Choosing the Right Breastpump for Your Needs

January 9, 2013

Choosing the Right BreastpumpYou know you’re planning to breastfeed, but are you still wondering which breastpump fits your needs? Let us help! We’ll explain the benefits and features of our most popular pumps and what type of mom they’re perfect for.

The On-The-Go Mom
The Pump In Style Advanced is a great double-electric pump that offers portability for a busy mom on the go. It allows you to discreetly carry your pump with you anywhere and comes with a removable cooler bag for storing pumped milk. It also comes in 3 different styles to fit your needs (tote, Metro Bag, and backpack). The Pump In Style Advanced is intended for moms who need to pump frequently, like working moms. So, if you exclusively pump or have to be away from your baby, this pump may be the one for you.

The Multi-Tasking Mama
If you’ve ever said, “I wish I had another set of hands,” the Medela Freestyle may be the pump for you. It’s a double-electric pump that allows you to pump hands-free and multi-task. And with the Freestyle’s rechargeable battery, you can pump anywhere – no need to be near an electric outlet. It also comes with an attractive tote bag, so you can bring it anywhere your to-do list takes you. Working moms also find this pump great, because they can pump at work and still check emails or do some other work at the same time.

The Almost Exclusively Breastfeeding Mom
If you are able to almost exclusively breastfeed, a single electric or manual pump could be just what you need. If you just plan on pumping for an evening out with your friends or a little outing with family, the Swing or Harmony may be a great fit. The Medela Swing is a lightweight, single electric pump that includes accessories for mobile pumping options. It’s great for a mom who’s looking for the efficiency of an electric pump in a more economical option. If you seldom plan on pumping, a manual, or hand-powered, Medela Harmony breastpump can help you express breastmilk on the rare occasion that you need to pump. It’s inexpensive and a great option for the almost exclusively breastfeeding mom.

Still have questions about what pump fits your needs? Give our interactive product selector a try.

Which Medela breastpump did you choose? Tell us in the comments below.

7 thoughts on “Choosing the Right Breastpump for Your Needs

  1. Medela has been my go to pump! I love the one we have, it just died on me today and i nearly cried! (battery pack operated and has a wall charger too) so back to the wall outlet i go until i can make it to the store an get some more.

    • Hi Holly,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your pump. Please call Customer Service at 1-800-435-8316, our team would be happy to help you.

      Thank you,

  2. My Medela pump in style was covered by my insurance company. I am so grateful for that. I nursed my baby until I returned to work 3 months post partum. I Pump twice while at work for 8 hours. I dId the same with my 3 year old for 18 months and never had a supply problem, but I was part time. I work full time with this baby, and I feel I am struggling to maintain my supply.

    • Hi Katrice,

      First off, great work + congratulations on your new little one! The best thing you can do to maintain and increase your supply is to pump or nurse frequently. Because your breasts produce milk on a supply-and-demand basis, emptying your breasts often will help send the signal to make more milk. You can find many tips for increasing supply in our blog here: If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Lactation Consultant:

      Hope this helps – keep up the amazing work!

  3. I have a much older version of the pump in style. (8 years old) it still works like a champ. I just wish insurance would cover the freestyle for me. I work retail and only get to pump once in an 8 hour day, the freestyle would work so much better for me, but I love the one I have !

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