So Many Pumps, So Little Time…(a Review)

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This is my first of many reviews regarding anything SAHM related-toys, products, recipes, etc.

Breast pumps are so confusing if you’ve never used them before.  There are a ton of different brands and types.  I have had the pleasure of extensively using three different types.  My first-born went on a nursing strike when she was 2 months old and I was determined to feed her breastmilk for her first year.  And so begins my pumping 8 times a day journey…

Playtex Petite Electric Breast Pump-

I bought this one because it was the cheapest electric double pump I could find at BabysRUs ($90).  My previous pump’s motor died and I didn’t want to have to spring for a brand new one for a couple hundred bucks (big mistake). When it comes to my precious boobies, I now know to go for top quality the first time around.  This pump was so incredibly painful!  After using it for a half day (so about 4 times), there were blisters surrounding both of my nipples.  I had to continue using it for a few days until my new pump motor came in from eBay.  So, for a few days, I would tear up at the thought of having to pump again in two hours.  But I still did, because I had to feed my kid, not to mention keep my supply up.  So, if you only pump once a day, this pump could maybe work for you, any more than that, your nipples deserve better. It’s also a pain to clean and the plastic containers the milk goes in is flimsy (and supposedly not reusable-so you would have to buy enough for each time you pumped).  Another major deal breaker for me, is it’s only electric, so you have to have an outlet close by-not convenient. *

Medela Swing Breastpump

My first pump (I think it was about $130 at BabysRUs).  I got it for a baby shower gift because I registered for it.  It is a single electric pump. It’s comfortable and convenient.  But it takes forever to pump both sides.  When I had this one, each time I pumped was at least 45 minutes-plus add in the time it takes to store the milk and wash the bottle, it would be more like an hour.  So for my middle of the night pump sessions, not so great. I was losing out on a lot of sleep.  As stated earlier, the motor died.  It couldn’t handle the 8 pumping sessions per day per side.  My other gripe with this one is the milk would sometimes get stuck at the top and then it would get sucked into the hose-not easy to clean or dry. It has an adaptor and takes AA batteries. If you only pump once or twice a day and you don’t mind keeping an eye on the hose, this may be the pump for you. ***

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

-This pump saved my life.  It’s an electric double pump that my parents bought for me for $350.  They bought it for me in November of 2011, its now June 2014.  I used it every day 8 times a day for 9 months.  It then sat in storage for a year. Since July 2013, I’ve used it twice a day almost every day and it’s still working like a champ. The battery lasts forever and it charges really fast.  It’s comfortable and convenient.  My pumping session times were cut in half.  It also comes with a contraption that you can hook it to your bra and pump hands free.  So, if you want to drive and pump, you could! There’s never a worry about whether the milk would get in the hose and you can set it to your comfort level and set a timer.  This is by far the best pump I’ve used and I would not recommend any other.  So get this one. I promise, you won’t regret it. *****

This is my little lady at two months old.  It was taken after she downed a bottle-she’s a bit “milk drunk.”

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