My breast pump is croaking. That's a nasty surprise at midnight the day you get home from the hospital, let me tell you.
I hear the Medela talked up a lot, but I also know a lot of people who are less than impressed and think it's overrated, especially for the price. I was hoping for some recommendations here. I was also wondering about the Mii Pump. It's fairly inexpensive and portable, but it's also a newish product. I don't know how much I trust a product that hasn't had a decent amount of time on the market.
I'll tell you what I'm especially looking for and what features I don't really care about.
1) Soft flanges preferred, or at least having them as an option. The breast pump I have now has them as something you can attached to the hard shell flange, but they're actually made only for people with smaller nipples, something I found out only AFTER I spent a ridiculous amount of money on one. Feh.
2) Decent portability, but it doesn't have to fit in a purse or anything.
3) Must be electric.
4) A breastpump that is similar to a nursing baby creates 200-230 mm Hg negative pressure and cycles about once every second.
5) I don't care if it's a double or single pump. I know pumping both sides simultaneously is the most efficient, but I've never done it. I don't have enough hands, and I'm not going to go buy a special bra. I'd rather pay more for a higher-quality single pump than for a mediocre double pump.
6) This needs to be something I can buy at Walmart or Target or possibly Babies R Us (though that's the least convenient store for me to go to).
7) We're willing to spend up to $200 unless it's impossible to get a decent breast pump for that amount. Assuming we still want more children after this (2 under 2! Ack!), I'll probably use it through two or three nursing babies, about a year or more each. So it's worth it to pay for one that will last a while. At the same time, we also like to spend our money on a mortgage and food and other such luxuries.
Obviously not all of you know the exact specs or availability of good breast pumps, but I'd like to get a feel for stuff before I go looking at online reviews. There's just SO MUCH out there I'd like to narrow things down. I'd like to go buy this today because I'm just a wee bit uncomfortable, and my daughter, while a pretty good eater, is so small she just can't consume enough to give me relief. I'd like to pump instead of wait it out because I'd like to have a good supply of frozen saved up, something I didn't have last time, which was a pain in the rear when I wanted a social life. Thanks a lot!