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#1 monkeybaby

Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:42 PM

I'm looking for a breast pump . . . as with most things, there are too many choices!

I'll be expressing everyday and have worked out that I'll need an electric pump, I've checked out www.nursingangel.com.au but I'm still not sure which is best.

The Medela Swing seems good (I like that it has 2 phase expression), but there isn't much info on the Avent Isis electric.

Anyone with any experience with either of these?  Or the Ameda Purely Yours?

Please help!!!

MB

Edited by lucky 2, 13 December 2012 - 07:13 PM.
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#2 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:56 PM

I've got an Avent Isis electric. It does the job but I think it would be better with more suction.

I also had the cheapest Medela electric pump. It had great suction but was incredibly noisy (to the extent it started to interfere with let down. The motor burnt out too.

I've heard good things about the Medela swing but haven't tried it

#3 4ORmore

Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:08 PM

I actually hired a medela one from the local pharmacy.  It worked wonderfully.  I'm not too up-to-date with the types of pumps but this one was huge with a big blue box attached.. so not at all portable, but was awesome for my purpose.

#4 laridae

Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:25 PM

I have the Medela Swing - it works really well, doesn't hurt, gets out a lot of milk and doesn't take too long - but if I had to pump every day I'd consider getting the double pump instead - a Medela Freestyle.  As it is - I'm only pumping occasionally so don't need a double.

#5 osgirl

Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:33 PM

I researched a lot on this issue before buying a Medela Swing. Medela are leaders in this area, as are Ameda. I actually bought mine from ebay. It was hardly used and in excellent condition. I bought it after I stopped using a hospital grade Ameda at home which I had hired from the chemist. The Ameda was great too. It was a double pump but not portable. I had also used the hospital grade Medela during a breastfeeding day stay and that's what got me to buy the Swing with it's two phase expression. That worked really well for me. The Ameda hospital grade one had settings in which you could make it faster/slower and the sucking (is that the right term?) could be adjusted too. I'm now only expressing occasionally so the Medela Swing is perfect for me. However, if you will be using everyday several times you may want to look at a double to save time, as a PP said.

Hope that helps!

#6 =R2=

Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:41 PM

Sorry to be a nosy parker but I'm wondering why you would need to express everyday and how long for?

My recommendation for a breast pump would be different for occasional use as opposed to everyday use.

#7 ShoeLady

Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:44 PM

I used the Avent Isis Electric for DS, (4 yrs), also it had a battery pack.  I always found it very good, although only had a Pigeon? to compare it to, which was no comparison at all.  I liked it had a battery pack, so I could express on long country car trips (when DH driving).

#8 CappucinoGirl

Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:45 PM

I rented a Medela electric pump from a chemist and LOVED it.
I found it very easy to use and once I got the hang of it could express decent amounts quickly and one handed - oh yeah  tthumbs.gif

They are a bit pricey to buy new but you can resell them later, or perhaps rent one or buy off ebay.

QUOTE
I actually hired a medela one from the local pharmacy. It worked wonderfully. I'm not too up-to-date with the types of pumps but this one was huge with a big blue box attached.. so not at all portable, but was awesome for my purpose.

That's the one I mean the Medela Lactina, you can also use it as a hand held.



#9 JHSN

Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:47 PM

I brought my medela swing in 2007 after I had my son I had a problem with the motor six weeks later and it was replaced straight away.  I used it 1-2 a day for 11 months with DS and probably every other day for 15months with DD.  It still works brilliantly.  Best money I ever spent.

#10 -river-

Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:51 PM

I hire the Medela Symphony, I exclusively express.

#11 Atwood

Posted 11 February 2011 - 10:43 PM

I used the Medela Swing with both DD1 and DS and loved it.   For both babies, it took me a few weeks to get breastfeeding established due to attachment issues, so I would pump several times a day and it never failed me.   Once breastfeeding was established, I would pump as needed, and used it for a duration of 2 years.    

Now that DD2 is here, I have not had the opportunity to sit for hours to establish breastfeeding, so am exclusively pumping.   I decided that since this is how things will be for the next year or so to treat myself to a double pump, and bought the Ameda Purely Yours.   I chose it because I liked the idea that it had the airlock prevention feature, and it was a lot cheaper than the Medela double pump.    Once my milk supply had been established, I have found that I am able to pump 3 times a day and produce enough milk to feed DD  and have some left over to freeze (about 1250ml a day in total), so am more than happy with this pump.     Given that it was a lot cheaper than the Medela, I am pleased I went with this pump.  

I bought my pump through Nursing Angels and find them fantastic!

#12 allforkids

Posted 12 February 2011 - 02:12 AM

Having twins I started off hiring the Medela Symphony from the chemist as it was the one our hospital used so I was familiar with it whilst my bubs had their stay in hospital as it had the capacity to pump both breasts at once, whereas many of the smaller pumps on the market you could only express from one breast at a time, given every moment of sleep was precious I wanted to spend less time up pumping milk and more time in bed rather than being stuck attached to a pump.  After a few months I switched over and bought a Medela Swing as it was small, compact and could travel anywhere with you, it took longer given it only has a single pump but saved money in the long run as we were no longer paying hire fees on the bigger breast pump.  



#13 halcyondays

Posted 12 February 2011 - 11:35 AM

I bought the Ameda Purely Yours- double pump and easily portable. At first I hired the Ameda hospital strength one from the pharmacy as I was expressing just for a few weeks ( I hoped) to boost supply, but then I needed to express when at work. I like it a lot. It is slightly noisier than the hospital strength pumps (which cost about $1,700), and doesn't have as smooth a suction, but it does the job of expressing for the occasional feed brilliantly.
Don't know how it would work if you were expressing all feeds, as haven't done that before.


#14 Lucygoosey1

Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:07 PM

I have avent electric and was really happy with it.  Saying that I would use it maybe 2-3 times a week, and the motor broke down after a few months ( it was replaced under warranty and no problems at all with this).  I don't think it would be the best one for daily use. Definitely would get a double pump if using daily.

#15 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:16 PM

I had an avent electric and I was exclusively pumping. First one broke down after 5 days and the second one after 1 month. I expected better for the amount is cost and don't recommend it.



#16 shortnfat

Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:27 PM

I've tried the Avent (lent to me for a short while) then bought the Medela swing. I went on to buy the Medela Freestyle (a double pump). The Medela pumps are great - they got the milk off as quickly as the Avent but I found them much more comfortable.

The Freestyle has been used pretty much continuously for the last 2 years (I lent it to a friend between using it for my 1st and 2nd babies) and has been great.

There's a great website in the UK which you can order pumps and replacement components from much more cheaply than in Aus:
expressyourselfmums.co.uk

#17 ez21

Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:35 PM

I have the Medela Swing.  It's a great pump with good suction and very easy to use and clean.  It's also very quiet.  Comes with the standard size breast shield which doesn't suit everyone so, make sure you have the correct size to ensure you are expressing efficiently without doing damage to yourself. You can purchase the different sizes at nursingangel.com.au .

I found this pump very useful and was glad I had it when my bub was sick and wouldn't feed (to relieve the pressure!)  This pump will suit everyday use.

#18 2 Gorgeous Girls

Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:35 PM

My sister used the Medela Swing to exclusively pump for 4 months. I use it for occasional pumping. We both found it great for each purpose. I just had order some spare parts for it and I was impressed out how reasonably priced they were.

#19 Soontobegran

Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:50 PM

I think it does depend on what you want to use it for?
I am surprised with the number of women who buy one just in case as they really do not have to be used if your baby is breast feeding well and you are not returning to work.
If you just want one for the occasional pump to store then you do not need to spend an awful lot of money and the Avent Isis or just the Avent hand pump is a good option.
My personal favourite if you are full time expressing is the Medela Freestyle but it isn't terribly portable. I like the Medela swing otherwise.

Just a question if you don't mind me hijacking OP----Was anyone taught to hand express in hospital when you had your babies?

#20 bailee

Posted 12 February 2011 - 10:04 PM

I've got an Ameda and its great. I've used both the Ameda and Medela hospital grade pumps and home pumps and prefer the Ameda as it has a stronger suction, which I need after having a breast reduction.  I have had to exclusively express for both my babies for a few months, so have got my money's worth out of my pump. I have broken my pump now - after a huge smash on the ground (one too many - its survived quite a number) and I'm going back to buy the same one. I also like the Ameda cause its small and light weight and I was able to take it to work with me.

If you are going to do a lot of pumping, then you need an Ameda or Medela as other pumps are made for occasional use, so their motors give out if you use the more than once a day for an extended period of time.  


#21 starsailor

Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

Hi my 2c worth! I have an Ameda Purely Yours and I love it. We had numerous difficulties with BF but I really wanted baby to have BM. I have expressed for her since she was a few days old, going on 9 months now!
The pump has never missed a beat, is comfortable to use, easy to clean and when I have needed spare parts (the tiny white duck valves) they were cheap and easy to find.  I tore a few of the valves in the early days (exhausted and  cleaning wildly w brush and soap in the middle of the night when sleep deprived. ) The valves do not tend to tear with normal use.

#22 allthiseffortpaidoff

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:00 PM

I have the Medela swing and it's great.

I used it with DD1 and am planning on using it with this bub.

Initially I would express after every feed and freeze the milk for 'just in case' times (creche, grandparents visit, leave bub with hubby).

Once my milk supply was established, I only pumped once in the mornings and had enough for one feed.

When DD weaned, I ended up throwing out 5L of liquid gold as the milk banks won't take breast milk after your bub is 6 months of age.

Broke my heart!

#23 Sed

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:17 PM

I used and loved the medela swing. DS was 33 +3, so hindsight would have bought the double, but he still ended up breastfed (took a few months). Depending on why your pumping, would look at the double.

#24 noi'mnot

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

It really depends on what you're using it for. Take a look at this link from the ABA, which gives you an idea of what type you should be using. I would also recommend that you give their retail store a call, Mothers Direct. They sell some of the best quality breast pumps and will be able to give you advice which isn't so much as a sales pitch - more based on evidence and practicality and such - like some other retail outlets.

If you are needing a pump in the early weeks to build and maintain supply, then it might be worth your while hiring a hospital grade pump (medela symphony for eg). But, if it's for when you go back to work and your supply is established, then maybe the medela swing will be enough. It's hard to say, it really depends on your circumstances.

STBG - on your off topic, no I was never taught to hand express by anybody in hospital, despite seeing one of the hospital LCs at least once a week for six weeks post birth and being rehospitalised due to complications and such. I was taught over the phone by an ABA counsellor! It would have been a hell of a lot easier if hand expressing hadn't been passed off as "too hard and not efficient" in those first couple of weeks!

Edited by noi'mnot, 13 December 2012 - 07:31 PM.


#25 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

I have a medella swing - it works really  well for me.  I express for comfort and in tthe hope that soon DD will take a bottle if I want to go out.

I had to hand express in hospital and found it very painful and truamatic - using a pump is much easier.




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