Hello ladies. I went back to work last week and the cheapie double pump that was given to me (First Years) doesnt work for me. What double electric pump would you recommend? The highest rated one i came across in my search was the Medela but the Alemeda was rated the best out of the "budget" pumps. Which ones do you use? I am looking to make a purchase this weekend as right now I am using my manual hand-held single pump and it is taking FOREVER!
I use Ameda Purely Yours and love it! I work 3 days/week and pump twice/day at work as well as once every night (7 days/week). I also pump other times in addition to these, but those are just my regular pump times to give you an idea of use. I pumped until my first daughter was a year old and now have been pumping over 7 months for my second daughter and the pump is still going strong! I replaced the valves before DD2 was born, but otherwise haven't done anything to the pump. My sister has the same one (she recommended it to me), and she used her pump through BF all 4 of her kids!
Also, the Ameda Purely Yours is the only high-quality double electric (aside from hospital grade pumps) that is a closed system, so you could buy a used one if money is tight.
Thanks. What is the diffrerece between a closed/open system? This is my third baby but first that i have breastfed after going back to work.
Also, do you have the ultra or regular one?
Sorry just getting back to this! An open system means the milk/tubes are open to the motor. So although streams/drops of milk doesn't go into the tubes and into the motor, particles from the milk can and do get through there. A closed system means the milk/tubes are completely closed to the motor, so as long as you replace the flanges/tubes, there's no chance of someone else's milk particles being in the motor of a used one. There's probably no difference between a closed/open system in terms of how well the pump works, but it's just more of a cleanliness/safety thing, especially if you're buying used from someone you don't know. Also all of the hospital grade pumps are closed systems, so you could rent one of those on a monthly basis if that works out cheaper. Check into any programs at your work too - I work in a large university and there are 4 lactation rooms on campus, each of which has a hospital grade pump in it that is available for anyone to use - just bring your own tube/parts. I usually use my own pump in my office to save time going over to those rooms, but you may have something like that at your employer.
I guess I just have a regular Purely Yours - I didn't even know there was an ultra one! I bought mine towards the end of 2009, just before DD1 was born.
Very glad to find this thread!! I am still pregnant but this is one of my big priorities as i am going back to work full time after only a few months and i want to be able to give the baby breast milk so i need a good double electric pump.
I have heard good things about both the Medela and the Alemeda, but has anyone used the Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump? It's got good reviews on mothercare so i just wondered.
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