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February 6th, 2010, 06:00 PM
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I plan to breastfeed until I go back to work in August, at that point I plan to stop. I want to have a breast pump on hand for anytime my mom babysits or so DH can feed the baby if I am producing enough milk to pump some every once in a while.

So I don't plan to use it a lot or when I go back to work, but I do want to have one. Anyone have any advice? I know they have single electric ones but I also read some manual ones aren't bad either. I am clueless when it comes to this, I just know I dont want to spend over $100 on a pump.
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February 6th, 2010, 06:15 PM
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I think it can depend on your milk supply. I had trouble using a manual pump, however my SIL easily used her manual pump and got loads of milk. I needed an electric pump to be able to express with any success... I didn't start to express until I returned to work when ds was 8 months old so I guess my milk supply was suited to just what he needed and maybe that's why I had more trouble with a manual...not sure...
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February 6th, 2010, 07:32 PM
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I've never tried a manual pump before. If you don't want to spend a lot, then I would at least recommend getting a single electric. Double electrics would be a major time saver though.
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February 6th, 2010, 08:02 PM
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I had the avent single manual pump. It was a decent pump.. but would take awhile (about 20 minutes) and I could never get a lot out. Maybe 3oz at a time if I was lucky. I didn't pump often.. but it was only $50 and it was good for what I needed it for. If you think you'll be using it often, then maybe electric would be a better fit.
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February 6th, 2010, 08:05 PM
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Honestly, it's not worth the money to buy a pump if you aren't going to buy a good one. And the good ones cost a lot. Spending $50 on a pump that isn't going to work well is a waste of money, spending $200 on a pump that works is a much better investment.
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February 7th, 2010, 12:41 AM
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I was just reading the reviews at BRU of the Medela Harmony manual pump and it had great reviews. Pretty much everyone said they were really happy with it and it was perfect for someone like me who will only want to pump a couple times a week if that. It has 4/5 stars based on almost 300 reviews and it is $34.99. I'm going to try that one out I think. If I hate it then I will just go pumpless... $200+ is not worth it to me whether it is a great pump or not. I just would never use it enough to justify spending that kind of money.
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February 7th, 2010, 07:29 AM
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I never had any luck with the manual pump. I hope you have better luck!
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February 7th, 2010, 07:31 AM
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I hope so too! We shall see
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February 7th, 2010, 11:22 AM
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This post just reminded me I have to continue my search for breastpumps. I've never tried a manual one but had a single electric pump from Evenflo last time for about $50. I wanna get a better one this time though and Im willing to spend about 150 bucks on it. I wanna look around for great deals first before I make the plunge.
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February 7th, 2010, 11:33 PM
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Woohoo, I just bought my breast pump. I got the Medela Single Deluxe electric breastpump for 60 dollars. It has mixed reviews but Im not gonna go off of those. It looks pretty simple and I doubt if im gonna double pump (which I never did with my son), plus it has less pieces to clean, unlike my last one.

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February 8th, 2010, 04:49 AM
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Chrissy, check with your insurance. I have Anthem through the district and they will pay for a manual pump. Your doc just needs to write a script and then you go to a "provider" store (one of those medical supplies that are on their list). The one on winghaven near 40 is a provider. Then you would have a free manual pump. Not sure if anything is covered on GHP - but I imagine it is similar.
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February 8th, 2010, 07:29 AM
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Dang! I have GHP.....how do I figure this out? Call them? I am so clueless when it comes to anything involving insurance! But thanks for the info. I will check into it.
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February 8th, 2010, 08:11 AM
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I just called the phone number on the back of my card. Try that.
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February 8th, 2010, 08:28 AM
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I really liked my Advent manual. I used it with my youngest two and will be getting another one this time around. I never had any problems getting milk out either. In fact, sometimes I would overflow the 9 oz bottle that came with it.

I think it just depends on what works for you and your situation.
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February 8th, 2010, 08:32 AM
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I have the Medela Swing and Medela Harmony. I'm a SAHM so I didn't want to spend hundreds on a pump. The hospital gave us the harmony after I delivered Kellan and it worked great for me...I did have a large milk supply. I usually pumped about 6 ounces in 10 minutes.
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