I used a Medela PISA for my last baby, and was able to pump while working FT for a year. I need to buy a new pump this time around and I know some are recommending the Hygeia. I understand the benefits in terms of WHO compliance, closed systems, multiple users, etc, but what I'm really looking for is a side by side comparison in terms of ease of use. To be quite honest, those issues don't really bother me and I was 100% happy with the PISA, I'm just wondering if it's a *better* pump for the money.
-Transporting to work-- I have to lug everything every day on the subway up and down multiple stairs, with all my teaching supplies, my food for the day, half the time with a toddler, stroller (carried), baby, their supplies, etc. The PISA backpack was SO nice since it easily stored everything (bottles, cooler, pump, etc), didn't fall off my shoulders, and was lightweight.
- Ease of use at work-- I have limited pumping times (teacher) so I kept my PISA set-up and basically just had to unzip the front to start.
- Bottle compatibility-- It was very easy to pump right into the medela bottles with no extra parts, then just screw on the cap to store or nipple to feed. I don't see nipples for sale with the hygeia (which is where the WHO stuff annoys me... which nipples work with the hygeia?). Plus, I have about 30 medela bottles/nipples and would love to re-use them, but it looks like I'd need to use an adapter maybe? Do people generally use the hygeia bottles to pump and feed with? It would be a big investment to buy a bunch. Do these work with the lanisoh milk bags?
- Ease of cleaning-- With the PISA I dumped everything into a closed section of my dishwasher every night and they came out clean. It looks like the flanges on the hygeia are one piece, do they clean easily in the dishwasher? What about the valves?
-- Flange size-- looks like I can't get 24s on the hygeia, which got me more milk than the 27s. The 27s cut my breast tissue.
Anyone used both and can compare?? Especially if you used it working or on a daily basis. Thank you so much.