Medela sent me its latest pump, the Medela Swing Breast Pump. This is Medela’s first single electric pump. It’s small and light-weight and could fit easily in a purse or briefcase. Since my pumping days are over, I gave it to my friend Eliana to give it a test run. Here’s what she had to say:
The Swing is a welcome addition to the arsenal of any breastfeeding mom on the go. As a working traveling mom the best I could do before the Swing was to remove the heavy cumbersome rectangular motor from the Pump In Style backpack and schlep it in my carry-on. The pump took up much of the suitcase and was extremely heavy- especially when loaded with large heavy batteries. The Swing in contrast is light, compact, and just as powerful.
The pump motor unit is neat and user-friendly. The circular shape fits neatly into its own carrying pouch with plenty of room to hold all the necessary attachments. Four large buttons make the pump’s 2-phase expression a cinch to operate. You simply start by pressing the power button to begin the stimulation phase. Once your milk starts to flow you press the expression phase to continue pumping or let the expression phase begin on its own after 2 minutes. The strength of the suction is easily adjusted with the large “+” and “-” buttons- there are no knobs to fiddle with and no tiny buttons to adjust. The body has a long shoulder/neck strap that enables the pumper to actually wear the pump during use- eliminating the need to find a clean stationary place to set up shop (super helpful when you find yourself pumping in a skanky airport bathroom).
The Soft-Fit breastshields are comfortable and effective, and the one piece design of the pump body makes for less loose parts to lose on the road.
The motor runs on 4 AA batteries (much lighter than the heavy batteries needed for other models) and comes with a power cord. The suction is powerful and consistent. The Swing pump is quieter than the Pump-In-Style but louder than a manual. You wouldn’t want to use this while on a conference call unless you are working for a drum company. Each powerful pump ends with the slightly grating sound of a lightly clapping cymbal. The other drawback is that the Swing is strictly for single pumping- so if double pumping is a requirement then you are best to stick with the Pump-in-Style. Personally, I could never handle the logistics or schlepping involved in double pumping and single pumped even with my Pump-In-Style, so the Swing was a perfect solution. Powerful and tough enough for daily use but compact and light enough to slip into a purse (albeit a large purse). Overall a solid product and a more convienient option for nursing mom’s on the go.
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