Pump Recommendations?

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  1. I really need to find a good pump to help build my supply up, but don't want to spend a ton of money. Any recommendations? I just got my domperidone today and hopefully that will help, but my pump is just cheap and no good!

  2. I don't know how much you are looking to spend, but I used the Medela Pump in Style. I actually found it brand new in box on Craigslist. I had to pump a ton to help build my supply and this pump worked great for me. Pumps are expensive, but if you look at it in terms of formula you would be buying, it will quickly pay for itself.

    Just curious....how did you get your domperidone? When my dd was born, my OB said it was illegal here in the US and would not prescribe it to be compounded. I used reglan instead, but I am newly pg and am wondering about domperidone for the next go around. I have PCOs and really struggled with my supply.

  3. I also used the Medela Pump in Style. It's quite pricey, but I believe it's the best one. If you had a premature child, some insurance plans will reimburse you for it (mine did). If you are planning to pump short-term (just until your supply is increased) there is the option of renting one for a monthly fee. If you are going to pump for an extended period of time, though, this won't be a cheaper option. Good luck!


  4. I used the PIS and the Limerick (rated multiple user - quite expensive new, but you can sometimes find it used). I like them both.

    Larysa - I used domperidone to induce lactation for our DD who we adopted. I am currently starting a protocol again as we wait for another adoption. I used to get mine from a compounding pharmacy and had a prescription from my PCP. My insurance even covered it. Then the pharmacy went out of network and my insurance didn't cover it anymore and it would have been very expensive to get it that way. So now I buy it from an overseas pharmacy and I don't need a prescription. I get it from inhousepharmacy.com. It is under the name "motilium" which is the drug name for domperidone. Let me know if you'd like more info. I personally wouldn't take reglan because of the possible side effects. I've had no side effects with Domperidone (and I took it for over 2 years the first time).


  5. Thank you for all of the replies!

    Larysa - I used inhousepharmacy.com like Jen said. I tried the reglan for about a week and had to stop taking it because it made me feel like my skin was crawling. I didn't need a prescription, I just went on and ordered it. I think I got 200 10mg pills for $38.00 and it took about 12 days to get here. I am hoping it works.

    Can I ask, is the pump in style quiet? I will research and see what kind of prices there are. My dd wasn't premature, and I feel that she gets full when I am nursing, but I pump while I am at work, and so she only gets about 10 ounces of ebm during the day. I have to send her with 8-10 ounces of formula everyday, and I feel horrible about it.


  6. I pumped for premature twins and found the best pump to be the one I rented from the hospital. I had purchased a Medela with my first born and I thought it was okay until I rented! The difference was unbelievable. I paid $25 a month.

  7. I also used ( and still use) Medela Pump in Style for both of my babies. I got it because a friend who also worked full time advised me to get it. While expensive, it is an excellent pump and I highly recommend it. It is fairly quiet, I pump in my office at work without any problems.

    Good luck!

  8. Thanks for the info on the domperidone. I will write it down and order some closer to my due date. I didn't have any problems with the reglan when I took it, but I've since heard some bad things and would rather not take it if I don't have to. How much do you take per day? How long do you normally stay on it?

    I thought my PIS was fairly quiet, but I have no basis for comparison.

  9. Larysa - If you think you might need the domperidone, I would order it a month before you need it. It can take 2 weeks to arrive. If it doesn't arrive in 21 days, they will reship it, but that takes time.

    I took 20 mg 4 times a day at first and increased to 30 mg 4 times a day at my peak. I was on it long term. My situation was different though (bf our adopted baby). I would actually e-mail Dr. Jack Newman and see what he says. He always responded quickly to me. His e-mail is: mailto:drjacknewman@sympatico.ca

    Good luck!

  10. I have a Medela Freestyle and I really like it - it's smaller/lighter than the PIS (but around the same price, unfortunately) so was easy for me to take back and forth to the office. When it first came out people were worried it wouldn't be as strong as the PIS b/c of its size, but it is. I pumped at work with it for about 10 months - I'd definitely recommend it, and several of my friends have one as well and also really like it.

  11. Thanks Jennifer on the domperidone info!

  12. If you want a hospital grade one, I'd highly recommend Medela Symphony (you can rent it for about $85/mth). Quiet, very effective. Its not portable however, and is pricey as a long term option. I get done in about 10 mins however and love it as I'm working to build a stash for when I return to work.

  13. Any thoughts on the Ameda Purely Yours Breastpump?

  14. Thanks ladies! I bought the PIS and I love it!

  15. anmi, I have Ameda Purely Yours - I startedwith Ameda hospital grade pump rental and then bought the personal one. It works similar to the hospital grade but is tiny. I put it in a fanny pack and move around while pumping. I use it with "Simple wishes" hand free bra. It is a great combination! The pump is more noisy than the hospital grade one, nit sure what else to compare it with. I also got a car charger and a cooling set with extra bottles. There are also freezer bags, have not tested them yet since I do not have enough milk to freeze yet.

  16. Jenny-do you like the simple wishes bra? I just bought this online for when I go back to work. Is it really "hands free"?

  17. I have the Simple Wishes hands-free bra too and love it. It holds the flasks really well (no leakage) and is actually quite comfortable. To be able to read or check e-mail while pumping is super!

    I bought the Medela Pump in Style too but had to send it in for repairs so am renting a hospital-grade Medela Symphony pump in the meantime. I really like the hospital grade one but it would be very expensive to rent long term (it's about $20 per week here). Hoping the Pump in Style will be back soon and working well!

  18. Any thoughts on the Ameda Purely Yours Breastpump?

    s, i've got this one and it is extremely hardy. mine is a hand me down from my SIL, who pumped exclusively for two babies for a whole year each (she said they never latched) (!!!). my babies latch TG, but i used it to pump about one bottle per day for my middle guy (i was working, mostly from home, but some meetings). and i'm using it again, but less often, only if i miss a feeding, for my youngest (he turns up his nose at bottles, so no real reason to pump)

    anyway, the thing is now 8 years old and still going strong. i did have to replace the bladders and most recently the flanges, which cracked.

  19. Jenny-do you like the simple wishes bra? I just bought this online for when I go back to work. Is it really "hands free"?
    yes, it is truly hands free - love it!
    I use it at home, so it's s bit annoying to change into it from a nursing bra after each bf session.
    Also, of course you will not get a very good looking shape if you have large size BBs, but I look even worse in the nursing bra.

  20. thanks ettore and pilma for your thoughts on the ameda! it's cheaper than the medela but has gotten great reviews,

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