I’ve always been a breastfeeding advocate, knowing fully well the superiority of mother’s milk over infant formula. Thus, in anticipation of my return to work before Peanut was born, one of the things I knew I needed to invest in was a breast pump. After a lot of online research and asking around, it didn’t take long for me to conclude that the Medela Free Style was the one for me.
Here are the things that I love about the Medela Free Style:
1. It is cordless, thereby freeing me from the hassle of having to look for a private place where I can pump…with a place to plug the pump in. It goes without saying that this cordless feature is perfect for traveling. A single charge lasts me for a week or two, given an average of 2-3 pumping sessions per day at 10 minutes per session. [NB: As a rule of thumb, try to express milk every 3 hours that you are away from your baby. That means 2-3 pumping sessions in the office per day.] There’s a handy-dandy battery level indicator to let you know, more or less, when to charge the pump unit.
2. The pump unit is small and light and can easily fit into any bag.
3. Despite being cordless, suction power is not compromised at all. This was my only concern about the Free Style before buying it but I checked Medela’s site for the specs and saw that its suction power equals Medela’s other pumps.
4. Despite its commendable suction power, the Free Style is quieter than most breast pumps.
5. Adjusting the suction and speed is as simple as pressing the relevant buttons. Best of all, you can program your preferred suction level and when the pump should switch from ‘Stimulate’ to ‘Letdown’ mode.
6. The Free Style allows for double- or single-pumping. Double-pumping means time savings; single-pumping is useful when you need to top up your supply and pump while feeding your baby at the same time.
The only thing I dislike about the Free Style is how sometimes the power button gets accidentally pressed by other items, thereby draining the battery. My solution: arranging the pump unit with the tubing in front to serve as a sort of buffer. I always take special care when rolling up the tubing so that it doesn’t get folded.
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