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If you could isolate what it is you hate about the Medela PIS, it might tell you something about what you need in your next breast pump.
Ok., so we know you do not need a high-priced electric double pump. In the main, your choices will be these manual breast pumps: the Medela Harmony, the Ameda One-Hand, and the Avent Isis.
Did you have breast shield fit issues with the Medela? Symptoms would be friction injury on the nipple because of the nipple rubbing against the tunnel sides. If this is the case, you will need to buy the right size breast shield for the Harmony, or the custom flange set for the Ameda. You may be able to make do with the Avent if you use it without the let-down massage cushion.
Did you express no milk with the Medela? If you have eliminated breast shield fit issues and the pumping was comfortable enough, you may just need more time and practice with the pump. This will be true with any pump. There can be a learning curve to getting your milk to let-down. I assume you were very carefully following the Pump-In-Style instructions and experimenting with the adjustable settings, too.
One more thing to consider: was it the pulling on your nipple that annoyed you? All the quality breast pumps will do that. You have two or three choices if you want to avoid this kind of pump. Get the Playtex Embrace, which unfortunately is a double electric, and may be more than your budget will allow. Two manual pump choices would be the Dr. Brown's and the Whittlestone Breast Expresser. These three pumps do not elongate the nipple, but use massage instead to induce let-down.
I would truly like to help you or anyone else searching for the right breast pump. I have articles on my website that I highly recommend you read:
- breast shield fit
- cheap breast pumps to avoid
- the new massaging breast pump trend
You can find links to these articles on my breast pump article index
(I would provide all the hyperlinks here, but I do not want to offend the forum with too much linking. Also let it be known, I do not sell or rent breast pumps through my website or anywhere else.)
Like I said I would love to help anyone I can. You may contact me through my e-mail address provided on my website.