(Closed) Manual pumps

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Honestly, I think they’re terrible. I had a Medela one, and it was just worthless. I had bought it to use when I just needed a quick release (so definitely not heavy duty pumping) and I don’t think I ever used it. Personally, I would just skip it & use an electric pump.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I agree with PP. I had an avent manual pump and I switched to a Medela Swing when I started back at work and I love it. Skip the manual and go straight to electric. It’s worth it. I get much more milk and it’s so much easier

Post # 6
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887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Does your hospital let you rent? I have no experience (yet) with pumping, but I do know that some hospitals lets you rent an electric pump for $20-$30 per month to see if you get use out of it/if you like it.

Post # 8
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720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I may be the only person in the world this applies to but it was actually easier for me to express with the manual pump than the electric one (both Medela).  The cost of a manual one is pretty low so I’d try one and see how you like it.  If you hate it, you can always get a middle-of-the-road electric one.  I actually bought mine off Craigslist and replaced all the parts that you’d want to replace (basically the motor was the only thing I re-used).  It was still way cheaper.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I bought mine through the lactation centre at my maternity hospital and it was considerably cheaper than retail or you could try eBay. ( my pump is ariund $300 where i live and i bought it for $235 thru the hospital). I pump at least once a day. 

Have you tried hand expressing? It works best for some women. If I had known how good the electric was I wouldn’t have bought the manual, but I balked at the price and ended up buying an electric as well lol

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@shaunna:  Yes, it’s worth it. You can usually buy the motors at night consignment shops & then you can buy new “kits” (with all the parts that will touch you/your milk) at BRU. You could also check craigslist for parts. If you qualify for WIC, you should also be able to get a free rental from them. Hope This Helps.

Post # 12
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I used a manual pump since I only needed it occasionally. I really really like the Medea one , if you just need to use it like once a day to have a tiny stash I recommend it.  It’s quiet, super portable and was perfect for me. 

 

 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a Medela manual pump.It was really tiny-I would use it if I was going longer than two hours without nursing ( we did formula also) to relieve my boobs and for the occasional once a day pump.

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