Medela® Pump in Style® Advanced Double Electric Breastpump with On-the-Go Tote
My insurance company provided me with an Ameda purely yours pump that would not even begin to express my breastmilk. I was having much anxiety about returning to work with only having a manual pump as my most efficient pump. I decided to purchase the Medela on my own since all my girlfriends recommended it. I am completely satisfied with this product. I can easily pump 6-7 oz in 10 mins. I feel so much relieved in returning to work now knowing I will be able to maintain breastfeeding! Worth every penny!
September 8, 2014
Definitely worth it
Overall: Yes, I would buy this again in a heartbeat. If you'd like the nitty-gritty of the reasons why, read below.
Thus far, I have used the following pumps: Avent Comfort Manual, Medela Symphony, and now Medela PIS.
When I used the manual as my primary pump, I could only pump limited quantities, and only if I was full (i.e. after 5+ hours without feeding).
When my daughter started teething, my supply became compromised, so I rented the hospital-grade Medela Symphony. Of course, that one worked wonders -- it's also a $2200 pump. :)
Comparison points to Symphony:
1) Suction power - At full blast, the PIS only "feels" about as strong as the 75-80% strength on the Symphony. This really shouldn't be a problem for most mamas out there, as it still does a really good job at that power (and may even be painful for some). I only could ever stand moving the Symphony to 90% power, even though I'd breastfed for over 6 months.
2) Noise - All pumps make noise, this one is definitely audible throughout our small 1100 sq ft home when it's on, but it doesn't wake the baby when I pump after a feed/in the middle of the night. It seems as though this one is a little noisier than the Symphony, but not by too much for me.
3) The bottles/kit you get - The pump kit is the same as the Symphony, other than the tubing. The bottles are not my favorite - empty, they seem more prone to tipping than my Avent bottles, but these actually fit the system (whereas the Avent does not). Granted, if you want to pump hands-free, the lightweight nature of these bottles would make that much easier.
4) Portability - The PIS is VERY easy to pack up. Just a few disconnections (like the power cord), throw the stuff in the top, and zip. The whole system is quite lightweight - actually, it's lighter than my diaper bag.
5) Cost - for $300, this really gets the job done. If money weren't a factor, I would have gone for the Symphony, but I couldn't ignore the almost $2000 difference. This one is WORLDS better than my manual (which was $50).
6) Ease of pumping - Unlike the manual, both the PIS and Symphony are incredible at getting "the last remnants." After my daughter's middle of the night feed, I can still usually pump another 2-2.5 ounces. The PIS doesn't seem to be increasing that amount, but is efficient at maintaining what I've achieved with the Symphony. If you need to increase your supply (and especially if you need to do so quickly), you may want to rent/buy the Symphony; however, this one does everything else very well.
March 10, 2014
Good, So Far
Just started using this pump. Overall, seems to be going okay, but I am a first time mother and don't have anything to compare to. The instructions were easy to follow and overall pump is easy to use. I somewhat wish I had ordered one of the other bag styles offered by Medela (maybe the metro bag), the bag is a little "mom"-ish. Also, only Medela bottles are compatible with this pump, but probably each company does this so you buy their bottles. Overall, so far, so good.
September 21, 2014
Must have for breast feeding moms
If you're going to buy a breast pump, the medela is the way to go! It is very efficient: quiet, works fast, keeps it's suction. I used a hospital grade for the first month of my daughter's life because I had an over-supply that was causing pain. This pump works just as well as the one provided by my doctor. Even if you're exclusively breast feeding, there are times you're going to want to pump, and trust me when I say it is worth the money. Hand pumping is a pain, and some of the other brands don't suction as well.
March 13, 2014
i bought this pump due to high rating on multiple websites and thinking Medela was a trusted name. after using the pump for barely 2 months it broke! i contacted customer service and they sent me a knew one next day (i cant complain about that service) but the pump them sent me sounds like it is refurbished and does not have the same power my old one did. i put the dial all the way up to max and there is barely any difference. i am very disappointed in their quality. i feel i would have been better off purchasing a cheaper pump from a different company.
February 10, 2014
Better than the Ameda Purely Yours
I received the Ameda Purely Yours through my insurance and it worked fairly well for approximately 3 months until I started notice the suction weakening. I am returning to work and will rely heavily on my pump to keep breastfeeding our daughter - so I purchased this pump based on recommendations from friends and many, many reviews. The only 'con' about this pump is that it has more parts and requires a little more cleaning than the Ameda. Other than that this pump is more efficient, quieter, travels much more easily and the bag, with included cooler bag/ice pack will be so handy when pumping at work. I highly recommend you purchase this pump if you are returning to work and need an efficient (both at expressing milk and doing it quickly!) pump.
January 7, 2014
This is a great pump. I nursed for over a year. Had to pump every time the first couple months due to slow weight gain. Never had a problem with the pump! Plan to use it with baby number two. I did have to get larger shields for my large breats, but other than that, everything was very useful!
November 14, 2012
I LOVE this pump. It's easy to take along with me when I leave the house (running errands, going to work...) and very efficient. I get up in the middle of hie night to pump and I can get this set up and pumped in under ten minutes. I cannot imagine life without this pump.
August 20, 2012