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    Default Medela pump questions for increasing supply

    Hi, does anyone know how a 9-year-old PIS (used to exclusively pump for 3 children) compares to a Symphony and to a new PIS in terms of 1-ability to increase supply; 2-loudness?

    I am starting to really hate the old PIS. I think I sometimes don't get a letdown with it. Either that, or there's something wrong with it. Last night, I just got a few ml, and I usually get more at that time.

    I rented a Symphony for about 3 weeks, and liked it better. It seemed like it drained me better, and I always got something out. It was a pretty expensive rental, though.

    Now I'm wondering if I should just rent the Symphony again, or buy a new PIS, or if I'm just imagining a problem with the old PIS, or if my low supply is not correctable.

    I want to increase supply for my distracted, impatient 6.5-month-old. I don't think I can increase supply by increasing the number of times she nurses: I'm already nursing her every 1.5 to 2 hours during the day. Usually she'll only nurse for 5 minutes max, then it seems like my milk stops flowing. I feel like she would drink more if it came out easier. At night (11 hours), she usually nurses once. When she wakes in the early morning, I put her on me for side lying nursing, then she is on me for the last two hours or so of the night, drinking from time to time. I also have her nap on me.

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    Default Re: Medela pump questions for increasing supply

    Hi Mama,

    I don't have a ton of pumping experience, but I'm pretty sure that if you got 9 yrs out of a non-hospital grade pump (PISA), then you've done great! From what I understand, the suction on the double electric PISA and Symphony are the same, but the PISA is meant to be a single user pump and last 3 or 4 years of average/heavy use. The Symphony is designed as a closed system for multiple users and will last 10 yrs of average/heavy use. So I guess you should just do your math on what will be most economical in the long run if this is your last baby. A new pump or a rental...
    Jess

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    Default Re: Medela pump questions for increasing supply

    I love the Madela PIS, but if it was used to EP for 3 kids, I would guess that it's pretty worn out. Mine got worn out after 4-5 months of EPing, and I returned it with the warranty to get a new one sent. They do have a great one year warranty and their costumer service is great. Depending how much you are paying for the rental, I would say a new Medela would be a good investment.
    Beth

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    Default Re: Medela pump questions for increasing supply

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommyoflance View Post
    I would say a new Medela would be a good investment.
    And if you have 3 kids to run around after (besides the baby), I would check out the Medela Freestyle - I that pump!

    (BTW, bestbuybaby.com has great prices.)
    Imma to AA, born at home 11/12/07 , juggling , working, APing , cloth diapering , - and . I'm done - yay!

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    Default Re: Medela pump questions for increasing supply

    The old PIS was actually my cousin's (she's the one with 3 kids!--I just have my one!).

    I did end up buying myself a new PISA today. Now, the question is, how often do I pump and when do I pump if I want to bump up my supply?

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