Choosing a new pump?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-10-2007
Choosing a new pump?
Thu, 08-15-2013 - 4:58pm

Hi - I used to be on this board a lot 5 years ago as an EPer with my dd.  We are just about to have a new one and I'll be EPing again due to chronic pain issues of mine.  (I did it for a year last time, and hope to this time as well).  I used to have the Medela PIS, but the outside got mildew-y so my hubby insists we get a new pump.  I do remember that one tugging and pulling so much that I bled, although the olive oil and varying sheild sizes were helpful.  So, these are the four I'm considering - any support for or against these?  I will need to be hands free and would prefer to be portable so I can chase my dd.  All and any advice would be appreciated! Thank you so much!

* Dr. Brown's/Simplisse Double Electric (I really like that so many reviews on Amazon & BabiesRUs say it is gentle, but I'm concerned about being able to get parts)

* Lansinoh Affinity (may be gentler? Certainly cheaper)

* Medela PISA (what I am used to, although I had an older model)

* Medela Freestyle (expensive, but still cheaper per month than renting since I hope to go at least a year)

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-26-2013
Sat, 10-26-2013 - 10:31am

I used the lanisoh affinity with my first dd it was really gentl but it didn't hold up that well to frequent use. so I ended up renting the medela Lactina it worked really well but it made my nipples sore. This time I'm using the medela pump in style backpack. It works much better than the previous pumps I used. It's not hands free though. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2013
Wed, 11-06-2013 - 7:37pm
I use the Medela Symphony and rent it. Not the most portable, but it is a hospital grade pump and works well.