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Product Review ~ Breast Pumps
During World Breastfeeding Week, we asked our members what their favorite breast pumps are. Here's what they said . . .

From lilpea:
Brand ~ Ameda, Purely Yours
Electric or Manual ~ Electric (double)
Approximate Cost ~ $225.00 (they've come down a lot and you can get them on Ebay)
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I love it. It has dual electric pump action which allows me to pump quicker and more efficiently. It has several settings to simulate your baby's nursing sucking patterns. It can be battery operated which helps when you have to pump in your car or somewhere without electric outlets. It is easy to clean since only a few parts come into actual contact with the breastmilk. My only complaint was that it was a little difficult to find replacement parts since the you can't get them through the company. After a search online, however, I was able to find a place that shipped the parts overnight.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ ABSOLUTELY!

From threegirlsandaboy:
Brand ~ Medela Pump in Style
Electric or Manual ~ Double electric
Approximate Cost ~ 250.00
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I love it! I do not pump that often, occational bottle if I am going out without baby. But it is so quick and easy. I love that it does both breasts at once, big time saver. Adjustable vaccum and suction. Easy to clean and comes in a sleek black bag! Nice if you have to travel with it. I get enough milk in just under 10 minutes!
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ I would definitely recommend this pump!

From miche: I have used a bunch of different ones!
Brand ~ Medela Hospital Grade (don't know the actual name)
Electric or Manual ~ double electric
Approximate Cost ~ too much! Reasonable to rent short term
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I loved it. I needed to pump at the hospital and on and off for a month or so after. My son wouldn't latch so the pump alone brought in my milk very effectively. I had to pump a little before almost every feeding to soften my engorged breasts enough for him to latch on, even with the use of a nipple shield.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ I highly recommend renting or using a hospital grade if you need to exclusively pump, especially shortly after birth.

Brand ~ Ameda Purely Yours
Electric or Manual ~ double electric
Approximate Cost ~ $225.00. I ordered mine through a canadian site and paid approximately $175.00 US dollars four years ago.
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ It came in the mail right around the time my son learned to nurse directly on my breast so I had little need for it after that. (I was a SAHM.) I used it at various times to build up a freezer stash, but my son always refused bottles so I abandoned that. The suction was nice and it was very comfortable. It has more adjustments for both speed and suction compared to some other double electric pumps and I was able to find a way to enhance the volume I could pump by fiddling with the settings during let down.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ I highly recommend this for someone who is going back to work and wants to pump a lot.

Brand ~ Medela hand pump
Electric or Manual ~ manual
Approximate Cost ~ I don't know.
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I used this when I was stuck in the ER without my son when my son was about 14 months. He nursed often around the clock and I was there about six hours and starting to get very sore! It was adequate but nothing special. It wasn't as comfortable as either double electric pump and it was harder to get the hang of compared to my favorite pump (coming next)
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ If you know you are going to be doing minimal pumping and are looking for something very inexpensive.

Brand ~ Avent Isis
Electric or Manual ~ manual
Approximate Cost ~ $40.00
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ This is by far my favorite pump! I lucked out and was given one shortly after the birth of my second child. I haven't used it much, but it was the most comfortable pump I have ever used and I let down faster for this pump than any other. I can see why some women recommend two Avent Isis pumps instead of a double electric. The first few times I pumped my hand cramped after a while, but I got a ton of milk and my hands got used to the manual pumping.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ I highly recommend this pump!

From January:
Brand ~ PUMP IN STYLE
Electric or Manual ~ Electric
Approximate Cost ~ $169.00 ONLINE
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I just used it for the first time and got 3 oz from one side; this is more than I ever got using a manual pump.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ Yes, I'm not sore at all!

From dessismama:
Brand ~ Avent Isis
Electric or Manual ~ It is a manual pump. I use two together.
Approximate Cost ~ $40.00
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I have been pumping for 1 year and 4 months and still going strong. I have used mine so much that the neck of the main piece has broken twice, so I have had to replace it.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ I recommend it highly!

From lizamac:
Brand ~ Medela Pump in Style
Electric or Manual ~ Electric
Approximate Cost ~ $250.00
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I was not able to get much at all with a handheld, but was able to get bottles full with the medela (not all the time of course!). No pain, no discomfort; it was a wonderful pump! I used it for nearly a year and a half.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ I would DEFINITELY recommend biting the bullet moneywise and buying this.

From Julie 3/12:
Brand ~ Medela Pump in Style
Electric or Manual ~ double electric
Approximate Cost ~ I got it online 1 1/2 years ago; maybe $200
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I brought this to work with me and pumped for about 6 months (until my son self-weaned). It took maybe 20 minutes, I could keep my wallet and keys in the backpack so I didn't have to carry anything else, and the design is very discreet. I loaned it to my sister last year, who used it to pump exlcusively for about 6 weeks and then used it sporadically for another year. I have just gotten it back and it is still in perfect condition after all this use! I love it and will be using it again any day now.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ Without a second's hesitation.

From Jime´s mom:
Brand ~ Medela Little Hearts
Electric or Manual ~ Manual
Approximate Cost ~ No idea, it was a gift.
Experience with it - did you like it? If so, why? If you didn't like it, why not? ~ I just love it; I pumped since DD was 3 months until she was 14 months, and could up keep my supply.
Would you recommend it to another breastfeeding mom? ~ In fact I do.

From Trisha: My son was born via c-section and still had some fluid in his lungs and therefore I couldn't breastfeed him until he was 2 1/2 days old. I used the Medela PumpInStyle in order to start my body getting used to the demand and that way he was able to drink the colostrium once he was better. I brestfed him even while working fulltime thanks to the pump until he was 15 months old. A good pump is definitely essential for working moms.

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