Need suggestions for quiet, portable pump

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Registered: 08-13-2007
Need suggestions for quiet, portable pump
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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 6:19pm

Hi All-

I am new to this board but saw someone suggest this on the breastfeeding board so thought I would ask a question here.

I am pumping while working on a PIS and it works pretty well. My issue is that I need to go on a business trip and I will have 3-4 days when during the day (about 8-5) I will not have access to a place to pump, so I will have to deal with a quiet and portable pump.

I wondered if anyone had any suggestions? the few that I have are not that effective, nor are they easy to use (my hand/arm cramps up before I even start getting much out!)

My DD is 5 mos old and I have a good supply now, but I dont want to completely kill it with 4 days "bad pumping"

If anyone has any suggestions for a good portable and quiet pump (I am likely to have to do some pump sessions in stalls in public restrooms) I would appreciate it

 

thanks

-kara

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 5:56pm

Hi Kara,

Welcome!!!  I'm sorry I wasn't able to respond to this a little quicker.  I was traveling for work this week and I had spotty internet access.  Now I'm home to a sick LO.  Such is life.

I don't have fabulous advice for you other than to say Great Work!!  I used an Ameda Purely Yours when I was pumping (DS is now 28 months old, so I'm out that routine at this point).  It was small and very portable. I often took it places when I was working without problems.  Loved the pump.  However, I personally did not think it was quiet....maybe it is by comparison to others.  I don't know since it was the only pump I have personal experience with.  But I did not feel it was quiet.  It was definately small and easy to travel with though and did an excellent job emptying me out.  I actually exclusively pumped with it for about 5-6 weeks when my son was on a nursing strike due to teething/bronchitis/ear infections.  I have no doubt that it will certainly keep your supply up.

There is an old thread where lots of pumping mamas posted their own reviews of different pumps.  Let me bump that up for you and maybe you will find info there that is helpful.

Otherwise, maybe another BTDT mama will have a suggestion for a pump she loved that was both small and quiet!!

Good luck to you!!

 

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Registered: 08-13-2007
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:35pm

Thank you for the suggestion! I will look that one up.

At this point I am kicking myself for not buying the Freestyle (Medela) when I bought my new PS this time around.

Do you know if this one has a battery back up in case I am in a spot where I can;t plug in? And are there different horn sizes? I always have to get different sizes for the Medela and I have one other hand pump (something the hospital gave my sister but she opted not to use) and the horns on it are too small.

Sorry you had to return to a sick LO! that is no fun! I am lucky for this trip that my mother in law is coming wiht me so even though I'll have to pump during the days, at night I'll be with her.

By the way, do you have any suggestions for traveling with breast milk? I am worried I wont be able to pump enough in the mornings/overnight for her all day so was going to bring some of my freezer supply but its a LONG plane ride. Any ideas for keeping it frozen or at least cold? Will I get hassled by TSA?? And if it does thaw out, how long is it good in the refrigerator for?? 1 day??

thanks so much!! I will look for the post on all of the pumps...

 

 

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 8:53am

Trying to post a response but having problems.  Will try again later.

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 11:12am

Going to try this again, because I really wanted to get back to you. 

The post on all pumps was called "Let's talk pumps" I believe.  It seems to be gone now.  Frown 

 

As far as traveling, I mostly did day trips. I only flew and did overnight away from DS once when I was still pumping. The most useful thing for me was to remember to keep drinking water (since people tend to get dehydrated when they travel and bathrooms are fewer or futher between) and to try as best you can to stay on schedule. I don't know if this will be possible for you, but it's something to shoot for. It's great that you will have your LO with you overnights to nurse!!!

I did fly wiht milk once and it was not really a problem. I found that the big, high traffic airports (Newark and BWI in my case) were fine. It was the smaller local places that got confused and wanted me to unpack my pump so they could see what I was carrying. My friend who travels a lot for work has flown a number of times and says the same thing--big airports good, small airports less good (but not universally). Otherwise, it was no problem. When I flew home with 3 days of milk in coolers with ice, they didn't even ask about it.....I was so relieved! Just to be safe, I had also printed out a copy of the TSA information and guidance on traveling with breastmilk and I stuck it inside my cooler bags when I brought them through security. Better safe than sorry.

With freezing, I actually froze some clean bottles with water inside to serve as ice packs when I flew. You could freez yours and then as they thaw empty them out and pump into them so you have insulation and extra bottles. As far as how long you have to use thawed milk, it is 24 hours from the time it is ice free (completely thawed) according to my lactation consultant.

You may not need to bring too much extra milk with you.....if your LO is anything like my DS, it may be more intersting and simulating to be in a different place....so less need to eat if you are busy exploring!! :) Too cute!!

Good luck. Let me know if you have more questions and let us know how it goes after your trip too!!! It's great to get updates after the fact so everyone can learn from them!!

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 11:20am

Ok, some of the information got posted.  Now let me see if I can get the rest posted.

 The APY pump does have battery capacity and different sized flanges.  The flanges are sold 2-sizes to a package, so you actually have a couple of options to try when you get the different size package.    I only used my pump running off batteries once and it worked fine for me. I don't really know how long it lasts on one set of batteries, but it still works well.  It is definately small enough to use in a bathroom if you need to. I used it in a large close at one point.