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Old 02-22-2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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I'm currently looking at either the Medela pumps or the Ameda Purely Yours. The Ameda is about $100 cheaper than the Medela pumps I've been looking at and both seem to have good reviews. I'd like to spend less rather than more on a breast pump, but I'm not sure whether I should just invest a bit more in the Medela. Advice?

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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Re: FTM pump advice

Oh also I'm larger breasted (around 38DD) so I'm not sure if one may work better than the other.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:25 PM   #3
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I don't know much about the other brand, but I used Medela brand with my first. It never dissappointed me. I've used it in a faculty restroom at work, a car, a hotel room, a restaurant restroom, at home, and all the in laws....never had problems with the actual pumping. I did find that I used it way more than planned. I teach and had a spring baby. Figured I'd use it a few weeks in the spring, and maybesome in the fall. Instead, bf ing went so well that I continued for 11 months....so as you can't see there were incidents that came up that I hadn't planned on in that time frame. I also used it nightly, as our son had to have a bottle with something added to his milk once a day for a defiency he's had since birth.
I never got sore or painful cracks as some say....but took care of myself and never pu it on high either.
One piece of advice, some pumps have multiple bag styles.....I hated the one strap backpack mine came with....so case styles can bug you if you are like me and picky!
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Re: FTM pump advice

I work FT and loved my Medela. I think paying the extra amount to have one that will really works is worth it. I pumped 3 to 4 times a day and it was great.

Have you checked to see if your insurance will pay for one? There is a new provision in the Afordable Care Act that pays for breast pumps. It's very vague and insurance companies are all doing it differently but you might be able to get one there.
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Oh also I'm larger breasted (around 38DD) so I'm not sure if one may work better than the other.
It comes with standard size cups but you can buy them in different sizes.
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I would definitely check your ins regs first to see what they will cover.

I think, but do not remember exactly, hearing that the Ameda is exactly the same as the Avent. I could be horribly off base here so do check for yourself. But i pumped 3x/day for a year with my Avent and never had a single problem, i would highly recommend it (avent isis double elec). It retails for much less than the PISA and i liked that i never had to clean the tubing. I appreciated anything that meant one fewer thing to wash at the end of a long day!
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:47 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice! Also, unfortunately Tricare does not cover breast pumps.
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Re: FTM pump advice

I'm abt the same size as you and I have used hygeia and madela and now have advent... It works best for me! Milk can't get in the tubes unlike the others mentioned.
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I WOH full time and am on kid #3 doing this. I love (well as much as anyone can love pumping) my Medela. I have always had very good luck with it. I am larger chested especailly when nursing so had to get larger cups. I pump 3 or 4 times a day.
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Re: FTM pump advice

I have an Ameda purely yours and a Medela pump in style. The ameda is okay, it has a weaker motor but its suction is a bit gentler. The Medela has a better motor and I always get more milk with it. The recommendation I have is to buy Medela over Ameda.

Also just because you have larger breasts doesn't mean you need larger flanges, the size of your areola and nipple are what determine your flange size. You could even need small flanges with an F cup. One other tip I have is lubricate your areola well with organic olive oil to minimize friction, its something I wish I was told.

Also one other drawback of the ameda is their flanges design. I had to go larger and their is basically a drop in flanges that isn't held by anything which meant it was constantly being dropped on the floor which gets really old really quick.
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