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March 28th, 2012, 10:13 PM
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OK I sold the old Medela PIS that I had, so now I have an option of a used for a week Medela Freestyle or a technically used, but totally new motor Ameda.

Some of my "pros and cons" are:

Medela Pros
I've been told repeatedly it's the best
Has the let down feature I've been intrigued by
It's local, no shipping involved
It's got all the accessories with it (bag etc)
I know that I can get some Medela accessories (shields, membranes etc) at Wal-Mart and other stores locally

Medela Cons
I've read too many times that milk can get backed up in the tubes and the motor so it can be unsanitary.

Ameda Pros
Closed system so no milk backup (so I've read)
This particular one is a completely new motor. Current owner's previous one broke and Ameda replaced it for free and she had already gotten another one and never actually started using this one.

Ameda Cons
I don't know what it comes with (I just have to ask)
Has to be shipped (not a huge con)
Doesn't have the let down feature (but I could learn to mimic it by changing suction etc)
I don't know if I can get accessories locally (but I order stuff online anyway)

So... Ultimately, I really feel like they're pretty equal. What is the experienced Mom's opinion? Are there other things that I don't know? Like is one more effective, lighter, etc?

Thanks in advance!
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March 31st, 2012, 01:09 PM
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I'm exclusively bf'ing now but the first 9 weeks I exclusively pumped.
I enjoy my new Medela pis. The letdown feature is great. I've never had my milk backup to the motor. I think it would be difficult.

You can remove the motor cover and sanitize. I do it every so often even though I don't "need" to. I just do it.

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March 31st, 2012, 07:48 PM
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I can't compare, because I have never heard of the second one. I have a medela PIS also that I love. I don't know how much the freestyle differs from that, but I don't know how milk would ever back up into the motor with the PIS. Those are LONG tubes ... I have gotten a little moisture into the ends of the tubes (I think just water from not drying the other parts 100% before I pumped), but only ever in the last couple inches. You can blow air into them quick to dry the tubes back out if needed. I have never seen any milk get into them. I suppose if you overfilled the bottles and were still pumping it would be possible .... but you would really have to not be paying attention at all.
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March 31st, 2012, 09:01 PM
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Exactly! The tubes are long enough. I've overfilled them before while not paying attention and getting a second rapid letdown. I did get some in the tubing but not much and it never went far in. Forgot ablut that. Simple enough to run hot water through.

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May 25th, 2012, 03:04 PM
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Overall most moms that pump choose the Medela brand, primarily the Freestyle. Both companies offer superior pumps and if you work outside of the home and take your pump with you, the Ameda is a super pump. It's extremely quiet and discreet. By comparing overall monthly searches for breast pumps by moms on Google Analytics you'll find that the Medela pump is searched for 33,100 times a month compared to the Ameda at 2400 searches a month. Of course this is only telling you that people are more familiar with the Medela name, not that they buy Medela instead. Both brands are great.
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December 27th, 2012, 03:59 PM
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I've been wondering the same thing. I used the Medela PISA with my last baby. But WIC supplied me with the Ameda Purely Yours. I've been using the Ameda Elite and really liked it. But I only had it on loan since it was a hospital grade.
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