Right before I gave birth to my daughter, my cousin dropped off her Medela Pump in Style breastpump that was barely used. She had to go back to work almost immediately after her baby was born, and did not have enough milk to pump for her baby. I went out and purchased a new set of tubing and pump accessories, and my 1 year relationship with Medela began.
In the hospital, I was given a hospital grade pump and was encouraged to pump by the nurses. In retrospect, I think that the skin to skin bonding with my baby would have jump started lactation a lot earlier. I remained in the hospital for 4 days, and still did not have a full supply of milk by the time I came home. By the time my daughter was about 2 weeks old, I finally experienced engorgement and had my milk in at full force. I was fortunate enough to be able to nurse my baby AND have enough milk to pump and store for when I returned to work.
The Pump in Style remained my best friend and closest connection to my baby while I was at work. Pumping milk for her was my labor of love: making up for the immense guilt I felt for having to return to work and giving her the best possible nutrition I could. I pumped in the morning before I left for work, two or three times during my work schedule, and then once before I went to sleep. Before I left for work and as soon as I came home I would nurse my baby. She was a one boob baby – always satisfied before emptying my first breast, so instead of keeping my unused breast uncomfortably full, I would pump that side. This went on for an entire year. By the time my baby was 10 months old, I had stocked up so much milk, I even considered donating it. That is, until my milk supply started dwindling from a change in my schedule.
If it weren’t for my Medela Pump in Style (and my drive), I would have never been as successful as I was. I had heard about manual pumps and other electronic pumps from friends and relatives – who were not able to keep up their supply and express as much milk in a short amount of time. I always recommend Medela to my newly expecting friends and share my experiences with them.
Since I drove my Pump in Style through the mud for a year and totally overworked it, I thought that for my second baby I would need a new pump. I had the opportunity to review the Medela Freestyle – the Lamborghini of pumps, and while I loved my Pump in Style, I think I have a crush on the Freestyle!
The Freestyle has a lot more features than the Pump in Style – although I have NOTHING bad to say about my Pump in Style besides it being a bit on the bulky side. I love the hands-free feature of the Freestyle, as well as the compact design. The LED display on the Freestyle tell you how long you have been pumping for. The Freestyle includes a rechargeable battery that holds 3 hours of pumping time – so you don’t have to fumble for an outlet when you are pumping on the go – yes, I have pumped in my car on more occasions than I would like to admit.
Whether you are looking at the Medela Pump in Style Advanced or the Freestyle, you know that you have a trusted name in breastpumping accessories when you are using Medela. Not only do they make breastpumps, but they also have an extensive line of breastfeeding and pumping essentials, such as lanolin cream for sore nipples, breastmilk storage bags that are safe to freeze, nipple shields, and more!
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