Medela Breast Pump Reviews: The Top 3

Choosing and purchasing a breast pump can be quite an overwhelming task for new moms and moms-to-be.  It is very important to choose the right pump for your lifestyle and needs.  No matter your pumping needs, there is a Medela breast pump to meet them.  Here is closer look at the top three Medela breast pumps:

Medela Breast Pump Reviews

1. Medela Pump in Style

The Medela Pump in Style is a popular and effective pump.  This type of Medela pump has been trusted by many moms for many years with their various pumping needs.  This breast pump is a double electric pump.  Double electric pumps are ideal no matter your pumping needs, but are necessary if you will be working outside the home, even part time.   Double electric pumps are necessary if you are never or rarely bringing baby to the breast, and simply pumping milk for your baby to eat.  Electric pumps are stronger than manual pumps, and therefore more effective in keeping up your milk supply.  It has been scientifically proven that pumping both breasts at the same time not only saves you time, but also allows you to have a better let down and pump more milk during your pumping session.  The Pump in Style has a letdown feature.  With this feature, the pump begins pumping at a quicker and shallower pace.  A baby uses a similar sucking pattern when they first go to the breast in order to activate a letdown.   After two minutes the pump switches over to a deeper, slower rhythm.  It has a letdown button you can press if your milk lets down prior to the end of the two minute cycle.  This pump comes in either a back pack or a shoulder bag, making transporting your pump convenient and discreet.  Though this is the perfect pump for the working mom, some moms will find this pump bulky and uncomfortable to carry around.  In addition, this pump is more on the expensive side, but well worth the investment compared to giving our baby formula.

2. Medela Freestyle

The Medela Freestyle is a hands-free pump.  Hands free pumps are ideal for busy moms, especially those who work, or moms who may have physical difficulty hold the pump to their breasts for 10-20 minutes at a time.  Moms who work can pump while being on the phone or checking email or doing a variety of other tasks, saving them time and making it more feasible to pump while at work.  The motor of this pump can even clip on your belt or other clothing, making it mobile as well.  This pump is significantly more expensive than the Pump in Style, but well worth it for moms of a certain lifestyle.  The Freestyle been known to make more noise than a hand pump or other electric pumps, which some moms find embarrassing, especially if they are using them at work.  The Freestyle is a double electric pump and has the same let down feature and motor quality as the Pump in Style.   One other drawback to this pump is that some moms may find that all the parts and pieces that make this pump hands free can be hard to manipulate and to keep track of.

3. Medela Harmony

The Medela hand breast pump is called the Harmony.  The Harmony has the same Medela quality and is sold in a single unit. The Harmony is a lot easier on the wallet than electric breast pumps can be. With two different handles for pumping, it allows you to mimic the same let down feature as the Pump in Style.  They are not for moms who are working or pumping frequently for any other reason.  Moms who pump every so often for dad to be able to give the baby a bottle, or for mom to be able to be away from the baby for a few hours will find this pump fits their needs very well.   Though it is of top quality for a hand pump, hand pumps in general can become uncomfortable and somewhat annoying to use due to the manual labor involved.  However, this pump is fairly simple and does not have a lot of pieces to keep track of or wash.

All of these Medela breast pumps are excellent pumps.  You simply need to look at your pumping needs as well as your budget and preferences in order to make the best choice in a breast pump.  It will be worth the time and investment to provide breast milk for your baby while you are away.