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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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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

 

 

 

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump

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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.

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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.


Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with Backpack

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with Tote



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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Manafactuer: Medela

Model: 57062

Category: Medela Breast Pump Reviews

Item Name: Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump