Medela knows that choosing a breast pump may sound a bit overwhelming, but there are some very simple things a breastfeeding mom can do to determine exactly the right choice for her and her baby. As with most buying decisions, the journey starts by asking some basic questions. By understanding your budget, lifestyle and how you plan to use the breast pump, the choices from Medela are very straightforward.How Often Do I Plan to Use a Breast Pump?
First ask yourself, “How am I going to use my breast pump?” Are you going to want to pump exclusively, or on a daily basis? Are you returning to work where you will want to pump several times a day? However, no matter how well you plan your breast milk feeding journey, the reality will most likely work out somewhat differently. There might be unexpected visits to a doctor or lactation consultant or other unplanned changes in your every-day life, making a breast pump a valuable part of providing breast milk to your baby.
Medela offers two basic configuration categories – manual or electric, single or double. If you will pump daily, a double pump like the Medela Sonata or Freestyle are good choices. Sonata is Medela’s smartest, quietest and most responsive double electric breast pump. The Sonata connects directly to the MyMedela app which offers real-time tracking of baby’s growth, pumping sessions, to help you reach your breast milk feeding goals. The Medela Freestyle is an innovative and highly efficient pump, designed with busy moms in mind. For convenience, this breast pump also includes an ice-pack, cooler bag and bottles for breastmilk storage and transport. However, if the price of Medela Sonata or Freestyle are above your budget and you’re looking for a more simple option for your daily pumping, have a look at Pump In Style Backpack or Shoulder Bag. You will still be able to pump more milk with higher energy content compared to a single pump.
Alternatively, are you planning to use a breast pump only on an occasional basis or want to have a simple pump available when you are away for a few hours? If so, there are also some great lightweight and easy-to-use choices. A hand-powered and discreet pump, like the Medela Harmony, might be right for you. Or, if you’d prefer a single electric pump, the Medela Swing single breast pump could be your selection for efficient, effortless and comfortable experience.
Both of these options are great if you occasionally want to leave your baby with your partner or babysitter. You can then plan ahead to pump and store enough breastmilk for them to feed to your baby. Medela also offers the Calma feeding solution to make it easy for someone to feed your little one expressed breast milk in a way that mimics actual feeding at the breast. Using a similar feeding technique can help mitigate breast confusion and help the baby to return easily to breastfeeding.
What is the Best Match for My Lifestyle?
If you are a busy “on the go” mom and want a breast pump that you can carry with you everywhere, Medela has a solution. Freestyle is a double-electric pump that offers portability for you. If you pump exclusively or have to be away from your baby, this versatile pump is a great choice. Combine it with EasyExpression bustier which allows you to pump hands free, making multi-tasking easier. A bonus is that the Freestyle has a rechargeable battery, so you don’t have to worry about finding an electric outlet when you are out and about.
If you don’t plan to be away from your baby frequently and only need a pump occasionally, check out either Medela Harmony or Swing. Harmony is a manual pump that doesn’t require electricity or batteries for operation. It has an intuitive design and it’s easy to take apart and clean. If you prefer an electric pump, check out Swing, Medela’ smallest and lightest electric pump.
Most Medela pumps feature 2-Phase Expression technology with a one-touch let-down button. This technology mimics the sucking behavior of your baby and together with double pumping enables you to express more milk in less time.
There are lots of online resources that you can use to discuss what other moms have decided, and you always can use the services of a lactation consultant to get another opinion.
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