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The Winner of the Medela Freestyle Pump

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AND A FURTHER UPDATE: To see a comment from Hope, the pump winner, read below. She lives in Malaysia! There are pumping moms around the world!
Hi Andi! Thank you for giving me the chance to participate and win the Medela Freestyle. I was and still am really excited upon hearing the good news. It’s great to know people at Mamaknowsbreast and Medela care about women and their needs as they venture into motherhood. As a reader from Malaysia, I believe your quest in spreading knowledge on the importance of breastfeeding is truly inspiring! I’m sure you’ve touched the hearts of women all around the world. Keep up the great work! Thank you and God bless! :)
UPDATED: Thank you to everyone who left a comment for a chance to win a Medela Freestyle Pump. I loved reading what you had to say! There really is no shortage to pumping stories! And now…drum roll… the winner is Hope. Congratulations! Here’s her comment:

I’m due this coming October and I’ve been reading up on how to provide the best for my baby. My mom exclusively breastfed my brothers and sisters and I, and I’d love to do the same for my baby. The only difference is that my mom didn’t have to go to work, whereas I do. So, I’ve been reading up on breast pumps and I’ve found that Medela is the best in the market! But it’s quite pricey and I don’t know if I can afford it. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found this contest. It’s like a blessing in disguise. A lot of great information and the chance to win a Medela Freestyle Breastpump. It’s the most practical solution because it’s lightweight and compact, yet has everything I would need to include breast pumping in my daily schedule. I’ve also been reading on bpa-free bottles and to know Medela has taken this into account just gives me more confidence in the name itself. I really hope to win so that I can always provide the best for my baby. PS: During our last checkup, we found out our baby’s a boy! :)
Posted by: Hope | June 29, 2008 08:55 PM

BACK TO THE ORIGINAL POST:
Ok, all you pumping mamas…here it is. The latest and greatest pump from our friends at Medela. The Freestyle is Medela’s first hands-free, double-electric pump. Just attach it to your bra and get back to your emailing and phone calls. It’s really small, light-weight and best of all, the Medela bottles are BPA free.

Medela is giving away this pump. So if you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment answering this question: What is your best pumping story? And if you haven’t had a baby yet, why do you need this pump? (The deadline to enter is July 1, 2008).

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This post is part of our monthly breastfeeding carnival. To read the other entries about pumping, go here:
* The Motherwear Breastfeeding blog has tips for introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby.
* Raising Baby Bee writes about pumping at work.
* Breastfeeding Mums has some pumping tips.
* Breastfeeding 1-2-3 writes about exclusively pumping for a baby with a cleft palate.
* Hobo Mama writes about donating milk for an adopted baby.
* Adventures of a Breastfeeding Mother shares her pumping tips.
* Mike and Toni’s writes about how a pumping experience turned into a business idea– hands free pumping supports.



119 Responses to “The Winner of the Medela Freestyle Pump”

I am having another baby and plan on breast-feeding exclusively which i have never done before. When my son was born he wanted nothing to do with breast-feeding and I went through 2 different manual pumps and an electric before I gave up after pumping exclusively for 10 weeks. My next child I was a SAHM so a pump wasn’t necessary but this time I am in School full time to get my teaching credentials and I need something easy and compact so I can pump between classes. I had already decided on a Medela, but when I saw this I knew its compact size would be the best for me.

This is my first child and of course want nothing but the best for my baby. (That is why I plan on breast feeding) I have read nothing but excellent reviews on the Medela and would love to have one of my own.

My don’t have a funny breastfeeding story just a normal breastfeeing mommy story. Breastfeeding my baby was the most important thing to me. My mother, however, was very unsupportive of my decision. Therefore I educated as much as possible so I could give my baby the best, my breast milk, and for as long as possible. Thankfully I have a wonderful breastfeeder… and a boy who LOVES to eat!! I wanted to purchase a Medela pump but was unable to because of the cost so I got a different pump after much research. It works alright but not as good as the Medela my sister-in-law used. While on maternity leave I pumped between my son’s feedings so I could get a “stash”. Now that I am at work and pumping there during the day I wish more than ever I had a Medela pump. My son is a BIG eater… 2 1/2 months and eating 8 ounces at each feeding. So to pump that much at each pumping is not an easy task with my current pump. Having a Medela pump would make my whole breastfeeding experience even better and last a lot longer. Breastfeeding is such a wonderful thing and an amazing gift to give my children. Thank you Medela for making such a wonderful pump to help make working breastfeeding moms be able to breastfeed longer.

My pump-in-style is on it’s last legs and as a full-time working mom, it’s a necessity! I’ve been dreading replacing it – good pumps are spendy.
Best pumping story – hubby seeing me pump for the first time said “I guess it does work the same as milking a cow.” Just what a 2 week post-partum mom wants to hear.

I have to admit – I don’t have a pumping story to share because I have been hesitant to use my small, single breast pump, exclusive of a few situations (weddings, prolonged separations, etc.). However, despite my unwillingness, I will be returning to work in September and will need a pump to continue exclusively breastfeeding my eight month-old daughter. I have a lot of support for my breastfeeding decision in my life (husband, parents, friends), but there are so many people who have felt the need to tell me that I “won’t last long” breastfeeding once I return to work because it will be too much of a hassle. Please! As if I would let something like that stop me from properly nourishing my baby! I plan on *confidently* nursing my baby until she is ready to wean and this pump would definitely help me do so. I refuse to let going back to work force me to change my feeding decision. And I look forward to proving all those nay-sayers wrong!
Thanks for your consideration!

I could use this pump because I am expecting a daughter in less than two weeks!:)

When I was born – weighing in at a whopping 8 pounds – I was a bit yellow. Instead of daily improvement, as is the norm, the jaundice got progressively worse. My mom had to quit nursing me — for mother’s milk was suspected of contributing or causing baby’s yellowness back then. Mom was convinced that her milk was not the culprit but when I was transferred to the ICU when the bilirubin number escalated alarmingly, she was impelled to rent an electric pump from La Leche League to make certain her maternal supply didn’t run dry in the interim.
Sadly she looked on as I was bottlefed formula in the Intensive Care Unit, where I spent the next couple of weeks. To this day, she quotes the ICU nurse (who wasn’t used to handling a full-term hefty infant): “We call her Butterball — she actually drains a full four ounces of Similac in one sitting!!”
P.S. I wasn’t fussy. Following the short-term ordeal (and a procedure that restored equilibrium to my delicate system), I was happy to take up nursing – exclusively – again in my mom’s loving arms, for many more “fulfilling” months.
Now, over thirty years later, I happily and excitedly look forward to motherhood (am due before summer’s end).
But alas, times have changed and while I’d like nothing better than to stay home and be a full-time mom, we cannot afford such luxury. Following my maternity leave, I will (sigh) return to the work force — but am determined not to deprive my baby of the nutrition custom-made for her/him and plan to make good use of my coffee breaks. No chit-chat at the water cooler; I will be busy pumping and preserving, to ensure that baby gets what s/he deserves, for only the finest will do! (I had a good teacher!)

I have been pumping until now with a manual pump, and it is becoming quite tedious and tiresome. As a nursing student, I am always missing class because it takes me quite a while to pump. Having an electric one would be a dream.
As for my story – while doing my clinicals one semester – I was pumping in the nurse’s lounge – and of all the people to walk in on me was the only male nurse on the floor. Another nurse quickly told him I was pumping and he turned beet red and quickly left.

definitely the most memorable for me was back in the beginning when pumping and feeding werent going so well. i was trying to pump and finally getting a bit…when my in-laws unexpectedly walked into the house. there i was in full pump mode. i jumped up and tried to cover myself, thus spilling the milk, which then caused me to start crying (because at that stage you definitely cried over spilled milk!) needless to say the in-laws made a hasty exit and never “dropped by” without calling first again!

I’m due this coming October and I’ve been reading up on how to provide the best for my baby. My mom exclusively breastfed my brothers and sisters and I, and I’d love to do the same for my baby. The only difference is that my mom didn’t have to go to work, whereas I do. So, I’ve been reading up on breast pumps and I’ve found that Medela is the best in the market! But it’s quite pricey and I don’t know if I can afford it. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found this contest. It’s like a blessing in disguise. A lot of great information and the chance to win a Medela Freestyle Breastpump. It’s the most practical solution because it’s lightweight and compact, yet has everything I would need to include breast pumping in my daily schedule. I’ve also been reading on bpa-free bottles and to know Medela has taken this into account just gives me more confidence in the name itself. I really hope to win so that I can always provide the best for my baby. PS: During our last checkup, we found out our baby’s a boy! :)

after waiting for 5 long years I have a 4 months old boy
haven’t started to work yet and pumping yet
it would be very useful when I start to work to continue breastfeeding my boy:)

My best pumping story: I had always pumped in the bathroom of every place I worked at. I even pumped in bathroom restaurants on the rare nights out. Then one day, one beautiful day, I started a new job and they had a pumping ROOM!!! It was heavenly! I got something like twice my normal amount out in half the time! I’ll never forget that place.

I was unable to breastfeed with my first. I am going to try everything I can to be able to with my second, including several visits with a lactation consultant. I would love to have this pump to help with this.

the freestule pump will be extremely useful after the baby, when i have to return to work.

My best pumping story is not about me. A friend adopted a premie baby who was born at 25 weeks. She was able to go around to all of her friends who bf and they all pumped regularly for her for months. This baby was raised on breastmilk until he was old enough that they didn’t have to worry about survival. Then some of the mothers still came by on a daily basis and bf-ed him themselves.

I am a qualified midwife and after a few years of waiting, i am expecting my first child. I feel i have it all planned out!! I am determined to succeed with breast feeding and have worked with mums instructing them on the use of the medela pump in the Neo natal unit. We have had numerous pumps but this one was always my personal favourite as you could see the mums were relaxed using it. I am so excited about my future motherhood and ye would make my pregnancy by supplying me with this pump as I know i would make use of it…. please consider me!!
A cant wait to be Mother

It’s amazing how fast pumping becomes part of your life. Last August I delivered my son at 30 weeks, and he wasn’t even allowed to put him to the breast for four weeks. For the first three months, I pumped 7-8 times a day, including once in the middle of the night, until he could latch.
My clearest memory of those early days in which my milk was all I could give him is of sitting in our dark living room, pump chugging away, at 5 in the morning, every night for weeks on end, watching videos and looking at pictures of my son.
Insurance didn’t cover a dime of the pump I rented for six months, nor the pump I bought. I still pump 3 times a day to provide the milk he drinks at daycare. I sincerely hope I won’t have to exclusively pump next time for any length of time!

Hi Andi! Thank you for giving me the chance to participate and win the Medela Freestyle. I was and still am really excited upon hearing the good news. It’s great to know people at Mamaknowsbreast and Medela care about women and their needs as they venture into motherhood. As a reader from Malaysia, I believe your quest in spreading knowledge on the importance of breastfeeding is truly inspiring! I’m sure you’ve touched the hearts of women all around the world. Keep up the great work! Thank you and God bless! :)

Hi Andi! I’ve received my Medela Freestyle and have recently tried it out. It’s definitely a must-have! I love it to bits and have already recommended it to friends who are also breastfeeding mommies. Basically, I love it because its efficient, very user-friendly, light weight, compact, easy to clean, easy to assemble, has a rechargeable battery and thus is portable, has a digital screen, makes timing easy, has memory, comes with a contoured ice pack and storage bag, and of course I love the wonderful and practical tote bag! I also love the fact that it’s hands-free and allows me to do other things while pumping. For a first-time mommy and first-time breast pump user, I got a total of almost 6oz using the Freestyle! The only setback from the kit that I received was that a couple of the bottles were badly scratched. But since everything else was in order, I’ve got no complaints. And I just love this wonderful pump! I highly recommend it to working mommies out there. Thank you so much, Andi and Medela, for giving me one of the greatest gifts for my baby. God bless!

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