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Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump

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Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump Review

The Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump is a double electric breast pump which can be a life saver for a busy mother when time is a concern. A pumping session on a dual pump will usually last about 20 minutes, sometimes shorter once you master the art.

The Ameda comes with 2 dials.. one for cycle (speed), and another for suction, offering 32 combinations all up. Expressing milk can be sometimes be an uncomfortable experience, so it’s important to be able to customize the process to your liking.

One noticeable absence from the Ameda, is a custom setting to stimulate the flow of milk (known as let down). While the same function can be achieved by setting a higher cycle (speed) for the first couple of minutes of pumping, we would have preferred to see them offer a separate setting for it.

The pump also comes with six 4oz bottles, however it’s compatible with most baby bottles out there so using your preferred ones shouldn’t be a problem.

The Ameda electric breast pump can be operated via either AC power when at home or the office, or via 6 AA batteries when you’re on the move.

Sometimes using the battery power with a breast pump will result in poorer performance than when connected with AC power. And while some user reviews for the Ameda complain about this, the problem doesn’t seem to be as prevalent as it is with many of the other electric breast pumps on the market.

What are the safety features?

The Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump’s parts are BPA free (a potentially harmful compound sometimes used in the manufacture of plastics), which is always important in any product that your baby will come into contact with. It’s also a closed system pump that means a diaphragm is used to ensure the tubing and motor are protected from overflow. This prevents milk from leaking into parts of the pump that are difficult to clean and possibly contaminating it.

 

How much can I expect to pay?

It really depends on which package you prefer. The pump on it’s own usually retails online for anywhere between $150 – $170. With the bag or back pack we’ve found prices up to $250 and as low as $200. And while prices can vary greatly we’ve generally found Amazon.comto have the most competitive price on this pump.

 

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What accessories does the Ameda electric pump come with?

Out of the box the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump comes with a Dual Hygenikit milk collection system, your choice of microfiber backpack or tote, depending on the model you prefer, an AC power adapter, a Cool ’n’ carry milk storage bag with 3 cooling elements, six 4oz bottles with 2 piece lock tight caps and an instruction manual. The backpack version also comes with a car adapter, 2 cotton breast pads, and a manual pump handle.

Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump Accessories

Is it easy to clean?

One of the benefits of a closed system pump is that once the parts have been sterilized before first use, you won’t need to clean the tubing, caps or pump connectors regularly as they never come into contact with the milk. The breast flange and bottles can be washed in the upper compartment of your dishwasher, while the valves and diaphragm will need to be hand washed after each use. Overall the Ameda Purely Yours is a sinch to clean compared to some of the other pumps out there.

 

What we like…

The closed system that the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump uses is a huge plus. When it comes to both hygiene and cleaning, a closed system is a great benefit. The other thing we like is the price. While the Ameda is slightly pricier than the Lansinoh Affinity, it also offers a tote or backpack, which the Lansinoh does not. All at a cheaper price than the impressive Medela Pump in Style.

 

What we don’t like…

The first thing is the lack of a separate setting to induce let-down. While it is easy to achieve by setting a higher cycle setting at the start of the pumping session, it would have been nice to see this feature included. The other small gripe with the Ameda is the noise. One of the things we loved about the Medela Pump in Style breast pump was how quiet and discreet it was, the Ameda however is considerably louder. It’s not that much of a problem in the home but if you plan to use it at work, you’ll need to be comfortable with the crowd it attracts.

 

What others have to say about it…

“I was very disappointed to find that the pump makes an annoying high pitched beeping sound with each in and out cycle”-nje

 

“I have used my Purely Yours pump in a car and in many other situations during the 8 and 1/2 months of pumping. It is a lightweight machine with a good amount of power. I take it back and forth to work with me, as well as when I travel.”-Faye. A

 

“It is very comfortable. I keep the vacuum setting in the middle and the cycle setting at the highest at first, and then turn it all the way down low after let-down and it feels just like second nature” –H. Gilani

 

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What’s the verdict on the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump?

It’s definitely an impressive pump and receives rave reviews, however despite having a couple of benefits over the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump, namely the closed system and the price, it’s not quite in the same league.

If you can’t afford the pricier Medela, then the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump is a very good pump despite it’s few flaws.

Where to buy?

If you’re purchasing online we always recommend Amazon.com for any baby related products for their first class customer service and excellent refund policy on baby related products.

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Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump

Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump with carry all

Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump with backpack

 

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Item model number: 17070

Manafacturer: Ameda

Item: Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump

 

 

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump

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Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Review

The Medela breast pump comes with a double pump accessory kit, which mean’s it’s capable of being used as both single breast pump and dual breast pump. In order to switch from double to single pumping you simply remove the second tube from it’s port and replace it with a cap that’s attached to the unit. This Medela breast pump also features 2-Phase Expression® technology which involves an initial cycle known as the stimulation phase. During this phase the pump mimics the natural feeding pattern of your baby in order to stimulate the breasts and start the milk flowing naturally (known as let-down). This cycle lasts 2 minutes but can be overridden by the push of a button if you achieve a natural flow earlier. Once this phase completes, the expression phase commences.

 How much should I pay?

You can expect to pay anywhere up to $280 however when Amazon have it in stock you can often pick it up at a heavily discounted price. You’ll also find that the backpack version and the tote can vary in price.

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Is it safe?

First of all the Medela breast pump’s components are free of BPA; A compound used in the manufacture of many plastics that can be potentially harmful to your baby. This is something you need to look out for when considering any purchase that your baby will come into contact with. In fact, I highly recommend ensuring any baby bottles currently in your home are free of BPA. I normally check the manufacturers website for information.

 What settings does it have?

As opposed to some of the other breast pumps that come with + and – buttons for both speed and suction, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump comes with a single dial for setting the suction. Combining the 2 settings into one is a master stroke that makes finding the perfect setting for your comfort so much easier than many of the other electric breast pumps out there. Many mothers prefer to achieve a second let-down during pumping so the Medela comes with a let-down button which can be used at any time to switch back and forth between the stimulation and expression phase, another very handy addition.

Can I run this Medela Breast Pump on batteries?

The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump comes equipped to be run from both a power outlet on the wall or via a battery pack that holds 8 AA batteries. While some of the other electric breast pumps out there require less batteries, you’ll  find that these units suffer from a difference in performance when using batteries as opposed to AC power. This definitely isn’t an issue with the Medela breast pump, which will work just as solidly on the go, as it will at home. From the 8AA batteries you can expect about 2 hours of battery life from the unit. This doesn’t sound like a lot but it should be enough to get you through around 10-12 sessions. An optional accessory (not included) for the Medela Breast Pump is the 9v vehicle lighter adapter which is ideal for mothers who find themselves needing to express milk while on the road or a long holiday.

Is it quiet?

When reading reviews from mothers who have used more than one electric breast pump, you’ll generally find that one of the many reasons the Medela is singled out for praise is it’s whisper quiet operation, especially when compared to some of the cheaper models on the market. This may not be a problem for some, but many mothers out there will be in a situation where they need to use the pump at work or other places where discretion is definitely a factor. The Medela electric breast pump is both quiet, and convenient.

Is it easy to clean?

The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump uses an ‘open-system’. In basic terms this means that the milk may come into contact with many parts of the pump, including the motor and tubing (although this generally only occurs when the milk overflows). Now while, closed-system pumps are the preferred option of many mothers due to safety concerns, there’s nothing wrong at all with an open system as long as the parts are cleaned and sterilized regularly. Medela recommend disassembling and washing all parts separately after each use, however many mothers find that once a day is fine providing that the tubing and motor have not come into contact with the milk. Fortunately assembly of the Medela breast pump is a quick and easy task, generally taking less than a minute to achieve. Once disassembled, the parts should be hand washed in warm soapy water, and a damp cloth used to wipe the diaphragm and bag.

What accessories does it come with?

Out of the box the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump comes with..

·         A backpack or tote (depending on which model you prefer)

·         Medela Breast Pump Battery pack (batteries not included)

·         A PVC removable cooler carrier to keep the milk cold for up to 12 hours

·         4 5oz breast milk bottles & lids

·         A travel cap

·         2-24mm breastshields

·         2 Valves

·         4 Membranes

·         Contoured ice pack

·         Medela Breast Pump Breastfeeding Information Guide

·         Medela Breast Pump Instruction Manual

The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump comes with a backpack or a tote, which one is better?

This really depends on your needs and comes down to personal choice. Both the backpack and the tote are highly discreet. There’s no brand name or any other give away markings on the outside of the bag that would indicate what’s inside. Many mother’s who use the pump at work prefer to use the tote, as it doesn’t appear quite as obvious as leaving your office with a backpack 3 times a day. If discretion isn’t a concern then the backpack has slightly more storage room and the straps make it more comfortable to carry around. While the unit and accessories don’t weigh all that much by themselves, by the time you’ve pumped and stored away the milk you may want to opt for the more comfortable option.
Style may also be a factor in your decision, and in that case, at least for me, the tote wins hands down. The bags also come in either black or butter.


Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with Backpack

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with Tote



What others have to say about it…

I am so happy that I bought this pump! I had received an Avent single electric breast pump for my baby shower, and while I was only using it for occasional pumping it was fine. However, once I went back to work, I needed to pump more frequently and it took a very long time to pump both breasts…at least an hour for both, longer if I wanted to be thorough.-Phoenix

gets the job done, good suction. it has a lot more space but it still compatible with my spare parts from my old pump in style-ethansmom

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What We like…
Outside of the hospital grade pumps that cost thousands of dollars, the Medela is simply put.. the best breast pump out there. The combination of the quality and durability of the motor mean that you’ll get years of use from a one time purchase. The other thing we’re impressed with are the accessories provided with this Medela Breast Pump. While the price may be higher than some of the other electric pumps on the market, none of them come close to offering what you’ll find with the Medela Breast Pump.

 

What We Don’t Like…
The first minor complaint is that while it’s relatively easy to disassemble and clean, the fact it uses an open system means that it requires more frequent cleaning than some of the closed system units out there. The second minor complaint is the price tag. While The Medela costs quite a deal more than some of the other options out there, you do get what you pay for. If you have the money to spend then you won’t find a better option than the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump.

 

What’s the verdict?

Medela Breast Pumps are made with the highest quality and put simply, the The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump is the best electric breast pump money can buy (outside of the hospital grade pumps). If you’re prepared to pay a little more for a high quality breast pump, then you can’t go wrong.

Where Can I Buy It?

We regularly check prices on all the items we review and Amazon consistently beat the off the shelf retail price on many items. Their 365 day return policy on all items in their baby department, and free shipping on items over $25 is hard to beat. Medela Breast Pumps can be pricey but Amazon generally offer fairly large discounts.

 

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I’ve personally purchased many items from them over the years and have found their customer service to be top notch on the few occasions I’ve had to return an item that didn’t live up to expectations.

 

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Manafactuer: Medela

Model: 57062

Category: Medela Breast Pump Reviews

Item Name: Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump

Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump

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Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump Review

The Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump, as the title states, is BPA-free. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, BPA it is an abbreviation for Bisphenol A; A key component in the production of many bottles. Recent studies have shown that the compound is potentially dangerous, especially in the developmental stage. So it’s important to make sure any products your baby may come into contact with are free of BPA. The Lansinoh breast pump also uses a ‘closed system’. In basic terms, this means that the milk doesn’t come into contact with the air at any stage of the pumping process, which means it’s not exposed to any harmful bacteria or contaminants. The closed system also prevents the milk from backing up into the tubing or the motor where it can stagnate and contaminate any fresh milk pumped through the system.

 

 Is the Lansinoh Breast Pump comfortable?

 The Lansinoh breast pump’s custom expression technology settings mimic the natural feeding pattern of your baby. The suction starts out at a high speed, gentle pressure which helps stimulate the breasts and encourage milk flow, known as the letdown phase. This phase lasts for about 2 minutes, however you can override the speed or pressure at any time. The breast flanges on the Lansinoh Affinity also come with a rubber seal that both helps aid with suction as well as providing a comfortable cushion, which is important to avoid pain or discomfort if you’re going to be using your pump regularly.

 

How much should I pay?

This Lansinoh Breast Pump normally retails for anywhere up to $150 but you can find it cheaper at many online stores. We always recommend Amazon for any baby related purchases as they have a great refund policy and free delivery for items over $25.

 

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 Features

  • ComfortFit breast flanges for extra comfort
  • Closed System to prevent milk back up for greater hygiene
  • One touch letdown button
  • LCD Screen with timer
  • 8 Suction and 6 cycle (speed) settings
  • Double or Single pumping use
  • Built in bottle holders to prevent spills

 

How do I operate it?

Settings for both speed and suction are easily adjustable by pressing the + and – buttons on the unit. There are a total of 8 suction settings and 6 speed settings and the LCD screen will show you which cycle and setting you’re using as well as a timer to display how long you’ve been using the device. You may need to experiment for a while before finding the most comfortable and effective setting. The Lansinoh Breast Pump can either be connected to the AC adapter(included) whilst at home or the office, or alternatively it can be operated with 6 AA batteries (not included) when you’re on the go. If the AA batteries are left in the unit whilst the AC adapter is connected, the battery power will not be used. One problem of note is that you’ll find the Lansinoh Breast Pump loses a bit of power when operated by battery and may mean you need to slightly alter the settings to get the same results you’ll have when using AC power.

 

How easy is it to clean the Lansinoh Affinity?

 The closed system means that you won’t have to clean as many parts as you would in an open system pump, however you still need to clean and sterilize your pump parts regularly, except for the rubber tubing which does not require any maintenance. All the parts (excluding the tubing) of the Lansinoh Breast Pump are dishwasher safe which makes cleaning very easy. The only thing to keep in mind here is that the valves can degrade over time so we recommend hand washing them separately for extended life. When it comes to sterilization you can either boil the parts, or alternatively you can steam sterilize using a microwave bag, which is always my preferred method to cut down on time.

 

What accessories are included?

One of the disappointing things about the Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump is the lack of a carry bag or backpack that many of it’s competitors feature, however you’ll find that the pump is still small enough to fit in most hand bags, provided you don’t mind discarding a few other items.

What is included however…..

2 BPA free bottles

2 Bottle lids

2 extra white valves

2 silicone tubes

Tubing connector to switch from double to single pumping

Lansinoh Breast Pump AC Adaptor

1 Velcro strap for tubing

Lansinoh Breast Pump Instruction manual

 

Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump & Accessories

 

 

 

 

Lansinoh Bottles



 

What we like about it….

 One of it’s best features is that the Lansinoh Breast Pump is compatible with almost all baby bottles so if you prefer to use your own as opposed to the bottles that sell with the unit you won’t have any hassles. It also comes with built in bottle holders to help prevent spillage.

 

What we don’t like about it….

 It would have been nice to see a carry bag included as an accessory with the Lansinoh, however given that it retails at a much lower price than many of it’s competitors we can understand the decision. The other complaint is the noise. While it’s not intrusively loud, there are other breast pumps on the market that seem to offer the same results at a quieter level.

 

What others have to say……

 “When looking for a breast pump I was referred to the medela pump but it was a bit out of my price range. So I got this one and love it!! I have been using it for 10mo. now and have not had a single problem” – Andrat

 “This one is louder than the Medela but not so much that it is off putting” – Jana Taylor

 “This pump works great. I have been using for several days – especially during engorgement phase. I typically get 4-5 oz in about 7-9 minutes. I like how the piping stays steril – only brand to offer this. My only complaint is it is VERY noisy. Since it takes less than 10 min to pump and costs a fraction of the medula, I can accept the noise.” – Jam

 

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The Verdict…

While the Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump doesn’t come with many of the features or accessories that you’ll find with the Medela, it’s a very solid unit that gets great feedback from buyers. So if money’s a concern for you it’s very hard to go past the Lansinoh for value, coming in at almost one third of the price of the Medela.

 

 Where to buy it?

When it comes to breast pumps or any baby related products it’s very hard to look past Amazon.com as they offer a 365 day return policy on all baby products and free shipping on items over $25. They often have the Lansinoh Breast Pump at a heavily discounted price compared to other online retailers.

 

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Item model number: LANSINOHLABSINC192328

Manafacturer: Lansinoh

Category: Lansinoh Breast Pump Reviews

Item: Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump BPA-free