I use the hospital grade electric pump at work and bring my own attachments. So at home I got an Avent Isis hand pump.
Sometimes that thing works great. I've had many times lately where I go to use it and it "tugs" a little at my breast and maybe pulls a couple of drops out, usually causes a let down but I can sit there and try and try to pump and it won't pump my breast efficiently enough to express the milk. Since it has worked sometimes and not others I don't think it's the way I'm using it. I've rechecked and made sure it's assembled correctly. I'm so frustrated and I'm ready to throw the thing in the garbage. I would never recommend this product to anyone! I'm sitting here right now w/breasts that haven't been emptied since I pumped at work 11 hours ago, dd won't nurse, and I have nothing to express w/ unless I choose to drive to work and use the mother's room! I tried to "hand express" and don't recommend it unless you really know what you're doing, they're still throbbing!
July 1, 2007 at 7:52 PMI'm sorry you are having trouble!
I had the same experience with the Avent Isis hand pump. It worked for me a couple of times if I was so full I was letting down already, but usually I had to pump and pump just to get 2 oz. It wasn't worth it to me and I gave up on bottles altogether.
I'm sorry I don't have any advice... hang in there! Maybe if she gets hungry enough, your dd will nurse and relieve the pressure?
by gdiamanteJuly 2, 2007 at 1:12 AM
The only problems I had with the Isis were mechanical. First, the petal attachement was a nuisance. Getting rid of it helped.
Another problem I had was when the silicon diaphragm tore. I got a replacement and it worked beautifully after that.
by QueenHoneyBJuly 2, 2007 at 7:34 AMI"m sorry you're having trouble. Sounds painful! The Avent ISIS handpump is the only one that I use, and I don't have any problems. Is it losing its suction, is that why it won't let down? Because when that happens I unscrew the bottle and push lightly on that little white plug thingie to make sure it is in properly. Then when I reattach the bottle the suction is working and it pumps fine. Maybe you could try that if suction is the problem.
July 2, 2007 at 12:46 PMMy mom is a labor and delivery nurse and she told me when I was looking at pumps that a lot of people have problems with the Avent Isis pumps. She and the other nurses recommended Medela and that is what I have and I LOVE IT!! Maybe you should try switching because it is worth spending the extra money than having the pain of rock hard boobs. :0)
by MissR_EJuly 2, 2007 at 1:13 PMI have had a horror story associated with this pump. I think it was probably the stores fault but....... it was already used!!! When I got home I noticed that the Avent bottles that came with it had water marks. Ummmmm strange I thought, then I noticed that the actual suction cup had what apearred to be dried skin from the nipple area and dried milk!!!! OH MY GOD!!!! I immediately called the store I purchased it from, and without hesitation they said I could. Now with that being said, when I read the packaging label it said that the product was non-retunable. So what the He#$% happened. Obviously someone did and the idiots at the store put it back on the shelf!!! So ladies please when purchasing these products make sure they were not used already.