I am about to have baby #2. Baby #1 was given only breastmilk for 18 months. I pumped all the time - as breastfeeding did not come easy to me. I have a Medela Pump In Style that is 3 years old - which was bought new for the first baby. I still have it but felt at the end of breastfeeding #1 that the pump did not work as well as it did in the beginning. I will admit that I pumped ALOT!!!! (Really, this was tough for me - but worth the effort!!!!)
Do I need a new pump? I loved my pump but do not want to be in a situation where I cannot get the breastfeeding started without a good strong pump to help get me going. (Baby #1 had a lazy suck and without my pump I never would have gotten things moving!!!) My pump was my lifeline - and a blessing!!!
I called Medela and they assured me that the pump would last thru several kids. I did tell them that my pump had been "used and abused" - but they were sure that the pump could make it through baby #2. Does anyone have any comments/suggestions????