As the AVENT Isis Manual Breastpump wasn’t working that well for me, I bought the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump from the UK.
Mine is Made in Switzerland and already comes with the 2- or 3-pin plug and 240v mains adapter, which is suitable for both the UK and Malaysia.
HOW IS THE MEDELA FREESTYLE PUMP?
I just *LOVE* how compact, light and powerful the electric breastpump is!!! The seller had kindly slotted the battery into the breastpump for me.
DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY as it will reset the motor settings.
As recommended, I gave the Medela Freestyle a full 24-hour overnight charge. When fully charged, the text “BATT” stops blinking and you’ll see 5 bars of battery like you do on your cellphone.
+ The Medela Freestyle has 9 levels of suction power. The “stimulation phase” goes for 2 minutes and then it switches to “let down” mode. You can also choose to switch to “let down” mode earlier by pressing the “droplets” symbol (bottom left).
Sigh…what technology! I switched between levels 4 and 5 because I wasn’t used to an electric breastpump after using a manual one for sooooo long. Breastfeeding mothers are so lucky these days
- However, I am having some problems using the Medela Freestyle because:
1. The hands-free accessories do not work for me
If you’re Marilyn Monroe, you’ll understand how difficult it is to get rubber straps to hold 2 tiny bottles upright enough for the expression. In the end, I ended up holding both bottles using my hands
I think that the Medela Freestyle’s hands-free function will work better for ladies whose bra sizes are A, B, C or maybe even D.
2. I’m having difficulty handling 2 breastshields while pumping.
At my first attempt, I used the Medela’s SoftFit 24 mm. Breastshields 2-pk. on the “active” side and the 27 mm (L) Medela PersonalFit breastshield on the “inactive” side. I stopped at Level 5.
Because the hands-free straps are not helpful, it was quite a stressful breast pumping session! Thankfully, I could still express my regular 2 oz from the “active” side and a few drops from the “inactive” side. The actual pumping session took about 12 minutes only!
I wish that I had the hands-free bustier, which would hold the bottles better:
The hands-free bustier wasn’t available in Malaysia then so I ended up making one myself with an old bustier!
At my second attempt, I used the Medela Freestyle as a single electric pump and stopped at Level 4. Switching to the Personal Fit breastshield on my “active” side, I find that the L size may be a bit too big. I got less than 2 oz! Dunno if it’s due to the lower suction level too because I got 0 on my “inactive” side
-> Read this post to check if you’ve got the correct sized breastshield.
-> Read this post for instructions on how to set up and start expressing breast milkwith Medela Freestyle
+ 100% DETACHABLE FOR CLEANING
Unlike the Medela Harmony and Medela Mini Electric, every part of the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump i.e. the breastshields, the connectors, the circular membranes (no tiny, sticky, fragile membranes) and the feeding bottles can be detached for washing.
Also, I think that Medela sells the spare parts for the Medela Freestyle – I guess this means that you COULD buy a used Medela Freestyle and replace the breastshields, the connectors and the feeding bottles and create yourself a NEW breastpump.
WARNING: The above depends on how the previous owner used and kept the breastpump because it’s an ALL electric breastpump. Medela Freestyle does not have a manual mode, unlike the AVENT Isis Uno IQ electric-cum-manual breastpump.
However, the rechargeable battery is meant to last for 20 hours. Remember to charge your battery!
+ THOUGHTFUL TOTE BAG
You can really pack everything into the cute and stylish tote bag that comes with it. See…everything in the bag
I also love the 4 Medela bottles, the freezing block and the milk storage bag that came with the breastpump.
Medela really makes everything so handy for breastfeeding mothers at work! Working mothers who are thinking of fully breastfeeding their babies should really consider the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump.
- The only negative I’d give for the review is that the Medela Freestyle does not have a manual mode (in case you forget to charge your electric pump, the battery pack fails and etc). To counter this, you may want to get a spare battery pack? Remember to keep it fully charged and rotate the batteries.