Product Type: Medela kids equipment
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Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump
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Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump
Advantages: Efficient and compact
Disadvantages: Batteries not as efficient as mains
When my twins were first born I used a hospital style double pump to increase my supply for the first few weeks and after the end of the loan I started looking around for a breast pump that would be efficient and easy to use. The manual pump I had was far too much hard work for the small amounts I was managing to express with it so I knew I wanted an electric one!
I did consider a double pump which I think is necessary if you are going to pump entire feeds for twins. However I was happy to be feeding them myself and just wanted to be able to express enough to top up their feeds if they were still hungry.
After reading lots of reviews I decided I would go a pump that had excellent reviews even if it was expensive with the hope of selling it on after I had finished using it.
The pump parts that come into contact with your milk need to be sterilised so this was done before putting the pump together. It was simple to assemble, the breast shield fits into a connecting unit which screws onto the provided medella bottle. The tubing also fits into the connecting unit and leads the pump. The bottle has a plastic holder so you don't have to holding the bottle whilst you pump, this is very useful as you don't want to be warming the milk. The pump has a belt clip or it can be worn around your neck but these are more suited to away from home use, I just had mine on the sofa.
It is very compact and comes with a bag that holds the pump for travel, light enough to pop in your changing bag when you go out.
Once you are ready to pump you have the choice of plugging the pump in to mains electric or using batteries. I always used to use the mains if I was at home as I found it did run the batteries down very quickly and it didn't pump as strongly when the batteries weren't new. Batteries are a great option though if you are out and need to use the pump.
The pump works in 2 phases, the 1st phase is designed to simulate your baby stimulating your let down and the 2nd phase produces your milk. It has + and - buttons to allow you to adjust the speed your milk is pumped. As everyone is different in the amounts they produce when expressing don't worry if you're not getting much to start with. I found having a large glass of water and a photo of my babies helped to maximise the amount of milk I got. I used to express for 10 minutes each side every morning as this was when I found I got best results and had the time to do it!
After pumping I used to store the milk in the fridge in a bottle or in the freezer in freezer bags, either way didn't take long to prepare it ready for a feed and the babies always drank the expressed milk without any problem.
When both my babies got sick at the same and were hardly feeding I was so glad I had my pump as I was able to express after each attempt at a feed. This kept my supply up and avoided me becoming engorged from excess milk.
My babies never got on with the medella teats so I never used their bottles which have a standard size neck, this meant I had to decant it into the wide necked bottles I did use but this was the only downside to what I found to be an excellent breast pump.
Summary: A great little pump for fast expressing
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