Anonymous

Which breast pump for FT working mom

I have been using Medela for about two months now, but it seems to lose power over time. I hear a leak somewhere. My breasts still feel full after a twenty minute pumping session. Plus, the machines so freaking loud! My whole office can hear it and its embarrassing. One part finally broke (thanks to my hubby who tried to disassemble it and help me clean the parts yesterday). I am considering buying a new pump since I wasn’t really happy with this one in the first place. Any suggestions??

  • Марија
    Dec 12, 2018

    Why don't you try to rent a pump?I had an excellent experience with hospital grade Medela pump but rented.It was silent, it’s power can't be compared with any of the pumps on the market(it is hospital grade though)and it is fine for privacy(from my point of wiev).Good luck.

  • Sara
    Dec 12, 2018

    Your pump parts likely need to be replaced. A similar problem happened to me as well and it turned out I was using pump parts that were “too old” to function properly. It seems odd since the tubing, valves, bottles, flanges, etc all seemed to be in good condition and I cleaned them regularly. But then I read more about it and the manufacturer of my pump (Spectra) says that all the parts need to be purchased brand new every X amount of weeks/months. Call Medela or look on their website. Seems like if you’ve only had the pump a short time it should still work! You should not feel full after 20min. Oh, and one more thing, hurry!! Your supply will start to diminish if you wait too long to fix it. This happened to me and I ended up having to supplement with formula for the first time ever 😢

  • Kerry
    Dec 12, 2018

    Spectra s1 or s2 is great and much quieter than medela pump in style. Cant remember which one but one has a battery so doesnt have to be plugged in all the time.

  • Kieli
    Dec 12, 2018

    I definitely agree it may need new parts. New tubing, attachments, everything. And if you want to try a new one, I used Ameda truly yours and loved it! It wasn’t horribly loud, it has a battery option (which was amazing for when I left my cord at home), I found replacement parts fairly cheap on amazon as well. I liked that pump because when I was done pumping after 7-10 I felt completely empty and it has adjustable suction and speed unlike others I’ve tried that have set notches

  • Abby
    Dec 13, 2018

    I EP (exclusively pump), so I rely heavily on my pump. I have a medela and an Avent electric. My very favorite though is the BabyBella. I got it off amazon cheap. I use it w May Mom and medal parts. It’s quiet and strong and portable. I pump while taking my babies to dr appointments and such. Check it out. Maybe it will work for you too. It comes with really nice parts for the record, but I need really small flanges which is why I “hacked” mine to use a other parts.

  • Lauren
    Dec 13, 2018

    Spectra all the way!! Worked amazingly well and I was a working mom so I needed something efficient yet still comfortable.

  • Sara
    Dec 13, 2018

    I use the hospital grade Medela Symphony pump (I rent it from the hospital's baby supply shop). It works great and is relatively quiet as far as pumps go.

  • Cheri
    Dec 13, 2018

    Recently switched to the Spectra S1 (with the rechargeable battery). So worth it and much better than what I’d been using for the first six months (Ameda Purely Yours). Quieter and better suction (strong but not uncomfortable).

  • Myrtle
    Dec 15, 2018

    I agree that your pump should still be working so I would contact the manufacturer to try and get it replaced. In the meantime probably you need to rent a pump. The Medela freestyle has a battery so it’s portable. I noticed that sporadically the pump didn’t work as well to get my milk out (even though there was nothing wrong with the pump). I learned how to hand express which was super helpful for those times! Maybe you can do this in the meantime while you’re waiting for your new pump

  • Deirdre
    Jul 12

    I liked my spectra s9 it’s super small & battery powered, the willow pump is hands free & very discreet, I didn’t try it but it sounds amazing!