Re: pumping help!
I have not had any issues with my Freestyle and like it very much. I've been pumping and working full time for almost 3 months and have been using the Freestyle since late August.
I am still on the original parts kit. I boil them periodically and use the steam clean bags each evening, and I hand wash my parts rather than send them through the dishwasher. I don't know if that plays a role or not.
I also pump on battery 95% of the time and have only noticed decreased suction when the pump battery indicator is flashing (i.e. the battery is almost dead).
I'm another mom who replaced the Soft Fit shields with hard shields in the next size up (I believe the 27 mm ones). The Soft Fit ones caused rubbing and pain.
Katie - mom to Lily, 8/5/2010