I have been using this pump for over seven months. If I had it to buy another pump over again, I would not purchase this one. Not because the pump is bad, but because I have spent a fortune in the replacement valves. Each set costs around $8 and I replace them about once every two weeks. With that cost (about $140 at this point), I could have bought a more heavy duty pump. Or maybe one with better quality replacement parts.
Currently I use the pump four times a day during a five-day work week and once at night to pump milk for my son. I don't think it is over taxing the pump itself, just the little valves. Once they get less than 1 mm of a tear in the valve opening, the milk I can pump out goes down drastically. Previously I thought I had problems with my milk production, but thankfully that was not the case, it was just the pump parts.
I am truly sorry I bought this pump. It was beneficial that it was a closed-loop system, therefore hygienic. I liked that the milk did not make a trip through the pump itself. But unfortunately the pumps' efficacy is greatly diminished buy expensive, poorly made replacement parts.
I do like the small size and portability of this model, but it's not at all quiet. In fact, with every suction cycle, the pump makes an annoying "beep" sound. After 20 minutes of 30-60 beeps per minute, either you stop hearing it, or you want to stop pumping. (I normally cover the pump with a couch pillow, which helps, but still doesn't stop the infernal beeping.)
Another nice feature is that yes, the pump itself doesn't require cleaning. No milk or moisture gets past a barrier diaphragm in the tube line. This pump therefore can be safely re-used by someone else.
My main objections are the poor battery life, lack of a car adapter in this configuration, and the simple weakness of the pump itself. The Ameda simply won't drain my breasts entirely the way a hospital-grade pump did last time, or even the way my son can do. While I haven't had mastitis yet, I'm concerned that incomplete drainage could lead to it.
So... not really what I had hoped for. But these things are too expensive to shop around, and you can't return them once opened. If I had a do-over, I'd try the Medela or just rent another hospital pump.
This pump is super cost effective, easy to use and feels good when pumping. I used another pump initially but for whatever reason my body would not produce milk for it. This one I easily pumped the milk I needed while away from baby. So happy to have learned about it :)
I went back to work after my daughter was 7 weeks old, she is now 1 and has never been fed formula. I couldn't have done it without a great pump. I used this pump 3 times a day for the past year with not a single problem. Things to keep in mind when looking are the portability and the cleaning process. I was never able to put all of the pump accessories and the cooler into the bag and then zip it up, but this wasn't an issue for me. I just put the cooler on top of everything and you couldn't see the stuff inside. Cleaning is a breeze. You do not need to clean the hoses, unlike some other brands, which makes the time it takes to clean everything under 1 minute. Keep a bottle of soap and a little cleaning brush with you in the bag. I did purchase extra accessories, but did not need them. I do however recommend that if you pump full time to purchase extra pump bottles. You will be cleaning them every night if you don't. For every mom who wants to go back to work full time and not give your kid formula, you can do it. It takes a lot of dedication to always pump regularly in order to keep your supply up, but it is possible!
It is a good pump, it is hard to manage both bottles with one hand/arm if you are bigger busted, a hands free bra would be a good accessory to purchase with this pump. The only thing that bugs me is the beep, it beeps the whole time you are pumping, and it is a high pitched beep. It is to let you know you have a good seal, because it beeps erratically if you don't have a good seal. Other than the beeping, it works well.
This pump worked pretty well. I used it about 3 times a day 5 days a week initially and then tapered off. While the controls make it appear that you have a range of suction and speed, you don't. There are only a few distinct selections. While I had purchased it when my daughter was born, I only started using it when she was 4 months. By the time she was a year it had died completely. The motor began making a horrible noise and it lost suction. I took excellent care of it and am disappointed that it didn't last for what I paid.
After using a Medela rental pump from the hospital for about three months and realizing the costs I purchased an Ameda Purely Yours. I was pleasantly surprised how well the Ameda pump works. There is really no significant difference in pumping! Except - the Ameda pump cost a fraction of the rental fees for the hospitalgrade Medela pump! I have been using the Ameda pump for about 2 weeks now and I am very happy with it. I hope the motor will hang in there for another couple of months! If you decide to pump for at least three months, I recommend this product. Rent a pump for a month to see if breastfeeding is for you before you buy, though!
I bought this breast pump before my baby boy was born and started using it by the second week of his life so that my mother could help me with feedings. I love it! It works wonderfully and is quick! I can pump 4 oz in about 6 minutes! I prefer to pump on one side at a time so that I have one hand completely free to read or do something else. However, the double pump works very well if you are just watching tv or concentrating on only pumping.
I would recommend this pump to anyone and don't know what I would do without it!
Great for the busy mother who needs to give a bottle from time to time.