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VI-A. Manual breast pump options: Medela manual pump




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This article is from the Breast Pumps FAQ, by bweiss@cs.arizona.edu (Beth Weiss) with numerous contributions by others.

VI-A. Manual breast pump options: Medela manual pump

Excerpt from Motherwear catalog: For occasional or short-term pumping,
lots of moms choose this economical, manual pump. The "Spring Express
Pump" from Medela has a unique spring action that assists you on the
return motion. Built-in air vents automatically control the vacuum to
simulate a baby's suction and protet your nipples. A cushion pads the
palm of your hand. Includes two size adjustments for different nipple
shpaes, three levels of suction, and a feeding bottle with Nuk nipple.
Requires two hands. (Mar 95: $32)
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Not for serious use, but it works for occasional/emergency
situations (and works well for pulling flat nipples out.
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I found it to be a lot of work and never could get very much. I did
much better with manual expression. The Medela can be disassembled
and put thru a dishwasher if you have one of those little "cages" for
the small parts.
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After both kids, I tried a variety of pumps to try to figure out which
was best/easiest for me... I kept coming back to the simplest one: the
medela manual (yes, manual) pump sold through the La Leche League
leaders. Here's why:

1. Control: Manual pumps give you MUCH better control over suction,
speed, and your own comfort

2. Drip/Spray: The straight piston-style pumps (i tried several) had a
real problem with spraying breastmilk all over the place... it could
really get messy, no matter how hard I tried.

3. Storage: This particular manual pump is very well designed for
breastmilk storage. A small bottle (with a standard-size screw mouth)
"hangs" from the bottom of the pump (which also provides a handy
holding-place), and it is into this bottle that the milk flows. When
done pumping, simply unscrew the bottle, screw on the top and put in
the fridge, or screw on a nipple and feed the baby. It's sanitary,
since you're not having to pour into another container or anything.
Since it takes a standard size bottle opening, you can use a variety
of bottles, too -- not just the one that comes with it.

4. Cleaning was simple, as well.
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MANUAL: The other pump I have is a manual Medela pump. Although I've
found it's not as efficient as the electric pump, I find it really
useful on occasions when I'm required to be away from my baby and away
from electricity. It's light, quiet, and compact.
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I used the Madela manual pump with no problem for the 9 months I
expressed, but I was then a student with a flexible schedule and
access to my husband's office. It lasted for 7 months, until, in my
infinite wisdom I forgot it while I was sterilizing it (on an open
stovetop)... Ah, the smell of melted latex...

 

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