1. Dawn says May 29, 2014

    So… first time mother question! 🙂 Even though you can replace the tubing, etc. on a double electric pump, it’s not a good idea to use a family members, correct? Because it’s all in the motor? Sorry if this is elementary! I have no idea!

  2. Karla@{TheClassyWoman} says May 29, 2014

    This is a great summary! I have used only hospital grade as a rental and the hand pump. My daughter is 9 months and exclusively breastfed. I have tried a hand pump and literally got 1 oz at the most from both sides! I have more recently tried to use the symphony and bought the tubing, it cost me $125 for the month and all I got was about 3 drops total. I had wondered if maybe the shield wasn’t the right size but it was hard to tell. Anyway, I tried the symphony a few times 3 different days and called it a day and returned it. I felt that it probably helped a bit in terms of signaling to my body to produce more but no milk came of the experience. I’m just wondering if maybe I did something incorrectly. My daughter is in the 2nd percentile for weight and although she drinks quite a bit, I was hoping to use the pump for a full 24 time period to get an idea of what she was getting but I know that even that is not an accurate measurement and of course I wasn’t able to determine that. I’m wondering…his there anyone else that had this experience, that the baby is just far more efficient than any pump to the point of a pump not really doing anything?

  3. Whitney says May 29, 2014

    I’m a soon to be first time mom (4 weeks to go!) and Im wondering what you would recommend based on my situation. I’m planning to mainly breastfeed, I will be taking a full year from work so I won’t have to worry about being away from my baby for long. However, I have thought about pumping a little bit so that my husband can feed our baby sometimes, and in case I will be away for a little bit. Would you recommend purchasing a pump now or just waiting until after and seeing how its going? And do you think a manual pump would suffice?

  4. Allison says May 30, 2014

    I use the Medela Pump In Style and have had no problems with it. Oh my goodness, if it took me 40 minutes to pump, I don’t think I would be able to continue breastfeeding!

  5. Emily says May 30, 2014

    Great article!!

    I just started back to work and have a 3 month old boy at home. I’m pumping twice while I’m at work with the Medela Pump in Style. My issue is that after I’m done, I’m in a lot of pain. I get a white ring where the flange was and it stings like crazy! I’ve tried different size flanges and the pumping pals brand but nothing seems to help. Any suggestions that I haven’t tried??

  6. Dory says May 30, 2014

    I don’t know if it is because I have twins, but my insurance covered the rental of the Medela Symphony (hospital grade double pump). I believe I will have it until the babies are 10 months old. It is so big and difficult to travel with, though, so we invested in an inexpensive battery-powered single pump for our summer travel. We will see how it works! I really do love my Symphony, though!

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  8. Lauren says August 19, 2014

    I have also tried many different types. Not sure if this was purposefully about Medela pumps, but the best pump I have found is called PJ’s Comfort. It’s hospital grade, but completely portable and half the price of the ones the hospitals loan out/sell. I rented one with my last baby from my lactation consultant and immediately got rid of my Medela. What a waste of money that was!

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  10. Alli says June 11, 2015

    This was a great review! I was so worried about breastpumping. Had no clue which brand to go for and not to mention, how I was going to afford it. My sister told me I could get one for free under my insurance through a company called Aeroflow Breastpumps. They contacted my insurance company and my doctor and I had a new pump in the mail in about 3 days. I absolutely love my Medela PNSA Starter! It’s very quiet and I like that it’s more portable than the Symphony that I used in the hospital.


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