|Brand||Pump Name||Type||Price Range Per Set|
(As on Amazon)
|No. of Parts to wash (Per side)||Weight/ Size||Runs On||Usage|
|Medela||Pump in Style Advance (PISA)||Double Electric||$235.04-$340||4||The Metro Bag:|
- 8 lbs
-16 1/2 x 8 x 11 3/4
On the Go Tote:
- 9 lbs.
-14 x 6 7/8 x 11 1/2
- 9 lbs
-11 5/8 x 7 7/8 x 11 3/4
* Separate 8 AA Battery Pack"
|Meant for daily use, multiple times a day.|
Medela PISA Breast Pump Review
The Medela Pump in Style Advanced PISA, is one of the older breast pump models from Medela. It is a sturdy, and portable double electric pump which runs either on electricity from a power source or from a separate 8 AA battery pack. The table below describe the prominent features of the Medela Pump In Style Advance, as well as lists out its pros and cons.
|*Medela 2 Phase Technology, which claims to be the closest technology mimicking a baby's feeding pattern.|
*One speed/ suction knob to control the speed and suction to a level most comfortable for you.
*One touch letdown button which Medela claims can assist in increasing the volume of milk pumped.
|*Very Sturdy and durable pump which doesn't disappoint even after a few years in storage. |
*Consistency of suction power because it runs on electricity.
* Medela Breast shields come in various sizes to cater to all mothers.
* In the event there is no power source, AA batteries (to be used with an external battery pack) can be easily purchased.
*Medela accessories are easily available online and in stores.
*Light enough to be used with hands free pumping bras like Simple Wishes.
|* The pumps adaptor needs to be brought along since it runs on electricity from a power source.
* The battery pack is an additional accessory which needs to be carried around.
* Most PISAs (excl the Metro Bag) come with an are attached to bag so you need to bring the entire bag along.
*Open pumping system means that the milk may back up into tubes if your milk flow is heavy.
* Tubes which come into contact with milk need to be immediately sterilized and occasionally inspected for mould.
Pump In Style Advanced Carriers
All of the PISA comes with carrier bags. There are 3 different carriers to choose from.
1) The PISA with a Metro Bag – This is the only PISA model which comes in a separate casing, allowing you to detach the motor from the bag as the pump comes in a separate casing.
2) On the Go Tote: – the Motor does NOT come with a separate casing- you would need to carry the tote bag as well when transporting the pump.
3) PISA Backpack: – For mothers who prefer to carry the weight of the pump on both their shoulders.
Pump In Style Advanced PISA Parts
The Medela PISA’s motor is a small rectangular cube-like device. The front cover can be snapped off to be cleaned if milk flows into the tube. (It is also recommended to clean this part if you have a second hand pump, although second hand pumps are not recommended by Medela for hygeine issues.) The rest of the PISA motor is encased in a thin metal casing which should not be removed from the carrier.
2) 24 mm Breast shields:
Most Medela Pumps would come with the standard 24 mm breastshield. This is the standard size that fits most mothers. However if you notice a ring of skin left behind by your nipple in the breast shield, it may be a sign that its too tight. You may want to consider getting a 27mm Personal Fit Breastshield instead. Apart from more comfortable pumping, a correctly fit breastshield may allow you to collect more milk.
Read more about the Breast shields and how to get a proper fit in the Medela Breast Pump Reviews page.
3) Breastshield Connector
This part acts as a funnel, connecting the breast shield to the bottle. The valves and the membranes will also be connected to this connectors and later encased by the bottle.
4) Medela Valves and Membranes
The Medela valve and membrane is where the milk passes through before going into the bottle. The valve is the yellow plastic piece that will be attached to the breast pump connector. The membrane is a small rubber piece that will be attached to the valve.
The membrane affects the pump suction, so if your suction is weak, one of the first parts you should check is the membrane. If it is torn, the pump’s suction wont work and if its worn out and thin, the suction may not be as strong. Therefore its beneficial for you to get a few replacement pieces as spares just incase the inevitable happens.
The membrane and the valve should be washed thoroughly after use. Since its quite a small part, you would need a small brush to get to the hard to reach areas.
The Tubing attaches the breast shield to the pump motor. For some mothers with heavy milk flow, care must be taken to ensure that the milk does not flow into the tubes as this would mean that you need to immediately stop pumping to wash and sterilize the tubes.
Even if milk does not flow back, the inner part of the tube is susceptible to moisture. To dry the tubes, let the pump run for about 10-15 mins with the tubes still attached (disconnect the breastshield connectors). If this is not sufficient, you can run rubbing alcohol through the tubes and let it dry in area in a windy, sunny area.
The tubes , especially the yellow head, is susceptible to mould so be sure to check it for any black specs of mould as this can get into the breast milk.
How does a PISA work?
Watch a video of how to assemble and use the Medela Pump In Style Advanced.
You can also read more about the Pump in Style Advanced (PISA) on the Medela US Website.
If you require a pump that is more handy and portable, you might want to check out the breast pump review of the Medela Freestyle.
If you are still undecided and uncertain about choosing a breast pump or not sure whether its the right time, you might want to refer to our guide to choosing a the best breastpump.