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by Sarah on February 21st, 2011

Breasts pumps are a really personal thing, and so I’m not going to try tell you which is best to use. They’re the sort of thing that need to work with you and your body, and will also depend hugely on how often, and what quantities, you need to express . I know that it’s also possible to express by hand, although I’ve never tried. I’ve heard it can take quite a while to get used to, but once you’re into it, the milk flows much faster.

So, the two breast pumps that I’ve tried are both made by Medela. The first was the Mini-Electric, otherwise known as the Single Deluxe. It is electric, but is known as an “occasional use” pump. It did the job, but took rather long and hurt a little. That was just my experience, it won’t necessarily be yours. From a couple of moms that I’ve spoken to who have also used it, they say that this option is still better to use than a manual pump in terms of ease and time-saving. It might even be worth borrowing a similar pump from a friend (clean well!) before making a decision.
The one that I’ve ended up using is one which my sister gave me. It’s called a  Medela Swing and for me, it works brilliantly. It’s also electric, and I can pump about 150 millilitres (5 0z) in 15 minutes (it doesn’t hurt me at all). The breast shield is really nice and soft, and the different speed settings are easy to adjust, and work really effectively. It does cost more than the Single Deluxe, but I guess if you’re going to pump often (especially if you’re a working mom) I can seriously recommend it.

What’s great about all the Medela pumps is that the parts which come into contact with the breastmilk are BPA-free. And the company as a whole are very pro breastfeeding, with lots of information about it, available on their site.

  • Claudia

    Medela pumps are one person use only – they dont have a one way valve, so milk can get into the electric components and cause mould/spore growth – its actually not recommended to share them at all….they actually state that on their website. Aside from the fact that they dont adhere to the international code for marketing of breastmilk substitutes either…