Alright ladies... give it to me... I wanna know about breast pumps.
I have the Medela Single Deluxe, which is fine for our uses (1-2 pump sessions per day max).
Stay far far away from First Years...mine crapped out after only a few months and the motor on it was brutal. I can only imagine the milk I would have in my freezer if I had the Medela from the start.
I replaced it with the Medela Swing which is a single electric.
I've got a Medela Pump-In-Style Advanced. It's pretty much a step below hospital-grade, and the one the first LC I saw recommended. I can tell it's not as efficient as the one I rented for the first month, but it does a pretty decent job. Peter takes between 10-11oz at daycare each day, and I pump between 12-13oz, as well as collect whatever leaks out while I nurse using the Milk Saver. I can get .5oz the first feed of the day.
(Thanks for recommending it, Adrienne!)
I also have the Medela Pump-in-Style Advanced and am pretty happy with it. I paid just under $300 at BRU (by the way, sign up for their Rewards program (free) and you'll get coupons in the mail). I use it everyday and also have a car adapter so I can pump once while I'm on my route.
Until today, I've had no issues with it until I went to pump this morning and it wouldn't work. I freaked out thinking the motor died (it's only about 10 months old) but as I was testing different power sources (battery pack, car adapter, regular adapter) I realized the cord for the regular adapter was frayed (and very HOT!) so I need to go out tonight and buy a new one. I ended up having to take all the AA batteries out of Selin's toys so I could use the battery pack (it takes 8 batteries). I checked the manual and it only comes with a 90 day warranty so I can't return it but I don't mind because a new power cord doesn't cost much anyway.
Also, I bought a set of extra shields and
This is the one I bought off craigslist brand new never used/opened for half that price!
I borrowed a Medela Pump In Style Advanced (PISA) and now I own a Medela Freestyle (FS), and I really like both of them. They are expensive ($400-ish), but well worth it if you're going to do a lot of pumping (either at home or at work). They are both dual electric pumps, so are super effecient. They are easy to use as well. The FS is nice because it has a hands-free option, which is super good if you want to do other things at the same time as pumping.
The two small complaints I have of the PISA are that you have to have the bag near you to pump and it doesn't come with all the necessary parts. I like the FS better, since it is smaller, portable, and the parts are easier to deal with. I did end up having to buy different breast shields for the FS because the ones it came with (24mm) were a bit too small.
I also used an Ameda (I think?) hospital grade pump while at the hospital. You can rent these, or other similar ones, from the hospital or other medical supply stores for $2-3/day (at least in Canada). Those worked really well too, but I really wanted to buy one since I am pretty much EPing and will get a lot of use out of it.
Hope that helps!
I have the PISA, but wish I would have gone with the FS...
Thanks all for your feedback.
When I had DS I had the manual Avent pump... yes, I went back to work 7 weeks PP with a manual single pump.
If you're going to be pumping frequently, I do not recommend the Lansinoh double electric. It was comfortable and easy to control, but I was an EP'er and I blew out 3 pumps' motors in the 10 months I pumped. Medelas are generally sturdier. I originally didn't get the Medela, because it was too expensive, but in the long run, I ended up spending enough on Lansinoh pumps to buy 2 Medelas, go figure.