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Recommend an electric breast pump

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rainand Wed 19-Dec-12 11:32:06


I'm looking to buy an electric breast pump. I've had a look at the reviews but still unsure as to which one to get. Any recommendations?

BuntysFestiveCollocks Wed 19-Dec-12 11:33:41

Medela swing is excellent.

getoffthecoffeetable Wed 19-Dec-12 11:36:20

I had an avent one which was really good. Have friends who thought their medina was brilliant.

getoffthecoffeetable Wed 19-Dec-12 11:38:29

Silly phone. Medela

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 19-Dec-12 11:41:19

If you are looking for an electric breast pump, I'd wait until Lo arrives before you part with your cash. Expressing isn't usually recommended in the first few weeks and you may find that hand expressing works so well for you that you won't need a pump.

Having said all of that, if you do still want to buy one, have a look at pumps with a closed system rather than an open one. The ameda lactaline has a closed system, I used it and can really recommend it. If you have a nosey in the breast and bottle section there is a thread at the moment saying how to get £40 off too smile

rainand Wed 19-Dec-12 11:57:09

Thanks everyone! smile Should I go for one that has a double breastpump?

Vickyogle Wed 19-Dec-12 12:04:36

I second the swing. But check your local sure start as I got mine new for 60 as opposed to 100 from there.

PetaO Wed 19-Dec-12 12:13:44

My Philips avent was a life saver. Especially as we had weight gain problems in the first 2 weeks and didn't want to supplement too.much with formula. It helped me get my supply going after a c-section and haemorraghe (sp?) And meant dh could do.some night feeds to let me recuperate. So I would say buy one before the birth.

exiledmancityfan Wed 19-Dec-12 12:21:56

Third vote for the medela swing. The only thing I have found is that the membrane and plastic bit (technical I know!) is more fragile than I thought but replacements are available and cheap.

lottiegarbanzo Wed 19-Dec-12 12:29:44

Depends how much you need to use it and how much you want to spend.

I've posted a review of the Medela freestyle, which was great for my needs - sole expressing for six+ months as dd couldn't bf - but it costs about £250, so not necessary for once a day use.

AlohaMama Wed 19-Dec-12 18:05:30

Depends why you want/need it. If time is an issue, then definitely get a double. I had medela freestyle, and had to use as I had to return to work after 3 months. Meant I could pump in 15 minutes, otherwise would have spent half of my time at work pumping. Used it lots over ~7 months and worked great. If time is not an issue, single is cheaper.

alwayspregnant Wed 19-Dec-12 18:13:39

I've used nearly every pump on the market, electric and manual. I found the Philips Avent manual the best and perhaps cheapest!

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 19-Dec-12 21:07:33

Agree, it totally depends on what you want it for. If you just want to give an odd bottle you may leak and be able to save the milk in breast shells or you may be able to hand express lots or you could just use a manual pump. Really is worth waiting until Lo arrives and see how you are getting on then smile

TeaandHobnobs Wed 19-Dec-12 21:13:19

I agree with the above that the expense of an electric pump may not be worth it for the occasional need to express.

However, if you want to pump a lot, and quickly, an electric pump is a god send. I pumped for 2 weeks while DS was in SCBU and using the manual pump gave me massive hand cramp! I was so happy when I got my electric one.

I recommend the Ameda Lactaline, by the way - its a double pump, but can be used as a single as well (nowadays if I am going to pump I tend to do it off one side while DS is feeding on the other - I get a better output that way).

BumgrapesofWrath Thu 20-Dec-12 00:41:45

I think the Ameda Lactaline is great as well. I found with it being a double pump that I used to get a lot higher yield than I got with any singles I used. Also very powerful, and if I remember rightly, about £100.

drcrab Thu 20-Dec-12 00:54:28

Medela for us!

Radiator1234 Thu 20-Dec-12 10:45:32

I had the Medela swing - bought from Boots before baby was born. Used it on about day 4 or 5 when my nipples were cracked and bleeding and expressing less painful. I then expressed about a bottle a day for 5-6 months or so. Found it to be a great pump, bit noisy but other than that no complaints and would certainly recommend. At about 5.5 months it packed in so I took it back to boots, as I still had the receipt, and they exchanged it for another no questions asked. Not sure if that was the Medela guarantee (tho seem to recall it might have been from memory), or Boots' but overall great service that I couldn't fault and now I have a hardly used pump for baby #2!

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 20-Dec-12 10:51:20

Op did you manage to have a look at the difference between open and closed systems?

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