Breastfeeding or formula feeding? Or both?
It’s a question that most mamas are asked at least once during their pregnancy. And we’ve all been told about the benefits of breastfeeding, right?
Fortunately for me I have been successful at breastfeeding both my babies, but I’ve had a little help here and there along the way.
The Medela breast pumps have been the best sidekick this nursing mama could ask for.
Like many new moms, I had some latching issues with my first baby and breastfeeding didn’t come naturally. To establish my milk supply, I started using the hospital-grade Medela Symphony rental pump for the first month of my daughter’s life. This double pump enabled me to provide enough sustenance for my little one until we got the whole breastfeeding thing figured out.
After renting a pump for the first month, I perused the Medela website to see all the other types of pumps they had available. I really wanted a double pump, but my budget at the time didn’t support splurging on a double pump. So we purchased a Medela Swing pump.
The Swing pump did the trick for my daily pumping needs. However, because it was a single pump I felt like I constantly had a pump on my boob. Although the pumping took up a lot of my time, it wasn’t a big deal because I only had one baby to care for. It forced me to just relax, chill out, and watch some daytime TV without guilt – after all, I was working hard to provide nourishment for my baby, right?
When my second baby was on her way, I knew that I’d need to get a double breast pump. There was no way that I’d have 30-40 minute increments throughout the day to spare just to express my milk.
Well, my latest and greatest breastfeeding side-kick is the Medela Pump In Style Advanced (PNSA) double breast pump.
The Pump In Style Advanced pump comes in a sharp looking microfiber tote bag that discreetly hides the pump and the accessories needed for on-the-go pumping or in my case, just toting around the house.
The tote bag has an integrated motor unit as well as a little cooler that holds an ice pack and four 150 ml bottles. It’s a fairly small tote bag, yet it’s big enough to turn it into mini diaper bag if you are heading out for a bit with baby.
The PNSA’s 2-phase expression technology does a great job tricking my boob into thinking my lil’ one is sucking. It only takes me 10-13 minutes to drain my breasts and then I’m off being mom again. With two babies under 18-months old, I need all the time I can get!
If I ever need to just pump one breast, I can take out one of the tubing lines from the motor unit, plug the hole and voila…the PNSA is now a single pump. Note: I found that if I pushed the plug too far into the suction hole, the other side wouldn’t pump as well. As soon as I pulled the plug outward slightly – leaving it just barely plugging the unused hole – the side I was pumping on had a lot more suction.
I like that the Pump In Style Advanced has a battery pack included. I have yet to use it but having the option to use the AC adaptor or the battery pack is appreciated.
The Medela Pump In Style Advanced has been a wonderful addition to my mommy essentials tool kit and I’d highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a double breast pump. I’m a Medela mom!
To learn more about Medela products, please visit www.medelabreastfeedingus.com.
Disclaimer: I was given the Pump In Style Advanced by Medela for my review. I was allowed to keep the product, but the opinion I am sharing remains my own.