Mothers who know that I own 2 AVENT Isis breast pumps must think I’m definitely going *CRAZY* when I post about buying this double pump.
I hope not. At least I think I am not.
Let me share with you my experience with the AVENT and Medela breastpumps I’ve used.
MEDELA MINI ELECTRIC (SINGLE)
I had trouble expressing breastmilk because the standard Medela breastshields (21 mm) are too small for me.
In addition, the suction on this single electric breastpump was not strong enough that I only got droplets expressing one side after nearly 30 minutes! Hubby saw me struggling with this single breastpump and also agreed that I needed another one.
You can read the full review here
However, less buxom women i.e. women who are more Audrey Hepburn instead of Marilyn Monroe have reported success stories with this Medela breastpump. If you are such a woman, then you can get the Medela Single Electric breastpump, which fits over most standard sized baby bottles.
Get it from Amazon by clicking here.
AVENT ISIS MANUAL (SINGLE)
The funnel on the AVENT Isis did not fit me well either. Thankfully, the suction on the AVENT Isis Manual is stronger and could help me express breastmilk while I was a full-time working Mum. You can read my review here
It’s OK if I can get a good output but when you only get 1-2 oz after expressing for 20 minutes on just one side, where’s the motivation, right? Not only do I feel tired, I also feel really depressed.
Due to this, I had to start supplementing with formula milk on the 4th or 5th month. And when my first child stopped direct breastfeeding at 9 months old, I couldn’t continue to express breastmilk for him.
Update: When I finally figured out the right way to express breastmilk, I find that the AVENT Manual Breastpump suction is still the best and the most cost effective breastpump for the working woman.
Buy the polycarbonate (PC) version Philips AVENT ISIS Manual Breast Pump, White (US$34.99) or get the Avent Manual/Electric Pump In Style set (with bag and storage bottles) for (US$297.58) here.
MEDELA HARMONY MANUAL (SINGLE)
Recently, a dear friend lent me the Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump and I find that the Soft Fit breastshield fit me much better and the 2-phase expression works on me too. I was ecstatic to find that I could express 4 oz from my “active” side
If I have the time, I’ll also pump the other side and find that I can get about 1 oz. FYI, many, many Mums can survive with a single pump because the breastshield fit them PERFECTLY.
Read the review here.
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If I get a double pump, I could probably activate my “inactive” side too since double pumping stimulates prolactin, the hormone that helps in milk production.
There are successful stories of relactation even when the baby is already 4-6 months old. You do need about 6 weeks of regular pumping every 3-4 hours.
Browsing online, I find that the cheapest Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump with Metro Bag found in the US is US$249.90 (no sales tax, free shipping within the US) and coupled with shipping to Malaysia about US$43.80 = US293.70 (RM969.21).
This is really, really cheap compared to the online shops here in Malaysia which retail the Medela Pump in Style Advanced with Metro Bag at around ~RM1,450++
MEDELA PUMP IN STYLE ADVANCED (DOUBLE) WITH METRO BAG
If I’m going to pay that much for a double pump, maybe I should just go for the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump at US$320 + US$45 = RM1,200++ like I planned to at the beginning, eh?
MEDELA FREESTYLE (DOUBLE) HANDS-FREE BREAST PUMP
After all, it’s smaller, portable and equally powerful double breast pump.
Then again, my baby is already 6 months old – many mothers would probably think I’m nuts to want to invest in a new breast pump. Honestly, she’s drinking up to 5 ml of Similac now, which costs RM70 per 900g.
At the rate she’s going, she’ll probably drink 4 cans per month = RM280 x 6 months = RM1,680.
I’m still breastfeeding her direct about 3 times a day but I don’t think it’s enough and I get really stressed when I don’t have time to express or breastfeed her directly.
With a good double pump, I can actually build up a milk supply – something I could NOT do for either one of my children.
Plus, her skin allergies and recent constipation/diarrhea problems from starting solids make me feel that it’s worth paying for a good double breast pump for Baby if people can spend on new acne treatments for the Mummy.
UPDATE: I bought the Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump and absolutely loved it!!! If you are a working Mum and you can afford it, I’d really go for the Medela Freestyle. Bear in mind though that you will always need to charge your motor as it does NOT have a manual function.
Read the full review here.
Call me crazy but somehow, I just don’t feel fulfilled for failing both of my kids, you know?
However, if I buy the breast pump directly from the US:
- I will not have LactaEquip Malaysia’s warranty for the breast pump. It’s probably not worth the shipping charges to and fro the US (about US$80 x 3.3 = RM264) for servicing. I believe that LactaEquip will charge a fee for servicing Medela pumps but I have no idea how much.
- I will need to get an adapter to convert the US plug into the standard UK/Malaysia plug (2-pin to 3-pin, I suppose). A kind reader informed me that it costs about RM40.
Looks like I’ll have to go for the Medela Freestyle if I want the Soft Fit breast shields. Also, the PISA weighs about 5 kg while the Freestyle is about 900g?
Let’s see what I find out, ok? Please let me know if you hear of a good deal anywhere, ya. I’d appreciate it!