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    Hey Guys, I have already had a manual pump given to me but am looking into electric (im just soooo lazy)



    To hire one from the chemist, its $100 deposit, $25 per week and $50 to buy the insert?

    Or I can buy one from the other chemist for $188 for the electric Avent Isis one:eek:

    Is $188 cheap for an electric one?

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    Danni, you'll get very varied responses on which is best (I am convinced that different models suit different boob shapes!!).

    My preference is the Madella Mini Electric.......from Target or similar......around $120......

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    They had that one, which was $120. Doesnt that run on batteries though rather than power?

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    Either...........I used mine on power all the time.......

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    Oh wow i didnt know that!! Is there any reason why its called "mini"? Are there any real differences between that and the avent that you know of? (thanks for my million questions!xxx)

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    Slightly different "mould shape" around the boob........I haev to be honest......I had an Avent manual, and avent electric, & the Madella Mini Electric, tried all 3, Ebayed both the Avent ones..........it REALLY is trial and error......and you can't trial and error till your milk is well established.......annoyingly......

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    I've been using a Medela mini electric (on mains power) 3 times a day for 3 months, and once a day (every day) for the 6 months before that. I borrowed it from a friend who had used it with 2 children (not sure how often, but she was working a few days a week from about 4 months). So personally I haven't had any complaints with its lifespan - might be different on batteries I guess.

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    I always used my Madela Mini-Electric on mains power........twice a day for 6 months each baby, plus my GF used it between Olivia and Charlie, no probs at all, and it is still going strong..........I never used it on battery, I used to plug in whilst I sat on teh couch and watch TV with my boobs hanging free........NIOCE!

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    hmmmmm now im confused!!!

    They did tell me at the chemist though that the Medela was only good if you used it twice a day or less. Do they just mean because of the battery power/ Cos like Lucy, I would prefer to use electricity.

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    I had a medela mini electric, and used it 2-3 times a day for at least the first 8 weeks. It had an AC adapter, so ran off the power.

    That said, it was loudish (not wake up the baby loud, but louder than I had expected) I like the medela ones that they had at the hospital, these are the kind you hire from the chemist, and thats what I will be doing next time.

    for everyday use I found the manual medela one (I have a symphony) fantastic, and I also was able to express more effectively using this than my mini electric. They have a new model out now which looks pretty good.

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    Thats a good point.....it is noisy.......like a vibrator but louder......LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy
    I always used my Madela Mini-Electric on mains power........twice a day for 6 months each baby, plus my GF used it between Olivia and Charlie, no probs at all, and it is still going strong..........I never used it on battery, I used to plug in whilst I sat on teh couch and watch TV with my boobs hanging free........NIOCE!
    Classy Lucy! But sooooo true! I have giant - shall I say bazookas (lol) and I used to have them hanging out on the pump 3 hourly for 7 weeks! I even took it to the shops with me when I was out for the day!

    I lovvveeeedddd my Medela Mini Electric Pump. It was the best $130 I spent with either child! I bought this one initially because it is the pump that is recommended by the ABA.

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    LOL Relle......DH used to day to me, "Here she is, the sex goddess milking machine".....bless him......even in my most undignified moments he managed to make me feel good!

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    Way to go DH! My DH used to think if he grabbed them, that was making me feel sexy! NOT!!!!!!

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    LOL re boobs hanging out... But I dont mind so much at home... but imagine in the special care nursery at the hopsital with mums and dads and nurses all around with your boobs hanging out and a midwife trying to milk your boobs to get 2 or 3 mls of colostrum out!!!! Cos that was me..... Not pretty!!

    On the matter of size... has anyone found that one pump or another better for bigger women? I have big boobs too.... but also find that my big fat tummy gets in the way... especially trying to double pump.....

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    Jennywren, I am big all over, especially in the boobs, and I did find the Medela great although it is not equipped to double pump (I don't think!)

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    Thanks Relle, I have one of the medala pumps on hire (like used in hospital) and bought the double pumping kit to go with it. I just sometimes feel like the cone bit that goes on the boob might not be big enough.. I havent expressed before now so dont know what to expect. A friend of mine as the Avent Isis manual pump and the cone bits seem bigger....

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    My SIL (who initially recommended me the Madela) is a big boobed girl, as I am, so I reckon the Madela for big boobs is the go.......

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