found i got the more milk coming through and as it was non battery operated i could use it in the night without waking the whole house. I used the new yoomi self warming baby bottle as it heated the milk to breast milk temp and no hotter, so I felt that my baby was getting my milk at the perfect temp. It was a great bottle.

Emily - posted on 02/15/2011




What are your pumping needs? If you don't work outside the home, technically you don't *need* a breastpump. Breasts work just fine. ;) A cheap manual pump for occasional use would suit also.

If you're going back to work though, you'll definitely need a good electric pump. I do think the Medela is worth the money.

Krystal - posted on 02/15/2011




Check with your local WIC office or Health Department. Alot of them have a program where you can get a used pump with new parts for little or no money. I had to pay a deposit of $25 I think but when I took the pump back they refunded it.

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Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Might be an idea to rent one for a while before forking out the money. I'm not in the US and I didn't pump much so I can't advise on brands) but I think a good one will be expensive.
Just an aside, remember that it's not a good idea to pump at all in the early days, until your supply is settled. Let your milk come in naturally, and in the meantime there's all that lovely colostrum for your baby! If you have to express for any reason, manual expression is far gentler at this stage, and finger feed your baby so she doesn't get nipple confusion.

Best of luck.

Brandi - posted on 02/14/2011




Ask your doctor to give you a prescription for a pump and see if your insurance will pay for it. Usually Blue Cross/Blue Shield will pay for it (at least they do here) and some other ones will too. The insurance companies sometimes pay for it because if your baby is receiving breast milk the insurance will spend less money on doctor visits for your baby. If it doesn't pay for it, I would still buy the Medela because it works a lot better and it will last longer.

Jessica - posted on 02/14/2011




If you are not pumping often once or twice a day go for the medela is around 100 dollars so way cheaper than the in style. It works great. I pump once a day at work and this pump is perfect small quiet and does what it needs to for sure...

Dora - posted on 02/14/2011




I used the Medela with my first child and will use it with my 2nd child due in June 2011. I love it and it works great. It is definitely worth the money if you are planning to stick with it. If you are not sure then rent on for a couple of days and see if you even like it. I don't know where you live but here on Long Island quite a few hospitals will rent the Medela. Also call your health insurance. Quite a few now cover breast pumps. You may have to pay up front but then you get reimbursed. I just found this out myself.

Aimee-Grace - posted on 02/14/2011




I have the Medela double pump, it is wonderful. It works so quickly and efficiently. I will be using it again with my 2nd child due any day now! It was worth every penny. I was able to use a 20% off coupon at Babies R Us and that really helped with the price. If you are going to pump frequently it is the pump to get! Good Luck!

Tara - posted on 02/14/2011




I have a medela and I like it a lot. Fortunately we have a breast feeding clinic and I purchased it there. It was like $40 cheaper than in the stores. It is def worth the price, especially if you may have another child. Good luck with the breast feeding.

Joy - posted on 02/14/2011




I loved my medela pump. If you are going back to work check to see if there is a mother's room and if the have a pump to use there (medela makes one that you only have to buy the piston and bottles for). Also if you have a medical banking acct (ie cafeteria plan, FSA, HSA or HRA acct) you can now have your pump reimbursed thru these, it just was ok'd last week as a health tax deduction so you could also claim it on your taxes if you itemized. I personally had a lot of issues with the avent pump and I know of others who had the same problem, it just never seemed to pump very much, one time I used it and only got a couple of teaspoons then immediately used the pump I had borrowed from a friend and got 2 oz. My friend also got her health insurance to cover her pump, it does not happen very often but won't hurt to call them.

Theresa - posted on 02/12/2011




I bought a Playtex and an Evenflo. The Playtex was OK, then my sister-in-law gave me her Medela. It was SO much better. I kow they're a lot of money, but I think it'd be worth it. It worked much faster and did a better job of getting the milk out. Also check with your insurance. Sometimes they will pay for part or all of a breast pump. Saves them money in the long run because of a healthier baby.

Tyrae - posted on 02/12/2011




I have an Phillips advent manual pump. I love it. Of course if you are going for one that you'll be using all the time that wouldn't be the best one. I don't pump often so it works for me :)

Dana - posted on 02/12/2011




I think they're worth the money, personally. I prefer Medela pumps also, they just seemed to work best.

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