Breast Pumps: Medela Swing or Pump in Style?

Discussion in 'Parenting' started by T.E., Apr 29, 2008.

  1. T.E.

    T.E. New Member

    I am trying to decide which of these two breast pumps to buy (was going to delay the purchase until the baby's here ... but travelling to the US soon, and they are much cheaper there than here in Canada, so contemplating buying one).

    Medela Electric Pumps

    I will probably stay at home with the baby full-time for the first 4-5 months, will start daycare part-time then (if I could get in) and will return to work full-time once s/he is 7 months. Do I need the more advanced one? Or will I get away with Swing? (There is a huge price difference). How long should I expect to breastfeed anyway?

    I guess, one of the main differences is that with Pump in Style I could do two breasts at a time, and with Swing -- only one. I can't tell whether pumping both at the same time would even be something useful for me or not ....

    Thank you!!!

  2. cln1812

    cln1812 New Member

    T.E. - I have the pump in style advanced even though I'm a stay at home mom. For me, it's definitely worth it, timewise because it's quicker to pump. Plus, if you still plan to be giving breastmilk when you return to work, the PISA will definitely be quicker. Pumping both breasts at once usually helps me stimulate the letdown because once on breast lets down, the other usually does too (in my case, at least). And you can just pump one breast on the PISA if you've just finished nursing a side and it's empty.

    But there is a huge price difference, and it also depends on if you're going to be able to breastfeed and for how long.

  3. T.E.

    T.E. New Member

    Thanks, Cheryl! I am secretly glad to hear that it's worth it for you (trying to justify the more expensive purchase here).

    The price difference is huge indeed, but there is also a huge difference for PISA between Canada and US (it's about $70-90 more here, not to mention a steeper tax), so I was thinking that I'll keep it unopened in the box at first, and if I am not able to breastfeed, I might be able to resell the pump here without too much loss.

  4. TDG

    TDG New Member

    Pump in style is soooo worth the money. Its awsome. I cant believe I went so long without it!

  5. T.E.

    T.E. New Member

    Thanks, TDG!

    So, after doing some more research, I am now choosing between Pump in Style and the new Medela Freestyle pump. The latter just came out less than two months ago, more compact, and I found it for $285, which sounds like a good deal. Tending towards the latter (turned out that once I was able to justify PISA, it's easy to justify the Freestyle [​IMG] ).

  6. Muffina

    Muffina New Member

    I have the pump in style, it is great. Also, my baby wouldn't latch so I had to pump for her exclusively the first three weeks. Having the more efficient pump was a life-saver (or should I say breastmilk saver??) I still pump about 80% of the time and only nurse in the middle of the night.

  7. gutterflower

    gutterflower Active Member

    I hated double pumping in the hospital, but I know it's the best for letting down having both nipples stimulated at both times. I just bought the mini pump and have used it for 6 months exclusively, but that's because I didn't have much to chose from and this was the most expensive there. It would also depend on how much you plan to pump, instead of breastfeed. If you can afford it, I would go with the best, I wish I could have, but my little mini pump has done well, so I can't complain.

  8. Regina_1

    Regina_1 New Member

    I have rented my pump from the medical supply store. You have to buy the attachments which is $50 and then the pump costs $45 a month to rent. But let me tell you it is SOOO worth it! Its the Lactina Select. My hubby used to work at the place I rent the pump and he says they normally are around $1000 if you bought it. I love my pump and I can get 8 oz or more in as little as 5 minutes. [​IMG] I love it!

  9. gutterflower

    gutterflower Active Member

    Nice Ginny, let me tell you, I will definately look into something much more efficient if I ever have another baby and renting sounds like the perfect way to get a great product. I know I could rent one too, but I heard it's around $100 a month I think, YIKES! But I guess it's worth it if someone like me exclusively pumps, never thought seriously of getting a rented one, should have!

  10. sky5209

    sky5209 New Member

    I have the Pump in Style Advance and absolutely love it. It was a life saver since Kian was in Special Care for a week and I pumped exclusively for him to bring in breast milk for him. It helped me get my milk supply up and going in the beginning. I still pumped at home, cause he wouldn't latch on at first, but now he is comfortable nursing directly. I still pump once or twice a day to store some milk and for DH to give him once a night so I can sleep for a few hours. I love the pump, it is efficient and fast and it was really a life saver for us!!!

  11. T.E.

    T.E. New Member

    Thanks, ladies! I have decided to go for Medela's new Freestyle one. I was told that it's supposed to be similar to PISA, but significantly more compact.

  12. JoanieD

    JoanieD New Member

    TE I have the lactina select like ginny only I purchased it. Great deal on ebay. I definitely recommend the PISA over the swing because saving time can be a huge plus. I found I got better production with my lactina than with the mini pump I had previously.

    Good Luck!!

  13. mandydustin

    mandydustin New Member

    I have been using the medela pump in style advanced breast pump. The medela pump in Style advanced breast pumps are much liked by nursing mother's because of their exclusive adaptability and portability. Medela Electric Pumps using a twin-phase drawing technique literally mimics an infant's natural suckling.

  14. henrybarter

    henrybarter New Member

    Medela Breast pumps is the most widely recommended breast pump in the industry among consumers and lactation specialists. You don't have to compromise on style or quality of breast pumps. Medela has been recognized for years as the leading consumer breast pump company. The various models meet the needs both financially and practically from large to small.

  15. AshlynnBegley

    AshlynnBegley New Member

    A breast pump is typically considered as a medical device, helpful in expressing and collecting milk from your breasts which is used to feed baby. They come in different types, styles and brands, making it difficult for women to choose a right one. The right breast pump’s choice can depend on your budget as well as time you can spend. As you have talked about electric breast pumps, yes they are stronger and more powerful, increase your milk supply and save lots of time.


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