So, we’ve got a big ticket giveaway here! A medela freestyle breastpump! Well over a $300 value! Let me tell you, this pump is AMAZING. Simply amazing. I can’t think of any other words that better describe it!
First, let me start by saying that I donate breast milk. And donating breast milk involves a lot of pumping. Let me rephrase that, a whole mega-load lot of pumping. It’s not an easy feat, and it takes a lot of time, so in order to do that, I needed a good spectacular breast pump. One of those manual pumps, or AA-battery powered pumps just wouldn’t cut it. I needed something that was easy to use, had great suction, and was going to be able to withstand several pumping sessions a day! So, off I went, almost five months pregnant with my son, on an excursion to Anchorage (three hours away) in search of the perfect breastpump.
Previously, I had a Medela Pump in Style Advanced when I was nursing my daughter. It was a really good pump, however, I didn’t like being tied down with it. It wasn’t very portable, and I either had to plug a battery pack with 8 (I believe,) AA batteries in it, or I had to sit next to an outlet. It was portable, but it wasn’t very easily portable. I loved that pump and would glady recommend it in a heart beat, but I needed something more portable, especially since I was chasing around a 1 1/2 year old!
When we got to Anchorage, we hit a few baby places, but didn’t really find anything. I found some handheld portable pumps, but at $50 and AA battery operated, I knew it wasn’t what I needed. Finally, after a few fruitless visits to these baby boutiques I was resigned to the fact that my Medela Pump in Style would just have to work. We went to Toys’R’Us to use a gift certificate my daughter had gotten for her birthday. I’ve probably only set foot in that store two or three times my entire life, so I had no clue they carried breastfeeding products. They had a couple different pumps, and even had my familiar Medela Pump in Style, but what I saw that caught my eye was the Medela Freestyle!
The first thing that intrigued me was that it was handsfree. When using my Pump in Style Advanced, that was the only thing I disliked. I had to sit there holding the horns on my breasts. Later, I figured out how to make it a little more versatile, by cutting two holes in a sport bra and connecting the horns to the pump through the holes. But it still wasn’t very portable. This pump specifically stated it was portable. The features (according to Medela’s website) include;
- Daily use · double pump · electric
- True pumping mobility with hands-free option.
- Rechargeable battery and ultra-lightweight motor. Optional 12V vehicle lighter adapter available.
- Easy interaction with digital display, memory, timer and backlight.
- More milk in less time with 2-Phase Expression® technology when pumping at Maximum Comfort Vacuum™.
- Everything mom needs in a convenient bag – perfect for active moms.
- Use hands-free with most top-flap nursing bras including Medela nursing bras and camisoles.
- Double pumping kit features SoftFit™ breastshields for massaging comfort.
The pump comes with a decent size carrying tote, which I found great because I could put the pump, the pump accessories, a couple bags of my breast milk storage bags, my breastfeeding log (a spiral notebook), and several Medela 80ml freezer bottles all into the bag, and still be able to zip it! It’s also got pockets on the inside of the bag, which I tuck the tubing into, to protect it from bumping around in the bag, or getting tangled.
The pump came with a handfree pumping kit, that attaches to most top-flap nursing bras, however, I never bought or used any nursing bras, so I never used it.
One major difference between the Freestyle and Pump in Style, were the breast shields. The Pump in Style breast shields were solid plastic, while the Freestyle breast shields are partially plastic, and partially silicone, making for a much more comfortable, and individual fit! I enjoyed the silicon breast shields much more than the solid plastic ones!
And the very BEST thing about the Freestyle? It charges like a cellphone! The first time you plug it in, it needs to be charged for 24 hours (but can be used while plugged in during that time frame) however, after the initial charge, mine charged as quickly as 2-3 hours, and the battery lasts for several hours! A few times, while I was working on increasing my supply, I pumped for an hour straight, and it didn’t even eat up half the battery! It has a digital indicator (a lot like a cell phone) that tells you how many battery bars you have!
Another thing to add, Medela has an excellent warranty program. I had an issue with my pump in July and I was worried about it, because I didn’t have the receipts or the original box. I called them up about it, they took down my information and I had a brand new pump two days later, completely free of charge! They have, by far, the best customer service I have ever seen!
Although the pump had a pretty hefty price tag, now that I’ve used it, I would gladly buy it again in a heartbeat! I joke with my family, that they could charge twice as much as they do for it, and it would still be worth every penny I paid for it!
This is the only breast pump that I swear by! It works great, it’s easy to use, comfortable, convienant to carry around, and it’s great for moms on the go!
And now, you have the chance to win your very own Medela Freestyle Breast Pump on my other site http://www.breastmilkdonation.com Since it’s such a huge giveaway, you have to do a little bit of work for it, but it’s definitely worth it! And there’s tons of ways you can win!
- Add BreastMilkDonation on Myspace and post a blog about the giveaway!
- Post on the BreastMilkDonation forums (one entry for every ten posts!).
- Follow Bmilkdonation on twitter and tweet about the giveaway!
- Become a fan of BreastMilkDonation on Facebook and post a status update!
- Refer other users to the site
- Donate to the site (Donations are used to help mothers in need aquire breastpumps and supplies, as well as to cover shipping for recipient families)
- Post about the site on your own personal blogs, or websites and forums you frequent!
For your ease, I’ve included a copy of the entry form here!
**I was not paid, or provided products in exchange for this review. This review was done solely based on my own opinion and experienced with Medela. This post contains affiliate links.