Difference between medical grade pump and store one?*update*

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Difference between medical grade pump and store one?*update*

Postby unaffected » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:56 am

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My insurance will cover my breast pump (yay!). And it will be medical-grade quality. I was previously going with the Medela hands-free, which I'd heard a ton of great things about. Are medical-grade pumps as good? Better? Same?

Just curious! Thanks in advance!
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Postby jessm » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:19 am

I've heard great things about the Ameda hospital pump. IMHO I would go for the Ameda bc it is a closed system, whereas most Medelas are open systems.
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Postby unaffected » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:05 am

jessm wrote:I've heard great things about the Ameda hospital pump. IMHO I would go for the Ameda bc it is a closed system, whereas most Medelas are open systems.


Well, I'm not sure I'll have a choice in which brand. That's the downside. But if they ask me if I have a preference, I will say Ameda! And I don't understand open and closed systems... I'm a noob! :mrgreen:
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Postby jessm » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:26 pm

Haha. Here is a link explaining it:

http://www.breastpumpsdirect.com/open_s ... _a/147.htm

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Postby ajs333 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:20 pm

I always just thought medical grade worked harder... had stronger suction? :dunno:
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Postby fodla » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:38 pm

I didn't really notice a difference between the Symphony and the Freestyle (both Medelas).
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Postby jessm » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:07 am

The nice thing about some medical grades that you can't really find in a store bought, is some of them have the ability to mimic a baby's suckling better, by not always going at one continuous speed/suction.
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Postby luvin » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:37 am

When I had Bear I used the Medela Symphony in the hospital and rented it for a month. It got much more milk out than my Swing. It didn't so much pump harder, but it was more efficient. Plus, it was double sided, so it was wonderful to get the job done in half the time. I loved that thing, but it was just too expensive for us. If you need to pump a lot, and insurance will cover it, I'd go with something like that. Though if you are at work and pumping, the base was kind big, but you could put it in a back pack and it would be fine. I only have experiance with Medela and have had any complaints.

I agree with Jess, it's hard at first for some people but it's worth it after you get past the difficult stage. I have a neighbor that pumps at work, and nurses from breast while home and she does great. I think she has a Medela pump in style.
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Postby jessm » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:54 am

luvin wrote:When I had Bear I used the Medela Symphony in the hospital and rented it for a month. It got much more milk out than my Swing. It didn't so much pump harder, but it was more efficient. Plus, it was double sided, so it was wonderful to get the job done in half the time. I loved that thing, but it was just too expensive for us. If you need to pump a lot, and insurance will cover it, I'd go with something like that. Though if you are at work and pumping, the base was kind big, but you could put it in a back pack and it would be fine. I only have experiance with Medela and have had any complaints.

I agree with Jess, it's hard at first for some people but it's worth it after you get past the difficult stage. I have a neighbor that pumps at work, and nurses from breast while home and she does great. I think she has a Medela pump in style.


I pump at work and nurse at home. So far we've had no supply issues with me keeping him satisfied while I'm with him. I occasionally have to supplement as my pumping output isn't always the best. But it definitely can be done!
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Postby fodla » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:48 pm

jessm wrote:The nice thing about some medical grades that you can't really find in a store bought, is some of them have the ability to mimic a baby's suckling better, by not always going at one continuous speed/suction.

Most Medela pumps do that (the cheapest ones don't).
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Postby jessm » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:42 am

fodla wrote:
jessm wrote:The nice thing about some medical grades that you can't really find in a store bought, is some of them have the ability to mimic a baby's suckling better, by not always going at one continuous speed/suction.

Most Medela pumps do that (the cheapest ones don't).


Didn't know that! I have an Ameda because it is a closed system.
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Postby fodla » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:05 pm

I thought only Hygeia pumps were closed system! I had an Ameda manual at the beginning, which I quickly tossed in favour of a good-quality electric. Went with Medela, though.
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Re: Difference between medical grade pump and store one?*upd

Postby unaffected » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:59 am

Just wanted to update! My breast pump was delivered (and as I mentioned in the OP, it was completely covered by my insurance... I highly recommend checking with your insurance before you purchase a pump, new moms!), and I wanted to share the brand/model!

It's a Medela Advanced Personal Double Breastpump. All the Medela pumps on their site have slightly different names, and also carrying cases, so I'm not really sure what is up with this one.

Here's a pic of the label:

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And a pic of the carrying case:

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I'm so excited that it was covered! And thought I'd share the update.

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Re: Difference between medical grade pump and store one?*upd

Postby jessm » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:38 pm

Yay! You will grow to have such a love hate relationship with your pump ;)
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Re: Difference between medical grade pump and store one?*upd

Postby Sisrea » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:55 am

That is awesome! I'm glad that insurance paid for a pump for you. Such a huge help!
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