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March 11th, 2006, 03:28 AM
Super Mommy
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Australia
Posts: 740
hi, the medela mini electric double pump is fantastic! it cost me $176 (Australian dollars) on Ebay (bought it new from an ebay store) but normally retails for around $250 ($Au). so while it's not that cheap i guess, it has done a great job. i have just returned to work (my ds is 8months old) and i work 3 days a week, pumping in my lunch hour and using that milk for my son's next day at daycare. also medela do a mini electric that isn't a double pump but the double pump is what i need to do the job fast (i get about 340mls in 20 minutes).

i know a lot of people like the manual Avent Isis handpump. i have to say i tried a friend's and found it really didn't work for me. having said that it probably depends what you want the pump for or how often you think you will be expressing. i needed to have a good electric pump to get enough milk for my son as it was important (to me) to be able to continue exclusive breastfeeding when he started in care - also because i have a personal goal to breastfeed for one year. however some people use the pumps just to relieve engorgement and don't save the milk - so in that case perhaps a cheaper hand pump would be the way to go!

anyway good luck with your little one when he/she arrives!

(ps 340mls is about 11 ounces)

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March 11th, 2006, 06:42 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Colorado
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It depends on how much you are going to pump. If you are just going to pump occasionaly to releive engorgement, or to give the occasional bottle, a manuel pump would be ok. That is what I do and I have the Avent Isis and love it. But, if you need to pump a lot, say for instance your going back to work/school you will probably want a good double electric pump. I have never used one, so I dont have any suggestions. Good luck!
~Jen wife to Jay and mommy to a bunch!

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March 28th, 2006, 07:47 PM
Super Mommy
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 776
i was hoping that you ladies could share your opinions on breast pumps with a first time mom please. i am due june 14 and have started looking for different pumps that are cheap but good. any suggestions?[/b]

Don't forget if you are on WIC, you can ask them for a pump if you are planning to go back to work or school. I just got a brand new medela double electric pump for free. It's great! I had an avent isis pump and it was good for pumping an occasional bottle so her daddy could feed her, but there was no way I could use it for going back to work.
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