1. Alicia says July 31, 2012

    This is so informative!!! I also wanted to add that if you use a double electric pump, having a Hands Free Pumping Bra is a MUST!! It may look incredibly silly, but it’s soooo nice to be able to multitask and not feel “tied down” : )

  2. Tasha says August 1, 2012

    Excellent article! Just as an FYI, if a hospital breast pump is a must, you can sometimes find them on Amazon under new but refurbished. Because they are multiple user pumps, medical supply stores will use them as rentals for a while and then resell them for less. I have found the Medela Lactina Hospital Breast Pump on sale for $375.00 on Amazon. That’s like 75% off! So keep an eye out, there are deals to be found.

    1. Erin says April 25, 2013

      I’m just reading this long after the original post, but I wanted to add that renting a hospital grade pump from an independent lactation consultant can often be much cheaper than renting from a hospital. You will still be using a new sterile collection kit that you buy for a small price.

  3. Katie says August 1, 2012

    Great overview! I am a big fan of the Medela on the go. It was so easy to iluse and the discrete black bag made it less awkward to carry around!

  4. Sarah says August 2, 2012

    Great info, I loved my Medla breast pump (well, as much a one can love their pump anyway!)

  5. Olivia says August 3, 2012

    Surprised you didn’t mention Hygeia, which is the ONLY pump endorsed by La Leche League

  6. Britt @ The Magnolia Pair says March 6, 2013

    Great info! I originally registered for the medela pump and style advanced then found out that my insurance covers it 100% — WOW! Apparently many insurance companies are now offering them, which I think is amazing.

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  8. Diana says August 17, 2013

    For anyone buying a pump it is a good idea to check if your insurance will cover either the rental or the purchase of a pump. Many mothers are not aware that their policy could cover a breast pump!

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  12. Zoey Kasey says January 13, 2014

    Nice review ! I started my breastfeeding journey thinking that breast pumps were not really a necessity if i was going to be direct latching throughout the first few months. Unfortunately NO ONE told me how DIFFICULT it was going to be! The nurses at the hospital told me that pumping would help but didnt really explain that not all pumps were made equal.

    Scrambling to establish my milk supply I bought the Medela Mini Electric, not knowing that its meant for occasional use. Bad move. All it did was leave me with sore nipples and extreme hatred for pumps in general.

    Thankfully i refused to give up, did my research and decided on the Pump In Style Advanced. After diligently pumping and power pumping for a month, my supply was finally established and although there were ups and downs in the entire journey, Im proud to say that my daughter has been exclusively on bm for the past 17 month!

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  16. Uplifting Families Breast Pumps says August 30, 2014

    I personally preferred to use a double electric breast pump, it pumps milk faster and it worked great for me. I was able to use my Medela Pump in Style for 18 months to provide milk for my youngest after I went back to work. When my older kids were babies, I got a manual breast pump and it worked for occasional use. I also tried a cheap single electric breast pump and it was horrible. Thankfully, I never had to rely on this pump because I would have been in trouble.

  17. Alli says June 11, 2015

    This was super informative–thanks! I ended up getting my Medela PNSA Starter through Aeroflow Breastpumps for free. I filled out a Qualify Through Insurance form on their website and they did all the legwork for me contacting my insurance company. Love my Medela!

  18. Jessica says February 24, 2017

    the best is karmin


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