What pump do you use? I used the Medela with DS and it died with DD. I don't want to shell out the 300$ for another one when this is my last baby and I won't be able to sell it after I'm done with it. I've looked at a couple others but can't decide which one...
Have you asked your ins company? Most companies cover pumps. For instance, we would only pay our 20% copay for a brand new pump. Although I think we are about to hit our out of pocket max already and then the pump is free lol. But some companies are providing them free anyway. Worth looking into behing Medela did you have? I have never heard of one giving out.
I had the pump in style. (I think)It was 7 years old by the time the motor wore. It would just make a winding noise when I would flip it on. My insurance does nit cover it. And renting one would be 75 $ a month. I'd rather just buy my own.
I have a Medela PIS from my first son but actually didn't love it and funnily enough ended up getting way more milk and quicker with the Manual Avent pump... Of course now I can't find my Avent so have to get a new one... but I will also try the Medela incase it's better this go a round.
~~ Yaeli ~~
DH since 6/24/04
DS1 - 4/9/06
DS2 - 8/22/08
DD - 5/6/13
LOL... Callie, you read my mind. I have pumped exclusively for a year for two babies, so my pump gets HEAVY use. I loved my Medela, but by the end of pumping for baby #2, it seemed like it had just seen better days. I probably could have gotten away with just ordering a new power cord, because I think my problems at the end of pumping for DS2 were mostly because the power cord was loose and jiggling, so it would randomly lose power if I moved and restart itself.
I stewed over it a bit because I've seen some of the negative press recently that Medela pumps are getting, so I did consider other brands. Problem is, I have probably close to a dozen sets of the pump supplies for the Medela, and I didn't want to bank on them being compatible with some other brand, only to find that they're not and have to replace all that as well. I use it all very much, considering I pump like 8 times a day in the early months. And... I'm familiar with the Medela. It has served me SO well for years, and I am afraid I wouldn't like a different one as well.
Soooo... Today, I just ordered myself another Medela pump from Amazon. I hope it gets here in time, hahaha. Of course I always hope for successful BFing and not to have to EP, but it hasn't worked out for me twice, so I'm not holding my breath. And I respond amazingly well to the pump, so it works for me.
And actually, my first Medela pump was a gift from my parents, so I didn't have to pay for that one. So it's not too bad to pay for this one, even though it sucks because I know this is my last baby. Ooooh well, it's worth it.
Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d
May 26, 2010 - 7w1d
I think that's why I'm having such a hard time deciding on a different pump. I loved my medela! I' just being a cheapo
Do you know anyone you could borrow from or they could give you? I had a friend who gave me hers. She had used it pretty heavily through two kids but it's still going strong for me through my second and then this kid (light use).
The parts that actually touch your skin are easily replaced. I just bought new horns (?) for mine and I think that's all!
How do you guys feel about that? I've read that if the motors are closed they are safe to use, but if they're not, then to not use them in case of contamination. I have a friend that is selling hers, she used it 2 times and decided not to bf.. I would love to buy it from her, but am scared of the contamination, if that is even a risk.
I borrowed one last time (an older Medela) and so this time I needed to get one. I bought a used Medela Swing. They are closed cell pumps and fully sterilizable. I'm a light pumper, so I didn't need anything fancy. I scored it used for $50 so I'm pretty happy with that.