Ugh! I hate my medela pump

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Registered: 07-10-2007
Ugh! I hate my medela pump
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Thu, 01-12-2012 - 10:45am

So after a lot of back and forth between going with medela or the ameda, I went with the medela because I had been renting the symphony and so I had extra parts. Plus, I was swayed by all the medela positive reviews.

 BabyFetus Ticker
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Registered: 10-25-2009
Wed, 02-08-2012 - 10:59am

The ONLY time I have ever gotten milk in the tubes is when the bottle was F.U.L.L. and I was leaned to turn off the machine

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Registered: 07-10-2007
Sun, 01-15-2012 - 11:58pm
hi there, just an update. well, I only get about 2 oz per side so not overflowing at all. The parts I got with the hospital rental does have smaller bottles so it can get up there, but this even happens with the bigger bottles that do not come close to filling up that came with my own personal pump. Anyhow, it's definitely milk. I actually get condensation too, but the milk is occurring with the personal pump. I emailed Medela. They said they were sending me new parts but that it could be the cracked/ripped membrane or valve. I inspected them closely and there are not cracks or rips. However, there is one yellow valve that gets stuck on the the horn connector. But the weird thing is that I have two separate sets of horns, valves, membranes and I have used them interchangeably and every single time I use this pump it gets milk in the tubes! Anyhow, I'll wait for the replacement parts and see if it changes, but I'm very annoyed. Plus, the suction is definitely not as strong as the hospital pump.
 BabyFetus Ticker
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Registered: 04-21-2004
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 7:19pm
I've never gotten milk in my tubing! Do you pump so much milk that it's overflowing? I am lucky to get 2.5oz on one side, and it's usually more like 2 on one side and 1 on the other! I don't know how milk could get up there otherwise. Are you sure it's milk and not water from your pump parts not being completely dry? That is something that has definitely happened to me before!
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 4:36pm
True, Medela customer svc definitely gets good reviews!!

 


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Registered: 10-06-2010
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 10:20am

I have the freestyle, not the PISA so I'm not sure exactly what the differences are, but I've NEVER had milk (or any condensation) in my tubing.

Perhaps you could call Medela and talk to their customer service, I've heard they're awesome and will work with you to fix whatever issue you're having.

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Registered: 07-10-2007
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 11:03pm

Thanks...I might try this because this thing is totally annoying. I can't frickin sterilize/steam clean the tubes after every use!

 BabyFetus Ticker
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 8:54pm
I think it's pretty common w/ the medela b/c of the way their collection system is - there's continuity between the vacuum side and the milk side.

I also found that these units are sooooo hard to get clean.

I much preferred my lansinoh collection system, b/c there's a diaphragm between the suction side and the milk side. And fewer nooks and crannies for cleaning. I actually got a second set of the lansinoh parts and used them on my medela motor ;)

 


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