(Closed) Breast Pump Question

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@onyx81:  I can’t speak from experience becuase I am a FTM, but I have heard nothing but positive things about the Medela pumps, so that is what I will be getting whether my insurance covers it or not, especially since so much of my time will be spent pumping since I’m going back to work. I think its worth the $25 in your case.

Post # 4
3696 posts
Sugar bee

If your choice is between paying for a Medela or getting a Hygeia for free, there’s not even a question in my mind that you should go for the Hygeia! Yes, Medela is a bigger and more widely-known brand, but Hygeias are excellent and the closed-system aspect is critical – to my mind, that makes it a far superior product. With open-system pumps, you run the risk of contaminating your own milk with mold spores over time, even if you keep it exclusively single-user. IfMedela has better customer service, I’m guessing it’s because they need it to compensate for not stepping up as a company and coming out with a closed-system single-user model.

Post # 5
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I would try the free pump and if it doesn’t work out then pay for the Medela (this assuming you would hae to pay for the whole thing). If you just pay the $25 then I would go Medela. I have had a couple of Medela’s (thought we were done so I got rid of my pump, and then we had baby number 3)and they are great pumps. There customer service isn’t just based on replacing a product (which they are great about too) but they have very knowledgeable staff that can help you with phlange size and pretty much any question you could come up with.


Post # 6
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I got the Medela Freestyle, because that is what all my coworkers raved about (I admit I did very little of my own research, but they’re a well-informed bunch).  My insurance covered $179 and I had to pay $179, which was a lot, but I’m figuring on using this for the next kid too, and then I could always sell it.  At any rate, I love it, I find it really effective and easy to use, and I appreciate how ubiquitous it is, because I’m sure parts would be really easy to replace.

That said, read up online, and I’m sure if it’s all similar, then you can’t really go wrong with any of the double electric ones.

Post # 7
2861 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Medela, all the way. It’s so wroth the $25. I exclusively pumped for twins and I loved mine. Having parts readily avaliable in stores is a big deal- you never know when you need to replace something ( my dog continually chewed up parts, I dropped things etc.) I’m in a few pumping groups and I’d say at least 80% have the Pump in Style because it really is that good. 

Post # 9
4282 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got the Hygiea, while I am still pregnant and haven’t tried it yet. I have heard only wonderful things. The fact that it’s a closed system and FDA approved sold me on it right away. The Medela brand is just widely known, it doesn’t make it a better pump. I think Hygiea is going to be very popular here soon. 

Post # 10
408 posts
Helper bee

It didn’t occur to me that insurance might cover the pump. I should call. 


Post # 11
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

When I asked my insurance company for information on the pumps covered, they gave me the most convoluted answer in the world, so bravo to you for figuring it out in the first place, OP!

I’m also commenting to follow, as when I do ever figure out what my options are, I’ll want to refer back to recommendations!

Post # 12
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Definitely go for the pump your insurance pays for! You don’t know how much you’ll use it to begin with, so I’d go for the one they’re offering so that you don’t have to shell out loads of money for it. $25 extra for a Medela sounds great! 

Post # 13
214 posts
Helper bee

I got the Hygiea Q.  It’s great.  I’ve just had my baby and it’s been great so far.  It’s also a closed system vs the Medela a Pump in Style so no milk touches the tubing.  This makes it transferrable to someone else and also really easy to clean.  You only need to clean the bottles and flanges each time which is far easier.   

Post # 14
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

FTM here and I was in the same situation except every pump I researched I found so many opposing reviews on the pumps! One of my friends loved the Medela and another hated it saying it didn’t pump right for her. I said screw it and decided to rent a pump from the hospital. I am so glad I did, its powerful, empties my breasts quickly and its so quiet. I also love the aspect that if it malfunctions than I can just get it replaced.


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