(Closed) Breast Pumps

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@eurekaanchovies:

 

I’m not there yet, but my sister has suggested a brand called Medela if that helps?

I know she rented one for a month then got her own thereafter. 

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not a mom but I’m just assuming that buying is better than renting, and this way you have it for next time if you decide to have another baby.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have the Medela swing, but wish I got the double pump so I could be more efficient when I do pump instead of taking twice as long like I currently do.  I got Medela just because that’s the one you hear most about.  If I could go back, though, I probably would have followed Mrs. Tiramisu’s recommendation: http://ohapostrophe.blogspot.com/2011/04/hygeia-enjoye-breast-pump-review.html

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I’ve been breastfeeding exclusively for 4.5 months and I use my Medela Freestyle daily.  It’s super easy and fast and convenient (the pump part is really small and you can carry it around with you).  I pump because we give Kayla a bottle once a day and I’m hoping soon to have a new job in a different state as we are trying to move so it will be very helpful.  

As for renting vs. buying, I was lucky as I was going through a very rough time after Kayla was born and my dad actually bought mine for me.  However, if I’m not mistaken, I believe you can write off buying a breast pump on your taxes?  Or use an FSA, I can’t quite remember, anyone have any more knowledge about this?

 

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My baby isn’t here yet so I’m not much help, but I’m planning on holding off until I know that I need one. I’m not working so I’m hoping not to need it at all, and if I do I’ll rent. I heard that it’s better to have the stronger, hospital grade breast pump because it helps keep your milk going better and longer. And I just don’t want to waste money on it if I don’t need it.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Good question! I want the Medela (msp?) but it’s so expensive. I’d like a cheaper brand, so any suggestions here are going on my list!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

have you checked with your heath ins to see if they cover them? if they don’t, you CAN use your flexible spending account to buy one, if you have one. but, a lot of plans provide new mothers with an electric pump. i know a bunch of people that were given medela ‘pump in styles’ & one that was given an ameda ‘purely yours’ (this person had to have the dr write a script to the ins company that there was a need, she had twins so it was to increase supply, and that is what they sent her).

if you’re going to be a SAHM, and aren’t given one by your ins, you might want to get a hand pump. for someone that is just looking to pump a few bottles so you can leave the baby with a sitter, or freeze incase you are ill or for whatever reason can’t nurse, a good manual hand pump should be fine for your needs. the avent ‘isis’ is an great, budget friendly pump.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m interested in this question too!  By the way… for the mamas out there — how much does a good breast pump cost?

Post # 12
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Helper bee

My Medela Freestyle was $349 I think, however if you have a Buy Buy Baby near you, you can use a 20% off coupon with it. 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

you can rent a medela pump from your local LLL for like $30 a month. and I used the medela pump in style for a years (nursed DS for 4 yrs and DD for 3.5).

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have the Medela Pump In Style Shoulder Bag and I LOVE it! I wasn’t sure how much I would use it, I am a SAHM so I can breastfeed exclusively and not bottle fed uness I want to, but I use it EVERY day. I haven’t given a bottle yet (she is 6 weeks but we had some inital trouble with her latch and so haven’t introduced the botte yet) and have 80 bags in our deep freezer!! It is so user friendly, the double electric makes it very fast and the way it pumps mimicing a baby nursing gives multiple letdowns/pump. You can check with your insurance and see if they will pay for it or pay for part of it. It helped a lot when I was engorged days 3-5 as well. It is pricey, $270, but really that is the cost of formula for a month of two 😉

Good luck! 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

The first thing I’ll say is that if you plan to breastfeed you will need a pump unless you NEVER plan to leave your baby alone.  If you ever want someone else to be able to feed the baby, then you’ll have to get a pump and have some milk in storage.  I own three pumps and rented another.

The first pump I bought was the Avent manual pump.

I used it almost daily during my maternity leave.  It’s ok but the valve kept popping through, and it was sometimes uncomfortable.  Also when you’re using a manual pump, that’s ALL you can do.  You need both hands, and you don’t get as much milk.

The second pump I got was a Medela Pump in Style.

It comes with a pump (attached to the bag), milk storage bag, storage bottles, freezer pack, a small manual pump (HA, yeah right), a battery pack (need 8 AAs), two flange sets and bottle rests.  It runs at one speed, but you can adjust the suction level.  I purchased a Medela hands-free bra so that I could pump hands-free.  I also purchased the car adapter so that I could use it in the car.  Worked GREAT.  Loved this pump.

The next pump I got was the Medela Pump in Style Advanced.

It has all the same accessories as the Pump in Style (with a slightly different bag).  The difference is the pump.  It has adjustable suction, but it also has a “Let Down Button.”  As soon as you let down you push the button and it slows down the pump.  If your milk stops you push the button and it gets faster again.  When you let down again, push the button and it slows down.  You get much more milk with this pump!  It mimics a baby’s suckling (fast then slow and fast then slow).

Both of the Pump in Styles are great because they’re portable, you can use them in your car or at work or wherever.  They’re both double-electric which means they can pump both breasts at once.  The little storage bags are great to store milk you pump away from home and keep it cold.

The last pump I used was the Medela Symphony.

I rented it from a local shop for $3 per day.  It’s a hospital grade pump.  I pumped WAY more milk with that than with my home pumps.  The downside is that it isn’t very small, it’s actually pretty large.  If you duct tape two 2-liter bottles together that’s about the size of the pump itself.  The case it comes in is a hard-shell plastic case that’s even bigger.  It doesn’t come with anything but the pump, you have to buy the tubing, flanges, and pump accessories.  This was great to use when I needed to pump a ton of milk to store.  Not really necessary for daily use unless you have problems with milk production or pumping with the home pumps.  If you can get a prescription for a pump that your insurance would pay for, I’d buy this pump.  Super great pump, but not really great for portability or travel.

TL;DR: Manual pumps suck.  Medela Pump in Style and Pump in Style Advanced great for working moms and portability.  Hospital grade Medela Symphony great for storing lots of milk, but expensive and bulky.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Sulli301: true about the cost of formula. When our foster baby came to us I almost fainted at the cost of formula LOL. $300 is a small price to pay in comparison to formula.

I will confess to being a very crunchy mom in that my kids never had a crib, stroller or swing because we co-slept and used a maya wrap. We also cloth diapered so I spent no money on paper diapers lol. Makes things SO much cheaper. This allowed me to buy a great pump to ensure that my babies got mommy milk.

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