When it comes down to breast pumps, there are really only two brands that you are going to consider: that is Medela, and Ameda. Depending on who you talk to, they’re going to say different things. A lot of breast pump enthusiasts believe that Medela’s complexity and high-tech designs triumph over Ameda’s more basic, but cheaper products, and vice-versa. Ultimately it’s going to come down to your own personal preference, but if you ask me, I would prefer going with the snazzier, but slightly pricier Medela products.
Why? Because at the end of the day you’re not going to care how much you spent on your breast pump, you’re going to care about how easily you were able to yield the right amount of milk. Everything that Medela stands for has to do with speed, comfort, and efficiency. Some of the best features available on Medela products are their Let-Down Button, which vastly helps the initial flow of milk, their cooling bags, which can hold up to four bottles of milk and help keep them cool and avoid spoiling, and their extreme versatility in their different pumps. Medela products can allow you to pump both breasts at the same time, again, showcasing their speed and efficiency. No matter what Medela you use, you are going to feel comfortable, and very proud after you yield more milk with a Medela product than you have previously with any other.
But of course every brand has their flaws – it’s just the nature of the game. Even some of the best Medela breast pumps out there will not always be the perfect machine that you want them to be. Nevertheless, I have to say that the flaws are few and far between. For one, they can be difficult to keep clean. If you’re an experienced parent, then cleaning things shouldn’t really be an issue. I’ll put it this way – cleaning a breast pump will only be the beginning. Some products are known to get a little noisy. Definitely wouldn’t advise using the breast pump outside of your home, or at night because of the noise. One feature that does seem to be missing out of many of their products, especially in their advanced Medela Pump in Style, is a timer function. Some mothers really like their pumps to be set on times, but personally it’s just another thing to maintain.