Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Featured Product Review: Medela Freestyle Breastpump
For the last few weeks, I have been using the Medela Freestyle Breastpump to help me pump off what my son doesn't use at the end of the day and I have to say that I'm in love with this pump.
When designing this pump they have left nothing out. Medela has created a product that is not only easy to assemble and operate, but it surprisingly quiet compared to other products I have used.
Here is what I found:
This pump weighs less than 1 pound and can fit in the palm of your hand. It features a digital display LCD screen, that is backlit for those late pumping sessions and a memory button so that you can save your favorite pumping pattern for the next pumping session.
The rechargeable battery makes it convenient for moms who need to use the pump at work, but can't always be near a power source. It allows for 3 hours of pumping time per charge.
Even though I don't have a lot of milk to pump off at the end of the day, this pump does it efficiently. The first 2 minutes of the cycle mimics the quick sucking that your baby does to bring your milk in and then it kicks into 'let down' mode, which is a longer, stronger pumping motion that really gets your milk out.
Now that my milk is established, I don't wait the 2 minutes. A let down button allows moms to put the kick into the longer sucking mode sooner than the two minutes if you need it. The Freestyle can pump 5 ounces off in just over 6 minutes, which is impressive at 4 am.
Busy moms will also like that a convenient hands free accessory kit ( belt, belt extension, hands-free straps hands-free adapters and bra adapters) has also been included to allow you to pump while reading a book or checking your e-mail. The pump attaches to the belt to fit around your waist, with the horns attaching to your bra for a true hands-free experience.
Medela has included a discreet tote bag to keep the pump in when you are not using it. The inside of the tote has many different compartments to accommodate diapers, wipes and other baby gear as well as your pumping equipment for a day away from home.What's included: