From what I read about the Ameda, it *is* a closed system.
Actually, the mold I read about was inside the pump itself...not the tubing.
Ameda is a closed system. Medela is not. Any LC can tell you that, and one of the reasons Ameda is such a good value is that it can be safely resold. It also used to be WHO code compliant, unlike Medela but that recently changed...
I tried a Medela with my oldest child, and I never got the hang of it and it broke after only four months. I purchased an Ameda Purely Yours instead afterwards.
Nine years and over 36 months of breastfeeding/pumping (with multiple kids obviously) and that same pump STILL works with no loss of suction! All I've had to do is buy a new refill set for about $40 before each new baby.
Hospitals get kickbacks for sponsoring Medela just like they do from formula and diaper companies. If you want an easy to use pump that is a good value, I recommend skipping the Medela and going with Ameda.
I have the Pump in Style Advanced- my insurance covered it when I had my son 5 1/2 years ago becasue the laction consultant at the hospital gave me a prescription for it (my son was having a very hard time nursing). I have used it for three children and just weanedthe last child- the pump is still working great!
With that said- I am so over nursing and pumping that I feel like setting the pump on fire along with my nursing bras and doing a dance.
HAHAHA! I hear that! I breastfed/pumped for 7 years straight (3 different kids) I echo that sentiment!
That being said, I cannot say enough good things about Medela! They are great machines. One of my daughters is special needs and doesnt take oral feeds so I pumped for her exclusively for two years, several times a day... My Pump in Style held up beautifully.
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