Medela Swing Breast Pump Review – Can it Really Help Moms?

Breastfeeding is one of the most intimate things you can share with your child. Not only do you feed your baby the best possible food, but you also have an unrivaled bonding experience.

However, sometimes you are just not in a position to breastfeed, so what you can do is use a pump to store some breast milk for later. One such product, the Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump, is a great option for many moms.


Overview

What You Get in the Package

Beside the pump, you get a breast shield, a belt clip, a strap for your neck and shoulder, a drawstring bag, and an AC adapter. Based on the pump design and functionality, this breast pump is meant for moms who only pump occasionally. If you pump often, I will always recommend a double pump.

The Medela Swing is handy if you need to pump while you’re traveling. If you’re a mom who is always on the go, you’ll certainly find it convenient that you can fit the motor in your tote bag or purse. In addition to this, the strap also makes the pumping easier and more comfortable.


  • Very portable
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    Ten suction levels
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    Easily rechargeable
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    Easy to assemble
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    Supports different breast shield sizes
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    Can be cleaned with ease
  • Doesn’t have the power of the double electric pump
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    Can be a bit noisy
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    No display, so you have to guess your suction level

Key Features

Easy to Assemble

Medela pumps are generally easy to assemble and disassemble. The Medela Swing is made up of five parts, and you can put them all together rather quickly. Still, if you get stuck while assembling it, the instructions are very easy to follow.

Comfort

The strap for your neck and shoulders improves your posture, making pumping more comfortable. This is very important because using some of these products can cause a great deal of back and shoulder pain. You will need all the comfort you can get when you are pumping your breast milk

The Medela Swing comes with a 24mm breast shield, but other sizes are also available if you need them. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get a proper breast shield for your nipples.

It Is an Open-System Pump

As there is no barrier between the pump and the tubing, this implies that the Medela Swing should be used by only one person. If you were thinking about sharing this pump with somebody else, I strongly advise against that for hygiene purposes.

Easy to Clean

You can clean everything either by hand or in a dishwasher. While washing, be careful not to tear the small membrane that connects to the valve. But if it happens, there’s nothing to worry about, as the box comes with two extra membranes.

Portability

As I have mentioned before, one of the biggest advantages of this pump is its portability. This pump doesn’t require you to stand in one place until your breasts are emptied. Four AA batteries power up the pump when you’re on the go.

Alternatives

This model from Spectra is much quieter at work than the Medela Swing. Other differences are that the Spectra S2 is a closed-system pump with a nightlight and a timer. So if you need to pump milk at night, you won’t have to turn the lights on and risk waking up your family members.


Unlike the Medela Swing, the Philips AVENT has massage cushions, which makes it more comfortable to use.  The bottle also has a special nipple that is designed to make the transition between a bottle and a breast easier for your baby.


The NUK Expressive Breast Pump uses a dial to adjust the suction power. But the Medela Swing is much more comfortable to use, thanks to its strap for your neck and shoulders.


Who Should Buy the Medela Swing Breast Pump?

This pump is definitely for moms who don’t plan on pumping very often. It’s also a good choice if you’re a stay-at-home mom or have a flexible work schedule. However, if you work full-time or need to pump very often, you should consider going for a double breast pump.

The Medela Swing is highly portable, so you can take it anywhere with you. It will fit inside your bag or purse, and you can set everything up so that the pump can work while you move around. The straps for your neck and shoulders will provide all the comfort you need while pumping.

There are a few more things you need to consider.

First: the noise. If you live in a smaller apartment and your baby can hear you easily, it might be better to go for a more silent pump.

Second: the power. This pump doesn’t have the strength of a double electric pump, and could take some time before it empties your breasts. But if you have enough time and patience, you won’t make a mistake in choosing the Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump.

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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