What Pumps ladies?!

Hi everyone! Pregnant for the first time and wondering what advice or suggestions would any of you have for picking out a breast pump that suits one best?!

Re: What Pumps ladies?!

  • First I would check what your insurance covers for breast pumps. You may decide you want one fully covered or choose to pay extra after what insurance covers for others.

    I use a Spectra pump that cost extra and really like it. I've also heard good things about the Willow and Elvie hands free pumps. The Medela Pump in Style is also very popular and is usually fully covered by insurance.

    In deciding what pump I wanted to use I just started with Google and asked other mamas in my BMB what they use to get recommendations.
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  • I'm also a FTM, and while I was overwhelmed at first, as I started reading reviews and comparisons, I was able to narrow down what features were most important to me. If you were to have given me a checklist at the beginning, I'm sure i would've checked things like wearable, easy to clean, etc. But ultimately, the more I read, the more it was my anxieties/worries that were the deciding factors. Yes, I need something practical to use at work (realistically for me, a lot of that may be pumping in the car while driving). But I'm really worried about not being successful (not having enough supply) and pain (I've always had sensitive nipples). Given those 2 priorities, Spectra was the most recommended, so I went with that. So I'd suggest looking both at what you want/need AND maybe what you're worried about to determine your priorities, then read reviews with those in mind, ask moms, and in particular ask moms who have tried more than one type so they have a frame of reference for comparisons.
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