I’ve had a few wobbles but I am pleased to say I have made it to my 8 week breast-feeding milestone. I have set myself lots of little targets, one being no bottles until at least 8 weeks. I knew when I decided to breast feed that I would eventually start expressing some milk because I like my independence (a lot) and struggle to see the Hubby doing what he wants, when he wants whilst I’m stuck being dictated to by a boob monster. When I asked my breastfeeding friends to recommend a pump the majority all said that the best one they had tried had to be the Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump. When Medela asked me to review one for them I was delighted to receive it along with the Calma Solitaire teat.
The Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump is a multi award-winning, compact and quiet pump ideal for regular or daily pumping. It has a 2-phase expression technology where it first stimulates the breast in a similar way to the baby during nursing. The second phase is slower and deeper and comfortably draws the milk from the breast. The 2-phase technology has been proven to feel most like a baby, get more milk in less time and achieve faster milk ejections and milk flow.
What’s in the box:
1 x Swing Breastpump
1 x Valve head & Valve membrane
1 x Breastmilk Bottle 150ml
1 x Bottle Stand
1 x PersonalFit Breastshield 24mm
1 x Calma Solitaire teat
1 x Mains Adapter
1 x Storage Bag
1 x Sling
The first time I tried the Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump, Dot was just over a week old and I had a blocked duct that no amount of massaging, feeding and warm baths was shifting. I opened it up and using the extremely clear pictorial instructions put it together. Once the valve is attached to the pump it’s just a matter of plugging in the electrical unit and attaching the two together using the tubing.
The electrical unit has 4 buttons – on, “expression mode” and a plus and a minus to increase/decrease the intensity of the vacuum. The on switch puts the pump on to stimulation mode which automatically switches to expression mode after 2 minutes. Should the milk start flowing before the time is up, you hit the expression mode button to change it manually. I found the pump to be extremely easy and comfortable to use. I managed to shift my blocked duct and found my first pumping experience relatively stress free.
This week I decided to start Roller Derby with my friends and this means that I have to leave Dot with the Hubby. I decided to give pumping a go to build a freezer stash and give myself a bit of freedom. I reached for the Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump and was pleasantly surprised to get 3oz out of one side. I do find it easier to get a good amount if I am feeding Dot from the other side as well due to my natural let down. When I pumped with her in bed I was only able to get 1oz from a 10-15 minute session. This of course is down to my body rather than the pump. The electrical unit has a belt clip on the back which makes it extremely easy to feed Dot on one side and pump on the other as it means everything is within reach. The bottle stand means that I don’t risk knocking it over when I put it down whilst seeing to Dot. Anyone that has spilt breast milk will tell you just how handy the bottle stand is!
Included in the box is the Calma Soliataire Teat. Following studies in Western Australia the Calma Solitaire was developed for breastfed babies because it allows them to suck, swallow and breathe in the same way that they do on the breast. The easiest way to explain it is to direct you to their website that has all the videos and images. We are yet to try the Calma but will be sure to update the review when we have.
I really rate the Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump, it makes expressing so easy and I can do it one-handed whilst feeding Dot, I used other brands briefly when I fed Spike for the first two weeks of his life and they were nowhere near as quick and easy as the Medela Swing.