I am expecting my second child in late July. I BF'd my three year old daughter for over two years and used a Medela Pump in Style for brief separations from her (I work part time teaching Pilates and yoga, so a few classes and/or private sessions a week plus the occassional "me" time or date with DH) .
As far as I know and can remember the PIS works fine. I hated it, though, and in fact quit pumping as soon as I could--probably after a year or so when she was eating solids regularly and drinking cow's milk.
I got about 4 ounces (sometimes as little as 3 ounces and rarely as much as 6) from one breast consistently when using the PIS, and often pumped while nursing because it took about 20-30 minutes to get that much. It was uncomfortable (verging on painful), awkward, and I couldn't wait to stop. My biggest issues were the tubing pulling the bottle/flange over and spilling precious milk and the discomfort/pain of having my nipple sucked through the flange. I adjusted the suction frequently to try to find a comfort zone, to no avail.
My question is, should I try a different pump? Are my complaints just part of pumping or is it the kind of pump?
I have heard great things about the Avent Isis, even as a manual pump, and the Ameda Purely Yours. I hesitate to spend the $$$ on a new pump but I plan on breastfeeding and pumping at least a year again with this baby. Keep in mind that I will only need to pump enough for one or two feedings a day for 2-3 days a week. I rarely pumped in absence of the baby, only enough to have a few feedings' worth for when I was gone. I am also leaning toward the Avent Isis Uno. Any suggestions?
Thanks so much!