Breast Pumps

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Breast Pumps

So, I have a pump I used for my first 2 boys, but I really wasn't thrilled with it. It never felt like it had enough "power" lol. I can't remember which one it is (I bought it in haste from Target)- I don't even know if I still have it, I know I lost some parts to it too, so I may have tossed it. Anyway, I didn't end up breastfeeding my boys for very long (a few months a most) and I tried to pump at least- but again, my pump sucked, so I think I just gave up. I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for pumps? I don't want to spend a fortune, just b/c (again) I'm not sure how long I'll last- but I would like to at least give it another "go." I believe my hospital does rent them out, but, not sure...I would almost rather buy one anyway...
So, what do you use/plan on using? Do you like it? Any info. you can give me is much appreciated as I don't know a whole lot about them...T.I.A.!!! (Lurkers are always welcome to answer too;) )

E.T.A. : I found the one I have/had it's this one - but a double pump, not single. From the reviews, it looks like I'm not the only one that's had issues with it, so I guess that makes me feel a little better in respect to the fact that it wasn't me doing something wrong, or not using it correctly...

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Check and see if the hospital rents them out? That's what I'm going to do. Hospital grade pumps are generally pretty good from what I've heard and range from about $30-$40 a month to rent (although I'm not 100% positive on that). Since I don't think I'll be breastfeeding more than six months, I think it'll be a better deal for me. And I figure if for some reason, pumping or breastfeeding doesn't work out for me, I won't have spent $200-$300 for something I only used for a month.

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i've really like my medela pump n style. its a double and seemed to have enough umff. i'd recommend looking at craigslist for a used one. the part that touches your breast you can buy new at BRU and the tubes you can sanitize. just put them in water with white vinegar and nuke for a few minutes then hang them up to dry. the tubes don't get milk in them so that parts not even really necessary.

Good luck. i hope you find something that works for you. Breastfeeding is teh BOMB (even though its a hell of alot of work).

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I agree with PP--I have a Medela Pump In Style (hand me down I replaced the tubing and cups on, even though you're not "supposed" to do that they can make more money.) and it is quite strong and reliable.

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My insurance paid for my rental and I've tried 3 of them. I really like the medela symphony. It has so much power to it and also has this 2 min stimulation thing before it starts sucking. I love it and keep in mind im pumping exclusively 8 times a day and the motor on it is amazing. Its a hospital grade one. I would definitely rent one since you don't know long you'll use it! Hope I helped!

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I am going through my insurance and all I pay is 15% so all I will have to pay is like $45 for a medela pump in should see if yours covers.