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I feel strange posting this, but I really do need help. My son is 2.5 years old and goes to stay with his dad for sometimes over a week at a time. We are still breastfeeding, and I have never had luck with manual expression. My Avent Isis hurts, and it leaves my breast feeling very unpleasantly hypersensitive for up to an hour after I use it. So, I haven't been expressing milk when he is gone. The pump was always uncomfortable, even back when I had tons of milk.<br><br>
While my milk always comes back, and there is always a little for him at the beginning, nursing is often unpleasant and my supply has dropped a lot. I think the two are related, and if I really commit to upping my supply and pumping while he is with his dad, things will feel much better. He still REALLY loves to nurse when he is with me, and will sometimes happily latch on for an hour at bedtime or in the mornings. At other times, he nurses for shorter periods.<br><br>
So, I definitely want to keep breastfeeding, but I want it to be more pleasant and fruitful. I believe this means I need a pump. Here is what I am looking for in a pump:<br><br>
comfortable<br>
comfortable<br>
COMFORTABLE<br>
easy to clean<br>
comfortable<br>
natural feel<br>
electric<br>
decent at increasing milk supply<br>
comfortable <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I like the idea of the 2 stage pumping system in some Medela pumps because it seems that mimicing a baby's natural suckling rhythm might really help with expression. I am considering the Medela Swing pump, although I guess a double pump might be better. The easier and faster (and more comfortable!) the process, the more likely I am to be diligent.<br><br>
Thank you in advance for your input.<br><br>
- Kittymom
 

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I am an EPer so have a lot of experience w/ pumping. Maybe try a medela symphony? They are supposed to be comfortable, and have the let down mode. I use a lactina and while it works awesome and I have a great supply, it is less than comfortable. Are you using the correct size horns for your nipples? That could be an issue. Also try lubing up with some olive oil before pumping. It helps tremendously.
 

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I did start looking at the symphony first, but it is over $1000! I guess I should have included price in my list of criteria. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Renting also seems cost prohibitive. I'm looking to spend under $250, which I hope can still give me a nice, effective, comfortable pump.<br><br>
The Avente Isis that I have only has one size...horn. I'm a 36C, if that helps.<br><br>
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I have the ameda purely yours. I really like it. You can get several different horn sizes. They also make this squishy/flexy shield that may be a big help to you. I think the ameda is easier to clean than the medela too. HTH
 

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the purely yours is soooo comfortable and easy to use. and affordable. good luck mama.
 

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i bought a medela swing a couple of months ago because i couldn't get a letdown to happen with my manual. at first i only needed it maybe once a week or for special occasions where i would be apart from dd for a little while. i have been using it 4-7 times a day for the past 16 days during our ultra-marathon nursing strike, and i love it. it's small and light weight enough to fit in my diaper bag and take with me where ever i go. and it can run on 4 AA batteries if you don't have access to a plug. i've used it everywhere you can imagine--in the car, on a plane, friend's house, everywhere! i'm thinking about buying a pump in style advanced now, only for the sake of saving time by double pumping since i'm EPing for now (hopefully not much longer though). i've never had supply problems, but with the swing i'm currently pumping more than dd drinks in a day (building quite a store in the freezer). a typical session pumping on both sides can take anywhere from 20-50 min, depending on how full i am. the soft fit breast shields are very comfy, but a little lanolin on your nipples before you get started only makes it even easier. so to make a long story short, i've found the swing to be an excellent pump. it's ideal for travel and occasional use, but for me it's even worked in my EP situation! oh, and it's easy to clean too!
 

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I've heard the whittlestone pumps are super comfortable, but most people don't get enough milk from them? maybe they would work for you and your "experienced" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> breasts.<br><br><a href="http://www.whittlestone.com/aboutus.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.whittlestone.com/aboutus.cfm</a>
 
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