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Which manual breast pump should I buy? Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57849 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 1595 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 57849 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 s*****g 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 b**bs 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 b**bs 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!