M.B. asks from Lake Villa, IL on December 29, 2007
Need Opinions on Breast Pumps. -- Playtex Embrace?
I think the thing I don't like the most is the clean up. I know it does not take long to clean, but I don't like cleaning all the parts. I do have 2 sets, I do use the dishwasher, but when I need to pump more I need to wash by hand. I have the Medela steam bags to sanatize the parts. (I don't know as if I really need these, I use them just in case.)
My question is, do you have a suggestion as to a pump that works well and is fairly easy to clean? I just came across the Playtex Embrace and it appears to be easy to clean. I know the Medela is one of the best for breast pumps, I just want to see what else might be available.
Thanks for reading,
So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone who responded. I guess I am just to worried about scrubbing down the parts in between uses. I will keep the pump in style and change my cleaning routine.
C.M. answers from Indianapolis on December 30, 2007
I also tried the Medela and found it very time consuming to clean with all of its parts. I have to pump full time since my son wouldn't latch on consistently. I found the Ameda pump, which is awesome, and so much easier to clean! Ameda.com should have all the answers you need, but I strongly recommend this pump. Best of luck to you!
S.C. answers from Fort Wayne on December 29, 2007
Stick with the Medela. I used an Avent pump and it was AWFUL! It would take me forever to pump a bottle. Almost 30 min. If you check out the website for Target they have customer reviews of the products. They're written by real people, so they're usually pretty accurate. You can also buy more extra parts for the Medela. I don't know how expensive they are. I really wish I had just spent the money for the good pump in the beginning.
L.C. answers from Indianapolis on December 31, 2007
When I know that I will be using my pump again within a few hours, I simply rinse all the parts with very hot water. Then they go in the dishwasher that night to be ready the next day. I've never found it cumbersome...
S.S. answers from Chicago on December 30, 2007
I pumped full time for 15 months - baby wouldn't nurse. All I used was the pump in style. sounds like you're worrying too much about cleaning it. I think I used to put it in the avent microwave steamer, but after 6 months I just ran some soapy water thro it and rinsed well. No need to take it apart every time, just once in a while. Don't be horrified, but I'm sure there were occasions where I pumped without cleaning & into a just rinsed with water, bottle. Breast milk is extremely bacteria resistant! My kid is as healthy as can be.
I wouldn't use anything but the pump in style.
S.W. answers from Chicago on December 30, 2007
I would stick with Medela. If you are looking for a manual, hand-held pump, the Medela Harmony is really great. It is very easy to clean. I was able to get as much from it as my double electric pump--it just takes longer since it's not electric.
As for cleaning, I would rinse after each pump session (I pumped at work 3x a day). Then, I would wash in the dishwasher each night.
M.O. answers from Chicago on December 30, 2007
Use the steam bags!!!!! I couldn't live without them. At work, just rinse out your parts, throw them in the bag add a couple of oz of water and microwave for 3 minutes. It doesn't get any easier than that!
P.D. answers from Chicago on December 29, 2007
If the PNS is working for you than sitck with it... how about cleaning less... Only the parts that come into contact with milk need cleaning... bottles - you can switch to pumping and storing in bags... that way you only have to clean the shields... they can just be run under water... dishwasher once a day.
K.B. answers from Chicago on December 30, 2007
I had the Medela and almost stopped breast feeding because I hated it so much. It hurt so much and felt like it took forever to pump. I got the playtex one and LOVED it. It is SO easy to use and I feel so much easier to clean. I have twins and it was a life saver because there was not much time to clean up, etc. with two tiny babies. Everything is dishwasher safe, so if you do not have the time to hand wash you can throw it in the dishwasher. I loved the different settings it had and the actual pump is really easy to clean because there are not a lot of buttons, etc.
Not all pumps are for everyone, that is why there are so many different brands and types. You just need to find the one that is right for you.
S.P. answers from Indianapolis on December 30, 2007
Rinsing the excess milk off and then using the steam bags is all you need to do to keep them clean in between dishwasher washings. Don't worry about hand washing :)