Medela is a commonly heard brand when you think about breast-feeding and pumping. Today I will be doing a review of the Medela Freestyle Breastpump. The Medela Freestyle Breastpump is a lightweight, double electric, portable, rechargeable, open system breast pump. Medela Freestyle Breastpump is meant for multiple pumps per daily.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump weighs about 14 ounces. Medela Freestyle Breastpump is very portable and easy to hold. I can easily hold the Medela Freestyle Breastpump in one hand. I love that the Medela Freestyle Breastpump is portable. I do not have to stay in one place while I pump. I can, and have, used my Medela Freestyle Breastpump in the car. Medela Freestyle Breastpump can be charged and hold a charge for up to 3 hours for multiple uses during this time frame.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump is a double electric breast pump. This means you can pump both breasts at the same time. The benefit to this is most women are able to pump more milk when pumping both breasts at at the same time. Medela Freestyle Breastpump does have the option to only pump one side at a time.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump is an open system breast pump. An open system breast pump means the collection system is open. The motor, tubing and flanges all connect with no barrier between them. This means there is a chance milk can enter the pump motor and/or the tubing. Once milk is in the pump motor you are unable to clean it out. If milk gets into the tubing or the motor there is a chance mildew will grow. If mildew does grow there is a chance the milk you are pumping can be contaminated because the pumps vacuum draws air through the motor and into the tubing. Because of this, Medela Freestyle Breastpump is meant to be a single person breast pump. This means you should not buy a used Medela Freestyle Breastpump.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump comes with a very stylish and roomy tote bag. The tote bag is big enough to carry the pump, lots of extra bottles and a small cooler. I really love how roomy the tote bag is. I have taken it on vacation with us and love the ease of use. I know all my pump parts and bottles can be contained in the tote. This is also a great way to store my Medela Freestyle Breastpump when I am not using it during the day.
To assemble the Medela Freestyle Breastpump you insert the membrane into the base of the breast shield connector bodies. Place the top over the breast shield connector bodies and the membrane. Screw on your bottle and attach your breast shields. Medela Freestyle Breastpump is very easy to assemble. I love how easy it is. I have not torn or damaged any of my breast pump parts while assembling it. I have also not had to replace the parts in over a year. Once you have assembled the breastsheilds and bottles now you insert the tubing. The tubing is Y shaped. You can pump both breasts or one at a time. To pump one breast at a time you simply insert one side of the tubing on the Y into the base of the Y. If you want to pump both breasts at once, leave both sides of the Y open.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump is very easy to use. Once you are ready to use the Medela Freestyle Breastpump you simply push the power button. The Medela Freestyle Breastpump automatically starts in the simulation, or letdown, phase. This phase consists of short, fast sucks that mimics what a baby does when they first go to the breast. This stimulates a letdown. This phase lasts for 2 minutes. If you would like to go on to longer, deeper suction sooner you can push the simulation phase button which will turn this phase off. If you would like to have a longer simulation phase or a second let down anytime during your pumping session you can push the simulation phase button again and it will continue for another 2 minutes. After the simulation phase is the expression phase. The expression phase mimics the deeper, slower suck of a baby to express your breast milk. At any time you can adjust the strength of the suction. You can increase it or decrease with the push of a button.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump also has a timer on it which allows you to see how long you have been pumping. I love this feature, it allows me to be lazy while I pump. I don’t have to watch the time, I can look at my Medela Freestyle Breastpump and see how long it has been. Medela Freestyle Breastpump has a digital backlit display which allows you to see the display when in dim lighting or when it is dark. I do not pump at night but I imagine this would be very helpful! You do not need full lighting to be able to use and see your Medela Freestyle Breastpump.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump has a memory button which allows you to record your preferred pumping style and go to that easily. The memory button allows you to record your different speeds and phases you prefer. The Medela Freestyle Breastpump comes with personal fit breastshields. I use the Medela SoftFit Breastsheilds which are no longer available. I do not have any experience with the personal fit breast shields.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump rages from $315.99 to $399.99 (depending on the retailer) and comes with 1 freestyle pump, 1 tote bag, 1 battery, 1 ac adapter/charger, 1 removable cooler bag and countered ice pack, 4- 5 ounce bottles with lids, 1 double pumping kit, 2 medium and 2 large personal fit breastsheilds, 2 breastsheild connector bodies, 1 set of tubing, 2 membranes and instructions. You can buy the Medela Freestyle Breastpump online or at most retailers like Target, Walmart, Babies R Us, and Buy Buy Baby. (Target and Walmart seem to have the lowest price.)
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