Post # 1
I am expecting my first child in December and would ideally like to breast feed/pump and bottle feed breastmilk. Im starting to look at different breast pumps and am wondering if any of you have any reccomendations?
Post # 2
Check with your insurance, now many will provide one for free, and they have their own selection.
I use the Ameda Purely Yours double electric, and I love it, but it is all I have ever used.
Post # 3
My youngest is now 6, but I had the Medela Pump n Style. I liked it as much as you can like a breast pump…..
Post # 4
I loved my Philips Avent Double pump
Post # 5
Hygeia and Ameda are closed-system pumps, which are better for keeping milk from getting into the components and growing mold:
Even if you’re getting a brand-new pump and not a secondhand one, I would avoid Medela because of this design factor. To my mind, it doesn’t matter whether it’s your own milk or someone else’s that can get into the components – once any milk is there, you have the potential for mold and contamination. It’s too bad, because from what I hear Medela otherwise makes a good product, but for me this is a deal-breaker.
Post # 6
Depends on how much pumping you think about doing, are tou working dull time after having your baby? Or are tou sraying at home?
Post # 7
I used the symphony (rented) for the first month but then switched to the harmony manual pump and I actually like it a lot better. But I don’t pump much anymore so it works for me.
Post # 8
Definitely call insurance first, you will probably get one free.
I received an Ameda Purely Yours from mine. Honestly, I wouldn’t ever recommend any to buy one on their own. I think it works okay if you don’t pump much but I have to pump 3x a day at work and I don’t like it. The diaphragms (the whole reason it’s a closed system) like to get stuck into the contracted position and I feel like it loses suction quickly, especially if you’re only doing one breast at a time (which I do overnight). It’s so f’ing annoying that I pretty much hate the pump. Just last night I had to take of the caps and re-close them about 10 times and it’s very noticeable that it loses suction fast. The only thing I like about it is that it’s small (the PISA is attached to the bag) and can sit on my little table, since the PISA is attached in the bag it is bulkier.
So I went out and bought a Medela pump in style advanced last week on sale for $200 and I already like it a lot better. I can tell that I have better output from it and I don’t have to do as much work (I had to do tons of massage/compression with the Ameda and not near as much with the medela). It’s an open system, but you need to keep running the pump while you put your milk away to clear the tubes of any condensation. That should prevent any mold.
I’d still probably try whatever insurance provides first, that way if you like it, it was free!
Post # 9
I have an Ameda Purely Yours (free through my insurance) and it was ok… but I pumped exclusively and I really don’t believe this particular pump was intended for someone who EPs. I had to replace parts frequently, but their customer service was outstanding.
I’m expecting #2 in about 10 weeks, and I’ve considered going with Medela this time however the issue of potential contamination concerns me (like KCKnd2: pointed out about the open vs closed system)
I wish we had the option to get a Hygeia, as I’ve heard great things about them, but I don’t want to pay out of pocket for something I can get for free through insurance. So, I’m debating between getting a second Ameda, or getting the Medela and using the Ameda I already have if there are any issues.
Post # 10
Tagging this so I can follow. I’ll be ordering my pump next month (probably going with Hygeia), but I agree with other PPs, talk to your insurance company first.
Post # 11
kes18: Thanks! . I am from Canada so our insurance works a bit differently – i get to buy whatever i choose and get reimbursed. Im leaning towards the Medela but the open system concerns me. If running it for a while after will help its a serious option!
christinah24: Im in canada so i get a year off, but i do plan on pumping so that baby can take a bottle as much as possible, and i would like the process of pumping to be as quick as possible. . After a year i will be going back full time to work but i am not sure if i will still be breast feeing at that point.
Post # 12
MrsA1222: Here is some advice on cleaning:
With the open system, you just need to watch things closely and make sure you are properly cleaning everything and following the directions (even the instruction booklet says to run the pump while putting milk away). I would probably buy a second set of parts (tubes, etc) so you can wash one and let it dry out completely. It recommends sterlizing everyday but who has time for that? My goal is to sterilize everything on the weekend since I don’t use it over the weekend. And wash all bottles, valves, horns, etc (not the tubes) daily in hot soapy water when I get home from work.
I don’t know how the Hygeia works, so I’d be interested to see how well it works considering the exact part that makes Ameda a closed system is the part that was giving me so much trouble…
Post # 13
kes18: This is very helpful! Thank you!
Post # 14
I have the Hygeia and really like it. It’s the only pump I’ve ever used, so I can’t compare it to an Ameda/Medela/etc., but it has always worked really well for me: it produces good, consistent suction and I have never had any trouble with the membranes or any of the other components. I have a 6-month-old, and have been pumping intermittently. My work schedule is flexible enough that some days I’m able to feed LO in person, but I’ve also needed the pump at times to relieve engorgement, and it’s helped me build up a good stash of frozen milk. I’m really happy with the Hygeia and would recommend it.
Post # 15
I have the Medela Pump in Style and I really like it as PP said as much as you can like your pump). I was concerned about the open system too but I could get that one free so I decided to give it a go, you can easily and clearly see if milk gets in. I haven’t had any issue yet but maybe I’m just crazy attentive.<br /><br />I exlusively pumped for the first 3 months, pumping 8 times a day and I washed/sterilized after every use. I have the Medela Steam bags which are great for this purpose. Thankfully DD learned to nurse so I only have to pump at work but I still wash and sterilize after every use.