What is your favorite method of pumping and why?
I prefer electric because I'm lazy, but manual pump is faster and gets more milk... and takes up less space in my bag and costs less and I don't need an outlet, but it also takes more attention/focus.
I wish I were better at hand expression.
pomegranate / 3658 posts
My prediction is this will be a unanimous vote for double electric. Hands free!
eggplant / 11716 posts
When I was nursing, I used the hand held, because I was just pumping 1 side at a time.
When I was EPing, I always use the electric pump, so I can be hands free and surf the internet.
apricot / 485 posts
Hand expression is awful! So tiring. Double electric all the way. Manual I can't relax enough to get a good pump because I'm too focused on doing the work. I would probably only use it if I am nursing and want to pump the other side (although I also just set up a single side electric for that- but to be quicker about clean up manual would work in this case only for me). Plus hands-free to be on my phone
persimmon / 1111 posts
Double electric with a lot of hand expression if I'm home. Manual if I'm out and about
kiwi / 554 posts
Double electric while pumping at work. Manual if I'm at home and only pumping one side. It's more work, but more convenient and less cleanup than my electric pump.
pomegranate / 3601 posts
Not currently nursing but:
Manual at home, double electric (hands free) at work. I only pumped one side when at home since I only nursed from one side.
persimmon / 1445 posts
Double electric forever! If you are in the US you should be able to get some kind of pump for free from your insurance. My friend just told me about a website called Edgepark that will see what is covered under your plan and then ship it to your house for free. Or you can call the insurance company and ask about your options and how to order.
nectarine / 2972 posts
Double electric for sure!
watermelon / 14467 posts
Double electric for sure! I hated the manual pump.
persimmon / 1310 posts
I actually like the simplicity and quick setup/cleanup of the manual if I'm pumping on the go.
honeydew / 7463 posts
I really liked the manual for actual pumping/production. I felt like I got a lot more suction. But of course the hands free double electric was the best for personal benefit (use phone, eat, etc).
cantaloupe / 6146 posts
@SweetiePie: Hahah, right? I take the manual on days where I can't bring as much stuff and I get more milk.... and my hands get so tired. I wish I could do the manual every day.
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
I've never done anything but double electric... Time is money!! And since I mostly pump at work I usually need my hands to still do work on the computer to save time.
wonderful clementine / 24134 posts
I had only ever used a double electric but recently tried a single manual. It does get a lot really fast!
grapefruit / 4819 posts
I've only ever used a manual and I love it (as much as one can love a pump of course!), but I'm a SAHM and only pump on the odd occasion to build up a small stash.
nectarine / 2243 posts
Ugh hand expression was the worst. I had to do it for a 5 day weekend away when someone who shall not be named threw out my membranes (yes, I tore through 5 bags of garbage in the garage; we had ribs for dinner, enough for 8 ppl. You can just imagine what that was like). So no membranes to be found anywhere on a holiday weekend. So I hand expressed. It was AWFUL
cantaloupe / 6146 posts
@Littlebit7: that stinks!