I'm nursing Baby #3 now (she'll be 2 months on 6/2) and I recently purchased an Ameda PurelyYours because I'm in midwifery school and will need to pump while away from baby in the Fall. When my first was a nursling I used a Medela Harmony (or whatever the one-sided version of the PIS is) when I needed to pump twice a week and like it a lot, but since I'll need to pump more this time I thought I should get a double sided pump. Since the Ameda is so much cheaper than the PIS, had good reviews, and is a closed system, I thought it fit the bill.
However, I HATE it! I miss the more flexible flanges of the Medela. These stiff flanges HURT and I think the fit is wrong -- it stretches out my nipple WAY far. Pumping is thus incredibly uncomfortable. Also, with my medela I could shift around the flange so that it fit over various ducts -- with this I feel like it covers my entire areola like it should but because it's so stiff it doesn't get all the ducts.
Do I need a different size flange? (And is it a smaller one I need?) Is there a more flexible/soft cup I can sub out? What do I do? I am so frustrated. I have barely started building my supply for Fall because I hate pumping so much!
TIA for any advice or help.