Post # 1
I just got my hygeia enjoye double electric pump. It’s the only electric pump I’ve ever used. I have been using a manual pump now and then. The hygeia seems to have much less suction that the manual pump does. The manual is an ameda that the hospital gave me. With the manual I can pump 2+ ounces from each side in about 15 minutes total. When I tried out the electric, it took a few minutes to get anything, even though I hadn’t nursed in a while. I was definitely getting less and it was taking longer.
Are all of the higher end double electric pumps about the same as far as suction goes? Is the difference I’m noticing between the manual and the electric normal? Hygeia has a 21 day guarantee, so I want to make sure that this pump will work for me before that time period is over.
Post # 3
This comes from zero experience but I decided to go with a manual one initially as well. I just was reading forums about electric vs manual and there seemed to be some complaints about the inefficiency, noise, and restriction of movement that happened with the electric. So unless it becomes a problem I’m just going to do the manual one at first.
Hope someone fills in that knows what they’re talking about though.
Post # 4
I was having similar problems with my medela pump-in-style at first. Have you looked to see if you might need a bigger flange? I had to go up a size and it was more efficient for me. Also, the pump-in-style has a dial so you can turn up the “pace” so to speak.. I’m not familiar with your pump, but does it have a similar feature? I found that it created better suction when I turned it up higher after the pumping got started. I also read that if you put a little bit of water around the flange it will create better suction. I also have found that I have to really relax to get a good let-down when my pump starts, it will take a minute or two before the milk starts flowing strongly. I’m still figuring out these things myself, but I hope you can figure out if that particular pump works for you. Once I got a bigger flange I’ve had much better luck and the pumping has been efficient for me.
The ameda link in that article is broken. Here is the link that works:
Post # 5
I have a Medela In Style and I can definitely pump more quickly. I am using a bigger flange (by 3mm) than the one that came with the pump, but not sure if that is the issue. The amount/speed you pump varies from person to person and I have never used a manual pump before.
Post # 6
@troubled: I am planning to use the double electric when i return to work, since we’re trying to EBF until 1 yr. My manual pump, which is just a super basic one, it actually pretty noisy too.
My pump does have adjustments for speed and suction. I’ll try the tips you suggested, and will look into using a bigger flange. I am thinking about taking it with me to a local breast feeding group and seeing if someone there can help me figure it out. Thanks!
Post # 7
I’d suggest taking it all apart and putting it back together again making sure all the ‘seams’ are tight. Sometimes I can’t find what’s lose but if I do this I fix whatever the issue is. With my Medela Freestyle I could pump 9 or so oz’s in about 15 minutes when I was ‘full’.
Post # 8
That doesn’t sound right at all. I have the hospital-grade Limerick double electric pump made by PJ’s comfort and I pump 8 oz in 9 minutes. My pump has controls to vary the strength of the suction as well as the speed of the pulsing so you can exactly match your baby’s sucking style. I love my pump.
Post # 9
I would definitely look into a bigger flange, and you can just use a drop of breastmilk around it to create a “seal” for suction. I have a pump-in-style and ended up needing a bigger flange after trouble with the suction at first, and when i am full end up pumping 8-10 oz in 20-30 minutes. Also, try massaging your breasts while pumping, this will help express additional milk and is sometimes speedier.
Post # 10
Can anyone who has used more than one kind of pump comment on whether there are differences in suction between brands or kinds of pumps?
I did go to the breastfeeding group today, and have a few things to try. One of the lactation consultants rents pumps, so I might just rent one for a day to compare to my pump.