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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 14:43 PM   1
TTDuck
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Breast Pump through insurance


So I've been looking into getting a breast pump through my insurance (US) and they are very limited on choices since I have to go through an approved direct supplier. The Medela pump I can get isn't offered commercially, so I'm not sure how it compares to the Medela pumps that seem to have good reviews (not to mention you don't get all the nice features like a backpack carry bag). I can get the Ameda Purely Yours and a couple other brands.

Have any of you ladies gotten a breast pump through insurance? Which brand did you get? How do you like it? Do the non-commercially available pumps compare in quality to the retail versions?

Thanks so much for any feedback! I'm having my first baby so simple things like a breast pump seem hard to choose! I'll be working full time after maternity leave so I need something reliable!



 
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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 14:47 PM   2
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I got a Lucina Melodi Advanced through my insurance. I didn't like it.

The Medela Advanced (probably the model you are referring to) I was told by my Medela endorsed Lactation Consultant is like the Pump in Style Advanced, without the "In Style"....So it's just an Advanced. It is what they give out through WIC and insurance.

I ended up buying a Dr. Brown's Simplisse and I love it to death.



 
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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 14:55 PM   3
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I got a Lucina Melodi Advanced through my insurance. I didn't like it.

The Medela Advanced (probably the model you are referring to) I was told by my Medela endorsed Lactation Consultant is like the Pump in Style Advanced, without the "In Style"....So it's just an Advanced. It is what they give out through WIC and insurance.

I ended up buying a Dr. Brown's Simplisse and I love it to death.
I've been leaning towards the Medela Advanced because I've heard good things about the Medela pumps. The Dr Brown's seem really nice so maybe I'll look into that if the one I get through insurance doesn't work for me!



 
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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 16:09 PM   4
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The Medela Advanced (probably the model you are referring to) I was told by my Medela endorsed Lactation Consultant is like the Pump in Style Advanced, without the "In Style"....So it's just an Advanced. It is what they give out through WIC and insurance.
Agree with this ^^. I have used both and I believe they are literally the same contraption and both work extremely well, imo. My advice is to save the money you might try to spend on a non-insured pump and play around with your shield size/accessories instead.



 
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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 16:22 PM   5
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I got a Lucina Melodi Advanced through my insurance. I didn't like it.

The Medela Advanced (probably the model you are referring to) I was told by my Medela endorsed Lactation Consultant is like the Pump in Style Advanced, without the "In Style"....So it's just an Advanced. It is what they give out through WIC and insurance.

I ended up buying a Dr. Brown's Simplisse and I love it to death.
I've been leaning towards the Medela Advanced because I've heard good things about the Medela pumps. The Dr Brown's seem really nice so maybe I'll look into that if the one I get through insurance doesn't work for me!
I have used the Medela Symphony, I had to use it to bring in my supply since my baby was born preemie. I also have rented it the past two weeks before buying the Simplisse. The Simplisse just works totally different, it is not painful at all. It doesn't just vacuum suck your nipples like the traditional types. And, my output with the Simplisse is equal to (ever so slightly more, actually) the hospital grade Symphony. I don't dread pumping anymore. I used to hate it. I was freaking out wondering how I was going to do this 3x a day for the next year...now I don't dread it at all!



 
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I got a Lucina Melodi Advanced through my insurance. I didn't like it.

The Medela Advanced (probably the model you are referring to) I was told by my Medela endorsed Lactation Consultant is like the Pump in Style Advanced, without the "In Style"....So it's just an Advanced. It is what they give out through WIC and insurance.

I ended up buying a Dr. Brown's Simplisse and I love it to death.
I've been leaning towards the Medela Advanced because I've heard good things about the Medela pumps. The Dr Brown's seem really nice so maybe I'll look into that if the one I get through insurance doesn't work for me!
I have used the Medela Symphony, I had to use it to bring in my supply since my baby was born preemie. I also have rented it the past two weeks before buying the Simplisse. The Simplisse just works totally different, it is not painful at all. It doesn't just vacuum suck your nipples like the traditional types. And, my output with the Simplisse is equal to (ever so slightly more, actually) the hospital grade Symphony. I don't dread pumping anymore. I used to hate it. I was freaking out wondering how I was going to do this 3x a day for the next year...now I don't dread it at all!
That sounds lovely. I'll have to find an opportunity to test out the Simplisse.



 
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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 16:50 PM   7
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No advice here but I just ordered the medela pump through my insurance as well. I love my medela swing single pump but with exclusively pumping it takes a lot of time to pump one breast at once



 
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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 17:28 PM   8
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I probably the same options, and I went with the Medela. I agree with pp about it being the same as the pump in style. Honestly, I like mine (as much as you can like a pump, I guess).



 
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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 17:42 PM   9
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My options were crummy through insurance, so I just chose one and sold it on eBay, then bought the pump I wanted with the proceeds. Kind of a pain, but still an option.



 
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Old Jul 4th, 2013, 08:03 AM   10
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I started out with rentung the symphony because of her being a preemie and having to establish supply by pumping. It worked great! I got an Ameda purely yours through insurance and don't like it.. It gets the job done but I have trouble with let down, etc... An it seems poorly made. I just borrowed my sisters pump in style, only used it once so far, but it seemed better than the ameda... Kind of in between the ameda and the symphony. I'd go with the Medela through insurance. If you find it doesn't work for you thn jut go ahead and buy a better one, you would have had to without the insurance pump anyhow!

Good luck!



 
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