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October 7th, 2011, 10:27 AM
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Hello ladies! This is my first time posting here, and I hope you all can help me.

I am expecting number 2 in March and am starting to get my shopping list/registry together. I am wondering if I should get a new breast pump. I currently have a Medela Pump In Style that was gifted to me when I had my daughter in 2008. The previous owner (aunt) was only able to use it for a couple of months, so it was essentially brand new when I got it. I work full time, but do not pump exclusively. With my daugher, I was pumping about 2-3 times per day. I pumped for a solid year (started pumping on maternity leave when DD wasn't nursing to build my stash). However, towards the end, my pump started acting funny. I don't know if it was the hose or motor. One side would work just fine, but the other side would sort of slurp and bubble instead of having a nice steady flow...does that make sense?

I still have my pump and was going to start with replacing the hose, but I'm wondering if I should replace the whole thing...Unfortunately, it'll be a few months before I can test it out, but I'm looking for some feedback on this.

Hope you ladies can help.

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October 7th, 2011, 01:59 PM
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You might be able to get it tested nearby. I know our hospital will test the pump for free. That would tell you if it's the motor.
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October 7th, 2011, 05:45 PM
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I pump only while at work, and I am so glad I decided I went with a rental. I have the lactina and I like it so much better.

so I'd look into a new one. and possibly a rental. esp since you will be away from baby for so long during the day
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October 7th, 2011, 06:18 PM
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Just lurking but I love the Medela PIS. If you have it I wouldn't spend the money on a new pump. They are really expensive. It doesn't sound like the motor to me if one side is working fine. It sounds like you may just need to replace the hose or one of the little yellow valves or seals. If the little yellow valve is cracked or the white seal isn't sealing well that will make a huge difference in how it pumps. If one side pumps fine and the other isn't I think it's just one of the parts that is faulty. Set the money aside in case you need a new pump but I wouldn't buy one just yet if it were me.

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October 7th, 2011, 06:26 PM
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Yeah I'd also say replace the parts and see if that fixes it. Someone has said before that they can test/check the motor strength at Babies R Us, so maybe call them and see if they can check that out for you.

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October 8th, 2011, 02:52 AM
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I was in the exact same situation. Got an (almost new) second hand pump. Used it at work for baby 1 for about 9 months then worried if it'd be ok for baby 2. I took it to a local medela stockist who put on a little suction tester (kind of like a tyre gauge but opposite ;-)) they said it was working fine so I gave it a go and ended up using it for another year at work. I was a geek and kept a spreadsheet so know that i pumped over 100litres with it .... it was still going strong when I stopped.

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October 9th, 2011, 07:50 AM
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Thanks everybody! I had no idea I could get my pump tested. I definitely don't want to replace it if I don't have to, so testing and replacing parts is the way I want to go.
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October 10th, 2011, 07:05 AM
joellejello's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I agree with the others (though I had no idea you coudl get them tested!). But it sounds like a parts thing. You can get accessory kits with both bottles and horns, but the tubing I've always seen separate, and only on Amazon... but that could just be the stores in my area.
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