Post # 1
I can’t decide if I want to spend the $$$ on the Medela Pump in Style. This is the one that gets the best reviews and was recommended in our breastfeeding class. It’s a lot of money and what if I don’t end up using it as much as I expect? We received gift cards/checks at our shower so finding the money isn’t the problem, I just don’t want to regret spending it.
I could see how a low quality pump could make breastfeeding more of a chore and more frustrating. I’ll be home for the first three months on leave and then returning to work while hubby stays home for about two months. Any advice? Are there cheaper pumps that are still worth using? My thinking is that I’d like to build a supply for when I might not be available or sick, so hubby can feed her, and so when I go back to work she can stay on breast milk.
Any advice would be great! Thanks!
Post # 3
I haven’t delivered yet, so take my advice with a grain of salt 🙂
but I’ve heard that most hospitals will rent out pumps to you if you want, and that that is a good way to go at first- you don’t have to invest right away and you can see kind of how everything works, (see if pumping works for you at all, because I hear that it doesn’t for everyone), and get a better idea of what you’ll be looking for in a pump.
Post # 4
I don’t know if I can be any help since I have the Pump in Style except to say that if you plan on pumping when you go back to work you will definitely want a double electric pump. I feel like pumping every 3 hours takes up a large part of my work day and I can’t imagine doing each side separately. I’ve been happy with it but I really don’t have anything to compare it to either.
I also have the Medela Harmony manual pump that I used before I finally broke down and bought the pump in style. It works really well for a manual pump and I still keep it in my car for emergencies when I have been out and needed to pump unexpectedly. It was also nice having a manual pump because I occasionally pump one side while he feeds on the other side.
Post # 5
I had a Medela electric pump. I originally had hand held one but you can only do one breast at a time. I loved my Medela electric-it’s expensive but worth it.
Post # 6
I’m still in the process of chosing a breast pump as well. From the research I have done, the Medela Pump in style has more cons than other pumps.
It’s not a closed system, so it can only ever be used by one person. Medela is the only brand not to change this, as Aven, Ameda, Hygeia, etc all have double electric breast pumps that are closed systems. Even if you don’t want to buy used with a new ket, at least you would have the option of selling it when you’re done or if breastfeeding doesn’t go as planned.
I just got flagged with emails for recalls on the pump in style (last week or two), but since i had already planned to go a different route, I didn’t read them. You’d want to look into that. I’ve also heard more mixed reviews of the pump in style than other pumps from peple I know.
I think that the pump in style, ameda purely yours and hygeia enjoye are all on par with one another. The medela seems to be the most expensive of the pumps. For me being able to sell it when I’m done is a good thing since we aren’t planning to have a 2nd child for 3-4 years, and we can recoup some of the cost.
I’m going back to work at 12 weeks, but at this point I’ve decided to wait and use a manual pump for the first week or two if I need it. I want to make sure that I can breastfeed before I invest that kind of money.
Post # 7
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I’m planning on trying the Hygeia enjoye partly because of this review which I found really helpful: http://julia-transition.blogspot.com/2010/06/pump-talk-part-1.html
Post # 8
I also registered for the Medela Pump In Style because of the good reviews online, from friends and from my breastfeeding class. We also recieved a coupon in class for $50 off the pump (bonus!).
I recieved the recall emails as well that @MrsTilly mentioned above but they seemed to be only for certain ones sold a few months ago and the emails stated that they do not include any avaliable on the website currently (BabiesRUs). Make sure the one you are buying is new and wasn’t included in this recall list.
The pump is a lot of $$ but I would rather spend it and not have an extra headache with pumping manual or with a single pump. I like the fact that it comes with a storage bag/carry-all/cooler/etc so that I don’t have to go out and buy that all seperately (more $ potentially and a headache to fit it all together…I’d rather just get the set!).
I’m due in April and haven’t used this pump before but it is the one I plan to use.
Post # 9
@mrstilly:Now that you mention Ameda, I remembered that this was the one that they recommended during my breastfeeding class.
Post # 10
I saw another review on the hygeia enjoye here on a blog called silver sppons, paper plates, which is how I first heard about the brand.
Post # 11
I got the Medela In Style because it was known as ‘the best pump out there’ according to my circle. I didn’t research too much beyond that. Well, I have been using it for the past 2 weeks and it’s been a lifesaver. It works excellent and milk production is upthere. The email sent was for Medelas with mechanical problems, some would just stop working, not due to safety reasons.
Although I have been extremely cost-conscious and have accepted various hand-me-downs, this was one of my non-negotiables…a new breastpump that I could learn/sterilize in advance. Now that I hear the cons of getting cheaper ones, I’m glad I did. My nipples are thankful too. My girlfriends chipped in and got it for me at the shower. If I could choose anyone, I’d probably do the portable Medela Freestyle although it’s even more expensive.
If you need to pump at the hospital and they let you use theirs while there (they had Medela Symphony) then you can get a crash course on how to use it.
NOte: you need to find out what your nipple size is and get different breast thingees (flanges?) accordingly. The one in the box didn’t fit me so the nurse provided me with the right size..good thing, b/c I wouldn’t have known better though there are pics in the instruction manual. So much to learn.
I’d be very wary about buying used and if you do please be sure you have all the instruction manuals. Oh and bring the big sized LANSINOH nipple cream with you to the hospital so you don’t have to wait around for the dinky little samples. Put it on liberally. It’s safe for baby. In fact, I started doing this 2 months before giving birth b/c my nipples felt chapped. Ok…sorry, tangent.
Post # 12
I have the Lansinoh double electric breast pump. It works great, is comfortable, fits most bottles and you can put batteries in it too just in case. The only thing I dont care for is its a little loud. I havent used the Medela though, so I cant compare the loudness.
Post # 13
I made a decision! I ended up ordering the Avent® ISIS iQ DUO™ Twin Electronic Breast Pump from Kohls. It got good reviews on Amazon and Target. It’s listed as $280, on sale for $240. I was able to use a 30 percent off coupon and a $25 gift card, so I ended up spending $150 and got free shipping. I feel more comfortable at this price point and the reviews really were good, so hopefully this works out well. I’m excited for it to come in the mail! Thanks for all the input!
Post # 14
I think I’m leaning towards this one but at $300 I’m not sure.