(Closed) Breast Pump Debate

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

A pump was important to me too but not quite as important because I stay home with my son so I knew I wouldn’t need it as much as women who go back to work.  But for a women going back to work I would suggest a good top-of-the-line one.  Only because you’re going to have to pump at work and you want one that you won’t have problems with.  

A tip of mine: Think about or have a picture of your baby with you while you are pumping, it will help with letdown of the milk.  Oh and relax! 

Also, most hospitals sell pumps cheaper (they usually have a little store) than you would find in a retail store or even online sometimes.  Check the hospital where you are delivering and compare prices with pumps online.  

Good luck on finding your perfect pump!! 

Post # 4
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469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have been using the Medela Pump In Style multiple times daily for the past 6 weeks (since I’ve been back to work) and I love it.  It’s quick, faily quiet, and I like that I can walk into Target/BabiesRUs and pick up spare bottles and parts very easily.  Mine was about $300, but I caught a sale at BRU where it came with a pack of freezer bags, wipes, cream, and a box of nursing pads (total of $45)… and then I was able to use a 20% off coupon.  I got everything for just over $200.  I personally love it would highly recommend the Medela PIS.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I pumped exclusively for six months (girl was determined not to nurse!). I highly highly recommend the lifesaver that is an electric pump. We had a Medela. 

It saves time, is more comfortable, and does not require you to pump with your hand which can get sore.

My insurance paid for it because my daughter would not nurse. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

for those looking to buy breast pumps, just wanted to make sure you knew that now you can use your flex spending accounts for them! 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@TessaDL: I’m in the same position where I’ll be at home with my baby, but still want a pump.  I registered for an expensive Medela one, but did you end up finding a cheaper option since you didn’t have to exclusively pump?

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsE.ToBe : Thanks for the tip.  That’s good to know I can use my flex account for that.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

keep in mind that Medela is the only brand (that I know of) that makes a double electric pump that is not a closed system. Because it’s not a closed system, only one person can use it. You aren’t supposed to sell them after using them or buy them used. Because of that, I would never buy a Medela. They are far too expensive to be the only main brand that doesn’t offer a closed system. 

I have heard some rave reviews of the Hygeia Enjoye, which is also a double electric pump. It has a 3 year warranty that covers more than one user, has a 21 day money back guarantee, and is cheaper than a lot of comparable pumps. My second choice is the Ameda Purely Yours.

Post # 12
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263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

After reading a ton of awesome reviews, I decided to go with the Hygeia Enjoye that mrstilly mentioned.  I just received it and will be doing a review of it on my blog as soon as I use it.  There’s a really good review of it on the blog “My Life In Transition” if you’re interested. 

It’s normally right around $300 but was recently on Zulily for $215.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The gentle nurturing website has the Hygeia Enjoye for the lowest price I’ve found online. There are three models, including the top one with an internal rechargable battery and accessory set that is going for $265. Plus they are offering 10% off all the models. I found out about gentle nurturing here.

 

Post # 14
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144 posts
Blushing bee

I’m 35 weeks today with my first baby. I’ve been researching pumps like crazy too. Read rave reviews for the Medela Pump In Style, but I hear it is best for moms who are returning to work. They need it to be fast and powerful. I don’t think I’ll need something quite so beefy since I am staying at home. I am eying the Ameda Purely Yours double electric pump. Not super cheap, but less expensive than the Medela. Good middle-of-the-road pump. I MAY wait til I deliver to actually purchase though…just in case I have any issues with my milk. It’s a substantial purchase, so I want to make sure I can actually USE it. And if I need it sooner, my hospital (and most hospitals) rent them. 

Post # 15
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2820 posts
Sugar bee

I’m just going to start off using a manual one and see if it’s really a pain or not before doing a big purchase.  The Lansinoh one seems to get good reviews.  I just want to be able to throw something into my purse or pump whereever without having to lug a big machine around.  So far I’ve read some mixed reviews but some people seemed to prefer the manual one and I figure I’d want one anyways so I’ll just start off with that.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

My company gets us discounts on PIS & Freestyle Medelas.  I did read about the closed vs open system recently, so I can see the hesitations.  That being said, I think my freestyle rocks!  I have great supply (back to work full-time now), the parts are easy to find, and I like how portable it is!

Post # 17
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6351 posts
Bee Keeper

We used the PIS from Medela and then sold it after. We were told that was fine as long as your replace the tubing which did not cost much at all.

Post # 18
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990 posts
Busy bee

I am currently renting a pump from the hospital but recently purchased one (NUK at walmart for $29). There are some obvious differences from the hospital gade, but I could not afford themore expensive pump and didnt want to spend all that money. I will be going back to work soon and I needed a quick and easy pump hat could accommodate my small office building (so everyone didnt know what I was doing lol). I have been using the NUK and although it is louder and slower than the hospital grade double Medela pump, I think it is a fine subsitute. It does the job, its handy, can be battery operated, and more comfortable.

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