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    Default Please Help-I need breast pump advice!

    I am having sort of a dilemma deciding what to do about my breast pump situation. I am currently 32 weeks expecting twins the end of february. I am definitely planning to breastfeed but will have to go back to work after 8 weeks. My first dilemma is that my sister in law has offered to let me use her medela pump in style advanced which I know is a really good offer, but it's not only been used by her but also a friend of hers. As I have researched the sharing of certain breast pumps and consulted with a lacatation specialist I have learned that this is not recommended due to contamination and risk of possible infection to my newborns. Her argument is that if something were wrong with it her baby would be sick and he's not. My second dilemma is that my job is very demanding--I work 12 hour shifts with essentially no breaks and I will need to be able to pump as quickly and as efficiently possible. I am considering the speed and efficiency, portability, etc. of this breast pump versus the medela freestyle. The freestyle is much lighter and I believe easier to lug back and forth to work everyday without everyone knowing what it's for. I know the price of a new breast pump is much cheaper that paying for formula for a whole year especially for 2 babies but I am having a hard time turning down a free breast pump. I'm not sure what to do. Also, if I decide to buy the freestyle I have a 20% off coupon that I can use at babies r us later this month. I know this probably sounds trivial to you guys but I really need some help deciding what is best for my babies and my work situation. Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Please Help-I need breast pump advice!

    I would be hestitant to use a breast pump that 2 other people had used.

    I had a Medela PISA and I loved it. It was easy to use, quick, effective and completely portable. I highly recommend it.

    What state do you live in? There are laws in most states that protect breastfeeding moms and allow for pumping breaks at work.

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    Default Re: Please Help-I need breast pump advice!

    have you thought about renting? That might be something to explore.....

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    I have tried three breast pumps: Ameda (double), Medela swing and double.

    I hated the Ameda...I could not effectively get milk.
    The swing and double were awesome. I would get the double because of your time issues. I also found that the "hard nipple shells" work better than the soft for me.

    Plus, I used my swing so much my motor had some issues. I called up Medela, and they overnighted a new one...great customer service.

    I hope this helps!
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    Ohy yeah...looking into your insurance. My insurance reimbursed me $50 for my pump. I had to send in the receipt and that was it. Worth looking into.
    Mommy to Jackson Cale
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    In your shoes, I would probably rent or buy my very own PISA. Pumping for twins plus 12-hour shifts is likely to demand the absolute best pump you can afford. You also might want to look into renting a hospital-grade pump- mine cost only $2/day, which was competitive with the price of formula.

    I also wouldn't turn down the free pump. In an emergency, it might come in really handy. What if your own pump breaks, or you forget it somewhere? If you're freaked out about the possibility of contaminating your milk, you could always just pump and dump with the used pump, using it only to maintain milk supply in the event of an emergency. I personally wouldn't be concerned about x-contamination as long as you bought new shields and tubes for the pump. IMHO it's unlikely that any pathogen could survive in the system for more than a few days, so if it's been a couple months/years since the pump was last used, I would consider it safe. However, a pump that has been used heavily by 2 previous people is unlikely to be operating at peak efficiency, and I think peak efficiency is what you're going to need!
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    Default Re: Please Help-I need breast pump advice!

    Thanks for the advice. I have checked with my insurance and they only cover a manual pump - I just laughed when the lady told me this. My gut is telling me to buy a new pump or rent one. I believe the rental right now is around $70 per month or I could buy a new Medela freestyle for around $330. I know I want something very portable and the freestyle has a rechargeable battery pack. I've also read that it can empty your breasts in around 10 minutes. Does anyone have any experience with this pump? My SIL is sending the other pump so I will keep it for a backup. I was also worried about it being able to pump as efficiently since it's been through a couple of other people. Guess I should just bite the bullet. It'll be worth it for my kids.

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    I was going to open my own topic about this, but I'll ask my question and try to answer yours in one.

    I have a PISA that I got from a friend of mine. My son is 5 months old today and I have been using it since I went back to work when he was 11 weeks old. It has worked great for me, except for the little yellow thingie that you have to put in whatever part you aren't using (you know what I'm talking about? If you pump one, you put it in the other port, and if you pump both you put in the one that has the two pump symbol?) - anyway, it would come out all the time when I was pumping and it was getting to be a pain. Plus, my friend is due in June and I wanted to be able to send it back to her

    Let me just say that I LOVED that dang pump. I could pump 4-8oz (or more, depending) in UNDER 10 minutes, which is perfect for me and my job (breaks are erratic and undependable). In 3 total sessions a day, I could get enough for his three bottles the next day plus one extra to freeze - I have a monster stash right now.

    A week ago I bought the Freestyle ($299 on nursingmothersupplies.com). It is great - portability, battery operated, everything you've read about it on that side is true. My problem is that it is taking up to twice as long on average to get the same amount of milk. I called Medela, and they said when you switch between pumps that your production can go down at first.

    So if you want my opinion about the pumps:
    - PISA = awesome
    - I borrowed a friend's, bought all new bottles, shields, and tubes, and I feel comfortable w/ that (this is a personal decision my husband and I made together, after reading a TON).
    - Freestyle also awesome, but I'm not getting as much.

    My question for you guys is whether anyone else has had this happen re: supply decreasing w/ switching; whether I can/should expect my supply to go back up; and if so, when?

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    Default Re: Please Help-I need breast pump advice!

    I have a freestyle I bought new for 270. There is a place online that pricematches and gives a small gift if you find something below their price. I can look it up if you can't find it on an internet search. The gift was little: some breastpads, a little magnet photo frame from medela, etc....but free shipping and price matched.

    Either way, Freestyle is I believe identical to PISA in the motor , 2 phase expression, etc. I love mine because I pump 8-11x;/day for my LO (never been good at milk removal, lots of breast refusal, but only getting mommy's milk). Anyway, I'm very happy with my purchase. If you get a used pump, try to get the suction checked at a lactation place to make sure the motor works well.

    Take care. Good for you with your twins. You're setting them up for great health!
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    Default Re: Please Help-I need breast pump advice!

    From someone who debated the same issue: Spend the money and get a nice double-electric pump. I started using a single electric and while it worked like a charm, I was literally pumping my life away. Eventually WIC gave me a double electric and I feel like I got back my life and more time to spend with my daughter that day.
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