Breast Pumps: Feedback on Ameda, Medela, and Playtex (Actual Models in Post)

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have the Ameda and while LO is only 3 weeks old I’ve used it a few times and love it. The closed system is an awesome feature, it’s really easy to use, is pretty quiet (but I havn’t heard any others to compare) and the lactation consultants at the local major children’s hopital recommended it but I’ve also heard great things from Medela users. I think there are quite a few bees who use Medela so you’ll probably get good insight.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@lilbluebird:  I’m researching pumps too and I think I’m oging with the Ameda because of the closed system. I hear they also have great customer service. I also like that other brands of bottle can fit on the pump and that any replacement parts (valves, etc) are less expensive than the Medela.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m guessing these are the models covered by your insurance? FYI, the Medela Advanced Personal Double Electric isn’t the same as the popular Pump In Style retail model.  My insurance covers the same model, and I had the two confused for a while.

 

I can’t offer advice based on experience, but I noticed on several of the distributor websites (eg Yummy Mummy) that there’s a section on upgrading for some extra fee.  I am seriously considering it, because the Pump In Style has a great reputation, but there aren’t a lot of reviews on the Advanced Personal Double Electric yet.  I can’t tell for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they came out with this model following the surge in pump demand with the Affordable Care Act.

 

Sorry if that was confusing, but I think I’ll upgrade to the Pump In Style even if I have to pay a bit, because at least I’ll have a good idea of what I’m getting.

ETA: If I were to choose strictly from the three models you listed, I’d go with the Ameda.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@lilbluebird:  It’s supposedly compatable with all Avent products such as these glass bottles: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/feeding/bottle-feeding/bottles/bottles/bottles-sizes-2-6-oz./philips-avent-4-ounce-natural-glass-bottles-2-pk-scf671-27-13001466. And I’ve seen several reviews where Dr. Brown bottles are used: http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=4438415′ defer=’defer. I think they fit others too, but those are the ones I know of. I won’t actually be using bottles myself though because I’m pumping for donation to a milk bank.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lilbluebird:  I don’t have a tote or anything fancy for mine, I bought just the double electric pump. I may have quoted the wrong thing. It’s the Ameda purely yours but no bag or carry tote. I figured I can just use a bag I already have. I don’t need to pay for a tote bag. I’ve yet to use it in double mode because I’ve just beeing using it to pump off during engorgement. I also don’t feed from the bottle I pump into. I’ve been storing my milk in storage bags but even if I’m going to feed it fairly soon I will be transferring to a different bottle so even if they aren’t compatible with your glass bottles, the worst case is you have a slight bit more dishes to wash.

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