N.A. asks from Florence, KY on October 03, 2008
Help Choosing Breastpump.....manual....electric....dual....yikes
I seriously need some help choosing a breast pump, i am fairly new to the website so bare with me!! I'm not too sure which type will work best for me and my baby to be...not due until January. Should i rent one to see how things go? Buy a manual or electric? I'm looking at the Medela electric dual pump...any comments??? I know this for sure I want to breast feed as long as I can, I'm going back to work shortly after birth, and i just want to do whats best for me and baby!! Please help ladies!!
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J.G. answers from Indianapolis on October 09, 2008
I am also a working mom who has to pump... I use the Medela Swing and love it! It is very user friendly and isn't too bulky. Good luck!
A.M. answers from Columbus on October 06, 2008
N., I have used the Medela Dual Electric Breast Pumps, its great, my son had difficulty latching on, and I pumped for him since Day-1 till he was a year old, this product worked wonder for me, I would highly recommend that. Good Luck!
J.H. answers from Columbus on October 06, 2008
I LOVED the Medela Pump in style advanced. I went back to work after 3 months and it worked well for me until I stoped around 10-11months. Good luck!
C.M. answers from Cincinnati on October 04, 2008
I am a mobile groomer and I had the Medela "pump n style" it was electric and I also had a car adapter to plug into the lighter. It worked great for me I used it thru 2 babies and my friend who gave it to me used it thru 2 of her kids I just bought new hoses and bottles for it so electric is the way to go esp if you are going to nurse for a long time. Good luck.
A.H. answers from Columbus on October 06, 2008
I have the Madela Pump In Style and it works great, but I like the Pumpin' Pal's Super Shields Plus, these flanges fit directly onto my Madela Pump and they are wonderful. I also have the hands free strap - I get better milk production and I don't have to lean over!!
I didn't need my pump right away, actually I was very worried because I couldn't pump any milk in the beginning, despite the fact it was sparying out of my breasts! The lactastion consultant told me to wait 6-8 weeks. While I was at home it was still difficult, I could only get my milk to let down if my son was nursing on one side as I pumped on the other side. I have been back to work for 3 months, and the pumping is going great! I produce enough every day for him and he has never had to have formula.
Best of luck!!
J.T. answers from Columbus on October 04, 2008
I would rent one from hospital or Elizabeth Blackwell first and see how it goes. U can always buy later. I would get Medela if u buy. It is worth the cost! I have 3 boys, breastfed all and went through 2 pumps. The co. Told me they last 4 about 2.5 kids so I guess I should have another 2 get my moneys worth:-). Good luck!
L.D. answers from Cleveland on October 04, 2008
Since you will be going back to work, you will using it quite a lot... so don't buy one meant for occasional use. By all means, get dual. In fact, I would tell you not to buy one at all but rather rent from a hospital. Hospital-grade pumps are much more effective at getting more milk out. Trust me, I know. I know the Medela Pump in Style probably retails around $300... you can rent a pump for about $30 a month; sometimes insurance pays for it. Check into that. Plus if you buy one, you will have to store it... When you rent you get all new parts that come into contact with you and your milk. It is just a much stronger motor / "vaccuum" than you can buy yourself.
If you are just looking for occasional use, I recommend the Whisper Wear... you actually fit them in to your bra and you can walk around! You are not chained to the pump/wall outlet.
S.B. answers from South Bend on October 04, 2008
hello, I did use the Medela dual electric pump and so did my twin sister and we both LOVED it! I started with a Platex electric dual pump and HATED it-dont waste your money on that. I was amazed at how fast the Medela works (it worked wonderfully too). Best of luck with nursing-it's so good for your baby and a double bonus is you will be amazed how fast the weight falls off. Everyone told me it would but I didnt believe it until I saw it for myself!
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
I'd get Medela Pump N Style, Medela Swing, or Ameda Purely Yours.
P.A. answers from Youngstown on October 06, 2008
First I had a manual...too much work. Then I got a Medela Pump in Style and it was great. Nursed my first child until she was almost 18 months and pumped regularly at work. It is very quiet too.
A.H. answers from Columbus on October 04, 2008
I would DEFINITELY recommend the Medella dual pump. Depending on your work situation, I would buy the one that has the suction control as well as the speed control. I usually only have about 15 minutes or so at a time to pump, so those 2 features are very important to me. I borrowed a Medella with my first that had both of those features and I loved it. Family members wanted to buy me my pump with my second and I felt bad about the cost of the Medella, so I settled for an Ameda with all the features I thought I wanted and needed. The pump gave out after 5 or 6 months, it took WAY longer to pump, and I ended up borrowing a friend's Medella that she was no longer using to get me through the rest of the first year. The Medella is expensive, but SO worth it! I am actually pregnant with my third right now and have learned my lesson - I'm buying a Medella no matter what it costs.
Hope this helps!