I usually don't leave reviews but I was so happy with this product and Mommy Gear that I felt like I should share. First of all I had done LOTS of research before purchasing a pump. I liked the idea of Hygeia pumps because they are closed systems which can be used by more than one user, so when I can no longer use it I can feel safe about passing it on to someone else. I was nervous about the purchase though because I didn't know anyone who had tried this brand. I had rented a Medela Symphony from my hospital and the hygeia enjoye I bought has been just as effective at pumping as this hospital grade pump. It is small, lightweight, and the accessory kit I had used with my rental pump also works with the Hygeia. The only negatives I can see is the unit seems a little loud,but I don't have a lot to compare it to. Also, there is no let down button but I think with time and practice that will not matter so much. I was also very impressed by the service of Mommy Gear they had the cheapest price I found online and they had my purchase shipped by the next day. If you are considering purchasing this product I think you will be very happy with it. Hope this review helps.
Aug 2, 2012
I have been using the PISA and it was really hurting because the suction was too strong. I love this pump because of the separate speed and suction. I also get great results and have gone from getting about 7 ounces over 3 pumping sessions at work to averaging 13 ounces!
Mar 6, 2011
Belle Chasse LA US
This pump is wonderful! It is quiet, even outside the bag, effective, and compact. I bought it because it can be passed on or sold when finished using. I also though the bag it came in was great! It's a very cute diaper bag w/ changing pad. I like that the tubing is not hard, but a soft flexible tubing. I also appreciate that the pump kit comes with adapter rings so that you can pump in bottle with a smaller mouth than the Hygeia bottles that are included. I also thought it was a nice touch that there are little notes of encouragement from Hygeia inside the bottles, and batteries are included! Also, there is a prerecorded "message" from a hungry, crying baby on the CARE button. :) too funny. All in all a great pump, completely worth the money if you are going to pump more than a few months.
I LOVE this pump!
Oct 15, 2009
Mom of twins :)
San Luis Obispo CA US
I could not be happier about this pump! I have 5 month old twins, and I started out using the hospital grade pump to get my supply up. Once nursing was established, I tried the Pump in Style by Medela first. Although it is a good pump, I'm glad I have the Hygeia for four reasons: 1) I love that fact that you can share this pump without the risk of contamination, so I can sell it or give it to a friend when I am done using it. The price of this pump is already great (especially on Mommy Gear with no tax or shipping), but it is an even better value given the fact that you can resell it or recycle it. 2) it is quieter than the Medela pump (important for me because I pump in airport bathrooms frequently 3) I like that it is in a backpack so I can remove it if needed. The backpack also has more room for all my pumping accessories (wipes, pumping bra, extra bottles, nursing cover, etc). 4) A feature unique to the Hygeia is the "arm" that unfolds from the body of the pump to hold a receptacle. This has come is handy when pumping in an airplane bathroom (which can be tricky!). Having a secure and clean place to put one receptacle while attaching (or detaching) the other side prevents spills and contamination.
When I decided to buy a Hygeia pump, I deliberated on whether I should get the EXT (external battery pack) or the LBI (rechargeable internal battery). I finally decided on the external battery pack because I am in the car frequently and have to travel cross country for business trips. This allows me flexibility in case I forget to charge my pump or for some reason or end up using it a lot before I can recharge.
Finally, there is one feature that I have mixed feelings about. The ability to record your baby's cry is supposed to help with let down, and I love listening to the sound of my babies when I am away. However, one time I had my pump on the airplane with me and forgot to detach the battery pack. As my bag was jostled around, the recording kept going off. I was getting funny looks from the people around me, and I could do nothing but smile and act like it didn't seem that I had carried my baby on board in a backpack and put her under the seat. I am probably one of the only people who has apologized for their crying baby on an airplane without actually traveling with their infant! This is another reason I am glad I purchased the EXT- all I had to was detach the battery pack and my "baby" in my backpack stopped crying.
I am very happy with this pump and I highly recommend it!!!