Breast Pump Review
These pumps are two of the most budget friendly pumps in the Medela range. In comparison with their more advanced pumps like the Freestyle and PISA, these pumps are strictly for mothers who need the most basic features only occasionally as they can cause discomfort when used for extended periods. The pump motors of the two pumps are also not designed for frequent daily pumping.
Both pumps have strong suction but without the 2 -phase technology that Medela Breast Pumps are famous for, pumping for long periods can leave you sore. Therefore, we would only recommend you get the Mini Electric or the Mini Electric Double Plus only if you pump occasionally.
Medela Mini Electric
The Mini Electric is one of the smallest, most portable, electric pumps in the Medela range. Unfortunately, this small size also means that it is meant only for occasional use as you risk burning the motor out from frequent usage.
In terms of comfort and effectiveness, this pump does what its supposed to, i.e. pump out milk, but don’t expect it to be comfortable if you use it for a prolonged period. The suction is surprisingly powerful ( when fully charged or when hooked up to a power source) but use it for too long and you are bound to have sore nipples. This is not the pump for you if you are looking to increase your supply.
As mentioned earlier, this pump also does not have the 2-phase expression that the other Medela pumps are famous for. In terms of noise, the motor is quite loud, reminiscent of a mini generator, which is probably best if you use it away from a sleeping baby.
|*Smallest and most portable Medela Breastpump.|
*Can be operated with AA batteries which are to be inserted in motor itself.
|*Extremely portable and easy to carry around.|
*The motor is located on top of the breastshield which means that there are no wires i.e. milk falls directly into the bottle.
*Battery operated motor means that you can just pop into a store instead of searching for a power outlet.
|*The motor can be quite heavy, which means you need a very secure handsfree accessory to prevent it from tipping over.
*Not for frequent use.
Watch a Video of the Mini Electric
You can also read more about the Mini Electric on the Medela Website.
Medela Mini Electric Pump Parts
The Medela Mini Electric’s Motor is compact and palm sized and fits directly into the Medela Breastshield. The suction power is controlled by a scrolling wheel on the motor part itself. There is no preset suction levels so the appropriate suction would depend on the mother’s comfort level.
If you are using AA batteries, be aware that the suction power can drop if the batteries are not fully charged. The suction would be more stable when the motor is attached to a power socket.
2) Plastic Base
The Mini Electric also comes with a plastic base to keep the bottle stable while you are pumping. This is a detachable accessory and is not necessary if you are using a handsfree accessory. Most mothers use this accessory only after they finish pumping so that the bottle does not tip over.
The Medela Mini Electric comes with one standard size breast shield, the 24 mm one. This is the ‘average’ size for women, but you should check if it is the right fit for you to prevent nipple blisters and low milk supply.
4) Membrane and Valve
The Medela Valve and membrane is the standard size that is also used in the PISA and Swing. However, refer to the Mini Electric’s set up instructions to ensure that the Valve is facing the correct direction. This set up requirement is only specific to the mini electric.
Similar to the other pumps, the membrane is a vital part that affects the suction and should be changed every 3 months and checked regularly to ensure it is of an adequate thickness. A membrane that is worn out and not thick enough would reduce the breast pump’s suction power.
Medela Mini Electric Plus Breast Pump Review
|Brand||Pump Name||Type||Price Range Per Set|
(As on Amazon)
|No. of Parts to wash (Per side)||Weight/ Size||Runs On||Usage|
|Medela||Mini Electric Plus||Double Electric||Item not available on amazon||4||1 Kg|
27.2 x 23.4 x 10.6 cm
*2 C Cell Batteries"
|Occasional Use only.
Not recommended for multiple use daily
The Medela Mini Electric Plus Double or Twin Breastpump is a double version of the Mini Electric Breast Pump. Both pumps are considered to be in lower end of the Medela range as it doesn’t have the same set of capabilities as the more advanced pumps. (This pump is also not easily available in the US and in the UK.)
Similar to the mini electric, it can either run on power from an electricity source or on 4 AA batteries. Both are structured for occasional use.
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If you want something as compact and handy but with the 2 phase technology, you may want to consider the Medela Manual Harmony Breast Pump.
Please refer to our guide on picking the best breast pump here.