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  1. #1
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    Unhappy pump is dying

    my breast pump is dying on me! dd is 13 months and i would like to continue to pump at least half of her milk for daycare (i worry she isn't thrilled with cow's milk, but that's a whole post in itself!).

    my pump is a Ameda-Purely Yours. i've pumped 3 x's a day for about a year now. has anyone had a similar experience? what should i do? it seems to be too late in the game to spend $ for another pump! and i worry if i stop pumping, my supply will drop off even further!

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    Default Re: pump is dying

    Were you thinking of having more kids? If that is the case buying a new pump may not be a waste. Have you checked the warrenty on your pump?

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    You might also try calling the 800 number for customer support at Ameda. They may have some suggestions in case there are some 'easy' things to troubleshoot, etc. It's worth a try, anyway!
    -linda

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    Default Re: pump is dying

    I'm not sure how long you've had it, but they do come with a year warranty. Perhaps it's been less than a year?

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    Default Re: pump is dying

    I think most of the pumps have at least a 1 year warranty--I would def. check that. How did you know it was dying???

    Erin
    Wife to a grizzly
    Mama to my little deer (12/05) my loving bear cub (9/07--), and our little tiger (3/22/10)
    Born by one c-section and 2 amazing VBACs


    Miles in 2012: 350.5/900 (Actual Miles Ran: 189)
    Miles in 2011: 708.5 (Actual Miles Ran: 509)
    Miles in 2010: 800.5 (Actual Miles Ran: 620)

    January Miles: 37.5/75
    February Miles: 59/75
    March Miles: 42.5/60
    April Miles: 64
    May Miles: 41/70
    June Miles: 59
    July Miles: 39.5

    227.5 miles on my new shoes
    338 miles on my old shoes

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    Default Re: pump is dying

    Call Ameda, they may be able to either repair or replace it. I have also seen a Lansolin pump that looks exactly like the ameda (except purple) at Walmart for about $100, maybe you could go that rout if you don't want to spend a bunch.
    Amanda Mom to James (2/25/04) and nursling Alice (8/24/05)

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    Default Re: pump is dying

    I'm assuming it is dying because I am unable to pump as much as I had before. I don't believe it is my milk supply because my breasts feel as full as ever. Plus-it is making funny squeeky sounds and sounds like it is struggling to operate.


    The warrenty on the pump is for one year, which I believe has just expired. Also, I'm not sure if the warrenty covers normal wear and tear. I think I will give Ameda a call-it couldn't hurt.

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    Default Re: pump is dying

    Isn't that just the luck! Things always seem to go down the toilet right as the warranty expires (I bet companies do a lot of research on how much there products can withstand and then base the warranty on that!)

    Sorry to hear about your pump!

    Erin
    Wife to a grizzly
    Mama to my little deer (12/05) my loving bear cub (9/07--), and our little tiger (3/22/10)
    Born by one c-section and 2 amazing VBACs


    Miles in 2012: 350.5/900 (Actual Miles Ran: 189)
    Miles in 2011: 708.5 (Actual Miles Ran: 509)
    Miles in 2010: 800.5 (Actual Miles Ran: 620)

    January Miles: 37.5/75
    February Miles: 59/75
    March Miles: 42.5/60
    April Miles: 64
    May Miles: 41/70
    June Miles: 59
    July Miles: 39.5

    227.5 miles on my new shoes
    338 miles on my old shoes

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    I have an AMEDA PY. I don’t really use it much anymore, just because I love the wire-free convenience of my manual Avent, not because there is anything wrong with my PY. But, it never got as much use as yours has because I only used it for about 2 months with DS (I was a SAHM after that and weaned at 6 months) and I’ve mostly been using my Avent with DD.
    ANYWAY, I did notice that sometimes my PY would seem to lose suction or make a “gasping” noise and sound like it was running out of steam. One thing that sometimes helped was to fiddle with the controls a bit. Have you tried that?
    I am going to have a hard time explaining this without a visual aid, but I will try:
    Sometimes, I noticed that for some reason the clear flexible plastic little cup-looking pieces (what are these called??) were not fully inflating and deflating with each pump cycle. I think the cap attached to the air tubes was not fitting tightly and extra air (from the room) was getting in the chamber, causing poor suction. If I took off the cap and adjusted the valve, making sure that it didn’t slip out of place when I resnapped the cap, that helped. Does that make any sense at all?

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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    Default Re: pump is dying

    Another thing to check is the white valves. I recently had to replace both of them. I couldn't tell by looking at them that anything was wrong, but the pump didn't have as much suction. After replacing them, the suction came back.

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