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Medela Mini Electric Breast Pump

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aurorec Sat 12-Jul-08 13:48:31

Hello I am looking for advice.

I bought a Medela manual pump for my 1st (for very occasional pumping) and found it a bit hard work and slow.

Eventually I was lent a hospital grade double electric pump (Medela again), which was fantastic but obviously very expensive and overpriced for what I plan to do with it- which would be a mini supply in the freezer for emergency use, or relief for the odd missed feed.

I found the mini electric pump by Medela, which is not stupidly priced. Is it any good? I tend to trust their products, but would love to get some recommendations if anyone has used any others that they think might be better.


cafebistro Sat 12-Jul-08 13:52:21

I really didnt get on with the medela electric breastpump although my sister got on with it fine. I ended up using the manual Avent Isis one and it was brilliant , i had so much frozen breastmilk i could hardly get in the freezer!!

LazyLinePainterJane Sat 12-Jul-08 14:19:32

I thought it was wonderful and I didn't get anything out of a manual pump. It's a gamble though as to whether you will get on with it, at the point that I got mine I was desperate and would have spent twice that to get something that worked!

morocco Sat 12-Jul-08 14:21:35

liked mine a lot and worked much better for me than hand avent pump did but seems like its different for everyone
worth giving a go id say

aurorec Sat 12-Jul-08 14:40:00

So you'd say compared with other electric pumps it's good?

ilovemydog Sat 12-Jul-08 14:49:20

I use Medela Swing. Brilliant.

chutneymary Sat 12-Jul-08 14:56:53

I had this, a double electric one and an Avent hand one. Did not get a drop with the avent, double fab and quick, medela good but very very noisy! I obvious have very tight valves on my boobs as I never leaked and needed the suction switched up to max at all times! Did the job well, but its noise sometimes meant I needed subtitles on the television.

Essie3 Sat 12-Jul-08 18:26:04

Oooh, chutneymary, you're a tougher woman than me!
I use the medela mini electric, it is fab but very noisy. Saved my life!

Sterny Sat 12-Jul-08 20:14:03

I hated the medela mini electric. It sounded like a tractor and produced mere drops. A cheapo manual one from Tesco was better but tiring on the wrist!

LazyLinePainterJane Sun 13-Jul-08 15:38:59

Well, I've never used any others, though I liked it. Sterny is right though, it does sound like a tractor.

aurorec Mon 14-Jul-08 11:32:29

So is the Swing better? It is more expensive and I don't know if it's worth spending that much money for a pump I might not be using that much.

Puddlet Mon 14-Jul-08 16:42:41

I bought the swing and would say that it's worth the extra as it's much quieter - my husband says it sounds like a frog croaking! - but no probs with talking on the phone or watching tv while pumping so I'm happy with it. The best advice I've had about expressing is to express a few drops by hand before using the pump - it seems to mean that the flow starts much more quickly

aurorec Tue 15-Jul-08 09:02:48

Thanks Puddlet I just only noticed your message! I was actually going to post that I was now thinking of getting the Swing anyway.
I spoke to hubby, and as I had so much trouble with BFing the 1st time round he was adamant it would be worth the extra money, he got me convinced.

I'll be ordering it online in the next couple of hours unless I get a scathing review in the meantime!

LazyLinePainterJane Wed 16-Jul-08 08:02:25

Think I will try the swing this time as well. Thanks for the comments!

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