Post # 1
Hello fellow bees with babies!
First time mom here and I am pregnant with twins and hope/plan on breastfeeding. I also have to go back to work once my maternity leave is up, so pumping is a must for me if I succeed in this breastfeeding endeavor. Anyway I am trying to decide between the Medela Freestyle and the Medela Pump in Style. I have read a few reviews and over all it seems as though the Freestyle is in the lead, do you bees have any insight over which you feel which pump is superior.
Also like to note that I strongly considered the Ameda Purely Yours, but eliminated it as a choice since it was so hard to find replacement parts other than on the internet.
Thanks for any insight you ladies have!
Post # 3
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I’m going with the Ameda Purely Yours because it is a closed system as opposed to the open systems of the Medelas. I found all sorts of replacement parts on well.ca if that puts it back into the running for you. Much cheaper than Medelas too.
ETA: Sorry, just saw that you said other than on the internet and that my post is now completely irrelevant. Well.ca has had superb shipping for me though with most items coming to me in 2-3 days when I choose the most basic option.
Post # 4
I had a Medela freestyle. I liked the convenience to carry it. I felt it was a good pump. I did not exclusively pump, but I did once or twice a day.
Post # 5
I’m also getting an Ameda Purely Yours because its closed system. I decided open-system was NOT something I wanted after reading this article. This site also really helped to compare different pumps advantages & disadvantages.
Hope this helps!!
Post # 6
You may want to check with your insurance company. Mine now covers a pump completely as long as you go through a medical supplier (which they can give you the info). My insurance will send me the equivalent of the Medela Pump in Style but it’s called something like the Medela Advanced Double Breast Pump.
Post # 7
I have the Pump In Style.. I bought one of those bras like the freestyle has so that I could wear it and I love it! I dont know what you’ve read about pumping but a lot of critics say that you should do it near the baby if you can… or have a picture of the baby if you’re at work… it’s said to be a milk booster. A lot of women, myself included, find that you dont pump as much when you aren’t near/thinking about the baby. I dont think most people are going to do the dishes while they’re pumping.. and stuff like that. In fact the LC’s I worked with (I have a 6 week old boy delivered premature so I exclusively pumped for a while) did not recommend anything like that. They highly encouraged you to be bedside near the baby or otherwise somewhere peaceful and relaxing with pictures of the baby to help you yeild the most milk. It’s a great thought and all that you be “hands free” and be able to do whatever you want but it’s honestly super unrealistic. Depedning what kind of bottles you pump into, some of them have holes and so you cant be bending over and stuff anyways because milk will dump out. And with these big things pertruding from your breasts it’s kind of hard to pick up the baby or do house chores or whatever. It’s just highly unrealistic from my experience and that of LC’s and other mothers I’ve talked to and breastfeeding/pumping support groups. So I personally would just pick the pump in style. I like the bag it comes with too.
Post # 8
@Hippos: just had this conversations with my sis who ha the freestyle and has used the pump in style advanced as well. The main difference she said is portability. I will mostly be pumping at work so the portability issue is no big deal to me (at lest not to the point I’ll buy the freestyle when I can get the Pisa free from my insurance).
Post # 8
I’ve actually used both the PISA and the Freestyle and I love both for their unique characteristics. I started out with the PISA because of all the rave reviews and to tell you frankly, it may be the single reason why I am still breastfeeding today. ( 20 months and counting after no supply for the first month!)
In terms of durability I would highly recommend the PISA. Ive heard of mummies using it for 3 kids and it stil works fine.
I decided to get the freestyle because after about 10 months of pumping, i was so sick of being chained to a desk. Believe me 30 mins every few hours add up. Luckily I got a brand new one cheap from another mommy who had received an extra one as a gift.
In terms of suction, PISA wins hands down. The freestyle’s suction varies depend on the battery level. But the freedom the freestyle allows is really liberating. I can pump anywhere anytime, I can pump while cooking, I can pump while sweeping the floor.
So if you were to ask which is better, i cant really say because it’ll depend on which characteristic you find more important 🙂
I thought this was a useful guide.
Post # 9
Thanks for the replies, for a little update, my twins were born early (28 weeks) so I got way too familar with pumps. I ended up renting a pump from the hospital. While its not very portable I completely forgot that my work has a lactation room with a Symphony pump! My insurance company provided a Purely Yours or Freestyle and truth be told, compared to the symphony…aren’t that great. Since I’m exclusively pumping and need to provide enough milk for two babies, the Symphony is just the better choice for me and my family.