Travel Friendly Breast Pump Review: Medela Freestyle
I’ve had quite a few people ask me about which breast pump I would recommend for traveling and to be honest, I haven’t been able to provide them with a proper answer until this year. Although I have three children and breastfed each one of them, pumping is not something I had ever considered or had any interest doing. My kids are always with me, so why spend the time and energy pumping when they can get it ‘straight from the tap’ so to speak.
This year was a little different. I am blessed to be able to work from home but 2012 was a busy year for travel and with meetings and conferences to attend, there were times that I would be away from my son for a couple of hours at a time. Because of this, my husband needed a way to feed him while I was out.
I had heard many great things about the Medela Freestyle and during the ABC Expo in 2011, had to opportunity to take a closer look. The unit fits into a travel sized tote, so I figured it would be a great pump for traveling. I was right!
The Freestyle is Medela’s very first hands-free, double-electric pump. The pump fits in the palm of your hand and is quite lightweight. You don’t need to be near an electric outlet while pumping, so it is really, really great for on-the-go. I didn’t find the pump uncomfortable at all and was able to pump quite a bit, filling both 5 oz bottles in one shot. The great thing about this pump is that it mimics how babies breastfeed. There is the Stimulation Phase and Expression Phase. The pump allows you to control the strength and suction of the pump for your own comfort.
The Freestyle comes packaged in a black microfiber tote bag and includes:
- The pump
- Battery charger
- Insulated cooler bag with ice pack
- 5 oz/150 mL BPA-free breastmilk bottles and lids
- 1 Double pumping kit
- 2 – Medium (24 mm) PersonalFit™ breastshields
- 2 – Large (27 mm) PersonalFit breastshields
- 2 – Freestyle breastshield connector bodies
- 1 – Set of tubing
- 2 – Membranes
- 1 – Hands-free accessory kit
- Instructions for use
- Breastfeeding Information Guide
Medela sells the award-winning Calma nipple which fits on the bottle. I’m not sure if it was due to my son’s age or his preference, but he didn’t like this nipple so we switched him over to a different one.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this pump as I quite honestly couldn’t find anything wrong with it. It is very easy to use, comfortable, lightweight, portable and I was able to express more than I originally anticipated. Win, win!