C.W. asks from Saint Paul, MN on May 14, 2008
Breast Pumps - Saint Paul, MN
HI to all- i wondering what breast pump you would recomend. i'm not looking to spent a ton of money. i'm a stay at home mom but my baby and i do travel alot to ca (to both northern and southern) so i need something small i have been using first years bottles and their single electric pump but i'm thinking of buying a nother one for ca have any ideas?
B.B. answers from Minneapolis on May 16, 2008
I love my Madela electric pump. They are pretty small now. I know they are kind of expensive, but who knows, maybe you can sell it on craigslist or at a garage sale when you are done with it. They can just buy new tubes & shields. It is worth it!! Good luck.
P.K. answers from Minneapolis on May 15, 2008
Madela is the best, but expensive. I've seen a bunch of them online at Craigslist.com for way cheep. (normally, these double breast pumps would be in the 300 range, and I've seen them practically brand new on craigslist for $75.) If you run everything through your dishwasher to sanitize it, usually your dishwasher is hot enough to do a good job. Or, there are places you can buy a new parts kit for 30-50 for everything.
J.S. answers from Davenport on May 15, 2008
Good Luck! I love the advent system so for my first son I bought the advent pump - but I would not recomend it, I don't know if it was just me - but I could sit there for 30 minutes and get maybe 4oz, while other's with the medila could get that in about 5 minutes. I am going to invest in a new pump here soon - my next son is due in june.
K.H. answers from Minneapolis on May 15, 2008
I work full-time and pump at work and have to travel a lot via air and car. I use the Medela Pump-in-Style with the Easy Expression Bustier and it's great. The pump is in a shoulder bag style, and there is lots of room to put extra parts. I also put everything that I would normally carry in my purse in there (wallet, makeup, etc.).
I've been using it for six months now, and haven't had a problem yet. I also have the battery power supply for if I can't get to an electrical outlet and I have the car adapter. It's great.
C.S. answers from Minneapolis on May 15, 2008
there's a new medela that might be good for you. the swing.
A.H. answers from Appleton on May 15, 2008
I use the Medela Pump n Style. It's nice for traveling because everything fits into a little backpack, and it runs while plugged into an outlet, or with a battery pack. Medela's can be expensive, and we didn't want to spend a lot of money either, so we got ours on Ebay (used, but I had my own tubing and breast shields that I got from the hospital where I delivered). You can also get these steamer/sanitizing bags if you get used tubing and shields. We got some from our lactation consultant (also at the hospital where we delivered), and microwaved to sanitize the used tubing that came with our pump.
I'm in WI, so don't know anything about what's available in CA, but here there are several places that also rent pumps which can also be cheaper. You should call the lactation nurses at your hospital and they will probably know of places in your area. Good Luck!
A.M. answers from Cedar Rapids on May 16, 2008
I agree with everyone who's mentioned the double electric pump by Lansinoh. It apparently is just like the Purely Yours, by Ameda, but quite reasonable. Target even puts them on sale (10% off) sometimes. I found mine easy to use. Oh, and the sound it makes put both my daughter and husband to sleep whenever I was pumping!
M.F. answers from Minneapolis on May 15, 2008
I really liked my Lansinoh double electric pump, which I got at Target. It was not fancy - not a lot of bells and whistles, so the price was quite reasonable (can't remember exactly - I had $50 in my head, but the Lansinoh site says "under $200" - so maybe more like $150...) - but it did have adjustable speed and intensity. The electric base is about 8-9 inches long, maybe 6 inches wide, and around 4 inches tall. No nice carrying case, but at that size, it's pretty portable. The double pump was especially important for me, as I couldn't pump one side without the other letting down full force anyway. You have to get a little creative if you only want to use one side, but for so little money and the few times I needed only one side, I thought it was a great buy.
E.I. answers from Duluth on May 15, 2008