Breast Pumps

It's time for our collected wisdom.

Linda writes:

Hey, have you done any posts about the best breast pump?  I couldn't find anything when I poked around.  Last time I rented a fancy hospital pump because I wasn't sure how long I could nurse twins.  This time I'm fairly confident I can nurse one baby for a year+ so it makes more sense to buy a pump for $300 than rent a pump for $50/month.

First of all, let me say "Dude!" to Linda and all other moms of twins (or triplets!) who nursed at all. That learning curve must have been nightmarish. Now on to breast pumps.

All I have personal experience with is the Avent Isis, and I highly recommend it if you only need to pump once a day or less. It's a hand pump, yes, but the petal action is so good that you don't have to give yourself carpal tunnel pumping it. Plus their customer service is awesome. A part broke on mine, and they overnighted a replacement part cheerfully at no cost. Then, 3 years later, I couldn't find one of the parts (same pump), and they overnighted the replacement part cheerfully at no cost. The only thing to know about the Isis is that if you put that little round white rubber disk in the wrong way you won't get any suction. So if you have no suction, flip the white rubber disk and see if that fixes it (the asterisk striations should face in toward the horn of the pump).

I saw a new, double-barrelled, electric Isis in a store a few weeks ago. Does anyone have any experience with it?

Everyone loves the Medela Pump In Style, so I'm guessing a lot of you do, too.

I know some of you are true pumping champs, so share your experience. What pump do you have? Do you like it? Would you buy it again? Why or why not? Any quirks people should know about? Don't forget to tell us how often you pump.

(Oh, and don't be afraid to say negative things if you had a bad experience, because you'll be saving someone from wasting money on a bad pump.)