Shout out to my pregnant and nursing mamas!! I want to share with you guys my experience with the Medela Pump In-Style Advanced Breast Pump. I remember scouring the Internet for hours looking for reviews on breast pumps with little success and a lot of frustration. So I wanted to write a review about my experience with this wonderful pump.
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Who is Medela and why do we care?
The Medela Company has made quite a name for itself. It was founded in 1961 and has continued to grow into an amazing company that supports breast-feeding. It is also the leading company in breast pumps that are supplied to hospitals around the United States. Medela pumps are what we use in our hospital. This is a very reputable company that does their research and their products are proof of that. Not only that but Medela also has amazing customer service, which is what every mom needs when they are dealing with a broken pump or a part that needs replacement.
Why I chose Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump
So when I was looking for a pump I wanted a couple of key features. I wanted something easy to pack around, easy to use, clean, and of course have mad suction to empty my breasts in a timely manner. Who wants to sit and be milked like a cow all day…not me! The Medela In-Style Advanced Breast Pump does it all and more!! Check out these features:
– 2 phase expression technology with one touch let down button!
Some info for new mommies: a baby sucks in two phases. The initial phase is very quick, approximately 2 sucks per second. This is what triggers your body to have a let down (release milk). Then after a minute or so once the milk comes in, the baby switches to a slower pace, sucking once every second or two depending on how old they are. This machine allows you to go back and forth between the two settings to get the most out of your pumping sessions.
– It is a daily use breast pump, designed for mommy’s who pump multiple times a day
– You can choose from 3 different microfiber bags; the on-the-go tote, backpack, or metro bag (only one with a removable pump that has its own bag).
When I got this pump from my insurance company they only had the tote and backpack. I went with the tote because I felt that it provided more room. The pump is built into the tote, which you can access from the outside. There is a large compartment on top to hold the rest of your pumping supplies and also allows access to the small cooler inside that holds 4 Medela bottles. However, if you want to be able to remove the pump that has its very own bag; by all means get the metro bag!
– Battery pack for those times where you do not have an outlet. Takes 8 AA batteries (that’s a lot of batteries, but this pump packs a punch so it makes sense!) I also bought a car charger for those long road trips or times when your batteries run out and you’re not near an outlet.
– Removable cooler bag that has a contoured ice pack! This cooler fits 4 Medela bottles.
– All parts that touch breast milk are BPA free!
– The tote also has two bottle holders and another side pocket to hide your tubing, lanolin cream, extra parts etc
My Experience with Medela
So the first time I tried this pump after having my first real let down, I pumped 8 oz!! I was stoked to say the least! It was able to empty my breasts with very little hand compression, was comfortable, and very easy to use. I will say though, be careful when setting the suction level… too high and your nipples will be blue! It took a couple pumping sessions to figure out the right suction level, but there will always be some trial and error with this no matter what pump you use.
At first I thought there were a lot of parts to put together and to keep clean. But in reality being able to take everything apart makes it very easy to clean. Which is essential for not growing nasty bacteria! My sister introduced me to the Medela steam cleaning bags and they forever changed my life.
Now I do have a few things I want to mention that could use some improvement:
– The first being that almost every time I pumped, I got condensation in the tubing. This doesn’t bode well for sanitation purposes or mold. However, I did learn that if you keep the pump on for a few minutes after you are done pumping and have disconnected your milk bottles, the tubes would dry out. Condensation problem solved!
– The second draw back was that if the white membrane that attaches to the valve is not dry before you start your pumping session, it will stick to the valve, and then your precious suction is gone! This is an easy fix however; just take the white membrane off the valve, dry it with a clean paper towel or cloth, and your all set.
– Third, the membranes are very thin and after a couple of months of use they can tear. Luckily they are easily replaceable and cheap on Amazon!
– Last, this machine is not the quietest breast pump on the market….but it is also not the loudest. If you are in the same room as somebody using this pump you can of course hear it, but if you are on the other side of the door, you cannot.
Last but not least
Another huge plus when it comes to Medela is the fact that they have TONS of accessories! The company has made it literally effortless to replace all your bump parts, clean all your pump parts, and utilize your pump wherever you please with portable battery packs and car chargers. They literally make it effortless to use their products!
Bottom line I believe Medela makes the best pumps! Hands down! Almost all of the nurses I work with use Medela and love it. Several lactation consultants recommended this pump and the pumps that we use at my hospital are all Medela. I know this pump is not cheap but I have never heard anybody say they did not get their money’s worth! The Medela In-style advanced is a hospital grade pump that you can have right in your living room! So if you are looking for a pump that has amazing suction, easy to use and travel with, endless accessories and replacement parts, and tons of fabulous reviews: look no further!!!
P.S. Check with your insurance company to see if they will help cover the cost of a breast pump!! That is how I got mine for free!
Let me know what you guys think of your Medela and comment below!