Post # 1
Yay for free insurance covered breast pump but sadly I am not eligible for the Medela. The two options I am deciding between are the Hygeia Q or the Lansinoh Affinity Pro. Does anyone have experience with either pump? I will mostly be breastfeeding until I go back to work part time so I don’t need a super duper pump but would like one that is easy to use (easy to find spare parts, easy to clean, compatible storage bags/bottles). Thoughts?
Post # 3
I have the Affinity Pro. It’s ok. I ilke that it has a timer on it. When I got an extra set of parts, I had to order directly from the company.
The bottles and bags are almost universal. I’ve used Medela bottles on the Lansinoh pump apparatus, and it works fine.
Post # 4
No direct experience, but the instructor of our childbirth class said that Hygeia was wonderful, actually a step above Medela. Hygeia is a closed-system pump, meaning it can be safely used by different women, or stored and brought back into use a couple of years later, without worries about fluids, mold, etc., getting into the mechanism of the pump itself (Medela and other open-system pumps are not supposed to be shared/resold/etc. because of this issue).
I was reading up about them on Hygeia’s website and liked what I saw; unfortunately they are hard to find in our area, and pricey to buy out-of-pocket – but I will be looking into whether I can get a reimbursement for one from our insurance. If not I’ll get a Medela, but Hygeia would be my top choice.
Post # 5
Yeah, I’ve heard great things about Hygeia.
Post # 6
Thanks Bees! I was leaning towards the Hygeia but I was unsure how ‘universal’ it would be in terms of storage bags and bottles, spare parts etc. I have heard really good things about it though. Choices are hard 🙂