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I'm considering getting the gerber electric. Yeah, I know it's supposed to be crap, but I managed to use an older model when the Isis did nothing for me. I really need super-duper suction to get any amount of milk and the manual was pitiful compared to the electric. I won't need to pump much, but want to have it on hand *just in case* I have nipple or engorgment issues post-birth, and for the odd time I'll be away from babe. Price is major issue, seeing as I won't be using it often. The next price up is the medela, but it's over twice the price of the Gerber.<br><br>
Is the Gerber really *that* bad? More useless than useful? I managed alright with the old one, surely the new model has only improved from there. Is it so bad that regardless of price I should shell out the bucks for the medela?
 

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I'm not sure just how *bad* gerber is... My lactation consultant told me not to buy anything made by companies known for ff while trying to bf. She said that they make products that make it difficult for you and make you want to give up bf because they want you to buy their products. If you give up bf, it means more money for them.<br><br>
I bought the medela dual pump... Although I am not cordinated enough to use both pumps and I don't think anyone really needs a dual pump... I do love my medela. It's more expensive but it was recommended to me by lots of moms and my lactation consultant.
 

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No experience with the newer gerber one but I had one 5 years ago, as well as an electric evenflo one and they both were horribly painful and did not allow me to pump more than an ounce or two. I then got an avent isis and it was a million times better but not adequate as I was going to school part-time and then working part-time so I needed to be able to pump more and quickly. I got the Medela PIS and LOVE it! Totally worth the money IMO. If you plan on having more babies and may need to pump it will definitely pay off and it's cheaper than buying formula <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've heard that theory - BF sabotage by inferior products, but Gerber (at least through that brand name) doesn't make formula. Are they owned by Mead Johnson or something?<br><br>
I borrowed my midwife's Isis when I had DD. It was VERY ineffective for me, couldn't get 1/4 oz when I was engorged with it. The PIS would be serious overkill, I don't WOH, so pumping will be extremely minimal. The medela pump I'm considering is the Single Deluxe, it retails for ~$130 canadian. The gerber electric is ~$55 to 60 canadian. If the gerber is good enough for what I need, I'd appreciate the cost savings, as much as I support medela as a pro-BF company.
 

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Holy Cow! I have to go back to school right after the baby is born so I asked about pumps at WIC. She laughed and told me I definitely didn't want to get one from them since they only have cheap manual pumps that don't work right.<br><br>
I'm still trying to figure out how to pay for a pump-in-style. Probably put it off until days before I need it and MIL will end up buying it for me. *sigh*
 

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Our WIC office actually has a 12*12 room FULL of these pumps. They gave me a pump and tons of cloth breastpads. The problem here is that they can't get a lot of Moms to BF. Really it is very sad.
 

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The newer Medela handpump, the Harmony, is really good.<br><br>
Also, you might look on Craig's List or ebay and see if you can find a used Ameda Purely Yours from a source you trust. As long as the motor/suction works, you can get a new kit for the tubing and flanges, and it's OK because the way the pump is designed, milk can't get into the inner workings of the pump (unlike the Pump in Style).
 

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No WIC, I'm in Canada...<br><br>
I found a used medela single deluxe on ebay. The pump is essentially the same as their Harmony but with a electric pump instead of the hand pump. Anyone have any experience with this one? Can I fully sterilize it, or does milk get inside the mechanism?<br><br>
I'm going to keep an eye on it, I might be able to snag it and end up paying the same as the gerber even after shipping.
 

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I started out with a Chicco manual pump--painful and took FOREVER to pump even an ounce or two. Then someone gave me a Medela single deluxe. This was MUCH better, but it died on me recently <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Now I have the PIS and love it! It is best of the three I've tried.<br><br>
BTW, I bought it on ebay for $50 (plus $20 for shipping) and it is in excellent condition (it looks brand new).<br><br>
About the single deluxe, I never had problems with milk getting inside the mechanism, so you shouldn't have trouble sterilizing it (although I think mine died when I was cleaning it--but that is MY fault, not the pump's) . It's a nice little pump--it did work fairly well for me. But I like the PIS better.
 

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a word on the PIS. i was hesitant to buy one, with the pricing, but do plan on having more kids. my pediatrician has a 10 mo and she pumps. she has had her PIS for 10 years. this was encouraging, in that i wouldn't have to buy a new pump for every child. i've also heard that medela will fix or replace a broken PIS, if its a mechanical error, which was also encouraging, although i haven't had any personal experience with it. i guess i just saw it as an investment. i actually ended up buying it at babies r us with gift cards. it makes pumping quick and easy. i orginally had a double ease, but it didn't have speed control, and i need the faster speed to get my milk to let down.
 

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I'm not advertising, but pm me for info on a medela PIS that is for sale.
 
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