Re: Do pumps matter?
The best pump is the one that works best for you. Some moms do well with cheap pumps, some don't. In general, the least effective pumps are manual ones. Single electric pumps are a step up, cheap double electric pumps (like the Ameda Purely Yours) are another, and expensive double electric pumps (Like the Medela Pump in Style) are yet another step up. At the top of the heap are double electric hospital-grade pumps (like the Medela Lactina), which are usually available as rentals.
What sort of pump is best for you depends on what your needs are- will you be pumping exclusively, or working part-time or full-time, or do you just want to leave an occasional bottle for the sitter? If you are going to be pumping frequently, then investing in the best possible pump you can afford makes a lot of sense. If you just want to pump once in a while, a cheap pump may be all you need.
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