Which of These Pumps?

Updated on February 18, 2014
A.A. asks from Tulsa, OK
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So thanks to your suggestions, I gave my insurance a call and due to good timing they now will buy me a breastpump! My options are:
Ameda Purely Yours Electric Pump
Medela Advanced Personal Double Electric
The First Years Breastflow miPump Double
Anyone have any experience with any of these pumps? My old one was a Playtex, and it did it's job but struggled towards the end of about 8 months of using it somewhat regularly.

ETA: They will pay up to $175, I know the In Style medela pumps run more than that but can't find a price for the Advanced Medela.

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answers from Phoenix on

Medela all the way. I used one with my first that had two prior users and two more after me (total of three people, all family members), we all pumped while at work full time for at least 6 months (18 months for me) and no problems. With my second, I bought an Ameda and had nothing but problems, had to get the main unit replaced twice, it was a nightmare. Medela is totally worth paying a little out of pocket!

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answers from Phoenix on

Go for the Medela, even if it costs you a bit out of pocket. I've had my Pump-In-Style for 5 years, through 3 kids, and it's still going strong. So strong, in fact, that when I had my son last year and my insurance would have covered a new pump, I passed, since I couldn't get another Medela and mine worked great still.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I too have only great things to say about Medela - but I too had the advanced Pump in Style. However, if the one on your list is same basic pump but just that doesn't look quite as fancy, I'd go with the Medela.

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answers from Washington DC on

I used the Medela. I say don't go cheap, especially if they'll pay for it.. I would only change the bag I had my Medela in...the backpack style didn't hold up like I preferred. But it worked like a champ for more than a year of daily pumping.

My sister has the Ameda, which is also good, but I have no personal experience.

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answers from New York on

The Medela Pump in Style is the gold standard for moms who pump daily. If you cannot manage to pay for it, then I'd suggest a lower model of Medela double electric. Good luck!

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answers from Seattle on

My insurance paid for the Ameda, so that's originally what I was using. It. Was. Miserable. Had I had to stay with it I think I would have ended up giving my baby formula. I could barely get any milk, no matter how long I pumped!

My neighbor sold me her Medela pump after using it almost daily for six years (three children's worth of time). It works great. It's a sturdy machine and the parts for it can be replaced easily.

Defiantly go with the Medela. Hands down.

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answers from New York on

Go with the medela. While like the others I have not used the one listed, my Pump in Style was great. I used it with both my children. They also have greast customer service as well. They sent me new tubes free when I couldn't get them in a store (the tubes were 4 years old and I was refurbishing the machine).

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answers from San Francisco on

I also had and loved the Medela Pump In Style. I don't know about the model you mentioned, but I think all Medela pumps are supposed to be good in general.

I've also heard really good things about the Ameda pump, but I've never used one. I know another poster said it was awful, so her opinion certainly holds more weight than mine. But I have seen that one recommended many times in the past.

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