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I actually have both the electric and the manual pumps. I definitely opt for the electric BUT I have to say that the manual works VERY well and is really nice for trips outside of the house! I actually started using the manual more at the end of my breastfeeding with my dd.
I think it all depends on how much you are going to use it. If you are going to use it full time during the day like I will when I work, then double electric is definitely the way to go. You will definitely get your money worth out of it.
If you are going to use it part time as a stay at home more (or part time work), than for some the manual is the way to go and for others the electric, depends on just how much you will use it, whether you have the money to spend, as well as which do you prefer.
Sarah, wife to Brandon (since 7/7/07), mother to
James (8/30/09), Corbin (9/1/11), and Lily (10/5/13)
I think it really depends on how often you wil be pumping. If you will be pumping everyday at work I would get a double electric. If you are only going to be pumping for when you go out once in a while, a manual is fine. I have used an electric in the past for when I went to teach ballet on Saturdays, and anytime I went out without the baby. But, I had a very abundant supply and often had to hand express several times while I was out to avoid engorgement and leaking. My electric broke last year and so this time I am just buying a manual. I know that if there is a reason for me to exclusively pump after baby is born I can rent one from the hospital because I have done this before. Also, if money is an issue you should look into a used one - this sounds gross, but you just buy the electric base part used and then you can go to the hospital, a medical supply store, or order the tubing, bottles and flanges etc. Just make sure you buy a pump that is not too old, so the parts are still available.
Danielle - Mama to William 02-05-08, Jackson 11-20-09 & Mason 09-08-11.
I won't be pumping that often and I just purchased a breast pump used from someone who didn't use it that often for only $40. It looks brand new and is super clean!! I'd try looking on craigslist.com for breast pumps - sometimes they are hardly used and you can steal a good deal. The one I purchased is a double electric breast pump but also has the option to go manual if you want. Good luck!
I had to pump full time with DS because he started refusing to nurse when he went to daycare and started using bottles. I had a Medela PIS and it was definitely worth the price! It's the only pump that's ever worked well for me...I've tried manual pumps and either they didn't work that well or it just took forever. I had an Ameda Purely Yours double electric pump with my DD and it actually just hurt to pump so I stopped when she was like 2 months old.
I still have mine just in case I should need it this time but I thought the Medela Freestyle looked pretty cool too!! Oh and there was a hospital grade Medela pump in the nursing mothers room at my work and that definitely worked but it felt kind of weird to use it because it was a different sensation than my regular pump lol!
Katie- mom to Aden (5) Phineas (3) and Phoebe Violet (1)
I have both electric and manual. The maual I actually always kept in my diaper bag in case in case I ever needed it which was pretty rare. It worked ok but it was ALOT of work lol. I also have the double electric which works great and is nice and fast cause you can do two at once.
I had a battery powered last time and was BFing for the most part and from my experience, I'd change it in a heartbeat. Only because, your so exhausted in the beginning that to hold the pump and just sit there with it until its done pumping one boob at a time, makes you more exhausted! I got mad at myself for not getting a double electric.
If your going to be BFing exclusively or the most part, I'd spend the extra money and get the double electric or sometimes hospitals let you rent them!
Thank y'all so much for all of the good information! At the PX on our military post, they only sold one brand for each.. but I was looking online and definitely found more reasonable prices that ship overseas.
I think I am going to go for a double electric.. I'm going to be a stay at home mom for awhile, but then I am going to try and find a job on post until we get back stateside.