Comparison Table (Collated from Medela Breast Pump Reviews)
While Medela is one of the leading breast pump brands, it is also one of the most priciest. Medela has a vast selection of breast pumps which cater to every need. At the same time, not all Medela breast pumps were made equal. Our table below whows the characteristics of each Pump model that mothers may find useful.
For more information about each pump model and the pump parts, please visit the individual breast pump review pages.
[Scroll further down to read the details of each characteristic that we feature in the table]
2 Phase Technology : Medela’s Unique technology which is the suction technology modeled after a baby’s sucking pattern. This technology is designed to let you collect more milk in a shorter time. Please refer to our Medela Breast Pump Overview page to read more about this technology.
Electric Pump : The pump runs on a motor, so mothers do not need to manually pump.
Double Pumping : The pump allows pumping of both breasts at the same time. For some mothers this cuts total pumping breast in half. Double pumping has also proven to allow mothers to produce more milk.
Runs On Batteries : The pump utilizes either AA batteries which can be inserted into the pump motor body or it can be attached to a separate battery pack.
Rechargeable Batteries : The pump has an inbuilt rechargeable battery
Portable : Can move around while using the pump. Portable pumps are usually lightweight
Lightweight : Able to bring out to work, etc. Lightweight does not necessarily mean Portable.
Multiple Size Breast Shields : As nipple sizes vary, this is an important feature to avoid health problems like nipple blisters and sore, chaffed nipples. Using proper breast Shields can also allow the mother to collect more milk. Multiple Breast Shields are usually attached to the breast pump connectors. The standard sized breast shields (24mm) are included in the pump set but larger or smaller ones are sold separately.
Timer Screen : Mothers usually pump for a fixed duration, i.e. anywhere from 10 mins to 30 mins per pump. With a timer on the pump, mothers do not need to keep watching the clock to keep track of how long they have been pumping.
Manual adjustment of suction : The pump has a knob which mothers can manually turn to adjust the suction
Electric adjustment of Suction : The pump has buttons to increase and decrease the suction. Medela usually has 9 preset levels.
Pumping Strength Shown ( Refers to pumps with electric adjustment of suction only) : For electric adjustment of Suction, Medela has preset pumping levels. For pumps like Medela Freestyle, you are able to see the pumping level, but pumps like swing or swing maxi, you are not able to see which level the suction is at, and would have to rely on feeling.
Watch this video of how this mother cleans and sterilizes her Medela Pump Parts
You may also want to visit Medela’s Website for more information.
If you are thinking of another brand , please read the Ameda Breast Pump Reviews Comparison Table