Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Review
The Medela breast pump comes with a double pump accessory kit, which mean’s it’s capable of being used as both single breast pump and dual breast pump. In order to switch from double to single pumping you simply remove the second tube from it’s port and replace it with a cap that’s attached to the unit. This Medela breast pump also features 2-Phase Expression® technology which involves an initial cycle known as the stimulation phase. During this phase the pump mimics the natural feeding pattern of your baby in order to stimulate the breasts and start the milk flowing naturally (known as let-down). This cycle lasts 2 minutes but can be overridden by the push of a button if you achieve a natural flow earlier. Once this phase completes, the expression phase commences.
How much should I pay?
You can expect to pay anywhere up to $280 however when Amazon have it in stock you can often pick it up at a heavily discounted price. You’ll also find that the backpack version and the tote can vary in price.
Is it safe?
First of all the Medela breast pump’s components are free of BPA; A compound used in the manufacture of many plastics that can be potentially harmful to your baby. This is something you need to look out for when considering any purchase that your baby will come into contact with. In fact, I highly recommend ensuring any baby bottles currently in your home are free of BPA. I normally check the manufacturers website for information.
What settings does it have?
As opposed to some of the other breast pumps that come with + and – buttons for both speed and suction, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump comes with a single dial for setting the suction. Combining the 2 settings into one is a master stroke that makes finding the perfect setting for your comfort so much easier than many of the other electric breast pumps out there. Many mothers prefer to achieve a second let-down during pumping so the Medela comes with a let-down button which can be used at any time to switch back and forth between the stimulation and expression phase, another very handy addition.
Can I run this Medela Breast Pump on batteries?
The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump comes equipped to be run from both a power outlet on the wall or via a battery pack that holds 8 AA batteries. While some of the other electric breast pumps out there require less batteries, you’ll find that these units suffer from a difference in performance when using batteries as opposed to AC power. This definitely isn’t an issue with the Medela breast pump, which will work just as solidly on the go, as it will at home. From the 8AA batteries you can expect about 2 hours of battery life from the unit. This doesn’t sound like a lot but it should be enough to get you through around 10-12 sessions. An optional accessory (not included) for the Medela Breast Pump is the 9v vehicle lighter adapter which is ideal for mothers who find themselves needing to express milk while on the road or a long holiday.
Is it quiet?
When reading reviews from mothers who have used more than one electric breast pump, you’ll generally find that one of the many reasons the Medela is singled out for praise is it’s whisper quiet operation, especially when compared to some of the cheaper models on the market. This may not be a problem for some, but many mothers out there will be in a situation where they need to use the pump at work or other places where discretion is definitely a factor. The Medela electric breast pump is both quiet, and convenient.
Is it easy to clean?
The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump uses an ‘open-system’. In basic terms this means that the milk may come into contact with many parts of the pump, including the motor and tubing (although this generally only occurs when the milk overflows). Now while, closed-system pumps are the preferred option of many mothers due to safety concerns, there’s nothing wrong at all with an open system as long as the parts are cleaned and sterilized regularly. Medela recommend disassembling and washing all parts separately after each use, however many mothers find that once a day is fine providing that the tubing and motor have not come into contact with the milk. Fortunately assembly of the Medela breast pump is a quick and easy task, generally taking less than a minute to achieve. Once disassembled, the parts should be hand washed in warm soapy water, and a damp cloth used to wipe the diaphragm and bag.
What accessories does it come with?
Out of the box the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump comes with..
· A backpack or tote (depending on which model you prefer)
· Medela Breast Pump Battery pack (batteries not included)
· A PVC removable cooler carrier to keep the milk cold for up to 12 hours
· 4 5oz breast milk bottles & lids
· A travel cap
· 2-24mm breastshields
· 2 Valves
· 4 Membranes
· Contoured ice pack
· Medela Breast Pump Breastfeeding Information Guide
· Medela Breast Pump Instruction Manual
The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump comes with a backpack or a tote, which one is better?
This really depends on your needs and comes down to personal choice. Both the backpack and the tote are highly discreet. There’s no brand name or any other give away markings on the outside of the bag that would indicate what’s inside. Many mother’s who use the pump at work prefer to use the tote, as it doesn’t appear quite as obvious as leaving your office with a backpack 3 times a day. If discretion isn’t a concern then the backpack has slightly more storage room and the straps make it more comfortable to carry around. While the unit and accessories don’t weigh all that much by themselves, by the time you’ve pumped and stored away the milk you may want to opt for the more comfortable option.
Style may also be a factor in your decision, and in that case, at least for me, the tote wins hands down. The bags also come in either black or butter.
What others have to say about it…
“I am so happy that I bought this pump! I had received an Avent single electric breast pump for my baby shower, and while I was only using it for occasional pumping it was fine. However, once I went back to work, I needed to pump more frequently and it took a very long time to pump both breasts…at least an hour for both, longer if I wanted to be thorough.”-Phoenix
“gets the job done, good suction. it has a lot more space but it still compatible with my spare parts from my old pump in style”-ethansmom
What We like…
Outside of the hospital grade pumps that cost thousands of dollars, the Medela is simply put.. the best breast pump out there. The combination of the quality and durability of the motor mean that you’ll get years of use from a one time purchase. The other thing we’re impressed with are the accessories provided with this Medela Breast Pump. While the price may be higher than some of the other electric pumps on the market, none of them come close to offering what you’ll find with the Medela Breast Pump.
What We Don’t Like…
The first minor complaint is that while it’s relatively easy to disassemble and clean, the fact it uses an open system means that it requires more frequent cleaning than some of the closed system units out there. The second minor complaint is the price tag. While The Medela costs quite a deal more than some of the other options out there, you do get what you pay for. If you have the money to spend then you won’t find a better option than the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump.
What’s the verdict?
Medela Breast Pumps are made with the highest quality and put simply, the The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump is the best electric breast pump money can buy (outside of the hospital grade pumps). If you’re prepared to pay a little more for a high quality breast pump, then you can’t go wrong.
Where Can I Buy It?
We regularly check prices on all the items we review and Amazon consistently beat the off the shelf retail price on many items. Their 365 day return policy on all items in their baby department, and free shipping on items over $25 is hard to beat. Medela Breast Pumps can be pricey but Amazon generally offer fairly large discounts.
I’ve personally purchased many items from them over the years and have found their customer service to be top notch on the few occasions I’ve had to return an item that didn’t live up to expectations.
Category: Medela Breast Pump Reviews
Item Name: Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump