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The First Years miPump

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The First Years miPump Review

The First Years miPump is one of the best selling pumps on Amazon and has a 3 star rating which puts it in the middle of the road. We tend to agree with this rating as there are definitely better single electric pumps out there, such as the Medela Swing Breast Pump.

The First Years miPump however, comes in at almost half the price of the Medela, so if cost is an issue then read on to see if this pump’s for you.

The First Years Breast Pump is a single electric pump with 8 different suction levels that can be adjusted using the + and – buttons on the control unit. Unlike some of the better pumps on the market the miPump doesn’t have a setting to achieve let down (the natural flow of milk) and you instead need to either manually stimulate your breasts before you start pumping or wait for it to kick in using a normal setting.


Is it battery operated?

Yes, it can be operated both via AC power at home or via battery power for when you’re on the run. The pump uses 4AA batteries and from all reports it operates just as well on battery power as it does on AC power. This is definitely a bonus if you’re going to be using the pump away from home, as many pumps on the market today suffer a loss in power when run on batteries.


Is it loud?

No, most mothers that use the First Years miPump find it to be one of the quieter breast pumps available. It’s on par with the Medela, which is just about the quietest electric pump out there.


Is it comfortable?

One common complaint about the first years breast pump is that the breast shields provided with it can be a little uncomfortable for larger breasted women. Unfortunately the pump doesn’t have replacement shields in different sizes either, so you can’t switch them out if you find they’re not to your liking.


Is it easy to clean?

All the parts of the First Years Breast Pump that require regular cleaning are dishwasher safe and can also be boiled in hot water for sterilization which makes cleaning extremely easy compared to some of the pumps that require hand washing for multiple parts.


How much should I pay?

We regularly check prices on all the pumps and accessories we review and Amazon consistently offer the best prices. While the miPump can retail anywhere up to $60 we wouldn’t pay any more than $55. If you can find it cheaper then we recommend picking it up.


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What accessories does it come with?

The First Years miPump comes with a travel bag, bottle with travel lid, 2 Easy Pour Milk Storage Bags and 2 Lanolin Nursing Pads.


The First Years miPump 2

What we like about it…

The First Years Breast Pump is one of the quietest electric breast pumps available which is important if you intend to use it in the office or any public place where noise may be a concern.

The other thing we like is that there’s no noticeable loss of power when running on batteries. This is a common problem for many pumps but the miPump does admirably.


What we don’t like…

The lack of a function to help achieve let down is our main gripe with the First Years miPump. It’s a feature that we love in some of the other breast pumps we’ve reviewed and the miPump definitely loses points here.

Another negative for the miPump is that many owners report that the pump loses power after prolonged use. This isn’t always the case but it seems to be a complaint that’s much more prevalent with this one than many units out there.


What others have to say about it…

“The first thing I noticed about the pump when I received it was how small it is. The motor fits in the palm of the my hand which I love.”Coe Family

“To be clear–this is not an amazing exceptional breastpump that performs like the $300 models. It’s under $50. With that in mind, this was a great investment to try pumping and get the hang of it before moving on to a more expensive (or double) model”Mrs Padilla

I have not been able to get a lot of milk out using this pump. The pumping patterns seems way to quick. The highest setting doesn’t seem to get my milk out quickly enough. It takes me almost 40 minutes to get 1-2oz out of both breasts, unless I am really over engorged. ” –Jessica


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What’s the verdict?

For the price the First Years miPump is a decent pump, and if you’re not expecting a lot of use out of it then it may do the trick. If however, you plan on prolonged use then we recommend going for a higher quality pump like the Medela Swing Breast Pump.

Where can I buy it?

The only place we recommend for baby related products is They have first class customer service and offer free shipping on items over $25. We check prices regularly and the First Years miPump has generally been available at a heavily discounted price on Amazon.


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Model Number: Y4612

Manafacturer: The First Years

Item Name: The First Years miPump


Medela Swing Breast PumpMedela Swing Breast Pump Review

While mothers with a busy schedule often prefer the faster operation of a double breast pump, they’re not necessarily for everyone. For one… Some mother’s can find it difficult to get the hang of operating two pumps at once and there’s also the extra bulk when transporting it around. There are benefits to both types of pump, and in the end, it really comes to down to personal preference and lifestyle.


Today we’re looking at a single electric breast pump, the Medela Swing. The Medela Swing has a single flange that fits comfortably over the breast, with the bottle attached just below.


Much like it’s double breast pump cousin.. the Medela Pump in Style, it uses Two-Phase expression technology that mimics your baby’s natural feeding pattern. The first phase, known as the simulation phase operates at a faster cycle for the first 2 minutes to help achieve let-down (where the milk starts to flow naturally). Once this phase is complete the pump automatically switches to expression mode, which assists in helping the milk flow at a slower, but more effective rate.


Using a pump can be a daunting task at first, so the two phase expression technology is a blessing you’re starting out. Once you get the hang of it you can override the simulation stage by simply pressing the let down button and changing the settings to your liking.

How much should I pay?

 This pump retails anywhere up to $150 but if you do some research you should be able to find it cheaper. At last price check Amazon had the best deal we could find. They also offer free shipping for selected items over $25 and have a great return policy on all baby products.


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What settings does the Medela Swing Breast Pump have?

 On the control console you’ll find a + and – button to adjust the vacuum level to find the most comfortable setting. Holding down one or the other will adjust the vacuum more rapidly and a green LCD light with flash when you’ve achieved the minimum or maximum vacuum level for the pump.  Just above and below the vacuum controls, you’ll find the on/off button and the let-down button. Overall it’s a very simple, easy to use control system that you should get the hang of in no time.


Is the pump safe for my baby?

 As is the case with most breast pumps on the market, all the parts of the Medela Swing that come into contact with the milk are BPA free. Meaning that the plastics used are free from contaminants that could harm your baby. While this is common place in most baby products today, you should always check with the manufacturer or retailer if you’re unsure.  The other consideration when it comes to safety is whether or not a pump uses an open or closed system. A closed system means that the tubing and motor are protected from the milk overflowing by a diaphragm. This helps prevent parts of the unit becoming contaminated if milk accidentally gets inside it.  The Medela Swing uses an open system which means there is no diaphragm to prevent this from occurring, however you’ll find that as long as you keep an eye on how much milk you have expressed it’s very, uncommon for any overflow to occur. If it does, you should ensure all parts are cleaned immediately after use.


Is it operated by batteries or AC power?

 Both. The Medela Swing Breast Pump comes with an AC adapter cord for home use and also has a compartment to fit 4 AA batteries for when you’re on the move. When using battery power you’ll generally find the Medela Swing Pump will give you 2-4 hours of operation. A common problem in many pumps is that there will be a noticeable loss of power or vacuum when switching to battery operation, however this is one problem that the high quality Medela pumps generally overcome. While you may notice a slight loss of power in battery mode, it’s not as noticeable in the Medela Swing Breast Pump as it is in many other breast pumps on the market.


Is it easy to transport?

One of the great benefits of a single pump is that they’re much more discreet and easier to store and transport than the double pumps. The Medela Swing Breast Pump comes with a carry bag, but will also fit comfortably inside many purses too. For this reason, many mothers prefer a single pump for use in the office. It’s a lot more discreet to quickly duck out with your purse in hand than it is with a backpack or tote over your shoulder.


Is it loud?

 The Medela Swing Breast Pump is one of the quietest, if not the quietest pump on the market. Some of the reviews from mother’s who regularly use the pump even say it’s quieter than their baby’s are while feeding.


Is the Medela Swing Breast Pump easy to clean?

 One of the drawbacks with the Medela Swing Pump is that handwashing is recommended by the manufacturer over using a dishwasher which is possible with some of it’s competitors. After each use, the breastshield, pump body, valve, membrane, bottles and bottle caps need to be disassembled and hand washed in warm soapy water or boiled. It will take a little longer than some of it’s competitors pumps but overall it’s not a huge issue.


What accessories does the pump come with?

 Out of the box you’ll find 2 collection containers and lids, a collection stand, a carry bag, shoulder strap, AC Adapter and an instruction manual. The drawstring bag isn’t exactly a fashion accessory but it’s a nice addition for those who decide to use it. Most mother’s will likely prefer to carry the pump around in a purse or something equally conspicuous. The manual is brief but manages to cover pretty much everything you’ll need to know about the pump from operation, to cleaning and troubleshooting.


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Medela Swing Breast Pump 2

What others have to say about it…

 “I had rented a hospital grade dual medela pump, when it was time to return it to the hospital I purchased this medela swing pump. I never thought it would work anywhere near as good as the hospital grade pump, and I also thought that it would be annoying going from a dual pump to a single pump. To my surprise, this pump works amazingly” – omccombs


“I used this pump once I returned back to work part-time. It worked perfectly for me since I only needed to pump once per day. Very compact, fabulous suction.”-kristinmbeck


The pump-in-style is a bit larger and clunkier to carry around, so I will use this swing pump when I go back to work – to pump during my lunch hour. If you are looking for a portable, decent pump this is a good deal – amazon’s price is the best anywhere that I could find.”-bestemp

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What we like about it…

 The best feature of the Medela Swing Breast Pump is definitely the size. The power and suction it produces is comparable to the much larger double pumps while still being small enough to carry around in a purse. The other noteworthy feature is the durable motor. We research a lot of pumps and scour sources far and wide for user feedback and it’s very difficult to find mention of Medela pumps declining in power with prolonged use. Certainly not to the same extent as you’ll find with other pumps.


What we don’t like…

 For this price it would have been nice to see a couple more accessories included such as a cooler bag for the milk bottles, but the Medela pumps are generally priced higher because of the overall quality of the unit and it’s hard to find fault with the pump itself.
The only other gripe is the cleaning. The Medela pumps generally require handwashing for all parts which does take a little longer.


What’s the verdict on the Medela Swing Breast Pump?

 It’s probably the most expensive single electric pump on the market, but you really do get what you pay for and the Medela do manufacture high quality breast pumps, the Medela Swing is no exception. Highly recommended.

Where can I buy it?

As always we recommend Amazon for all breast pumps and baby related products. They have a 356 day return policy on baby products and offer free shipping for items over $25. You’ll find it very hard to find a cheaper price in shops or anywhere on the internet.


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Item Code: 67050

Manufacturer: Medela

Item: Medela Swing Breast Pump