Curious - what type of electric pump do you use?

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Registered: 10-27-2010
Curious - what type of electric pump do you use?
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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 7:10pm

Im using the Medla Pump in Style and I dont know that I love it. My first pump broke after just 2 months and although Ive been sent a replacement it doesnt seem to work the same to me. The let down is really light feeling and I have to turn the suction WAY up to get any sprays (sorry if tmi). Is this normal for this pump you think? Im constantly having supply issues so a part of me wonders if it would make an difference to rent a hospital pump instead. I think they rent out Medela Symphony so maybe thats the same type of motor, not sure. Just curious what everyone uses and what you like/dislike about them.

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Registered: 05-04-2009

I use the Medela Pump in Style Advanced.

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 08-05-2010

Definitely check your membranes, they wear out pretty quickly. You can also call their customer service centre to get some troubleshooting assistance.

I tried a friend's Medela PISA when I thought it time to upgrade from the Swing

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Registered: 10-14-2010

Do you have any type of mom/parenting center near you?

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Mon, 11-01-2010 - 10:36pm
Definitely check out that pump of yours! I ran into BIG problems when my rented Ameda pump started dying on me. I really didn't figure it out till later when I was already all clogged up, both breasts, and my supply down by almost half. Not trying to scare you, just an example of what a malfunctioning pump can do to you...right now I use a Medela pump in style advanced, and love it. It is a lot smaller then a hospital grade pump was. It is used, but I really don't have any problems with it, only once I got the milk backing up into a tubing. I also have a Freestyle, but find that the suction is not enough for me to use it full time.
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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 12:38pm

Ive only had the new pump for a week or so now and Im using the new valves that came with it. Still think I should change them out? I sent an email to Medela asking if the pump suction seems off to them. My original pump was so strong that I could only use it on the very lowest setting but this one on high.

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 12:41pm

Thanks for the tip about the hospital pumps...Im going to see if mine will let me test out a rental one maybe. I HATE the mooing noise of the Medela pump too. I pile pillows on top of mine so I can try to drown it out. I think Ill try changing the membranes out and see if it helps. At this point it couldnt hurt!

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Registered: 05-04-2009

Sometimes the membranes can get a hole or a rip in them, no matter how new they are, but it sounds to me like there's something wrong with your particular PISA. If your old PISA's suction was stronger, I'd definitely find a way to test the suction or just call Medela and send yours back in for another replacement.

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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I didnt get a response today about my email so Im going to call them instead. Its definately a lot less suction. Can you buy the membranes? I dont think extra ones came with the pump that I saw.

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I would definitely give them a call about the suction. I think they would send you another new pump. If you have to turn the suction all the way up, and you pumped on the lowest suction on your old PISA, there has to be something wrong with the new one, and I always hear about how great Medela is about replacing their pumps. Like Melissa (our CL) once told me in a post, I wouldn't volunteer that you're exclusively pumping with it, because it's none of their business really, and apparently some of their customer service reps will tell you that their warranty doesn't apply to EPing.

You can buy the membranes separately. I have bought them cheapest online from Amazon, I believe. You can buy membranes at BabiesRUs, and maybe at Target. Both places have a good supply of Medela products. I never could find just a box of membranes at stores near me, but I did find valves (the little yellow things the membranes fit into) and membranes together. From Amazon, I was able to buy a package of the membranes alone though.

I noticed a couple of weeks ago that if you go into the account settings and sign up for Amazon Mom, you can get a month free membership to Amazon Prime, which means you get free 2 day shipping. Then, if you purchase $25 worth of products (maybe only applies to baby products?) within a month, you get another 3 free months in Amazon Prime...I believe those are the correct details. I buy my freezer bags through Amazon subscribe & save because they're way cheaper than anywhere else, and I have found a lot of item like the membranes through Amazon cheaper than I could find them elsewhere. Just wanted to let you know about that, in case you do end up buying membranes through Amazon.

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Oh thanks for the amazon tip!

Medela replaced my old pump within 48 hrs but I had to pump so I bought a new one. I didnt know they would replace the old one or I would have just gotten a hand pump or something to tide me over. They have good customer service I think so maybe getting another pump wont be too tough. I certainly do miss my old pump these days SIGH