(Closed) Great…now I have to research breast pumps! UGH

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t have advice but I’m curious on this too!  I’m only 12 weeks but I’ve already started looking and it’s one of the things I’m confused on. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wanted an Ameda one, but have a Medela Pump In Style with backpack. It works, but I’ve gotten milk in the tubes a bunch. Honestly, no matter the pump, pumping sucks (haha). I mean, I figure out ways to make it fun like do a superhero dance afterwards or tell myself “my boobs are magic.” Anyway, that’s my take.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I loved my Pump In Style it worked well and customer service with Medela is great. I also rented the Symphany when I was still on leave just until  I was sure that breast feeding and pumping was going to work out. If it weren’t thousands of dollars I would have bought one, they are amazing.

Medela Freestyle is my dream pump for my next child.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@TheFutureMcBride: I never got milk in my tubes, but I had the brief case looking one instead of the backpack. I wonder why that would happen?

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

wow some people’s insurance covers their breast pump? I would love that!! I may call up my insurance just to ask them lol

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ieatunicorns: I think it’s that I have a strong let down sometimes. I haven’t had it happen since I moved the yellow pieces to face away from me.

 @heathaah: On my office, I put up a picture of a cow when I pump. It puts a little humor in it.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would recommend renting a hospital grade one from where you deliver to get your supply really going before you switch to the one you end up purchasing.  It cost me $30 to rent for the first month until my milk was fully in with good supply.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I agree with eeniebeans to check with the hospital to see if you can rent a high quality one.  My sister who is a lactation consultant definitely recommends the hospital pumps.  Pumps are so expensive that renting might still be cost effective, and might let you try different options if you don’t have great success with a particular model.  Sorry your insurance doesn’t cover it! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I switched between renting the symphany and the PIS. I couldn’t tell the difference between the two. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@heathaah: Mine will be covered with a prescription but only because I get medical assistance from the state, I’m not sure if my ins would cover it separate from that. But they cover the medela hospital grade one! 

I know of so many moms using the medela and have only heard good things about it. Except that it can only be used by one person, so buying it used isn’t a good idea. Although, you can find many craiglist posts where moms said they used it maybe once or twice, so that’s an option if you don;t mind that it’s been used hardly. Just get new accessories and sterilize all the other parts (like the tubes) by boiling them in hot water. You can even purchase new tubes from the medela website.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t have any advice on where to get one or the brand, but are they really that expensive? I just didn’t think they were that expensive that you had to rent it from the insurance company. So let’s say your breastfeed for 6 months at $30 a month per rental that’s $180. Are they more expensive or that much more expensive that so many people want to rent?

Sorry to threadjack and congratulations on your pregnacy. I know you had a hard road and have read your story for inspiration as we stuggle.

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