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Old 04-24-2006, 02:22 PM   #1
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Pump Recommendations?

I'm kind of lost as to which breast pump to get. I like the Medela Pump In Style, but I think that would be more of a luxury/want than probably what I really need. I plan on working after the baby's around 2 mos old, but I would only be working for 10 hrs a week (while she's home w/dad). Which pump would be best for that? Manual or electric? Thanks, ladies!!
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Old 04-24-2006, 02:31 PM   #2
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Re: Pump Recommendations?

If you are pumping quite often the Pump in style would work out great. I tried the manual pumps for awhile and couldnt get enough milk. Once I bought the Pump in Style the milk just flowed out. I would definatly recommend that you splurge a little, it will be worth it. Also the first few times you pump have your baby in there with you or close your eyes and think about them nursing it really helps you to get more milk. HTH!
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:41 PM   #3
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Re: Pump Recommendations?

Hi there - I would probably do the manual pump (avent isis) for that few hours to be honest. The cost difference is so big, I would at least give the manual a try first. If you have problems then maybe spring for the $$ electric.

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Old 04-24-2006, 06:53 PM   #4
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Re: Pump Recommendations?

I've used several - I used the Medela PIS when I worked full-time in the military and was away from DS for days sometimes... and it was awesome & totally needed. That being said, I needed something of that caliber when my average day was 14 hours.

Now I am a WAHM but am away from DS sometimes or pump to store just in case or for the occasional relative to feed DS... I have the Avent Isis & LOVE it. Honestly, I can get the same amount from that pump as I would w/the Medela PIS, it's just that I don't need to break out something that powerful for an occasional pump session.

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Old 04-24-2006, 07:38 PM   #5
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Re: Pump Recommendations?

I have both the PIS and Isis and like them for different reasons. I have taken my Isis to many places without an electrical outlet, like a ski slope bathroom. If I have an outlet, I would definintely choose the PIS. I found my PIS at www.hackleyhme.com. Their prices are only available by email, but I got the Advanced PIS for $220 with no tax or shipping. This was the best deal I could find. Ebay is a great source for new in box Isis.

One good hint, if you use a hospital pump while in the hospital, they will give you an extra set of pump tubing and horns to keep as they cannot be reused. Good luck.
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:07 PM   #6
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Agreed! I also have the PIS & Isis, and like them for different reasons. I use the PIS for work (I pump once/day, as I only work 8-12) and keep the Isis at home. For me, the Isis would never work for me at work. Since you can only do one side at a time, it would take me close to 1/2 hour to get both done. If you are only working 10 hours, and have to spend 1/2 an hour each day, that is a big chunk of time away from work - that's where the double electric is worth the $$ - I can be in & out in 15 minutes (including setting up and cleaning up). Plus, you can always use the PIS for subsequent children.
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:06 AM   #7
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I have used both the Advent Isis and the Medala Pump in Style and honestly I LOVE my PIS. The isis works good, but with the PIS my milk would just flow out. I could pump anywhere from 4-8 oz out in 10 mins or less. With the Isis sometimes it would take me 30 mins to pump. So if you can afford it I would highly recommend the PIS.

Another thing with Medala, they have AWESOME customer service. My first PIS broke when my dd was 10 months old, it was a gift so I didn't have the receipt. Well I called their customer service line and they sent me a NEW one no questions asked.
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I also have used the PIS and the Avent Isis. I agree that the PIS is faster, but I can get just as much milk from my Isis. I work 12 hour shifts at the hospital, and get three pumping sessions. I bring home more than DD eats most of the time. For the money and the amount of time you'll be working I would try the Isis first. If it doesn't work you can always get the PIS.
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Old 04-28-2006, 01:11 AM   #9
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ITA that a manual pump should be more than sufficient to pump enough for being gone 10 hours a week. At $35 v. $200, I would definitely try a manual pump first. Honestly, by 2 or 3 months, dc may be able to go the 2-3 hours that you'll be gone without eating anyway. You would of course want to leave milk in case, but my son isn't yet 3 months old and I usually nurse him right before we go somewhere and he'll usually not get hungry again for 2-3 hours.

I only have Medela products, so I can't compare, but I can get lots of milk with a manual pump, the only drawback being that my hand starts to cramp after a while.
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