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Which manual breast pump should I buy? Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57844 posts
5th Jul '13

Anyone have any experience with Manual Pumps?

I have a Pump In Style Advanced that I use and I have to jerry-rig it to work because even after calling Medela and them "fixing" the problem, it still doesn't work right as a single pump and I'm not cool enough to double pump. lol

Anywho, I want a manual for when I'm in the car and/or not home to pump around pumping time. But I want one that doesn't take forever to get milk out - is that possible? Do those even exist? I mean..I don't even get much with my electric most of the time, is a manual going to be pointless?

lauren [+2] Due March 14; 2 kids; Georgia 13472 posts
5th Jul '13

I used a cheap Evenflo pump with a 4oz bottle. It came in a purple box. Was like 9.99 or 14.99 I can't remember. It worked great whe nI wasnt using my Pump In Style.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50791 posts
5th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Emily Dickinson:</b>" Anyone have any experience with Manual Pumps? I have a Pump In Style Advanced that I use and I have ... [snip!] ... Do those even exist? I mean..I don't even get much with my electric most of the time, is a manual going to be pointless?"</blockquote>




I brought a lansinoh one from Walmart to pump sporadically with at work and it was just fine. I found a rhythm with it lol

Leash25 2 kids; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1592 posts
5th Jul '13

i love my medela manual pump. it works really good. i hve both a manual and electric medela and i love the brand

Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57844 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting Leash25:" i love my medela manual pump. it works really good. i hve both a manual and electric medela and i love the brand"


I thought I would feel the same because EVERYONE says that but IDK what I am doing wrong with my Pump In Style because it just doesn't seem to work that hard sometimes.

Jeeper 1 child; Orlando, Florida 2287 posts
5th Jul '13

I HATE Madela I have had 3 of their pumps break on me and wasted a total of $350 on their crappy quality pumps. The best pumps I have gotten were from Evenflo I had the small electric one it was actually about the size of a manual took batteries and cost the same as the Madela manual pump lol. That was the only pump I ever got to work.

lauren [+2] Due March 14; 2 kids; Georgia 13472 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting Jeeper:" I HATE Madela I have had 3 of their pumps break on me and wasted a total of $350 on their crappy quality ... [snip!] ... the size of a manual took batteries and cost the same as the Madela manual pump lol. That was the only pump I ever got to work."


Yeah not everyone responds the same way. I loved my Medela, it was actually a hand me down from my aunt from about 7 years ago and that bad boy pumped like 6oz per sitting!

Jeeper 1 child; Orlando, Florida 2287 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting lauren [+2]:" Yeah not everyone responds the same way. I loved my Medela, it was actually a hand me down from my aunt from about 7 years ago and that bad boy pumped like 6oz per sitting! "

You had an older one. I bought 2 electric ones new and was given a manual they all broke. Madela repaired one of them once and then said that they wouldn't repair it anymore. They kept pulling milk through the tubes and sucking it into the motor and burning it out. The manual one the pumping mechanism on top after about 3 uses cracked and wouldn't create suction anymore. They sent me a new one and it happened again. Like I said I wasted about $350 on their crappy pumps. I had an instyle and a swing.

lauren [+2] Due March 14; 2 kids; Georgia 13472 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting Jeeper:" You had an older one. I bought 2 electric ones new and was given a manual they all broke. Madela repaired ... [snip!] ... sent me a new one and it happened again. Like I said I wasted about $350 on their crappy pumps. I had an instyle and a swing."


Yeah, they might make them cheaply now. I got rid of that pump, and now I'm sad... I have to buy a new one. I will probably buy it again, and just pray it works for me without hassle. I never responded to the other pumps that I tried before she gave that to me.

Jeeper 1 child; Orlando, Florida 2287 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting lauren [+2]:" Yeah, they might make them cheaply now. I got rid of that pump, and now I'm sad... I have to buy a new ... [snip!] ... and just pray it works for me without hassle. I never responded to the other pumps that I tried before she gave that to me."

No matter which pump I use I have to massage my breast to get a letdown the pump won't do it for me. Or I have to pump and nurse at the same time. My mom had the same problem. My mom had an old Madela pump and loved it that is why I got Madela but they didn't work at all. I wish they made them as well as they used to as much as they charge for them they should.

lauren [+2] Due March 14; 2 kids; Georgia 13472 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting Jeeper:" No matter which pump I use I have to massage my breast to get a letdown the pump won't do it for me. ... [snip!] ... Madela but they didn't work at all. I wish they made them as well as they used to as much as they charge for them they should."


Definitely. I exclusively pumped from day 3 to about 3 weeks, so my production was super high from pumping every hour-2 hours in the beginning to make sure I could meet his needs. After about 2-3 weeks, I was letting down at random moments in the day and having to RUN to the pump to keep from soaking my shirt haha I hope I am that lucky this time because I was not my first pregnancy at all. I didnt make it more than a month.

Jeeper 1 child; Orlando, Florida 2287 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting lauren [+2]:" Definitely. I exclusively pumped from day 3 to about 3 weeks, so my production was super high from pumping ... [snip!] ... my shirt haha I hope I am that lucky this time because I was not my first pregnancy at all. I didnt make it more than a month."

I didn't pump much because it was such a pain. I just always nursed DD and only pumped when I wasn't going to be there for her. I could never imagine exclusively pumping it takes me 45 minutes to get 4oz of milk and I have an oversupply. The random letdowns though that happened to me just thinking about DD or hearing her cry and I would start leaking everywhere lol

lauren [+2] Due March 14; 2 kids; Georgia 13472 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting Jeeper:" I didn't pump much because it was such a pain. I just always nursed DD and only pumped when I wasn't ... [snip!] ... random letdowns though that happened to me just thinking about DD or hearing her cry and I would start leaking everywhere lol"


He was born early, and had trouble latching. I was determined not to lose my supply. He finally latched around 3-4 weeks, and I stopped pumping so much and just went to back up pumping then.



I just found out I was pregnant today and my boobs are tingling thinking about it... oh god.

Jeeper 1 child; Orlando, Florida 2287 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting lauren [+2]:" He was born early, and had trouble latching. I was determined not to lose my supply. He finally latched ... [snip!] ... went to back up pumping then. I just found out I was pregnant today and my boobs are tingling thinking about it... oh god. "

Oh no I hope this one isn't born early and you get to start a healthy breastfeeding relationship right away. I spend weeks on bedrest trying to keep DD in at 37 weeks I was released and she flipped breech and was born late lol.

lauren [+2] Due March 14; 2 kids; Georgia 13472 posts
5th Jul '13
Quoting Jeeper:" Oh no I hope this one isn't born early and you get to start a healthy breastfeeding relationship right ... [snip!] ... away. I spend weeks on bedrest trying to keep DD in at 37 weeks I was released and she flipped breech and was born late lol."


Thanks me too! He was only born at 35 weeks and was 6lbs 8oz and healthy... just had a tiny mouth or something. I don't know. Hoping to make it longer this pregnancy!