Medela Freestyle Review – Right Choice for Moms on the Go?

When my oldest child was born, I got all kinds of advice from friends and relatives which ranged from life-saving tips to silly suggestions. The most useful thing anyone told me then was to do absolutely everything I could to make everyday things easier for myself.

Getting the Medela Freestyle is a good way to make pumping quick and easy. You can use it for double pumping, a significant time-saver for moms who pump several times a day.

I’ll give you a run-down on this pump, cover the pros and cons, and compare it to some other pumps  with similar features.


Overview

What You Get in the Package

Since it’s created for moms on the go, this pump comes with an elegant tote bag. You can fit some other essentials in it as well as the pump.

You also get a cooler bag for storing your milk, four bottles with lids, and two bottle stands. All of these items are high-quality, though I’ve noticed that the bottles can leak depending on your position.

This pump uses rechargeable batteries, which can get you through several uses before running out. It comes with a 12-volt AC power adapter, so you can plug your pump in anywhere.

I like that the package also includes two Personal Fit breast shields, in sizes 24mm and 27mm. Finding the right breast shield fit is very important to your health. If neither breast shield fits you comfortably, you can buy the correct-sized one from Medela.


  • Double or single pumping
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    It remembers the right suction levels for you
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    Two free breast shields
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    Illuminated display
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    Very easy to carry and not too loud
  • Difficult to clean
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    Not the sturdiest model 
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    The cost might be too high if you’re looking for a pump for occasional use

Key Features

My favorite feature is definitely the suction technology, which is made to fit the way your milk flows naturally. This is the best approach to creating breast pumps as it automatically adjusts to your body’s rhythm.

The Medela Freestyle mimics the sucking reflex – it starts out fast and then gradually achieves a slower pace. This makes the pump both efficient and comfortable to use.

I like that it has a well-lit display, because moms often have to pump at night. There is also a timer, which can help you keep to a schedule, and a memory button that stores the suction level that is the most comfortable for you.

You really can take it anywhere, as this pump is tiny and very light. It’s also fairly quiet, so you can use it even when there are people nearby.

One thing I don’t like is that it needs meticulous cleaning and drying after every use, or it starts losing its suction power. Assembly might take you some time before you get used to it. It also gets damaged pretty easily, so some moms might prefer a more durable model.

Another thing I noticed is that it’s not a particularly fast pump. But with double-pumping, you can get the job done quickly anyway.

It isn’t overpriced, but for moms who pump once a day or less, there are more affordable options out there.

Alternatives

The Tomy Electric Breast Pump is another small pump that I like a lot. It is quieter and more affordable than the Medela Freestyle, and is just as comfortable to use. But the Tomy doesn’t have a lit screen, and it doesn’t perform as well as the Medela when it comes to suction power.

The Spectra S1 Breast Pump is a great choice for pumping several times a day. It has a suction level to match the Medela Freestyle. It is comfortable, quiet, and much easier to clean. However, one thing you don’t get with the Spectra S1 is portability: it is a heavy, large model, so I recommend it for moms who can pump at home.

The Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Breast Pump is another more affordable alternative to the Medela Freestyle. This pump comes with a bunch of accessories, including nursing pads and two cooler bags. Yet, it can’t achieve the Medela’s full power. Just like the Tomy, this one is a good choice for moms who only pump once a day or less.

Who Should Buy the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump?

Is the Medela Freestyle a good choice for busy moms?

Yes, it is a very efficient and portable pump. The lit display means you can pump at night, and the motor is pretty quiet, so you won’t have to worry about waking anyone up.

It’s not the fastest pump, though, and cleanup takes some time, too. Having to dry the pump off every time before putting it away might be a deal-breaker to some moms.

This pump is also on the delicate side, so if you’re looking for a robust model, this one might not be the best choice for you.

Still, I recommend it to any mom who is looking for a comfortable pump to use regularly. The Medela Freestyle comes with great accessories, and some nice features like the memory button. It can make the experience of regular pumping a pleasant one for you, while also letting you keep up with your daily routine.

Catherine Wingler
 

Catherine writes for KiddiePicks out of her sheer passion for parenting and toys (or other kids' stuff). She's a mother of a lovely little girl. She's also a outdoorsy person, and frequently goes on hiking with her husband and their daughter.

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