Sorry for the time constraints, I'm having a lot of soreness with my manual fill in and want to replace my pump ASAP. I tried to win a PIS on Ebay but they are going for more then I can currently afford.
I'm considering buying from the MothersMilkBreastfeedingSupply seller on Ebay, since I get telephone consultations from her (she's an LC) for free if I buy the pump viz her, and that makes the cost worth it. She doesn't sell the PIS, though, just the other 2.
I am using the SoftFit shields on my Medela, and I like them because they reduce soreness, *but* they lose suction more easily and don't let me combine hand expression with them like the hard shells do. I have no idea what to expect from the PE or the APY regarding the flanges.
I am also tempted to spring for the PE because I can use the dropins that we like so much and reduce how much bottle cleaning and sterilizing I am having to do currently. But, the APY is $30 cheaper, and for the $179 price of the PE I know I can get a PIS off Ebay.
With all the problems I have had, I think having an LC willing to do unlimited phone consultations could be a godsend. On the other hand, just having a better pump might solve a lot of my problems, in which case the $$ might be better spent going ahead and getting the PIS.
Please help, I'm driving myself crazy and I'm about to cry over spending the money in the first place.