Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump Review
The Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump is a double electric breast pump which can be a life saver for a busy mother when time is a concern. A pumping session on a dual pump will usually last about 20 minutes, sometimes shorter once you master the art.
The Ameda comes with 2 dials.. one for cycle (speed), and another for suction, offering 32 combinations all up. Expressing milk can be sometimes be an uncomfortable experience, so it’s important to be able to customize the process to your liking.
One noticeable absence from the Ameda, is a custom setting to stimulate the flow of milk (known as let down). While the same function can be achieved by setting a higher cycle (speed) for the first couple of minutes of pumping, we would have preferred to see them offer a separate setting for it.
The pump also comes with six 4oz bottles, however it’s compatible with most baby bottles out there so using your preferred ones shouldn’t be a problem.
The Ameda electric breast pump can be operated via either AC power when at home or the office, or via 6 AA batteries when you’re on the move.
Sometimes using the battery power with a breast pump will result in poorer performance than when connected with AC power. And while some user reviews for the Ameda complain about this, the problem doesn’t seem to be as prevalent as it is with many of the other electric breast pumps on the market.
What are the safety features?
The Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump’s parts are BPA free (a potentially harmful compound sometimes used in the manufacture of plastics), which is always important in any product that your baby will come into contact with. It’s also a closed system pump that means a diaphragm is used to ensure the tubing and motor are protected from overflow. This prevents milk from leaking into parts of the pump that are difficult to clean and possibly contaminating it.
How much can I expect to pay?
It really depends on which package you prefer. The pump on it’s own usually retails online for anywhere between $150 – $170. With the bag or back pack we’ve found prices up to $250 and as low as $200. And while prices can vary greatly we’ve generally found Amazon.comto have the most competitive price on this pump.
What accessories does the Ameda electric pump come with?
Out of the box the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump comes with a Dual Hygenikit milk collection system, your choice of microfiber backpack or tote, depending on the model you prefer, an AC power adapter, a Cool ’n’ carry milk storage bag with 3 cooling elements, six 4oz bottles with 2 piece lock tight caps and an instruction manual. The backpack version also comes with a car adapter, 2 cotton breast pads, and a manual pump handle.
Is it easy to clean?
One of the benefits of a closed system pump is that once the parts have been sterilized before first use, you won’t need to clean the tubing, caps or pump connectors regularly as they never come into contact with the milk. The breast flange and bottles can be washed in the upper compartment of your dishwasher, while the valves and diaphragm will need to be hand washed after each use. Overall the Ameda Purely Yours is a sinch to clean compared to some of the other pumps out there.
What we like…
The closed system that the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump uses is a huge plus. When it comes to both hygiene and cleaning, a closed system is a great benefit. The other thing we like is the price. While the Ameda is slightly pricier than the Lansinoh Affinity, it also offers a tote or backpack, which the Lansinoh does not. All at a cheaper price than the impressive Medela Pump in Style.
What we don’t like…
The first thing is the lack of a separate setting to induce let-down. While it is easy to achieve by setting a higher cycle setting at the start of the pumping session, it would have been nice to see this feature included. The other small gripe with the Ameda is the noise. One of the things we loved about the Medela Pump in Style breast pump was how quiet and discreet it was, the Ameda however is considerably louder. It’s not that much of a problem in the home but if you plan to use it at work, you’ll need to be comfortable with the crowd it attracts.
What others have to say about it…
“I was very disappointed to find that the pump makes an annoying high pitched beeping sound with each in and out cycle”-nje
“I have used my Purely Yours pump in a car and in many other situations during the 8 and 1/2 months of pumping. It is a lightweight machine with a good amount of power. I take it back and forth to work with me, as well as when I travel.”-Faye. A
“It is very comfortable. I keep the vacuum setting in the middle and the cycle setting at the highest at first, and then turn it all the way down low after let-down and it feels just like second nature” –H. Gilani
What’s the verdict on the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump?
It’s definitely an impressive pump and receives rave reviews, however despite having a couple of benefits over the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump, namely the closed system and the price, it’s not quite in the same league.
If you can’t afford the pricier Medela, then the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump is a very good pump despite it’s few flaws.
Where to buy?
If you’re purchasing online we always recommend Amazon.com for any baby related products for their first class customer service and excellent refund policy on baby related products.
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Item model number: 17070
Item: Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump