Post # 1
I’m due November 2nd and need to order my breast pump. I’ve narrowed it down to two different options … Medela Advanced Personal Double Breast Pump (InStyle) and Lansinoh Signature Pro Breast Pump. My SIL used the Lansinoh and a close friend of mine used the Medela, both loved their pumps but can’t give me useful information as to why. I will be taking a 3 month maternity leave. I hope to breast feed as long as I can before having to pump but as we all know not everything goes to plan. I’m not 100% sure if I’ll pump when I go back to work, I guess that all depends on how things go and how I feel. I’d love to hear your ladies thoughts on which pump you prefer/recommend and why. Thank you!
Post # 2
xdaydreams05x: im due in december and have purchased the medela one. Ive heard nothing but great reviews and my OB actually reccomended it to me. I figure if SHE thinks its good then it must be.
Post # 3
I didn’t vote bc while I used Medela, I wouldn’t say I loved it, but I wouldn’t say that’s the fault of the pump, it just is what it is. I hated pumping, but I also had supply issues. Good luck!
Post # 4
I used the Medela one, it worked okay, it did it’s job. I don’t have experience with the other one so can’t say.
Post # 5
The first couple of months you will need to pump. Your breast will become so engorge with milk that they will become sore to the touch so you will need to pump in order to relieve the pain. If you plan on breastfeeding pump and freeze your milk unless you plan on subsituting with formula. I highly recommend talking to a breastfeeding consultant prior to having your baby. I didn’t think breastfeeding was hard until I had my son through an emergency c-section. Oh and get some breast pads if you haven’t already done so your clothes will be soak with breast milk not fun.
Post # 6
xdaydreams05x: EVERTYTHING Medela is grrreat. I literally have an electric pump, manual pump, cleansing wipes, steam bags, lanolin cream (you can use it for so many other things than just sore/cracked nipples.. when DD gets a chapped “chin” like right under her lips I use it and it clears it right up) and some storage bottles. I DON’T recommend the medela storage bags even with the double lock, I feel like they cost way to much and aren’t secure enough. I personally, love/d the Babies r us brand of storage bags.
Post # 7
I actually rent a Medela Symphony (hospital grade) pump so I don’t have personal experience with either pumps, BUT sometimes when I pump at work I actually share a room with other pumping moms and literally all of them have a Medela pump. <br />I would check out the book Baby Bargains. Its a book that really helps narrow down the pros and cons of popular pumps out there.
Another thing to think about is that I have never heard of the Lansinoh pump and while it may be great, how available are spare parts for it? With Medela at least you can run to Target or Babies R Us to replace a torn membrane or lost tubing instead of ordering online and waiting.
Post # 8
I bought the Medela pump in style and it’s good but it’s kind of uncomfortable. I started renting the Medela Symphony and have been using that instead. It’s much more comfortable to use and I think you can get more milk out with it.
Post # 9
xdaydreams05x: I have the pisa and it’s a good pump. I have no experience with the other but generally medela pisa comes highly recommended.
i have to disagree with the Pp who said you need to pump early on to relieve pain from engorgement. This is not recommended as yor supply needs to regulate and if you pump when engorged you are tellin your body to continue producing instead of letting it know it needs to produce less. If you are in pain from engorgement you should hand express (or pump but hand expression is best) only to the point of relieving discomfort not to the point of emptying your breasts. You do not want to create an oversupply trust me!
Post # 10
I used the symphony (hospital grade) and the pump in style and the avent Isis iq duo. I exclusively pumped and bottle fed my son. The Isis was by far the superior pump.
Post # 11
Many insurances will cover the cost of a breast pump, so you should definitely look into that- it might save you a couple hundred dollars. I used the Medela PISA and it’s fine. I could never really get the hands-free pumping thing down, but my coworker uses that same pump and uses during her commute (with the car adapter).
Post # 12
I don’t have any experience with the Lansinoh, but Medela is usually the most highly recommended. I had an Ameda Purely Yours (from my insurance) which I HATED. Hated it so much I used my own $$ to buy the cheapest medela (pump in style advanced tote)- I got a good price for brand new at $210. I love it way more than my other one!!
Post # 13
Bored6: DH and I are taking a 3 hour breastfeeding course next week. I don’t know much so I hope to gain a lot of useful information and yes I have a huge box of breast pads in my closet, my SIL gave it to me saying I will most definitely be needing them.
MrsPhishBee: That’s not the first time I’ve read negative comments in regards to the Medela storage bags. I constantly read about them leaking? I heard the Lansinoh brand storage bags are much better. Good to know, thanks!
idoalterations: If you don’t mind me asking what do you mean by it’s kind of uncomfortable? Meaning the suction cups or the actual suction of the machine?
Hippos: You make a very good point in regards to getting a pump with easily accessible parts. You are absolutely right, BRU and other stores carry a ton of Medela parts.
MrsWBS: Thanks for the advice, that makes sense.
paperumbrella: I won’t be paying out of pocket for my pump. I contacted my insurance company beforehand and found out I am able to order my pump through three different companies. I did my research and narrowed it down to these two pumps. It sounds like Medela seems to be the more well known brand and so far no real negative comments so I’m thinking this will be the way to go.
Thank you ladies!!!! Love the bee for this exact reason … always there when you need help/advice.
Post # 14
xdaydreams05x: I would avoid Medela, actually, because their personal pumps are not made to comply with the World Health Organization’s code (only their hospital-grade pumps are WHO code-compliant).
In general the Medela pumps seem to work well, and they are the biggest company out there so their parts, etc., are easy to find, but they have problems with milk getting into the mechanism and growing mold because they use an open-system design. A closed-system pump is most important if you’re buying a secondhand one, but even if you’re buying new, there is a risk of contaminating your own milk with an open-system pump.
There is a Bee on here who posts that closed- vs. open-system is just marketing language and doesn’t mean anything because her midwife told her so, but all you have to do is google some combination of “breastpump,” “Medela” and “mold” and you’ll find plenty of people out there who have reported problems.
Post # 15
xdaydreams05x: The suction of the machine is kind of jerky. It’s like in, out, in, out, no smooth transition. The Medela Symphony has smoother suction. Like it’s drawing the milk out of your boobs more like how the baby would do it.