The Ameda Purely Yours double electric breast pump is an affordable alternative to double electric models that can top out at $300 or more. It gets generally good reviews for ease of use and portability, although owners call it awkward to operate. It's a closed system, but isn't suitable for use by more than one woman; the closed system is merely to protect the milk from airflow and for ease of cleaning.
Flanges fit women of various sizes. The Ameda Purely Yours includes a standard size, 25 mm flange. Six additional sizes are available, which is more than what competitors offer. Moms like having so many options for comfort, and that the Ameda can be used as a single or double pump.
The pump's 32 suction and speed combinations make this a versatile choice, but some moms say it's awkward to operate the dial while pumping. The Purely Yours doesn't have a hands-free feature, but users say it works with various generic hands-free breast pump bras. Some who have used those optional accessories say it works great, but others say the Purely Yours collection system is more cumbersome than others and isn't very comfortable.
Most owners are perfectly satisfied with the Purely Yours, saying they get good volume in a reasonable time frame. Some, however, say the suction decreases over time and they get less yield. A few complain that the pump doesn't stimulate letdown; Ameda has no dedicated system to mimic the action of a nursing child, instead encouraging moms to use the Custom Control function to encourage letdown.
One aspect even fans of the Ameda Purely Yours aren't crazy about is its cringe-inducing noise. One mom says her workplace has four pumping cubicles, and her pump is the only one that can be heard everywhere.
More than a few users complain that the pump's motor stops working after a relatively short period, some say it stops working completely, and others say it makes noise like it's working but there's no suction. Those who contact customer service find representatives pleasant and responsive, but getting a replacement often takes four or more days.
Simple to operate, clean. Moms say the Ameda Purely Yours double electric breast pump is easy to use, from assembly to pumping to cleaning. It has several carry case options, including cases with cooling elements, but they boost the price. Ameda sells the bare-bones Purely Yours as an "affordable alternative" to a full breast pumping kit. That means moms who don't pump at home will need to find options for transporting the pump and storing expressed milk.
The Purely Yours is a closed system, meaning the breast milk can't get into the tubes, so they don't require cleaning. However, this doesn't make the pump safe for use by more than one person; it's still considered by the Food and Drug Administration to be a personal, single-user system and isn't free of a cross-contamination risk. Ameda verifies that its closed system is designed to prevent having to clean the tubes and to keep airflow from the milk. One expert review site erroneously states that this product can be shared.
Ameda doesn't sell its products on its website, but a store locator can help shoppers find either a local or online retailer.
Good reviews. The Ameda Purely Yours is covered by a one-year warranty on the motor and AC adaptor, and a 90-day warranty on all other parts. Owners who have issues with their products say customer service is generally responsive and helpful, sometimes even when a product is out of warranty. However, some note that the products took four days or more to get to them, leaving them without a breast pump for that time frame. Ameda is a division of Evenflo.
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Review Credibility: Excellent In this roundup, six breast pumps are named finalists in the 2012 BabyCenter Product Awards. The Ameda Purely Yours makes the list for being a multiple-use pump, but that's incorrect information. An Ameda representative definitively says this is a personal, single-user pump. The BabyCenter review notes that the Purely Yours is lightweight and portable, and compatible with many brands of storage and feeding bottles.
Review: The Best Breast Pumps, Editors of BabyCenter.com, 2012
2. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent "Baby Bargains" provides comprehensive reviews of baby gear and common baby brands, including a number of popular breast pumps like the Ameda Purely Yours. The authors list pros and cons that consider cost, ease of use and performance, and give each breast pump a letter grade. There's also a roundup of recommended models.
Review: Chapter 6: Feeding Baby, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
Review Credibility: Very Good In about 200 reviews, the Ameda Purely Yours earns an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Owners say it's portable, lightweight and easy to clean, and they love the gentle suction even though it's not as fast as some pumps with stronger suction. Moms also like that it's a closed system. There are some durability complaints, but those who contact customer service say Ameda dealt with their issues promptly.
Review: Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2013
4. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good The Ameda Purely Yours gets 3.8 out of 5 stars in more than 110 customer reviews. Most moms rave about its extra features and the ability to order extra flanges. A number of users complain about durability or weak suction, even with the adjustable suction function. Still, the overall consensus is that this is a very good pump for the price, although maybe not for heavy, dedicated pumping.
Review: Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of April 2013
Review Credibility: Good This baby products blogger and mom writes occasional reviews and roundups. This post based on personal experience -- a combination of product review and breast pump overview -- is thorough and informative, and includes pros and cons. However, she evaluates only a few products. She gives the Ameda Purely Yours 4 stars out of 5, saying it's convenient, portable and comes with different sizes of flanges. However, she dislikes how loud it is and that it has no hands-free option.
Review: Breast Pump Review, "Lindsey", July 31, 2012