May 04, 2008,
K.E. asks from Chandler Heights, AZ on April 24, 2008
Breast Pump for Occasional Use
I don't want to spend a lot on a breast pump because I am going to be a stay at home Mom and hope to not have to pump only on occasion. Could anyone recommend a breast pump for occasional use?
S.G. answers from Phoenix on May 04, 2008
I am pumping right now while I respond...:) Medela Harmony (manual) is a GREAT pump. Has the 2 phase expression that is most similar to a baby nursing. Also very reasonably priced...about $35 at Target
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L.W. answers from Phoenix on April 25, 2008
I have a medela pump that was for occasional use that I am no longer using. You are welcome to have it if you would like. It has the carrying bag, a couple of medela bottles etc. The only things you would want to buy are the breast cups etc. Everything is sanitized, though. You can plug it in or use batteries. Anyway, if you are interested you can email me and let me know or call me.
J.C. answers from Phoenix on April 25, 2008
I used the Avent hand pump and it worked GREAT and was pretty quick and easy to use
V.L. answers from Phoenix on April 25, 2008
I like the electric Evenflo one that Target has. It's around $37. I like it because I don't have to manually pump it and I can put it on while breastfeeding the other side. If you're just going to do it occasionally, it's a good one.
P.S. answers from Phoenix on April 26, 2008
I am just like you a stay at home mom, and I bought a first years single electric pump for 45.00 dollars at babies are us, I have not had luck with this model, it takes upwards of 45 minutes to empty a breast and is painful, i even developed blisters from it, and got seven ounces out, please look into the medela line I recently got a hospital grade double pump, and it is a dream, I just wanted to warn you that the cheaper pumps do not work very well and can hurt, I know you can rent great pumps for a reasonable amount through the hospitals and WIC - good luck and remember medela is the way to go for comfort and quick pumping, the pump i have empties both breasts painlessly and in ten minutes.
A.B. answers from Phoenix on April 25, 2008
Even if you think that you are going to only use it occasionally, I personally think that it would be a good idea to invest a little more and get one of the electric ones instead of just a hand pump. I HATED using the hand pump because it started to hurt my forearms and I couldn't pick my babies up for almost a half hour after using it because my arms were just too sore. So if you are going to invest $20, you might as well invest $40 and get one that works all on it's own. If you feel like buying a hand one, you might want to go out and get one of those hand squeezer stress thingies, and try building up your muscles now before you will have a little one to pick up afterwards.
C.H. answers from Phoenix on April 25, 2008
I am using the Avent Isis breast pump right now. I used it with my second child and liked it so much that I bought another for my third baby. They range from $40.00 to around $60.00, and you can get it at Target, Babies R Us, etc.... God Bless!
P.H. answers from Phoenix on April 24, 2008
I bought one of those hand held pumps from walmart.. Honestly I didn't have any luck with it! My son is 8 months old and I am still breastfeeding! I have never used a pump. For some reason my breasts did not produce milk for the pump? I would be engourged and ready for business, but when I hooked the pump up, nothing happened... I even tried the really expensive dual electric breast pump, and that made no difference!
If you really want to deal with a breast pump, I recommend going to a lactation consultant for suggestions! They will not only find you the perfect pump, but if you have any problems they will coach you through it! I suppose I just didn't want it bad enough, because I didn't really fight to keep the whole breast pump idea! Good luck to you, in whatever you choose! :)