Neat Things About The Medela Double Breast Pump

Tips for choosing a breast pump

A breastfeeding journey is unique to every woman. Feeding our children is the priority and breastmilk is the first biologically normal food for humans. The reasons for pumping vary greatly, but  we all want an easy to use, safe pump that can help us maximize our breast milk output.

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Medela Canada and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

As a first time mom, I wanted to build my supply so I could have a small stash in the freezer for those times I desperately needed to have some “me time” as well as have milk on hand for when I returned to work after my maternity leave.

For the next babe a few years later, I barely pumped other than at work to maintain my supply. A single electric pump was enough for me to use once per day. I can remember listening to the pump near the end of my breastfeeding days and wondering how much longer it was going to last. It seemed loud and it took me close to 30 minutes to empty both breasts.

5 Things To Love About The Medela Breast Pump

breast pumping for twins

We have twins on the way now and having a pump like the Medela Freestyle Double Electric Pump seems like a great idea! Breastfeeding is really important to me. I breastfed my other babies for a combined total of 38 months and plan to breastfeed these babies as long as we are all happy.

Different Size Options For Your Nipples

I’m not pumping yet, but I did play with the Freestyle. It was easy to set-up and the Quick Start guide was very helpful. It disassembles easily for cleaning and is straightforward to put back together properly (necessary when you are operating with a lack of sleep). There are two sizes of flanges, the piece of the pump that goes against your breast, included (24mm and 27mm) with the option of purchasing smaller and larger flanges if needed. Based on the visual aid in instructions, the 24mm should work for my breasts.

Let’s You Do Your Thing

The Medela Freestyle pump has a belt clip and straps that allow you to have hands-free capability. How awesome that you can get stuff done if needed while pumping!

A Workhorse Battery Life

I let the pump run for awhile and it looks like the pump battery life is as good as Medela claims, about 3 hours. I have a friend that swears the Freestyle pump battery goes a very long way in between charges. It’s a small pump too, so it takes up minimal room.

The Freestyle comes with a well sized plain black bag that has more than enough space to take the entire package along with you plus any additional items that may ease let down for you. This includes the mini cooler plus ice pack and space for 4 bottles. I can take this pump anywhere without needing to find a power source or refrigerator.

I also like that this pump is designed to be used on a regular basis. It’s a workhorse for someone looking to use it several times a day, every day. When I head back to doula work, I will need to be able to express milk quickly and easily as I never know how long I’m going to be away from my family. Babies tend to come on their own schedule.

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BPA-free Bottles

I really like that all parts that touch breast milk are made without BPA, DEHP, and other phthalates. We have enough to worry about…I don’t want to have to worry about toxins leaching into my breastmilk.

Helps With Your Let Down

The Freestyle has the ability to operate as a single or double pump, depending on your need at the moment of use. The pumping noise is really quiet, you aren’t going to be waking babies with excessive honking.

The Freestyle has Medela’s patented 2-Phase Expression Technology and is scientifically proven to produce more milk in less time. It allows you the flexibility to program your own “let down” time as well.

Let down is the release of milk after they have been stimulated by baby suckling at your breast. There’s a release of oxytocin and a feeling of release from your breast. Let down time can vary between women, so it’s nice to be able to set the first phase to the time your body needs.

Four simple tips to help with let down

Here are 4 tips to help you with let down that I’ve picked up from friends, colleagues and used myself:

  1. Take unwashed pjs along with you in your pump bag or at your station. Every baby has a unique smell that can help trigger your let down. Pictures of your baby can help as well.
  2. Have a bottle of water in hand and drink more than you express. Breastfeeding and pumping requires a lot of hydration. Dehydration can lower your milk supply.
  3. Keep snacks in your pump bag or at your station that are high in protein and good fats. A satiated mom tends to make more milk.
  4. Don’t focus on the volume of milk you pump, especially before let down occurs. Focus on your baby instead. The pressure to release a large quantity of milk sometimes hinders let down. Cover up the bottle or look away.

Tips for let down while using a breast pump

I feel confident adding the Freestyle to my breastfeeding support plan for our babies. I have extra support staying with us to help me stay fed and hydrated, an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) on speed dial, my confidence in the birthing process and now an award winning double electric pump designed to help me build and maintain my milk supply.

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Medela Canada and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.