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If you have the money, will be pumping A LOT and need to behandsfree, get the Medela Freestyle ($380). It's truly badass.
If you need a workhorse pump for going back to work, get theMedela PIS ~ it looks like a briefcase ($280).
If you're at at-home pumper, the Ameda Purely Yours ($160) willdo the trick. And of course, you'll want a simple hand pump for traveling andsuch ($35).
More advice on pumping here:
I have, and would recommend, both. I got a hand pump (Medela Harmony I think) a couple days after returning home with DS after I couldn't take the engorgement (and often contemplated waking him from naps just to nurse lol). I then bought the Medela PIS Advanced (though I would say just get the regular one with the pump built in, the seperate pump was a PITA and the bag was so bulky).
I used the hand one at night when we started giving DS a bottle at bedtime (so we could monitor his intake) and I also used it when I had jury duty for 3 days and any other instance where I had to travel light or just needed to "relieve some pressure".
ElizC:I used a medela hand pump with DS and had no issues with it. I also had a double electric medela pump. If you are getting an electric pump, I would recommend getting the same brand hand pump. I like the mebranes and other parts where the same.
This. I have a Medela pump-in-style and it's been fantastic. Nothing quite beats the easy use of the hospital-quality rentals, but at $75 a month they can be pricey. But yes, go Medela all the way. I also have their hand pump, and though hand pumping is always a PITA, theirs is easy enough to use and it's true about the interchangeable parts.
AmyIVF 10/09 Twin BoysTwin B loss 2/10Baby Boy born 3/10Pregnant again (surprise!) 10/10
You can find some good info at Consumer Reports on their breast pump buying guide: