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    Default Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    Does anyone have experience comparing both Hygeia (I guess the Enjoye, but any) and the Medela PISA pump? My insurance only covered the Ameda Purely Yours, which I used pumping at work for my first child. I got the free one just to have as a backup, but have noticed I'm not getting much when pumping with it. I may have responded better or did not know any better with the first! I decided I'm going to have to shell out the money to buy one, because I've already had mastitis 2x (not needing antibiotics) in my LO's first 2 months of life.

    I tried my friend's PISA and it pumped about the same as the Ameda. I had used a hospital grade pump recently and got a lot, even after a feed. I've heard the Hygeia can compare to a hospital grade with output, but don't want to shell out the extra money if it's not as great as I read online.

    If you haven't compared both, then opinions on either would help me. I have to drive an hour away to the nursing store in DC this week anyway and I think they sell them.
    Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.

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    Default Re: Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*filmmommy View Post
    Does anyone have experience comparing both Hygeia (I guess the Enjoye, but any) and the Medela PISA pump?

    There can be such a huge difference between models even within one brand.
    The Medela symphony is one of the hospital grade pumps while the PISA is a personal use pump though considered to be a very good one other than the "open system" design.

    I'm sure Hygeia has a wide range of pumps and some manufacturers will claim "hospital grade" if the pump has a "closed system" meaning that milk and moisture from the breasts can't get into the tubing or mechanical pump parts because there is a diaphram in the way even if it is otherwise not really a hospital grade unit.

    Here is a site I wound up reading on lots when trying to figure out what pump I should use.
    http://www.breastpumpcomparisons.com...p-reviews.html
    But if needing to pump after every feeding to bring up supply, it is probably worth it to rent a real hospital grade pump for a time. I was able to rent a Medela Symphony through Babies R Us.

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    Default Re: Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    Actually, on that comparison site, the Ameda Purely Yours is the highest rating. I hope that's not the best pump out there! I had rented a Symphony but had to return it. It was costing me almost $75 a month to rent. With my daughter nearly 3 years ago, it was $50, so I rented it for about 10 months.

    I've read that the Hygeia is not necessarily reliable, which concerns me. But it is endorsed by LLL.
    Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.

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    Default Re: Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    Where are you? I think you might want to take into account the accessibility of pump parts in choosing the brand pump. I think Hygeia and Avent are British brands so it may be harder to get spare parts here in the US. Medela seems to be really easy to get spare parts kits.

    Of course the biggest issue is how well the pump will work for you personally and that is really hard to know without getting to use it. Different moms respond differently to different pumps. Something to do with the motion/strength/timing of the suction and the way the flanges fit. What works incredibly well for some moms is a poor fit for others and vice versa. I have really stretchy nipples which seems to make it hard for me to effectively pump and I wind up with swelling instead of milk extraction so I've had a lot of trouble pumping even with the Symphony I rented for a few months.

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    Default Re: Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    I also did a bunch of reading of reviews on Amazon on pumps before buying

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    Default Re: Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    Of course mother's opinions are going to vary, but I have not universally heard that Hygeia is not reliable-the pump, or the company? Anyway, you should be aware that while LLL would certainly consider pump performance in any decision to partner with a specific pump company, they have to consider other things. Hygeia (the company) is in compliance with the WHO marketing code- the code that specifies how infant feedings products should be marketed in order to not undermine breastfeeding or promote bottle or formula feeding as equal or better than breastfeeding. LLL used to have a partnership with Medela but a few years ago Medela started violating the WHO code in how they marketed pumps, bottles and nipples, so that partnership had to end. It took several years for the partnership with Hygeia to come about, so I assume LLL was cautious.

    But how a pump will work for a given mom in a given situation is going to vary tremendously. And it is very hard to compare the two via review sites because Medela is a MUCH larger company, and has sold so many more pumps. So thye wil have many more reviews, both good and bad. Ameda will also have more reviews than Hygeia. Most people have never heard of Hygeia but anyone can find a medela at Target or babies R us. Compared to the usually cheapo pumps typically found at these stores, Medelas are awesome. Why the purely yours is so popular on review sites is beyond me, going by what I have heard form moms here and locally.

    Also, Hygeia does not claim that the Enjoye is hospital grade, they have a hospital grade pump in their line as well (The Endeare.) The difference between the Enjoye and the p&s is the Enjoye IS a closed system pump-so, theoretically, you could you can pass it on to another user who has their own "kit" without the risks of doing so with a pump that is not a closed system.
    But actually what Hygeia asks is that the pump be returned so they can test it so the next user does not possibly get a malfunctioning or simply, out of warrantee pump. So, pumps do not end up in landfills, and old, malfunctioning pumps are not passed around among unsuspecting mothers, which is also a plus.

    I would suggest looking at things like customer service, the website, return policies, etc.
    Last edited by @llli*maddieb; August 31st, 2014 at 07:27 PM.

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    Those were some of the reasons I chose the hygeia over the medela through insurance with this baby. I like the WHO compliance and the recycling aspects of the company. Parts do need to be ordered on line but the website I ordered the pump from was so quick with shipping I don't foresee a real problem there.
    I do find the ability to adjust the strength and speed to a much finer degree to be a real plus with the hygeia q. My medela only had five settings. It was always too strong or too weak.

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    Default Re: Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    Thanks, zaynethepain. That was the kind of thing I was looking for, although the other posters' had helpful comments, as well. I bought my first Ameda due to online reviews, and I loved it. But I guess things are different this time around and it just doesn't seem to have the power I need since I've had mastitis 2x so far. I will do more research on both, though. They sell the Hygeia at a nursing store in DC where I need to go this week to buy bras (underwire was fine during baby #1, but having plugged ducts/mastitis this time) so I am trying to decide if I should pick one up.
    Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.

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    Default Re: Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    I have both and I like both for different reasons. I have had my PISA since my first born and got my Hygeia through insurance for my second child. For me, I find the medela empties faster and I really like the letdown button to help get the pumping started. I don't know if the extra help from the letdown button is the reason I pump faster with the medela, because everything else, fit and function, feel about the same. As PP said, the hygeia has both speed and suction dials, while the medela only has variable suction. I am not sure what model zaynethepain has with 5 settings, because my PISA is a continuous dial. Maybe they changed it? I have heard the one offered by insurance is not as nice as the one sold in stores.

    Since I have one breast larger than the other, I require two different size shields and I was happy to find that the medela and hygeia shields are interchangeable, so I could use my previously purchased medela shields with my new hygeia pump. That also means you can find new shields pretty easily, FWIW.

    I decided to get a hygeia rather than another medela PISA through insurance because LLL endorses them and the pumps are recyclable, but after having used both, I would say I like the medela better, purely from a functional standpoint.
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    Default Re: Hygeia vs. Medela PISA pump

    So just wanted to update everyone that I ordered the Hygeia Enjoye from their website. It has been 20 days since I ordered it, and it has not yet arrived. I called and emailed last week, and they sort of said, "Oh, we'll ship it tomorrow," as if they needed a reminder! I planned on sending my thoughts about the pump once I got it, since I have used a PISA and an Ameda Purely Yours (which thankfully I decided to get a new one free from my insurance). If it's not stellar I'm sending it back, because 20 days is too long to wait for an expensive breast pump when I got one for free!!!
    Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.

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