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Which breast pump would you recommend to new mums?
TinaMumsnet · 22/10/2018 09:21
We're making plans to test and review new breast pumps and we'd love to know which ones you'd recommend.
Choosing the right breast pump is a very personal decision. But there are so many options to choose from it can be hard to know which one might work for you.
If you've used a great breast pump in the last two years, we want to hear about it! Tell us which one you loved and why you loved it. Your comments will help us to create a shortlist of breast pumps to test and recommend to new parents.
Thanks for your recommendations. After three months of testing we've found the Ardo Calypso Double Plus to be the best value breast pump for most families.
See our round up of the top 10 best breast pumps for more great recommendations.
Hope that helps!
Want2bSupermum · 24/10/2018 13:46
As previous poster said, it's a toss up between the symphony and spectra. Both are excellent. I rented the symphony and my insurance paid for the spectra (I'm in the US). The spectra was easy to carry around compared to the symphony. Major PITA with getting parts for the spectra compared to the symphony. It's better now though.
mummabubs · 24/10/2018 13:48
Medela Maxi Swing (and the bra!)
Due to feeding issues I had to exclusively express for a year and literally only stopped a week ago. That pump was reliable and easy to use and much better than the single Nuby one I used for the first fortnight. The only drawback I'd say is that the pump could be a little quieter but I've been very happy with it.
qate · 24/10/2018 15:03
I used a medela freestyle double pump as went back to work very quickly and needed to have something sturdy suited for multiple pumps everyday. The one I really wanted was the spectra as everything I read indicated it was a superior pump but the fact that spare parts weren't as easily available put me off.
AllTheProsecco · 24/10/2018 16:21
Spectra s1, hands down the best pump I tried (and I tried a lot! Medela swing, ardo calypso, a few manuals).
Please make it clear when you share the difference between closed systems, hospital grade (which can be used for exclusive pumping and sold on hygienically) and open systems like the swing which aren't designed for long term use or for passing between mums.
NameChange30 · 24/10/2018 18:53
Another vote for the Ardo Calypso double. It’s closed system and very quiet, which makes it better than the Medela Swing (open system and louder according to the reviews).
I also found the Haakaa useful for getting milk from one breast while feeding from the other, and just used the Haakaa in the early days. Didn’t get loads though so I used my Ardo Calypso for “proper” pumping.
cazinge · 24/10/2018 18:59
Spectra S1 every time. I started with a Medela Swing which did me ok for 7 weeks, switched to a Swing Maxi once I realised I would be pumping fulltime but every time I went to pump I had to open / close the valves to get the suction so asked for a refund. Bought the S1 for £30 less than the Swing Maxi and it is amazing! I pump in to the Spectra bottles that came with it then decant into Medela bottles.
Oldtiger · 24/10/2018 19:37
I’ve breasted my 3 children but 3rd time I bought the Ardo calypso double - I much preferred it to my Medela swing. It was quieter, more effective and lasted longer (1 faulty Medela that used to switch itself off after useinh for a while!) . Also being a closed pump system made me quite happy to buy it second hand.
stealthbanana · 24/10/2018 21:08
I used a medela pump in style - it was extremely effective and comes in a backpack which is handy
Would love it if you could test the new elvie pump - have seen ads for it and would be interested to know if it works as being able to tuck an electric pump in your bra would be awesome!
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