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February 11th, 2011, 08:28 PM
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I am planning on breastfeeding our daughter when she comes but I just had a question about a pump. I want to get one that is good enough for my needs, but I do not want to get one that is more than I need, because I don't want to spend more money than I have to.

I will be working from home so I don't need to pump for that. The only reason I will pump is if she's alone with Daddy for an extended time, or if she spends the night at grandparents house, or things like that. So I definitely won't be someone who pumps 4-6 times a day, every single day.

Everyone recommends the Medela, but is that REALLY necessary for what I will be needing? Some brand names would be great to look into, also manual vs. electric. Thanks ladies!
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February 11th, 2011, 11:44 PM
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I would go with a Medela. Don't forget, you can use them with future babies, too. You never know when you may need to pump to increase supply, etc, even if you think you won't be pumping much!

I am a SAHM, and I bought a Medela Swing with DD#1. I highly recommend it! I didn't go with a double bc I wasn't working, and it was perfect for my needs!
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February 12th, 2011, 05:12 AM
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I bought a used Medela PIS and it is the best. It was $60. Also look into your health insurance, they may cover all or some of a pump. I had no luck with the Medela manual. I actually have no luck single pumping, my boobs are high maintenance and need double pumping to really get letdowns, LOL.

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February 12th, 2011, 07:36 AM
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I bought an Evenflo Comfort Select single electric pump, but within a couple months of use, I realised it wasn't as effective at emptying my breasts as the medela pump in the hospital was (d'huh ) and so I bought a used Medela PIS andhave had better success. My milk likes to play "hard to get" though. I would seriously recommend a Medela if you can swing the cost, definitely worth it!

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February 12th, 2011, 09:33 AM
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I bought the Ameda Purely Yours brand new, and it was $150. It is a double electric, can also be used in single electric mode if you want to feed on one side and pump on the other, and works wonderfully. It was highly recommended by some of the women on this board, and I would recommend it to anyone. For the first 6 1/2 months of Claire's life I pumped only occasionally, and it was great for that. Now I pump 3x/day, and it is great for that, too!

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February 12th, 2011, 10:51 AM
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I have a double electric Medela Pump In Style Advanced since I work full time and I'm pretty happy with it. If I didn't work I think I'd get a single electric. When I'm at home if I'm pumping to go out I usually only pump one side (my DD also only nurses one side a feeding). I have a manual pump also the hospital gave me for free but I prefer the electric.

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