Post # 1
We bought an inexpensive pump (First Years miPump) when Baby J was a few weeks old so I could try it out. We didn’t buy an expensive one before she arrived in case I had trouble Boyfriend or Best Friend, and after just got the inexpensive one to see how I felt about it.
I have no trouble with it… I can pump both sides in about half an hour, and I don’t find it uncomfortable or anything, but I always wonder if I’m missing out on something by not getting one of the “better” ones, like the Medela I hear so much about.
Has anyone tried an inexpensive one like this and a “better” one who can chime in and let me know if I should upgrade?
Post # 3
I think if this one works fine for you then there is nothing wrong with that. Although i had Ameda and it didnt seem like I had to pump for as long, But if it does the trick I dont see any reason to go buy an expensive one.
Post # 4
I can only compare a medela pump in style to a hospital grade and I will say that there is a huge difference.. I can get more ounces of milk out in half the time due to greater suction power on the hospital grade pump.
I’d think that if an inexpensive pump is working for you, you aren’t really missing out, except it is probably taking you longer (30 mins vs 15-20 mins) and the motor probably won’t last as long. I’ve read that with a double electric home pump you can really only expect the motor/suction power to last about a year before it starts to really decline. I’ve only been using my PIS for 4 months and I already feel like the suction power has declined. I think if I have another baby I am just going to rent a hospital grade from the get-go.
Are you planning on going back to work or staying home? I’d think if you are staying home then what you are using will be great and will help you make a small freezer stock. If you are planning on going back to work you might consider upgrading because your needs for expressed milk will increase and the time spent pumping might matter more. Lots of places will rent hospital grade pumps if you want to try one out for a week to see the difference.
Hope This Helps.