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#26 cira

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

I used a Ameda Purely Yours for about 9 months for my first child, expressing multiple times every day. It held up very well. I found that it ate batteries if I wasn't plugging it in but I'm guessing most pumps would. I chose this pump because the milk gets sucked straight into bottles without going through the tubing or through the actual pump. Suction and speed settings were good for me. And double pumping was definitely more efficient even if my breast only expressed one at a time.

#27 kamlio

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

I hired the Medela Symphony from the local chemist.  It was great.  After a bit (a lot) of practice I could have both going and could get around 1.3litres a day in three sessions of 30-40 minutes each.  Since I was expressing exclusively the time saving was totally worth the rental.  I used it for four and a half months and the rental cost came to about a third of buying it new.  I wouldn't buy one though because they are expensive, you might not want to use it for a long time and if there was a problem you can't just take in back to the pharmacy to have them replace it immediately.









#28 WaitForIt

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

I have the Ameda lactaline. I read the reviews on amazon and although the Medela gets good ratings, some had issues with milk getting in the tubes. The Ameda, the design means that this is impossible. It has a diaphragm between the pump and extraction container section.

#29 BearBait

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

For my first DD in 2010 I used a Medela Pump in Style Advanced for approx 1 year until it wore out. I was back at work so pumped 4x per day for 15-20min per session. It was an excellent, strong pump.

Medela in their wisdom no longer sell the PISA so this year with DD2 & my return to work I forked out serious cash with NursingAngel to buy the Freestyle. Freestyle is small but useless. Suction is weak. While Medela Customer Service fix or replace my Freestyle I needed a pump so I bought an Ameda Purely Yours. Good pump, strong & good clean system.

I consider the PISA the best pump by far. The Ameda Purely Yours/Lactina a close second. Freestyle is underpowered junk. I think I'm doubly annoyed with the Freestyle bc it was so expensive I expected more.

#30 lucky 2

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

If you are expressing a lot and wanting to express optimal volumes then a double electric pump would be ideal.
It is quicker to double pump (I used one for 15 months, using it 2-4 times a day).
QUOTE
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.

I'm a bit confused stbg, the freestyle is a pretty small personal pump, very easy to transport.
Perhaps you thinking of the Symphony pump which is the big hospital grade one?

Lots of people use a single pump very effectively, if you've never used a double you wouldn't know how much quicker it can be.
I had an Ameda Pump in style and thought it did a great job.
All the best.

#31 lozzylots

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:07 PM

Also using and love my Medela Swing - I express exclusively for my 6 week old and have since she was 3 days old, about 6 times a day. A double pump would probably be quicker but I get enough milk in about 15 mins of pumping. It's very portable and can be battery operated, it's quiet and effective and as PP pointed out, very easy to use and clean. So far no issues. HTH.

STBG - nope, saw 2 LC's and never taught to hand express, but a friend who went to a different hospital (both public if that makes any difference?) earlier this year was shown how to.

#32 CallMeFeral

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

Medela. Nuff said.

#33 lucky 2

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:25 PM

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STBG - nope, saw 2 LC's and never taught to hand express, but a friend who went to a different hospital (both public if that makes any difference?) earlier this year was shown how to.

Every woman should be taught to hand express, you never know when you might need the skill.

If a woman has a bfing problem that requires expressing then the allocated MW should have taught the hand expression technique as a part of the plan to manage the problem, along with arranging for you to see a LC.
A LC might revise the technique but it would be unusual for a MW not to have already taught such a basic skill. It only takes a minute or two to do so.

#34 CallMeFeral

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:37 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 12/02/2011, 09:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just a question if you don't mind me hijacking OP----Was anyone taught to hand express in hospital when you had your babies?


I was. It only ever worked when I was engorged, but it certainly helped then. I had a cheap electric and a cheap handheld breastpump and they didn't even work on me - I couldn't express till I tried a friend's Medela.

#35 1200

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

QUOTE (laridae @ 11/02/2011, 05:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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.


i currently bought a kits to switch a Swing to double pumps, it works fine.



#36 findingada

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:16 PM

Sorry OP but I can't help with experience with the pumps you listed. I hired the Medela Symphony to help build supply and maintain it when my twins were born prem. I agree with others that you should think about what you want to use the pump for before you spend your money. You might also want to consider that some boobs are also less pump friendly than others even though supply is huge. I could get no love from a manual pump but the hospital grade pumps were good. I used and Symphony almost exclusively for 5 weeks and had ample supply for my twins. Once my twins were feeding reliably every feed, I stopped pumping. Unless your bub/s are born prem or sick or you think you will be separated from them for long periods in the first month, you will probably want to focus on getting supply established for at least the first 4 weeks. Getting supply established is best done with a bub attached to you on their demand.

STBG - My midwife taught me to hand express. I had a c-section with the twins and she told me to hand express for the first 3 days and suck up the colostrum with a syringe. She said that would give me the best start to building a big supply. For 2 days she helped with just verbal instruction. One night I was so upset when my hand was sore and I couldn't get enough colostrum to meet what the docs said my bubs could manage and she asked if she could hand express for me. I didn't care about the appropriateness or otherwise of it - I just wanted as much colostrum out as possible and gave my permission for her to do it. She was waaaayy rougher than what I had been doing but after that my milk came in and my supply was huge. I didn't actually use hand expressing much after those 3 days, and, although it probably did give me a good supply, I had pins and needles in my right hand for 6 months afterwards. Perhaps there was something about the way I was doing it that made me get pins and needles or if I had known to be a bit rougher then perhaps I would not have had to do it as often as I was doing it (every 2 to 3 hours). I did hand express occasionally in a hot shower to shift some tough lumps (after massaging the lumps while my supersucker twin had a good go at it) but I primarily used it to take the edge off engorgement while they were sleeping through the night and when they finally weaned. So I think it is still valuable to know how to do it for other reasons too.

Edited by motherwrites, 20 December 2012 - 01:19 PM.


#37 runnybabbit

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:34 PM

I pumped occasionally (worked one morning a week from four months post partum) but switched from a Medela Swing to an Ameda Purely Yours and never looked back -- so much quicker with a double pump!

The Medela Swing was good but having a double just saved so much time and the Medela Freestyle was just so much pricier than the Ameda.

#38 Feralishous

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:27 AM

I used my medela swing every 2 hours for 6 months. It was fantastic. Id consider trying an Ameda next time though, as Ive heard great stories and would love to compare.

#39 Leafprincess

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:52 AM

Ameda's purely yours double electric pump is what I use.

Portable, three power source types (PowerPoint, car adaptor or batteries)
Removable parts to keep things hygienic
Single or double pump
Adjustable speed & suction

I not sure if I'm allowed to say but I'm selling one (accidentally ended up with two, was on my gift list and i bought one. in laws opened an sterilized both sets while I was having an emergency c-section so can't return it)

#40 zingy

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:31 AM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 18/12/2012, 12:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Medela. Nuff said.


Agree. Used one for prem bub 1 and then twin prems too. Love Medela.

#41 elmo_mum

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:56 AM

i bought the medela swing - and used the hospi one when visiting my prem bub

was great cos the swing is portable so could go out and still express

if u r expressing at work - get the swing

#42 ubermum

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:22 AM

I expressed full time for almost a year. I had the Medela pump in style, that came built into a back pack with a cold pack area and ice brick for bottle storage. It was $495 in 2006, but is still going strong. It was used full time by me, for almost a year by a micro-premmie mum, weekly use by my sister and incidental use by me with subsequent babies.

If you are expressing full time, a good pump with double pumping kit (to do two boobs at a time) is a lifesaver. The Medela was portable, ran off mains, battery or car adapter, and expression bottles work directly with standard narrow bottles and teats.

If I had to buy again, I would probably buy Medela from the US, where it is the leading brand. I would just use a power adapter in my wall outlet. Much cheaper from there.

#43 asiltheangel

Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:05 PM

I have the medela Freestyle (double) and its unreal! i purchased it from Nursing Angel and they were great too....

dont forget you can claim it back through your private health insurance too, just check it out




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