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May 7th, 2013, 01:23 PM
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I have quite a bit of breastfeeding knowledge, but unfortunately when it comes to pumps my experience is limited. I have only used one type and although I liked it, I can't help but wonder if there is a better one out there?
I bought an Avent Isis Duo Electric breast pump and really liked it. After one or two pumps I could push one button and it would continue pumping at the speed and pressure that I set. It could be used for just one side or both at the same time, and also came with an attachment to turn one side into a manual pump that can be carried with you on the go. I still have this pump and assume it would still work great, but I plan on pumping a lot with this new baby and was wondering if there is anyone that has had a better experience with another pump, especially someone that might have tried the Avent Isis and moved on to something else?
I was a stay at home mom for the first 6 months after my first was born so I didn't do much pumping. Now that I have a young son at home I would like to be able to pump so that he can help feed the baby and feel included. I also see us getting out and doing more things during the spring and want to have a great pump that is efficient. Cost is not a factor, I am definitely on a budget but I know that you get what you pay for when it comes to breast pumps and I consider this one of the most important purchases I will be making for baby.
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May 7th, 2013, 01:42 PM
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One thing that the lactation consultant told me when my son was having feeding issues, and I ended up having to pump full time for him, is that there are two kinds of pumps on the market and women react to each one differently. I was getting very frustrated because I couldn't let down on the hospital's Avent pump. I showed the consultant a full bottle of milk that I'd pumped the day before at home (they told me to bring any milk from home to feed him) and she asked what brand I used at home. I told her I used Medela. She said that was why I couldn't let down to the avent.

Apparently Avent uses a pendulum mechanism to create the vacuum that pumps the milk. Medela uses a piston mechanism. She said most women let down to one or the other. I switched to a medela symphony in the hospital and suddenly my milk was letting down again!

I loved the Medela Swing and until I had to pump full time and switched to the hospital grade, it is what I used. I stayed at home though and only had to pump if DH and I went on date nights (and I had to pump on the date, too, for everyone's comfort) or if I was going to be gone for a few hours. I have heard good things about pump in styles, but never had to go that big.

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May 7th, 2013, 01:55 PM
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Check with your insurance carrier, most are now required to cover the cost of breast pumps!

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May 7th, 2013, 01:58 PM
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I had a Medela PISA with both kids and loved it. I'm a sahm but still pump daily for when I need to get out or just to let DH help.
I'm planning to get a new PISA this time.
angela - mom to joey (8) and emma (4) and william jude (10/16/13)
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May 7th, 2013, 02:12 PM
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Thanks ladies! I have previously heard great things about Medela and after help from all of you I think I am going to look into getting a Pump In Style Advanced. The pump I had seemed to work good, but I would pump for a long time and only get enough for one feeding when I know I was overproducing. After working with moms that had freezers full of milk, I started wondering if maybe my pump wasn't as great as I thought.

I never knew that there were 2 types, how neat! It definitely makes sense though, maybe that is the problem. I always felt like I wasn't responding well to the pump and that there was more milk that could have been emptied.
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May 7th, 2013, 04:13 PM
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I got the Medela PIS when DS2 was born 7 years ago. If it continues to work well, I'll keep using it.
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