q: i am going to give breastfeeding my best shot- what pump do you use or suggest as i will be going back to work soon?
a: i can only vouch for the one i own and i LOVE it- it's Medela brand, of course! i'm super satisfied with my purchase, and that lifetime warranty helps me sleep better at night.
i was using an older Meleda model pump (family hand-me-down) that broke on me after about 4 months or so, bummer. i hadn't done any research on pumps and i needed one ASAP, so i went and got a rental from Walgreens for 60 bucks in the meantime. i took a month and scaled through online product reviews and got some advice from my mommy friends. my top priorities were dual pump, durable, fast, and light. after lugging that giant rental pump around, i soooo appreciate the discreet size and style of the model i chose. consider your own situation and preferences before buying:
how often will you need to pump?
are you a stay-at-home mom, or working mom? full or part-time?
i planned to b-feed for over a year, i'm half in the office and half out, and my little guy will have plenty of siblings;) this was the one.
the motor/suction thing is in the bottom compartment. just connect the tubes to the bottles, plug it up (if you don't have batteries of course) and pump.
in the top compartment, there's room for the pumping bottles as well as a little cooler (ice pack included) to store the milk until you get it to the freezer or fridge. convenient. yes. there is a tote bag style available too, but i chose the backpack cause it keeps my arms free.
so, what can this puppy do? well, anything over 15oz (in an 8 hr period) is a great day in the dairy dept. for me.
i pump 2-3 times (11am, 2pm, 5pm) throughout my work day. that dual pump gets me in and out after about 10 minutes each time. amazing.