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Old 05-28-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
 
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I tried searching for this topic and found a lot of useful information, but not about pumps specifically. My question is, what types of pumps are best? I still have a while before baby girl gets here, but I already know that I want to breastfeed and have to go back to work either 6 or 12 weeks after she is born. I guess part of this would be a personal preference, but any advice would be helpful at this point! There seem to be quite a few options.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:54 PM   #2
 
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Get a commercial-grade electric, double-pump. Medela Pump In Style was the gold standard back in my day, there may be others now. Expect to spend about $200-$300. Don't fart around with manual or single-pumps.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
 
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Thanks. That was one thing I kept seeing...manual or electric. I did notice they are quite a bit more expensive. It seems like if you want to actually pump while you're at work, you do need the electric ones.
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It'll be worth the money if you can get the pumping done quickly. Manuals just don't work at well. When I used my Medela, I was done, both sides, in less than 10-15 minutes.
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I totally agree about getting the double electric pump if you're serious about pumping. The investment will be well worth it if you're committed to pumping at work.

If you're concerned about the cost, you can always wait to see how breastfeeding goes and get the pump right before you go back.

My sister and I bought my cousin the Medela for her baby shower, as she was planning on pumping when she went back to work and she ended up stopping altogether. I don't think she ever even used it once.

I would also look into the Ameda Purely Yours. It's a double electric, worked great for me and is less expensive than the Medela.
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I went back to work when #2 was 9 weeks old and was in the office 3 days a week until he was 6 or 7 months, then full-time. I got the Medela Pump in Style (double electric) and it was bought in the US by my friend, for close to $200, and is worth every penny. I agree that you need a good quality electric and Medela is considered top of the line. It is not hands free but it is possible to rig it up so it is, which is what I have done. Everyone varies, but I generally have got about 5 oz. total, sometimes more, sometimes less, which is around 1 feeding for my baby, every session in 10-12 minutes. It is very comfortable and in a nice portable and business-like looking bag.

If I work and pump again, I'd spend even more for the Medela Freestyle which is a hands-free digital and gets rave reviews, but I don't think you NEED it - the Pump in Style will meet your needs.

It goes without saying not to get a used pump. I know some people buy new tubes, flanges etc. and use someone else's but it is not recommended. The money spent on a good pump will still be less than formula for a year and will make it possible for you to keep nursing.

With #1, I was able to hand express A LOT of milk so this may be an option, but I don't think it's practical when you are working away from the home as it could be messy and took longer than pumping does.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:18 PM   #7
 
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I used a Medela previously and this time I bought the phillips avent twin electric. Much more portable and just as effective for about half the cost of Medela
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Thank you for the responses. I saw the Medela and the Avent and was torn between the two because of the huge price difference. Still trying to decide.
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Definitely medela. I breasted my youngest till he was 2 and pumped 2x a day at work for 2 years. Just stopped in April. I have used the medela and ameda and what made the biggest difference was finding replacement parts. You can get medela stuff at target and Walmart, I had to go to my local hospital for ameda parts. Medela, definitely!!
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And with the avent u have to have avent bottles or buy connectors. With Medela n ameda u can even use dollar store bottles.
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I have an Ameda Purely Yours - it's a double electric and I love it. Works great. As for replacement parts, I found a place online that sells them if needed, but I do think that the Medela is more popular so you may have an easier time finding parts.
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I have the medela electric double pump. I've never used any other brands so I can't really compare.

Pluses: The cone thingy that you use on your breast comes in a wide variety of sizes, so if you have very large breasts, the pump won't be irritating to use.

You can use the baggies or bottles. I use glass Gerber bottles.

It's pretty quick. I also have only 12 weeks of maternity leave so I spent lots of time pumping at work, it's not overly noisy and I was able to get the job done without much fuss.

Additional parts aren't super expensive.

Also, check to see if your insurance will cover a pump and what type they'll cover. That may influence your decision.

I think if I wasn't returning to work and I wasn't planning on breastfeeding 1+yrs I wouldn't invest in an dual electric pump and do something a bit cheaper.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:05 PM   #13
 
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Ive used the medela and I now have the lansinoh double pump and it works just as good for me. im done in 10 min or less. usually about 7 min. its waaaayy less money and works just as good in my opinion.
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Another vote for the Medela Pump in Style.

Medela has wonderful customer service also. I dropped my breast pump and broke it. I called Medela to see if I could get a replacement part and they overnighted me a brand new pump for free!
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alright now that im gonna be working im think i wish i had a medela because i think they are silent? mine is LOUD. it works just fine but its loud so thats something to think about if your gonna be in public
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+1 for the Medela.

On that note, I just HAD to post this:

Alicia Richman Wins World Record For 'Most Breastmilk Donated'

Props to that woman - I'm exhausted thinking about it.
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I have the medela electric double pump. I've never used any other brands so I can't really compare.

Pluses: The cone thingy that you use on your breast comes in a wide variety of sizes, so if you have very large breasts, the pump won't be irritating to use.

You can use the baggies or bottles. I use glass Gerber bottles.

It's pretty quick. I also have only 12 weeks of maternity leave so I spent lots of time pumping at work, it's not overly noisy and I was able to get the job done without much fuss.

Additional parts aren't super expensive.

Also, check to see if your insurance will cover a pump and what type they'll cover. That may influence your decision.

I think if I wasn't returning to work and I wasn't planning on breastfeeding 1+yrs I wouldn't invest in an dual electric pump and do something a bit cheaper.
My insurance fully covered a Medela. I recommend checking with them before baby is born to anyone who is pregnant. Before I went back to work, I used the cheapest single manual pump and that worked fine until I was gone for the majority of the day.
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Just wanted to echo what was said earlier about your insurance: they might cover (or partially cover) the cost of the breast pump. Pumps + parts can add up if you're on a budget.

Also, the hospital where I delivered had rental Medela breast pumps available for a nominal fee (I want to say it was $20/month?). You, of course, had to buy the attachments/cups/etc., but it is a useful option if 1. you are unsure if you will be able to breastfeed or 2. if you aren't planning to breastfeed long term.
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Just wanted to echo what was said earlier about your insurance: they might cover (or partially cover) the cost of the breast pump. Pumps + parts can add up if you're on a budget.

Also, the hospital where I delivered had rental Medela breast pumps available for a nominal fee (I want to say it was $20/month?). You, of course, had to buy the attachments/cups/etc., but it is a useful option if 1. you are unsure if you will be able to breastfeed or 2. if you aren't planning to breastfeed long term.
I rented my Medela breast pumps from the hospital, too.
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