Breast Pump Suggestions - Eagle Mountain,UT

Updated on December 08, 2009
D.S. asks from Anchorage, AK
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I am looking into buying a breast pump but I am not sure which one to buy. I was looking at the reviews at babies r us but there are so many different reviews. I know that I want an electric pump and was also looking into the a double pump. My sister in law told me not to get a cheap one because it can cause an infection. Can I please get some recommendations from you moms out there?

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A.U.

answers from Colorado Springs on

I am a first time mom, and my daughter is now one. I used the medela pump, was told by the hospital it is the best one. They are not cheap, and mine is still going strong. They work really well, however I didn't try any others. I used the single pump, but wished I had the double as it would have gone twice as fast.

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M.K.

answers from Provo on

I went to a lactation specialist and they recommended the Avent isis IQ duo. It is wonderful. I LOVE IT. A couple of reasons that this was recommended is that there is no way for milk to get in the tubing (an issue with the medela) and the motor on the pump is superior. I also love that I can change the pattern of pumping. There are not just settings. It follows the pattern you do. i did a lot of research and was left deciding between the medela pump in style or the avent isis IQ duo and ended up going with the avent. I looked around on line and found a really good deal (for less than the medela even). that is what i would recommend.

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A.P.

answers from Pocatello on

Great job investigating before you buy! If you'll need to pump regularly, then you probably need a high quality double electric. www.breastandbottlefeeding.com has a page dedicated to breast pumps within the "breast" section. Lots of good, not so well-known tips.
Medela is probably the most well known, and the swing or pump-in-stlye are great. (swing is only a single, so double your pumping time). Ameda is equally good, perhaps less well known--but cheaper AND if you drop your pump and it breaks, they will let you purchase a new motor at a very discounted price (with Medela you buy a new pump). Hygiea is a newer pump line, and it is also a great pump, PLUS it is a multiple user pump, which means you can sell it, which is NOT recommended with any other brand. Check out the website to learn more. The book Balancing Breast and Bottle (also on the website) is due out very soon, too.
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P.L.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Go to a Lactation Specialist through your hospital or the speicalty store, not the chain store. Definitely get a double pump and electric by Medela (whatever the current model is). Bought mine 14 yrs ago and it was called "Just my style" and was so worth the money...nursed all my babes through it and then turned around and sold it for the same $$ I bought it for practically! So don't go cheap!

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C.A.

answers from Provo on

I have heard so many good things about the Medela--I have not used it myself, but I will definitely look into it for my next baby. I just wanted to recommend you not get what I got, and that was the Playtex Embrace. It was a double electric pump, but it didn't pump very fast and wasn't as efficient after a few months (as in it would take 30 minutes to pump what I used to be able to pump in 10 or 15). I ended up having to wean my son from his day feedings around 10 months--not horrible, and I'm proud of myself for lasting that long while working full-time, but I wanted to go at least a full year. So anyway, don't get the Embrace. Sure, it's cheaper, but the quality is much less. HTH!

A.C.

answers from Pocatello on

Looks like most everyone agrees, Medela pump in style is the best! I finally got one after my third child was born, so I have tried a few. Dont waste your money on a $50.00 pump from Walmart or such. I used a manual pump from the nursing store at the hospital and it worked fine but took about 10 min to pump each side and of course it is a lot more work. The electric one I bought at Walmart was ridiculous, it had hardly any suction and was really hard to use. The Medela is a dream. It pumps both sides at the same time in less than 10 min, is really quiet, easy to use, comfortable, and comes in a black tote. It is expensive but worth it. PLUS you may be able to have your insurance cover most of it. Check to see if they cover breast pumps, and if so, have your OBGYN write you a prescription for one, then all you have to do is go pick it up at the medical supply store. I think I paid $45 for mine since my insurance covered the rest.

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C.K.

answers from Missoula on

My Medela Pump In Style did a great job for me. It was expensive, but worth it. I also had a small manual Medela pump, which I sometimes stashed in my purse in case I was away from my baby for just a little too long and felt engorged. I am due with baby #2 soon and I think all I have to do is replace some bottles, tubing, and flanges, and the Pump In Style shoudl see me through nursing a second baby. So worth it!

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J.B.

answers from Billings on

If you are only needing any occasional pump, I reccomend the First Years miPump. It comes in single or double. I bought the single, but wish I had gotten the double! I've had mine for 6 months and I use it once a day and it has been a great pump. However, it does start to get hot after about 1/2 hour, so if you are using it more it may not last. But for the money and my amount of use I think it is great! I also did a lot of research online and wanted to get the Isis IQ, but could not justify spending that amount for an 'occasional' pump. But if you are going back to work and will be pumping multiple times a day deefinetly go with one of the more expensive Isis or Medela models. With my first daughter I did not have a good pump when I went back to work (went thru 2 cheap ones and used a manual one to get me by) and I ended up weaning my daughter way sooner than I was ready!! Good Luck!

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A.D.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Hi D.,
I would definitely go with a duel breastpump. I have especially like my Medella pump. Check with your insurance to see if they will pay for one. Often times they will.
Good luck

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M.G.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I had a medela which worked great. I would recommend checking with your health insurance company because mine paid for my pump! I had to get their pump but it is a good pump.

V.E.

answers from Denver on

I have to endorse the Medela brand also. I have the pump in style and its almost 6 years old and still works! My sister used the same Medela for all 4 of her kids, over a 9 year span. She actually got it used from her friend and just bought the tubes for it. I used the hospital grade to bring in my milk for my son and loved it so much that that's the brand I bought. I think I will get new tubing for the next baby, but just because its been in storage and the tubes look a little old. I don't think its necessary though. The only thing I don't like about it is that its not a double pump, I couldn't afford one!

Also, infections can happen with or without a pump. Its important to keep your breasts clean (no soap) and let them breathe. And of course, keep the pump clean as well! Good luck

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A.R.

answers from Springfield on

I did have an electric one, but I can say from experience that Medela was the best manual pump. Next time I get pregnant I will definately buy a Medela, probably an electric too.

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S.W.

answers from Pocatello on

Medela, they are more expensive but worth every penny!!

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T.P.

answers from Salinas on

Hi D., You should definitely buy a Medela breast pump if you can. The quality and performance is so much better and much more comfortable. They are kind of expensive but if you plan on using it for a while it is worth it. If are working with a lactation consultant at all, they should be able to get you a rental if you want to try it. With the Medelas, you just have to buy a few parts, there isn't any cross contamination to worry about in a used pump. You can also buy used Medela pumps, if you contact a LC they should be able to help you and it will be much cheaper than a new one.

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R.W.

answers from Denver on

You've heard lots, and gotten some good advice. I would just encourage you to shop somewhere where you can get some sound advice-at a store where all the employees are trained to help you in your decision, and where you can see all of the pumps out and next to each other to make your own comparisons. I work for Bosom Buddies, and we offer all of those services, plus the lowest prices in town on the Medela, Ameda and Hygeia breastpumps.

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D.M.

answers from Denver on

Medela pump in style is THE BEST. I also used the hospital grade Medela in the hospital and it was aweseme. They are expensive. You may want to consider renting as well... as someone else suggested, check w/ your insurance for potential financial assistance.

I found mine on line - googled it and got a good deal.

Good luck!

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R.W.

answers from Denver on

I just got the single Evenflo Comfort Select and it was under $40 on sale. I stay home so I only used it to pump when I was uncomfortable or neeed a bottle. I also paid a little extra for the warranty in case it broke. If you are not going back to work you can get away with a cheap one, if you are planning to go back to work and pump regularly get the Medela . You could also check the store Bosom Buddies near Park Meadows mall or online. Congrats and good luck.

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J.K.

answers from Denver on

I used a Medela Pump In Style. It was a great pump and lasted through both of my girls. It was expensive, but we were able to sell it used once I was finished breatfeeding. It was well worth the money. My best advice is to check with the lactation department at your hospital. I got a better price through the hospital than I did online! Best of luck!

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S.L.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I have the Medela Pump'n'Style and its AWESOME! I had an evenflo pump and it was terrible, the medela is expensive but WELL worth the money. ALSO, our health insurance covered all but $20 of it! Our daughter was born with a couple problems and so my doc was able to prescribe it as medically necessary for our daughter, so don't rule out that option! Also, I know they are sold on places like Craigslist, and while I'd never want to purchase one that way, the parts are EASILY sterilized and many people don't have a problem with it! And, you can always buy all new parts! Good Luck!

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C.W.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I have a Medela pump and I love it. I have used it so far for two kids and it is still going strong!

B.S.

answers from Denver on

Hey D.
You should research Hygeia breast pumps. This is the website to the company, http://www.hygeiababy.com/.

This pump is the only pump that can be shared with different users and if you don't like it, you have 21 days to return it. Some of the models even let you record your babies sounds.

We rent and sell them at my store: The Giggling Green Bean in Denver. But research it before you invest.

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J.L.

answers from Denver on

I loved having a nice breast pump and Medela makes the best. I would recommend a double so you can save time. Also, it's nice to have one that's portable so if you're out for the day you can take care of business! My philosophy with breast pumps is to buy a nice one since you'll be using it for a while. It's also nice to preserve our breasts the best we can! The good news is that if you want a nice breast pump at an affordable price I have mine for sale! I used it after both my boys were born and I was so happy to have it around. If you're interested email me at [email protected]____.com.

P.S. Breast infections can come with or without the use of a breast pump - that's just part of breast feeding!

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C.E.

answers from Provo on

get a double one for sure. it saves a lot of time!

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