Medela breast pumps have been around for years — there is a reason for this! They make a great product!
The most asked question to me as a mother and a doula has always been “Which pump should I buy?” Here’s the thing. For 3 pregnancies, I used a Medela Pump In Style exclusively. It was a workhorse. Never had any issues! In this post I will give you pros and cons for the top 3 pumps Medela on the market. This is not a comprehensive rundown on each pump, just a quick pro/con list. I will be sure to write a more in depth description about each. Medela is a known brand – Just about any woman who has ever lactated has heard of Medela and it has been recommended to them by another mom! For a long time, it was considered the <only!> best option on the market!
Pump In Style (Or any of the models of Pump In Style also known as a PISA)
- Medela Products are Tried and True
- Pumping parts are easy to find
- Many different sizes of bottles and flanges
- Can get a car adapter for pump
- Nearly all insurances cover this pump
- A very familiar brand with other moms
- Has great accessories
- Reasonable price
- Not as gentle as other pumps on the market
- Not a closed system
- Doesn’t have an internal battery option
- Small And Portable
- Comes with a Belt to clip Pump on and a device to attach pump to bra
- Internal Re-chargeable Battery
- Must Use with only Freestyle Connectors (Harder to find)
- Expensive price tag compared to other pumps
- Very loud pump compared to anything on the market
- Not closed system
Symphony Hospital Grade
- Gentlest pump on the market
- Frequently used on Mother/Baby Units so many Lactation Consultants are familiar with this pump
- Hospital Grade Pump with exceptional quality
- Whisper Quiet Pump
- Has a card that changes settings/suction for Premature Delivery
- Can be rented (Often covered by insurance for specific medical necessity)
- Has a very hefty price tag (About $1900 new)
- Hard to find tubing and diaphragms locally
- Very large and Bulky – hard to use on the go, hard to find bags to carry it in on the go.
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Read Here to learn the Pros & Cons about Medela’s biggest competitor, Spectra Pumps.
Written by Melanie Binversie