Post # 1
I’ve never really been around breast feeding moms (my own mother wasn’t able to, and I just never saw/was too young to remember anyone else doing it), but I’m interested in trying when LO gets here. There’s a pretty size able difference in price between manual and electric breast pumps, BUT I don’t know how much effort the manual entails (knowing nothing about BFing), and if the electric is worth it. Can anyone enlighten me?
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
You should check with your health insurance company, as many will cover the cost of a good quality electric pump. That may make your decision a lot easier. 🙂
Post # 3
lovekiss: thanks, I’ll look into it!
Post # 4
I would say an electric pump is much better, if you can afford one. Many of the women I know had trouble getting a lot of milk with a manual one. I liked the conveniance of an electric one, personally.
Medela makes some affordable ones.
Post # 5
AnonymousCupcake: I have a Medela electric pump. My insurance wouldn’t cover it because our plan was a plan that was grandfathered in, so ObamaCare wouldn’t cover it, so depending on your insurance, you could get it covered.
Anyway, I am glad I have it. I have never tried a manual pump, but I have hand expressed before, and that sucks a LOT. It’s slow. My electric pump is very thorough and fast. If you do go with an electric pump, I recommend getting the Simples Wishes pumping bra (the Medala one had some not so great reviews for fitting) so you can be hands-free and do both at the same time. I find I am not coordinated to double pump without the bra.
Post # 6
AnonymousCupcake: I really did like my electric double pump. It was nice to be hands free so I could do other things (like go on weddingbee!) while pumping. That being said, if you aren’t planning on returning to work/pumping very much, it may not be worth the money. I also had a manual pump (that I used when out and about) and was able to pump more in a shorter amount of time with the manual.
Post # 7
You might think about looking for a secondhand pump (you can get a set of new tubing and flanges, etc, for about $30, to use with an existing pump). If you do, it’s best to avoid Medela and look for a Hygeia or an Ameda.
Medela makes good pumps, but they are open-system, meaning that milk can get into the mechanism where you can’t get in to clean it, and it can breed mold spores that could then find their way back into the milk. They are designed for a single user and not intended to be resold/shared.
Hygeia and Ameda make closed-system pumps where there is no way for the milk to get beyond the membrane and cross into the mechanism, so they can safely be shared/resold/used by multiple users just by getting a new set of tubing and flanges.
Post # 8
YES! It’s worth it. I had an electric pump with my first, but it broke and when DD #2 came along I decided I was too cheap to replace it, and just got a manual pump. Maybe it’s just me, but it was not even close to as effective as the electric and it hurt my hands. I pretty much just used it when I absolutely had to.
Post # 9
If you are planning to work then it is definitely worth it. You can do both breasts in 20 min hands free. Essential if you’re pumping at work. If you’re staying at home and just want to pump a bottle here or there a manual is probably fine. Check with insurance, many plans will cover a double electric pump. Mine gave me the ameda purely yours which seems to work fine for me. I had a pumping bra but mine didn’t vwork and I didnt wabt to be changing bras so I use hair ties with my nursing bra to do hands free.
Post # 10
My electric pump by Medela was covered under our insurance, so it was definitely worth it! Even if I had to pay, I would still choose an electric pump.
Post # 11
AnonymousCupcake: I had both; one was a rented medela (hospital quality) and the second was a manual medela from Toys R Us. It depends on your needs. If you’re pumping once in a while to get rid of excess milk, the manual is fine (if you have lots to pump though, your hand will get sore fast). If you’re pumping every few hours to help stimulate flow, dont settle for anything less than a high quality electric pump.
Post # 12
A million times…yes! My insurance did not cover as PP have suggested and I have gotten two pumps off of craigslist that have worked great (got one for my second dd, thought we were done and then had a third so I needed another pump). I just bought all new accessories and it has worked out well.
Both times I got Medelas. The first was a Pump in Style and now the Freestyle. I am going on 18 months of BF with my youngest and it is holding up great.
Post # 13
Get the electric!! I got the medela freestyle and my insurance covered it. It was great especially for use at work. We have a lactation room at work so I would just bring my laptop and connect my pump using a handsfree bra and be out of there in 15 mins. I never had any problems with it.
Post # 14
Not for me. I am a sahm so baby is just breastfed from the boobs. I was gifted an electric breast pump and was super excited to use it as I never had one before (the manual ones never worked for me, just pure garbage imo). But I used the pump once when baby was stufffed up and had a hard time nursing. I pumped and it was nice, a lifesaver for my rock hard engorged boob but it took like an hour to get a little over 2 oz. I tried pumping again a few months later so I could get baby used to a bottle but it was just too time consuming. I got more milk faster with handexpressing. So I have a brand new electric breast pump in the nursery not sure what to do with it.
It might also be a brand issue I have… not sure if different brands of breast pumps work differently. I have the Hygeia.
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
Absolutely! And be sure to have it before you’re due, as well. many, myself included, use it to help with breastfeeding early on. It’s a lifesaver. My insurance paid for mine, as well.