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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”

Best pumping story? When my 2.5 year old told the neighbors (while outside with Daddy) that I couldn’t come outside because I was pretending I was a cow.
*blinks* :) Good stuff.
(And why do I need this pump? Our PIS is too bulky to take camping and this would be PERFECT.)

Well with my pump going through 1 1/2 babies and me at work, it’s almost at the end of it’s life cycle. I’ve been walked in on a few times, spilled milk, forgotten it on the counter overnight, forgotten my hands free bra, not had time to pump and been very engorged, everything you can imagine with a breastfeeding working mom. I really wouldn’t trade it though. All the funny pumping stories I can think of are worth it.
I suppose the best I can think of is one day I was down in the NICU (I’m a nurse and there’s a pumping room in the NICU), a pediatrician that I work with was there, he didn’t realize I was a breastfeeding mom and begin lightly teasing me, here was our conversation:
Doc-What are you doing in here in the NICU?
Me-I’m using the back room.
Doc-The bathroom?
Me-The back room.
Doc-Don’t they have bathroom upstairs?
Another Doc-She’s going to the pumping room, she’s a breastfeeding mom.
The original Doctor got crimson and was entirely embarrassed. Mostly I thought it was especially funny because he was a pediatrician and couldn’t handle the mention of breasts.

I don’t need to be entered–just felt like sharing!
God smiled on me a few months ago and prompted Medela to offer me a free Freeystyle in return for filling out a survey. This pump is a Cadillac. I love how it has a timer so you know how long you’ve been pumping. And I LOVE-love the memory button that keeps track of intensity and length of stimulation so you can do the same thing the next time!

I need this pump for my wife. We have a baby due a little over a month and haven’t been able to afford the kind of pump we want/need.

This pump looks amazingly easy! With my last child, I used a manual pump while continuing to work. It was a pumping nightmare! I continually developed mastitis because I couldn’t completely empty the breast, and more often than not, I walked out of the conference room (where I pumped) with the “non-pumped” side dripping with breastmilk.
What a luxury item this would be! It would definitely be more healthy for my baby-to-be to use a pump such as this one.

My best pumping story would have to be getting walked in on while pumping at work. I had a nice room to pump in and I worked in a hospital at the time. The only problem was it didn’t have a lock. I posted a sign on the outside of the door each time I was in there, but one day one of my co-workers walked right in and saw me “in action.” It was quite embarrassing, but we are still able to laugh about it today. I happily pumped and breastfed my daughter while working full time for 11 months. It was a huge accomplishment for me, so the embarrassing moment was well worth it! :)

I shared an office with my boss for a little while.
Me: Hey, can I use that empty office?
Male Boss: Why?
Me, fingering my pump: Because…I need it.
Boss: Why can’t you just stay in this office with me?
Me: Because I need some privacy.
Boss: But why?
Me: BECAUSE I NEED TO USE MY BREAST PUMP, is that what you want me to say? Breast pump. Pump. PUMP. NURSING, for the baby.
Boss gone scarlet: Oh, uh, yeah, uh, sure, just lock the door.
Hey! When a girl’s gotta pump, she’s gotta pump!

I want this pump for my darling little first-grandchild-to-be. My daughter is due August 1 and I’d love for her to have a better breast pumping experience than I had (the old-fashioned manual pumps – ouch!). This Medela Freestyle looks like the best idea to come along in breast pumping in a long time!

This is probably not that interesting or funny in comarison to what other women have to say but I will definitely share it.
When I went back to work after my son was born I worked in a cubicle farm. Of course that makes it a little difficult to pump but we did have an empty office from some turnover and that was the one that I would use for pumping. Our Office Manager was a VERY conservative gentleman from India who was very uptight and a bit annoying at times. One time I was pumping and he was looking for me. When I got done someone told me that he was looking for me so I went to find out what he needed. He asked me what he needed and then proceeded to say “what do you do in that office a few times a day?”, which if he paid any attention I actually had a homemade doorhanger that said “Pumping in Progress, Please Do NOT Disturb”. Anyway, I said “that’s where I go to use my breast pump since I am still breastfeeding my son.” The look on his face was PRICELESS!! He looked shocked and startled and was barely able to stammer out “oh, okay, that’s fine, thank you” and grabbed the phone to call someone. Me and my co-workers laughed about that for weeks!
Oh, my other pumping story is a bit more painful. My son had recently gotten his first two teeth and decided that biting mom would be a fun past-time. I was trying to feed him one day and he bit me twice so I decided that he would get a bottle and I would pump in that instance because I just could not be bitten again. I sat him in his swing and proceeded to try to pump. Then I felt the excruciating pain and looked down to see that I was actually bleeding while pumping! I was shocked that he’d bitten me hard enough for me to bleed and immediately had to stop pumping on that side. That was definitely a memorable moment.
Thanks for letting me share! :-)

I don’t have any good stories about pumping. I have never pumped. I have recently given birth to my third child. This child is my first experience with breastfeeding. My first two kids were both bottle fed. I had some trouble with the birth of my first son, and was led to believe that I wouldn’t be able to nurse him. I was uneducated and so upset that I didn’t even try with my next son. Now I am ready. I have been SO scared to do it. I have been breastfeeding my daughter for about 5 months. I am amazed at how wonderful it is. She is so healthy and strong. I am so happy that there are sites like this to help build confidence in women like me. I was so eager to just breastfeed that I didn’t even look at breast pumps when I was pregnant. Now I am looking to share feeding time with my husband. He misses having the experience that he had with our first two kids. I have been shopping around, and am realizing that we will not be able to buy a pump. We don’t any enough money. We are desperately trying to stay out of debt. This pump looks amazing. Hopefully I will be able to try it one day. Good luck!

My best pumping story is not funny or anything. I feel very fortunate to work for a company that has a great mothers room program. There are three different rooms that I can go to in my office complex (varying distances from my cube) that have private cubbies that I can pump as long as I need to. So, nobody has walked in on me or seen me hooked up. There are other moms that I have bonded with and share pictures and stories – that has been one of the best parts besides feeling closer to my son during the work day.

My pumping story might sound simple. My daughter now is a year and two months. Eventhough, I work fulltime, I still BF her exclusively as I pump frequent.. One day a collegue asked me what brand of formula milk that i give to my daughter. I said, ‘None as I feed her my own milk’. He than replied, ‘You are such a cow’.

I am expecting with my first child. The reason why I need this pump is because, my husband and I live in an area where our closest family member is a 9 hour car-drive away. We are both working and with housing market crisis, my dreams of working part-time has been put on hold. The reason why I want the free-style pump is so I can multi-task. I could do some things around the house or when I am working from home (I am allowed to telework as part of my maternity leave), pump and work at the same time. The freestyle pump will be my “little helper” as we enter the world of parenthood.

I bought a pump made by The First Years when I was pregnant(only because it was the cheapest). I used it once – it worked fine. The second time – no go. The suction didn’t work and it was very painful. I was attempting to pump because my three-week old was sick and refusing to eat. She ended up in the hospital for three days with viral menengitis.
My friend loaned me her Medela Pump In Style. My boobs were in heaven! I thought pumping was supposed to hurt, but with the Medela, it was wonderful. I was able to pump and store my milk at the hospital, then bring the unused (frozen) milk home with me when my daughter was discharged. Sadly, my friend needed it back ASAP, so I had to say goodbye.
I priced the different Medela pumps and they are all out of our price range right now. So I must forge ahead with my crappy pump (unless I win :) .

I would love to have this pump! Last year I had twin girls 12 weeks early, I had a terrible time with trying to build up my milk supply because neither of my babies could lack on. I spent many hours with my rental pump only to get 3 oz. of breast milk a day. Finally when my babies could come home I was still pumping because neither one wanted to latch. I was so upset because I badly wanted to BF my babies. I am pregnant again (only one baby this time!) I plan to do everything in my power to breast feed and I need to help establish my milk supply. We can’t afford a pump so I would LOVE to win this!

I’m due in October and excited to breastfeed. I’ve heard horror stories of manual breast pumps and would love to have this one!

When I returned to work I was a paranoid pumper; determined to keep up my supply I employed a variety of tactics to ensure success. Thankfully, they worked, my stockpile has outgrown our refrigerator freezer and we have purchased a small chest freezer to contain the bounty. Recently, another pumping mama friend confided that her baby has been drinking more than she’s been able to pump. I shared my tips & tricks but also offered to share some of my stockpile. It hasn’t come to that yet, but she said that it comforts her to know she has a back-up and it feels great to be able to offer to help. My daughter is almost 9 months now and I am confidant we’ll make it to the 1 year mark with no formula needed. Supplementing with formula (or using it exclusively) is certainly not the end of the world. It is just, for me, ensuring my daughter had only breast milk was my “stand” – I may leave her for work, but I can keep breastfeeding!

Hi
I am due in 2 weeks and will go back to work 6 weeks after birth. My work day are more around the 10 to 12 hours shift. I’ll need a pump that is light weight and allow me to pump wherever I am because I also have to move or travel a lot. The freestyle seems to be an ideal pump for a busy Mom on the go!

Well…I have had many interesting experiences pumping for my son. My son will be a year this week and we’re still breastfeeding which is amazing considering what I’ve done to get to this point. I stayed home with my son for 6 months which made it easier to breastfeed exclusively. I went back to work when he was just 6 months old, pump in tow. I am a NICU nurse and while it may seem to be the most appropriate and accommodating place to support a breastfeeding woman, it was and is still not the case. Because the pumping room is located inside the unit and federal regulations prohibit food/drinks in our unit, I’ve had to pump in our break room. A majority of the nurses are women and very accommodating but I’ve had male respiratory therapists, janitors, maintenance and even managers walk in while I have been pumping, some not as tolerant as others. I’ve even had to endure the condescending looks and disapproving comments. I am always covered up and appropriate but it has been a struggle to find a time and a place in my very busy work day. I’ve pumped many a time in the car…I’ve even tried to pump driving with a hands-free pumping bra (my husband isn’t particularly fond of that practice). The most interesting place I’ve had to pump was in the bathroom at NBC studios while waiting to see the Ellen Degeneres Show. It was THE only place available to pump and I had to do it standing up facing a line of women waiting to use the restroom. It was either that or get engorged. I opted for the former, explaining my way through that 20 minute session. I’ve pumped on airplanes, at the zoo and many other places. We’ve made it a year and I truly believe it was because I made the commitment to my son to provide him with the best possible source of nutrition as long as I was physically capable of doing so.

I’d like to win this pump because I’m looking for ways to support my wife during her pregnancy and having this taken care of would be a nice surprise for her!

I think it was the morning I woke up to find my toddler had unpacked my pump, plugged it in (no, I don’t let him!), attached all the pieces together, lifted his shirt, and was pumping away. :D

The best part about pumping was that it allowed me to store up some milk so I could actually make it to weekly health care appointments (1 hour away) while my husband fed our son. My husband was able to enjoy the delight in feeding our son . . . an experience up until that point was solely my own.
The first time I pumped, my husband was cracking up at how elongated my nipples were during suction. He made me laugh so hard I almost spilled some of the milk.

I’ve exclusively breastfed all of my three kiddos and haven’t ever been able to justify spending money on a really good pump since I stay at home. However, I would love to have one for emergencies and to be able to occasionally go out and still give baby the best possible nutrition!

I’ve only been pumping for a week, so no good stories yet, but I would love to be able to return my rental to the hospital!

I was pumping directly into a storage bag and accidentally squished the bag up from the bottom. It spilled all over the library book I was awkwardly reading one handed!

My story is kind of the after effect of the pumping, our first child was about 1 month old and we went to the park with our church hometeam. About 40 people where at the park and I went to pump. I came back and guess i was not done and the breast pad didnt want to work properly. I was in a conversation with my fathers boss when my husband kept saying loudly I had something on my shirt. I said, thanks and ignored him knowing what it was. He wouldn’t let it go and kept pointing it out. Finally a friend who has two kids told him, umm let it go its breast milk. I was so embarrassed but got over it.

I don’t have a pumping story, but I do have a terrific breastfeeding story… Before my milk came in I was a huge 36DDD—after my milk came in, I was like a massive size R or something hideous. Yikes! Well, just as a joke–and for shock and awe purposes—I had my mom take a picture while my daughter was nursing to send to my sister with the title, “Don’t be jealous!” I included a few other cute (and acceptable) pictures of our baby and cc:’d my mom. When she received the email for some reason she didn’t realized the huge-boob breastfeeding shot was included and forwarded them on to two other ladies that she thought might enjoy some cute baby pics. They were in for a BIG surprise (pun intended). How embarassing!

I borrowed a hospital grade pump right after my daughter was born since I had an oversupply issue and the first time my husband saw me using it he started laughing and saying that I looked like I was a cow in a milk factory (which is precisely what I felt like!). I only ended up purchasing a hand pump since finances were tight at the time but we managed to breastfeed for a year. It would have been great to be able to have a nice and efficient pump but maybe I could win one for the kids I still plan to have!

I’m expecting in December and plan on breastfeeding for the first 3 months but then have to return to work and can’t afford to purchase a breast pump so we’ll be using formula. I would love to win this pump so that I could continue providing breast milk for my baby.

I guess my best pumping story was explaining to my son how the pump worked. He thought the pump put milk into my body!

What a fantastic giveaway. I’ve been pumping at work using the rubber band method for a few weeks, and this looks like a godsend. My favorite pump story is when my 2.5 year old holds the pump parts up to his chest and says “I’m pumpin some milk for my baby!”

Ever since my son was 4 months old, he has been a fussy, distractible nurser (he’s 9 months now). While occasionally he’ll surprise me, he pretty much won’t nurse in public ever, anymore – will only nurse in a quiet dark room with no one else in it! So you can imagine how apprehensive I was when we planned a weeklong vacation which would require two 3-hr flights and a layover. Needless to say, DS wouldn’t nurse on planes or in airports, so I had to pump. I pumped in the waiting areas at the gates….just got down on the floor with the stroller in front of me! The funniest moments were when people would walk close or walk by and I would sort of hunch over and just hope nobody asked me what I was up to! But we got through the whole vacation without supplementing, so I count that as a job well done.
I’ve been coveting the Freestyle ever since I heard about it…that PIS sure was a heavy lug on international flights! It even went with me to the beach when I was going to scuba and my in-laws were going to give DS a bottle. Something smaller and lighter, but just as efficient, would be all I need.

Well my pumping story involves my 11 year old niece, who is a great help, but the other day asked why i pumped, and i explained to have milk for Spencer when i am working, she the said, well why not formula, i said because i want him to have the best possible and breastmilk is it…she reply..oh, that really have a purpose, i just thought there were there for boys to look at.

Oh, I forgot to add my other favorite pumping story, this one not funny: I’m proud to say that when I still had oversupply (prior to 4 months), I was able to send 160 oz. of pumped freezer stash I was certain I’d never use to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Ohio!

I would love to win this pump! I’m due with my first child in Feb and I know from my friends that a pump will allow you to get out of the house every once in awhile. I will also need it if I decide to go back to work. Please pick me! I could really use this!

I have lots of good pumping stories, but here’s one frantic one:
I recently went out of town for 3 days without my husband and kids. I packed my pump in my carryon for the trip there because I was terrified that my baggage would get lost in route and I would be an engorged wreck the entire trip without it.
I pumped and dumped while on the trip, stealing away to my hotel room between meetings.
For the trip back, I packed the pump in my suitcase. I planned on carrying the suitcase on as I did on the trip there.
Much to my horror my flight was canceled. I was able to rush and get an earlier flight. But the flight was full and someone met me at the door to take my baggage. There was no room to stow it overhead.
I handed it over, not thinking.
Then 20 minutes later at 3,000 or so feet I realized that my pump was in the bag and they checked it through to my destination. I was going to have a few hour layover before my connecting flight and I wouldn’t be home until after the baby’s bedtime.
My boobs started to ache knowing that they would not be relieved.
When the plane landed I anxiously waited for people to deplane. There was a family two rows ahead of me with a baby. I was so desperate that I almost suggested they let me borrow their baby for a few minutes. (No, I wouldn’t have actually nursed someone else’s baby!)
I made my way to the front and out to the counter. I frantically explained to the woman that I really needed my bag. I really needed to pump. Is there *any* way that she could have someone get my bag.
I’m not sure if she sensed pain in my eyes or if she was a former nursing mother, but she said she would try.
She asked what my bag looked like. Um, black like everyone else’s. Drat. Oh, wait, I tied a pink bandana to the handle.
She ran down to look. A long line started forming at the counter behind me, people tapping their toes. I kept reassuring them that she would return.
And she did. Carrying my suitcase with my beloved pump inside. She directed me to a family restroom where I was able to plug in my pump and get relief.
Morals of the story: Never let your pump leave your sight if you are traveling without your baby and always tie something colorful to your luggage.

Well, I haven’t needed to pump yet as I’m 20 weeks pregnant, but one of my friend’s hubby was making fun of her while she had her double pump on, so she hooked him up to it – double hickies for him :) Also, last night on the way home from a church trip, we got on the topic of breastfeeding/pumping. Why a 26 year old guy brought it up is beyond me :) Good times…

Why I need this? With my first baby I rented a hospital grade pump – was ready to BF exclusively. Had a terrible experience, baby had high latch, all sorts of complications, I gave up at about 10 weeks. Felt horrible about it. Now baby #2. I didn’t rent a pump b/c I was pessimistic. Now she’s 6+ months, still BF, and I don’t have a pump! Having one would be so helpful…

I have only been pumping for 3 months with my 1st baby so no great stories yet. I keep my Medela pump next to my computer & pump every morning while I check my emails. I just lean against my desk with the breast shields to hold them on & be hands free – wouldn’t this freestyle unit be handy! I bought my pump in style before these hands free ones came out. Still love my pump in style though.

I have only been pumping for 3 months with my 1st baby so no great stories yet. I keep my Medela pump next to my computer & pump every morning while I check my emails. I just lean against my desk with the breast shields to hold them on & be hands free – wouldn’t this freestyle unit be handy! I bought my pump in style before these hands free ones came out. Still love my pump in style though.

Hi I don’t personally need a pump, but my daughter will (she is due in December). Here is my breast pump story: My youngest child was in NICU for 4 weeks, during the first 3 weeks of his life, I had to pump breast milk, as he was not strong enough to be put to the breast. The very first time I went to visit him, after I had been released from the hospital, I was getting on the elevator, and my milk let down! Talk about a nightmare! I had just pumped right before leaving home, and thought that would hold me until later. Thank goodness for the wonderful nursing staff in NICU, they provided me with a scrub top to wear home, and a nice quiet place to pump, again.

One of the first couple days back at work I was borrowing a friends pump and not use to having to pump in the one and only bathroom at work. One of my bosses was out so I locked myself in there to pump. When I was done I forgot to unlock the door. So when I tried to go back I couldn’t get in. I had to have a guy at work crawl through the celing of a neighboring office to get in the office and unlock the door to the office so I didn’t explode later!

No babies (yet), but we travel A LOT. I’ve heard a portable, good breast pump is a must. While some of the hand pumps have been recommended for travel, I have also heard terrible stories of the nozzle or other parts breaking, and them not being as comfortable when they latch on. When you’re trying to breastfeed as long as possible during that first year, why make it more difficult for yourself? I’d love this pump, start off on the right foot! :)

I’m due in August, but I’ll need to go back to work fulltime soon after that. After all the research I’ve been reading, I really want my baby to be able to stay on breastmilk for as long as possible, but the only way I’m going to be able to achieve that is to have a good pump. The hands free one will be perfect! I can actually keep working!

I was totally NOT planning on pumping. I have a one year leave of absence at work, so I knew I would be able to breastfeed whenever I needed to. However…the best laid plans…
Ru snuck out a good 6 weeks early, and was unable to breastfeed. (first because of the CPAP, then because she didn’t have the strength, then because we had to supplement the breastmilk)
Last week we were cleared to stop supplementing. Now at 2.5 months old she doesn’t know how (or doesn’t care to work that hard) feed directly from the breast. We have a rental, so winning this would sure save us some money, especially if we can’t convince her to start nursing properly!

I would absolutely love to win this because I have an Avent Isis manual pump and it takes me FOREVER to pump both sides. It is not convenient because it takes so long and I don’t have anywhere to store my pumped milk. Thank you for this opportunity.

Our son is due any day now. I may not actually need to use it so I am entering with the possibility of sharing the pump with friends of my La Leche League who might be in need.

My first daughter was in the NICU for two weeks and had to be tube fed for awhile. We were able to borrow a huge pump for a couple of months. When my second daughter was born, she wouldn’t breastfeed and we couldn’t borrow a pump so we fed her formula, even though I would have liked to BF her. We want to have another kid in a year and I really want to breastfeed, but I’m afraid that baby wont latch either so my hopes of them getting breastmilk will be gone. This would help out so much to calm my fears.

No baby yet (very soon though!), but have you seen the prices of good pumps? I can’t afford that I definitely need a good one since I”ll be working full time.

I would pump due to mastitis and my son loved the sound of the pump. We jokes that it was “talking” to him.

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