I was out of the loop for the past couple of weeks because I was so busy expressing milk for my baby. In my last post, I was asking for advice on which electric breastpump to get. Well, I got myself a Medela Freestyle dual electric breast pump. Before getting the Freestlye, I used two manual pumps. Today I will review these three pumps.
One of the most affordable pumps in the market
Compatible with standard neck bottles
Available in most malls
- Handle is hard to grip. For someone like me who does not have that much milk, it can be very tiring to use this product.
Low milk let down. I barely got an ounce for almost an hour and my hands hurt a lot.
Breast shield is hard and painful
Recommendation: If you’re on a tight budget and do not intend to use it often, but rather, just a stand-by pump in case your baby did not empty your breast upon latching, then this product will work for you. In my opinon, this pump is not for heavy duty use.
Avent Manual Breast Pump
- The handles are soft and very easy to grip.
- Very user friendly.
- Available in most malls
- Very comfortable on the breast since its breast shields have silicon which decreases the pressure on the breast.
- Good milk let down
- Because it is easier to grip, you can dictate your own pressure
- One of the most expensive manual pumps in the market.
- Can only be used with Avent bottles, which are also quite expensive.
Recommendation: If you intend to use a pump at home for moderate use, and has additional budget, then go for Avent. Most of my friends still opt for Avent because of its user friendliness and better milk let down. It also works for those with sensitive breasts like me.
- The dual pump makes me express twice as fast compared with a manual pump.
- It has a good pull which makes the let down easier.
- Very convenient for moms on the go.
- Excellent for heavy duty use. I use mine 6-7 times a day.
- Long battery life.
- Can fit with standard neck bottles.
- Excellent let down. With the proper size of the breast shield, you can actually increase your milk output compared with using a manual pump.
- Aside from the pump, you get several accessories such as handsfree accessoriers (which makes the electric pump really really cool and convenient), and cooling bag with blue ice (you would not want your precious breastmilk to spoil before you arrive home from work!).
- It has a memory function which allows you to record the progression of the expression milk that you prefer.
- One of the most expensive electric dual breast pumps but not as expensive as Avent ISIS dual electric pump.
Quite complicated to set up and use but after a while you will get used to attaching and detaching the parts.
Not readily available in most malls. In fact, I have not seen any Freestyle in any malls. I got mine from the exclusive distributor. I will soon write a post about it. Medela brand is usually available in Rustans and Ayala Malls but limited products only.