Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Breast Pump Brands: Which Breast Pump Should I Buy?

Moms ask us for advice on which brand of breast pump to purchase every day.  The marketplace is saturated so it can be very confusing.  We will be comparing Ameda, Hygeia and Medela models with pros and cons to help you make your decision:


Ameda's personal pumps include the Ameda Purely Yours and Purely Yours Ultra.
Pros: 
Closed system so no blow back of bacteria from a dirty surface on your pump.
One year warranty
Optimal Suction and Speed at 60 cycles per minute.
Can be purchased with or without a tote bag to meet any budget
Bag is separate from the pump so you get more use out of your cooler/carrier
Universally threaded so fits all standard bottles
Battery compartment available for backup power source
Cons:
Because pump is outside the bag, it is slightly louder than some pumps
Valves have to be changed every 6 weeks of frequent pumping, but this also keeps unit cleaner

Hygeia's Personal Pumps include the Hygeia EnJoye EPS, EXT and LBI.
Pros:
Closed System
Three year warranty
Optimal Suction and Speed at 60 cycles per minum
Can be purchased with or without a tote bag to meet any budget
Bag is separate from the pump and includes changing pad for baby
Universally threaded adapter so it can be used with standard bottles
Includes wide mouth bottles which are prefered for breastfeeding due to the wider nipple for
EXT model offers battery backup
LBI model has a lithium ion battery which is optimal for those who have to use a battery power source as it doesn't loose suction like use of a pump on AA batteries
Green pump is approved for multi-user when each mom has her personal pumping kit
Cons
Because pump is outside the bag, it is slightly louder than some pumps
Valves have to be changed every 6 weeks of frequent pumping, but this also keeps unit cleaner:
Replacement parts such as valves must be purchased online

Medela's pump include the Medela Pump In Style and Freestyle breast pumps.
Pros:
One year warranty
Optimal Suction and Speed at 60 cycles per minute
Universally threaded so it fits standard baby bottles
Battery compartment available for backup power source
Freestyle is a hands-free breast pump.
Cons:
Not a closed system.
Internal diaphragm can collect dust/bacteria.  Never use a used Pump In Style.
Freestyle is very costly.  Using a hands-free pumping band is more cost effective.
Some parts can only be purchased directly from the manufacturer.

Some brands are popular due to aggressive marketing.  You don't necessarily have to buy the most expensive pump to get a good value.

For pricing and additional details, visit:
http://www.lactationconnection.com/Electric_Breast_Pumps_s/1833.htm




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