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July 29th, 2012, 04:29 PM
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As this FTM has found out there are eons of them to choose from. And I cant tell a whole of difference besides prices.

Any recommendations on specific ones?
What are must have's in a pump to be a good one to buy?
Any ones to stay clear of?
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July 29th, 2012, 05:24 PM
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I just registered for the Medela Pump in Style after what seems like a million hours of research. Please someone tell me if this is a bad plan!!
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July 29th, 2012, 05:30 PM
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I loved my Medela and it was what they had me use in the NICU with the older 2 also. I am not sure what the income limits are in all states but in AR the limit to qualify for WIC is pretty high. If you are breastfeeding and not getting formula they give you a Medela P.I.S. which is super awesome.
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July 30th, 2012, 05:06 AM
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PIS is the only one I would recommend. I've tried purely yours and HATED it. I pump about 12 hours a day and the PIS battery works about as good as A/C power. If your work is like mine and you never know where you'll be pumping, it's a great option to have if you have to resort to running to the car to pump (and yes done many a time in my 6+ years of pumping).

What I love about it, the parts are replaceable. I got at least 2 kids out of the last 2 I've had. Then I use the older one as backups for home. They state it is only good for one child but you will get at least 2 out of it as long as you take good care of it.

Other vendors, I wasn't even able to get one full year out of it before I said screw it and spent the money on the PIS.

Check with your local medical/health supply place. (not pharmacy they won't know). [Place where you can order stuff like wheelchairs, bath assistance stuff, etc. Check Medela's site for local place] Your insurance may cover it. Though don't ask insurance since they'll say no. Health supply will run it through and say if it can be done. I know BCBS told me no but with a pedi note, I got my last one 100% paid for. ..Thankfully it is perfect so I don't need one this time.
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July 30th, 2012, 05:56 AM
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I remember when we had this question previously almost everyone recommended Medela. So I think that's what I'm going to go with. I just can't decide which one.
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July 30th, 2012, 06:32 AM
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I have the Medela Freestyle, which is the more portable and hands free version of the PIS. I think they're both very excellent machines.

A couple of recommendations: Go electric. Go double (unless you're planning on SAHM and this is your first child. OTherwise, the time you save with a double is immeasurable). If you're going to pump at work, buy a spare ice pack. (it's nice to have one to rotate) Also, Medela's quick clean wipes are GREAT for pumping in environment without a cleaning station, i.e.: your office, car, etc.
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July 30th, 2012, 10:31 AM
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I used the Medela PIS and loved it! Plus after a year of nearly constant use the motor died, but Medela speed shipped me a new one for free! Luckily I had a manual pump to use in the meantime... But their customer service was amazing!
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July 30th, 2012, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by freesiangel View Post
I used the Medela PIS and loved it! Plus after a year of nearly constant use the motor died, but Medela speed shipped me a new one for free! Luckily I had a manual pump to use in the meantime... But their customer service was amazing!
I had forgotten this, but it's true! When I first received my pump, one of the membranes was slightly ripped, and when I contacted Medela, they priority shipped me out a complete replacement kit free of charge. (Which of course included 2 membranes.) So then I had even more spare parts to rotate - it was GREAT!
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