Manual Breast Pump vs. Electric?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Electric all the way!!!! It does all the work for you (I had a Medela Swing) and you can use that time to read a book or magazine or just drink some tea and  take a break. Your going to be moving all day – you will deserve a rest. I think expressing is also good to give the Dad and opportunity to feed the bub. I exclusively breast feed for 3 months and I felt like a waking talking dairy and was happy whenever anyone wanted to the feed the  Bubs!   

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

  Also you can feed your bub and pump at the same time with an electric. I had to do this quiet a bit first thing in the morning!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

PakiBee03:   I’m a SAHM too and I only used my pump when I went back to work for a very brief time.  I  rented a pump from the hospital for the 1st month because I was worried my milk wasn’t going to come in (it came in the night we came home from the hospital)  I didn’t have particularly good luck with the hand pump and threw that thing in the garbage, haha maybe that was just me though.  Hand expressing also works too in a pinch and I did it several times. Electric pumps are nice, but personally I wouldn’t put an electric pump high on my priorty list, if you are going to be home with the baby majority of the time.      

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Definitely electric. Your time will be precious. You don’t want to waste it manually pumping. Or you may need to feed the baby and pump. 

I didn’t know this until someone told me, but check with your insurance, they should cover one. My $400 pump ended up costing me $50. Totally worth every penny. It’s a Medela. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Check and see what your insurance covers. Mine covered the Medela electric double pump. Personally, I’d only go for electric.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

My Madela hand pump blew the pants off the electric one. I got more milk, it hurt less, and I didn’t feel as much like a dairy cow. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

PakiBee03:  Electric is so much easier. PLus, it will save you from a lot of tired hands

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

PakiBee03:  Yes, get an electric.  I work so I need an electric one but I built up a good sized freezer stash of milk on maternity leave by pumping on one side while nursing baby on the other at night.  You can’t nurse and hand pump at the same time!  At least, I’m not that skilled.  Plus if you’re going to leave your baby with a sitter at any point for longer than a few hours you will need to pump to maintain supply.  An electric is just more efficient.  Check with insurance, many cover a double electric pump.  I hated my insurance provided one but I still got a good deal on a medela pump in style for about $200. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Check with your insurance before buying anything, many companies won’t reimburse you for purchasing one from just any store. ACA requires insurance companies to cover breast pumps.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have both! I have a Medela manual pump and the Medela Swing. I get about the same amount of milk from both pumps but it’s a lot easier with the electric. Another note, both pumps were used and you can totally sterilize all the parts! Keep an eye out for “new used” pumps. Sometimes people buy pumps but then change their minds, and can’t return them.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

PakiBee03:  I won’t be heading back to work until my baby is over 4 months old, so I thought a manual one (I have the Medela) would be adequate. My husband ended up buying me the awesome, expensive electric Medela one (and it turned out our insurance covered most of it) even though I thought it was overkill. It’s awesome and I totally recommend it! I had an oversupply at the beginning and had to pump a lot for my own comfort- the electric is perfect. I take the hand-held one on vacations or when I’ll be away from my baby for a few hours in case I get engorged. My oversupply has mostly regulated itself now that my son is 3.5 months old, and I ended up donating all the milk I pumped the first two months of his life.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I got a free double electric pump through my insurance.  I’ve heard electric is the only way to go.

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