Breast Pumps!! WEEEE!!

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
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Bumble Beekeeper

Medela Pump in Style Advanced

If you are planning to go back to work and that’s why you are pumping, you should get a double electric. A hand held takes a long time and a lot of effort, which is no big deal if you won’t be pumping often, but if you will need to pump regularly, get an electric.

I splurged (well… my mom splurged for me) on the Medela because it’s regarded as one of the best (if not the best) pumps out there on the consumer market. You can sometimes rent even more impressive ones from hospitals, but you can’t really buy better commercially. It’s one of the ones most hopsitals recommend and sell to new moms too.

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Buzzing bee

Breast pumps are starting to be covered by more insurances- I would check with yours before spending money.

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Bumble bee

I’m going to be a stay-at-home mom but I am planning on getting a Medela pump (electric). It will make it a lot easier if I can pump enough that my husband can help out with feedings and for on-the-go. I just think the convenience of the electric pump will help me out a lot so I think that’s one of the things worth the splurge. :)

@guitargirl:  Thanks for the heads up!

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Sugar bee

I’ve heard great things about Hygeia pumps. They are a closed system and are WHO compliant.  They are probably a bit more difficult to find than Medela and others though.  

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Worker bee

Hey!!!

I researched for my sister-in-law and we got her a Medela.  My insurance covers an Ameda so thats what I will go with.   

Just a tip for everyone – Babies R Us has 20-25% off coupons – you can use those on breast pumps.  Also, Buy Buy Baby has 20% off coupons as well that can be used on breast pumps there.  It’s a huge savings when you consider how much they are.  

: – D

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Buzzing bee

I used the Medela dual pump in style with the tote (it was 4 years ago so they didn’t have the “advanced” yet, but it looks similar to what I had), and considering that I pumped exclusively for 5+ months, I used it ALL THE TIME!  I highly recommend it; I was able to pump 40oz of milk a day which was more than enough for my son and helped me build a freezer stash.  I also used the battery back-up to pump on vacations, at parties, at the office, etc., so I found it easy to use/clean/carry around.  

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Bumble bee

Medela Freestyle!

I absolutely loved it! It was a great pump, and to be able to pump hands free was a life saver.

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Buzzing bee

Thanks for posting this! I am planning on staying at home but want a breastpump for ease and if I go out for the day, or even so I can drink and dump… ;) I’ve heard good things about the Medela pumps and am going to add one to the registry. 

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Bumble Beekeeper

@nicannette:  Yes it’s a double. Really, with Medela, once you get the souble electric, your choices are pretty much the Pump in Style and the Freestyle, and then those are sometimes available with different types of bags (either a backpack or a shoulder bag). The Pump in Style is the more popular option, but the Freestyle is hands free. You can go handsfree with Pump in Style if you get a handsfree bustier.

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Bumble bee

I bought a Medela Pump In Style Advanced and all the supplies from a friend who tried to breastfeed and couldn’t. I’ve heard great things about them, and she sold it to me with all the stuff for only $100. Everyone I work with who is breastfeeding or has breastfed uses the same one!

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Busy bee

I am bucking the trend a bit and went with the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra. I did a ton of research and both Medela and Ameda got the best reviews (Medela may have functionally beat the Ameda ultimately, but the Ameda wins on price). 

That said, the decision for me ultimately came down to cleaning. I am nervous about my ability to fully clean the pumps (that’s a personal thing for me) so the closed system (as opposed to the Medela’s open system) made more sense to me based on the reviews.

Anyway, I’ve also heard a few negatives on the Ameda (noisier, etc.) but the benefits ultimately outweighed the negatives for me.

Just thought I would throw the other option out there.

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Sugar bee

commenting to follow along! this is a great thread!

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