Ameda vs Medela Breast Pumps (advice)

  1. When my first child was born in 2004, I bought an Ameda breast pump. What I quickly found was there weren't that many options for breast milk storage accessories, other than some generic breast milk bags.

    With the birth of my second, I'm contemplating if I should keep the Ameda (we purchased new tubing, etc.) or get a Medela. It seems that there is a big section at the baby store dedicated to Medela, plus other manufacturers like Avent have adapters to work with the Medela system. Purchasing a Medela would be another $250+ expense.

    Does anyone else have an Ameda that they are happy with? What are the thoughts on the Medela?

  2. I have an Ameda Purely Yours & I love it. I bought my from They have the best prices, free shipping & yes it's legit. They have a little comparison chart to check out as well. I havent had to buy replacement parts but if I need to I can get them from Amedas website with free shipping or Hackley.
  3. I bought a Medela Lactina hospital grade from a lady on eBay who still had the warrenty-it wasn't a stolen hosital rental like a lot of them. I did that because I may have to exclusively pump to nurse my son. Before the doctor gave me the news I may have to exclusively pump, I looked at the Avent isis IQ duo. I already use the Avent bottles exclusively so I was prepared to use that brand pump. On all the research I did, that sounds like the best value out there if you need a really good pump.
  4. Just an FYI make sure the pump you buy is brand new never been used/open.

    From Consumer Reports- "Never buy a used breast pump. Other than hospital-grade rental pumps, which are designed for multiple users (they have special barriers that prevent cross-contamination), all other breast pumps are made for one person only. To buy or borrow someone else's pump can put your baby's health in jeopardy because research suggests that bacteria and certain viruses can be transmittable through breast milk. And even if you buy your own tubing, bacteria and viruses can cling to a pump's internal diaphragm--the part that connects to the tubing--which can't be removed, replaced, or fully sterilized."
  5. I don't work so I didn't have to pump that often. I used the Avent Isis hand pump with both of my girls. I loved it. I could pump a bottle in 5 min easily.
  6. I had rented the Medela Lactina from my lactation specialist. Personally it was the best breast pump I had ever used. Planning on doing the same thing with baby number two as well.
  7. I'm not a mom but I'm a mom/baby nurse that helps with lactation and I completely recommend Medela. The top of the line pump is the Symphony. Lactina is also very good but the Symphony is their best product. Many of my patients also like the pump and style. Great quality and reliability. If you do wind up buying a used pump, just buy the pump plastic pieces new like the bottles etc. and that should be fine. Some great deals out there.
  8. I probably wasn't clear. I have that problem.

    I already have the Ameda pump from when I had my first child. I bought new tubing, etc. at the hospital.

    I'm happy with the pump but not completely happy with breast milk storage options.

    I am considering buying a Medela (not used) and wanted opinions of women of either the Medela or the Ameda.

    Wild Orchid: Thank you for your insight. It was very helpful.
  9. I had a Medela Pump in style that I really liked (although I hated pumping - I always felt like a cow (literally) when I'd pump). The storage options are great - there are skinny cylindars and there are wider storage containers. I actually got a bunch of the skinny cylinders from the hospital. The storage set comes with regular tops for the containers as well as nipple tops so that you don't have to pour the breast milk into a separate bottle for feedings. I thought that was great b/c I got into the habit of leaving breast milk out on the counter for about 4-6 hours after pumping (at the advice of my lactation consultant and the hospital nurses) so I could put the bottle top on the container and feed right away without separately warming the bottle.
  10. If your original worked fine, I would just do what I did when I used the Medela the first time-It was a bit of a pain in the ass, but I just purchased a different brand's storage system and transferred. In my case I transferred to the Advent system.
  11. I don't have an Ameda, but do have a Medela. You could easily use the Medela breastmilk storage bags and some of the accessories with your Ameda.

    Personally, if I find a breastpump I really like, I stick with it. Good luck!
  12. I was using Avent breast pump ( not electronic though ). If I am to choose between ameda and medela, I'll go for the latter.
  13. I rent the Medela lactina plus. Its GREAT. I can pump 32 oz a day easily with it if I need to.
  14. I use the Medela swing and I love it!
  15. I used the Medela Symphony and Medela Pump in Style and loved both !