Looking for Pump Recommendations

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Looking for Pump Recommendations

I would like to purchase a pump but I have some conditions... I want it to work & I would prefer to spend the least amount of money possible. Smile

I've heard wonderful things about the Medela pumps but I really don't have that much money to spend. Is there a pump that costs less that will get the job done? Do I have to go to a manual pump to save money? Will it work?

I'm well endowed up top with large areolas/nipples. I BF DD for 18 months last time but I had trouble with my flow at times. I'm a SAHM so I don't need any traveling conveniences.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. TIA! Smile

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
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Did you try a manual in the past? That's all I've ever needed as a SAHM. Medela has different sized shields that you can buy too if the regular one doesn't work.

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How much do you need to pump? If its just to get enough for the occasional bottle then a manual should be just fine. I work full time so having the Medela PISA has been a life saver. What do you mean by trouble with your flow? Like you have a slow let down?

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It all depends on what you're using it for. I mean are you going ot be pumping daily? Just occasionally so you can have a few bottles for LO's while you go out? If you just need it occasionally then you should only need a manual pump. If you're needing it for daily use or for working out of the home type of stuff then you definitely need an electric one.

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Sorry ladies... With my preggo brain, I forgot I posted this. Let's try this again. Smile

"alwayssmile" wrote:

Did you try a manual in the past? That's all I've ever needed as a SAHM. Medela has different sized shields that you can buy too if the regular one doesn't work.

I've never tried a manual so I don't have anything to go on. I have no idea what brands are good.

"TiggersMommy" wrote:

How much do you need to pump? If its just to get enough for the occasional bottle then a manual should be just fine. I work full time so having the Medela PISA has been a life saver. What do you mean by trouble with your flow? Like you have a slow let down?

I don't think I will need to pump large amounts. I want to have a small supply in the freezer. Re: flow... DD slept so well at night at such an early age, I realized late that I needed to pump to supplement. My milk dwindled but thankfully I was able to "fix" it.

"VCoates" wrote:

It all depends on what you're using it for. I mean are you going ot be pumping daily? Just occasionally so you can have a few bottles for LO's while you go out? If you just need it occasionally then you should only need a manual pump. If you're needing it for daily use or for working out of the home type of stuff then you definitely need an electric one.

I'm hoping to not need it daily. I don't plan on using bottles much. So...

It sounds like I need a manual pump recommendation.

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Joined: 09/07/06
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I have the Medela harmony, which is a manual, and I like it. It's not cheap though. I've heard good things about the Lansinoh and Hygeia brands although I haven't tried them myself.

http://www.hygeiababy.com/product-details.php?pid=25
http://www.target.com/p/Lansinoh-Manual-Breast-Pump/-/A-10477166
http://www.target.com/p/Medela-Harmony-Manual-Breastpump/-/A-528690

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"mommycarrie" wrote:

I have the Medela harmony, which is a manual, and I like it. It's not cheap though. I've heard good things about the Lansinoh and Hygeia brands although I haven't tried them myself.

http://www.hygeiababy.com/product-details.php?pid=25
http://www.target.com/p/Lansinoh-Manual-Breast-Pump/-/A-10477166
http://www.target.com/p/Medela-Harmony-Manual-Breastpump/-/A-528690

Thank you for the recommendation. I'm perfectly fine with anything under $40 ish. I just don't want to go to $100 or $200+... I just don't have the budget for that anymore. Smile

Joined: 01/25/02
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Good luck, no manual recommendations. I have a cheaper Medela, but I was working part time at the time, and I have used it on and off for 3 babies (4 babies, but one was twins lol), and lent it to a friend or two as well. They are worth the money!

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Joined: 02/27/06
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You might find a used Ameda Purely Yours for under $100. It's a electric double pump, used it with two babies now, and my sis used it with 2 of hers. I'm fully satisfied with it and I am large on top as well (36-F when BF).

For under $40, I have no clue. The hospital gave me a medela hand pump that I never used becuase I had the Ameda. Check with your hospital; they may give you one as well.