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    Default best manual hand pump?

    what do you think is the best manual hand pump?

    thanks for any suggestions.

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    I loved/love my Avent Isis. I had the best success with that little hand pump. I was better able to do breast compressions while pumping with it and had greater output using it than my Medela PISA.
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    Default Re: best manual hand pump?

    And by contrast, if I had to use a manual handpump I think I'd die. My favorite manual handpump is a double electric.

    Christine
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*ohiomama View Post
    I loved/love my Avent Isis. I had the best success with that little hand pump. I was better able to do breast compressions while pumping with it and had greater output using it than my Medela PISA.
    I use an Avent Isis exclusively and prefer it to an electric, and I WOH full time. One tip- for me, the clear silicone attachment that goes over the horn was useless. I use it without. Might work for a smaller breasted lady, though.

    Molly

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    Default Re: best manual hand pump?

    I normally use the Medela Freestyle (double-electric) but have had the Harmony manual pump as a backup - it has worked just fine for me for occasional use.

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    I have a double electric pump for work but I get great output when needed from the Medela Harmony.

    I also found that using the angled flange made by Pumpin Pal is much more comfortable for manual pumping (allows you to hold your hand at a more comfortable angle) and on the Harmony it just substitutes for the regular flange.
    Ali
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    and H, born Feb '12

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    I'm currently PAK using the EvenFlo Manual It's cheap but I use it when I get home from work before bed and get just as much as I do from my Avent Isis iQ Duo.
    Daniel Keith + Rachel Joy = Leonel Dante [4/13/2012]

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    Default Re: best manual hand pump?

    I use(d) the Medela Harmony as needed and have been happy with it. There are definite benefits to using a manual pump sometimes - not having to plug anything in or have a big setup is awesome! However I am a SAHM so I wasn't pumping at work or for extended periods. I got rid of my first one when my daughter weaned but bought a second one not too long ago when I needed it for my son.
    Karen

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