I think you can only get them in the USA (they are not listed on the Medela UK website, and I'm waiting for a reply from them).
I would like to know if they are compatible with the UK electricity supply. I know I'd have to use an adaptor. They don't do one themselves.
I need to hit the ground running with this though because I had a breast reduction many years ago so need to get prepared and organised with the best pump I can. I'll be so upset if I can't feed my (first, due in June) baby, atleast for a few weeks.
I will hire one from the hospital if I discover the ones from the usa won't work over here, but I think I'd rather have my own portable one that I can take away with me.
I think you can get them here (or at least I was sent one as part of a batch of breast pumps to test a year ago) and I've tested it. Personally I was not hog-whimperingly wild about it; I prefered the Ameda Lactaline double-pump, which is much cheaper as well.
This is what I thought:
This model is possibly appropriate for office use, because its discreetly packed away in its bag and easy to carry around although it emits the same loud whine as the other Medela electric model. It does take up a lot of room, though.
Its simple to put the electric double pump together, and there arent many bits to deal with or clean. The suction action, which has an in and out motion to simulate a babys suck, has two controls one to adjust the strength of suction, the other to adjust the frequency. Like other double pumps, its quite hard to work the controls while holding both bottles, but theres probably no way round this. However, because the bottles arent sealed the edges can rub against the users hands, which isnt terribly comfortable, and the shields are also the rigid type. And for some reason it seemed rather less effective than the single-breast model.
Thanks for that MI. That is interesting. How did you rate their unique "let down" phase? This might be just on the later "advanced" models though (there's a special button), so you might not have tried that one. I have been looking at this one because I read that it was the best one you could buy below the hospital-grade ones. You can get them through ebay in the usa for less than £100, which I don't mind paying, if they're good.
I'll have a look for the Lactaline you liked. Need to get it right because I have overly sensitive boobs as it is, so need to be comfortable.
Oh no, I got a whole load of bumph including a DVD IRCC about the let-down, which again IRCC didn't add up to all that much. Bear in mind that this is just my view, obviously, but I think you might do worse than hiring a hospital-type one for the 30-day period and then considering buying the slightly less effective home model. I have to say the hire model was totally fantastic and I delayed sending it back as long as I could!
I do have a life, honestly, I'm not just totally obsessed with breast pumps.