Alright ladies... give it to me... I wanna know about breast pumps.
I have the medela pump in style. but I pump 3 to 4 times a day 5 days a week because of work. I LOVE it, however what I don't like is the fact that I had to make (or would have to buy) a hands free pumping bra. I cut holes in a sports bra. Otherwise it's really annoying to hold the horns. That's what I would recommend if you are going to do a lot of pumping. Either invest in a breast pump that has a handle or go hands free with a bra or something. Best thing I did. Now I can pump and work at the same time. and I know that others pump while in the car.
I havent had a problem with the parts etc and I have been using it for the past 4 months, and the past 2 months every day almost. GL. Oh and at least in my area, the Medela pump was cheaper at the hospital (I know go figure) than it was at BRU, Target or Amazon. so you might check into that and see if you can get FSA money for it or if your insurance covers it. Mine didn't and said it needed a doctors note, which they lied because in reality the way that my doc wrote the note "Breast pump recommended" was not right for our insurance, so I couldn't get it covered with FSA money. so something you might want to look into.
I also got the pump in style advanced by Medela. I did like it. I ended up returning it for a new one as I thought it wasn't working. Not sure if it was the pump or my supply just went down. I ended up pumping and breastfeeding for 7.5 mos. About the same time my milk started going down my son decided he didn't want to breastfeed anymore. He would rather eat from a bottle. So at 7.5 months I called it quits. Anyway back to the pump. It worked great for me. Especially in the beginning when my son wasn't latching on the first few days I was pumping a lot and it was great. I was lucky as I get it 1/2 off through work since I work for an insurance company. I don't know if I wouldn't have gotten it if I didn't get it 1/2 off. The only thing I kind of wish I would have gotten the hands free one especially since I was trying to work and pump at the same time. For baby #2 I plan on getting one of those hands free bras so I can work and not have to hold the bottles while trying to get work done.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
You're very welcome!
I have the Medela PISA - I love it.
I used the Medela Pump-in-Style.
I'm not Alyssa, but I'm awake right now. LOL Here's a link that explains how everything should fit. http://lactinv.com/breastfeeding_qna.php?article=proper_fitting_of_breastshields. I have two different sizes, as per the first LC I saw. Really though, I think I need the larger side for both.