My Avent isis iQ Duo broke. It lasted through three children, so I guess I got my money’s worth. I was at work pumping for the Caterpillar’s meal for the next day, and just like that, the piston or something broke. I was mid-session and had to pack everything up and look forward to nursing the baby when I got home. It was actually a spring inside the handle that broke. That night, I asked Hubby to swing by the baby store to pick up the spare part I needed. As it turned out, the handle is not sold by itself. My only replacement option was a whole new $300 pump. Um, no thanks.
The situation was very time sensitive. I had to go to work the next day, and it would be extremely uncomfortable not being able to pump, let alone the fact the baby would not have anything to eat the following day AND my supply would start to decrease since pumping creates the demand trigger in place of the baby. Hubby and I had to quickly find a solution that was cheaper than $300. I mentioned that the mother’s room at work has a Medela Latina select motor, so we decided to just get the tubes and attachments so I could connect them and not need to purchase an entire new pump. The only issue was that it was now after 8pm at night. There were two places that sold the replacement parts, one being the hospital store which closed at five, and the other was a lactation consultant who ran a business out of her home. After Googling the name of her business, I gave the number a call and left very detailed message and hoped she would call me back. I felt relief when I saw her number flash across my screen. I arranged to come over immediately to purchase the tubes to connect to the motor. While I was glad she was home, I was apprehensive about going to a stranger’s house at night. Even if she was a friend in the breastfeeding community.
So, I get there and she asks me to wait in the living room while she goes to get the parts. She pushes together the sliding doors leading out of the living room and says she’ll be right back and she closes them completely. Of course, my mind goes wild and I envision a scene straight from The Perfect Host. She comes back, but not quick enough and asks me to remove my bra so that she can measure my nipples. Excuse me, measure my what? Um, no thanks. She asks me if I was sure, especially since she is a professional lactation consultant. And I was still like, “Um no, I don’t know you.” She gives me the parts, I pay, and get out of there. She was probably a really, really sweet lady, but regardless, I kept my shirt on.
The next day, I used the Medela parts, but the suction was not as strong as my Avent. I used it all week, until my next business trip approached, which is a whole ‘nother story.