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Old 05-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Best pump for increasing supply.

So I am having supply issues and have been doing everything to try and increase it. I have borrowed a medela mini and it is working okay. I'm pretty sure I need to buy a smaller shield and have been looking everywhere for one with no luck yet.

I would like to buy my own pump since I am using it daily and imagine I will be for quite some time. I would love some suggestions. There are so many pumps out there and I don't know what to get. I need something under 200 dollars as I am on a tight budget.

What works for you? Thanks.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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My Lactation Consultant and her business partner recommend the Ameda Purely Yours. She said that it pumps just as well as the Medela, but while the Medela is an open pump system (meaning milk can get into the tubes and the motor) the Ameda is a closed system, the milk doesn't get in the tubes or the pump. In addition, it's about half the cost of the Medela... so a pump that's just as good at pumping, costs less, and has the closed system.

Also, for me personally, I had better results with the Ameda than with the Medela.

I used the Ameda with DS3. I was having supply issues and the Ameda worked beautifully for me.

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Old 05-18-2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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I'm really glad you recommend that one. I was looking at it as it is closer to what I am willing to spend. Thank you.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:19 PM   #4
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Re: Best pump for increasing supply.

Have you looked into if your insurance would cover a rental of a hospital grade pump? I had a top of the line Medela (like the $300 version) and it did nothing for me. Within days of getting the hospital grade, my supply greatly improved. It costs me about $20 a month and is well worth it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:43 PM   #5
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I am in a small town and don't think there are rentals available. I also have no medical benefits or a drug plan. I am going to ask the hospital where my daughter was delivered. My local health unit gives out manual pumps and is going to start renting out the medela mini soon (which doesn't help as I need something to use multiple times a day)
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I'm pretty sure I need to buy a smaller shield and have been looking everywhere for one with no luck yet
I was never able to find smaller shields at B&M stores - I had to order them online.
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Re: Best pump for increasing supply.

Have you tried supplementing with Fenugreek. I found some great tips at www.workandpump.com
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #8
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Re: Best pump for increasing supply.

You could rent a hospital grade pump. Depending on why you are having to pump, your health insurance company might cover the rental. If exclusively pumping though be warned that your milk supply might drop. Mine had dropped down to 1/2 ounce per pumping.

I'm still pumping every 2 to 3 hours and every 4 overnight. It was recommended that I use herbs to increase my milk supply. I've been using Breastea from http://www.breastea.com and I'm back up to 4 to 5 ounces per pumping now.
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You can also rent a pumponline I believe. Contact your local LLL if your hospital doesn't offer rental pumps.
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