Its been awhile since i did a product challenge (one of the things that drove me to start MLBB in the first place)! So today, i finally decided to do the Electric Breast Pump Challenge. 😀
What are the things i look for in an electric breast pump?
1) Ease of use
4) Noise Level
So in this challenge, I pumped every 2 hours on my right breast for 20mins with each pump to show you the efficiency of the various individual electric pumps in the market. The 6 pumps that are in this challenge are :
1) Medela Freestyle Breastpump
2) Medela Pump In Style Advance
3) Tollyjoy Double Electric Pump
4) Pigeon Electric Breastpump Pro
5) Avent Single Comfort Electric Pump
6) Spectra S1
*Note: My Medela PISA is 2 years old, so maybe the motor has weakened.
Here are my results!
Medela Freestyle Breastpump
Ease Of Use: Its very easy to put the pump parts together (its almost idiot proof), my husband could do it without me teaching him. I like that there are no small tiny parts like in the PISA.
Mobility: Very very mobile, the motor unit itself only weighs a mere 400g. This unit does not require you to buy disposable batteries as the unit comes with a rechargeable one. You wont have to worry about wires as long as you remember to charge the unit. A full charge lasted me 15 pumps at 20 minutes each.
Efficiency: In 20mins, my total output from my right breast was a whopping 300ml.
Noise Level: Low.
Medela Pump In Style Advance
Ease Of Use: Easy to put together, very strightforward. The only thing is that there is a little white membrane that can sometimes (quite easily) wear out or tear which will cause your pump to lose suction.
Mobility: The motor unit looks very fragile to me when i take it out of the bag/cover. So not exactly the most mobile looking pump. And you need to buy 8 double A batteries if you dont want to be attached to a socket.
Efficiency: In 20mins, my total output from my right breast was 140ml. Not too bad!
Noise Level: Low.
Tollyjoy Double Electric Pump
Ease Of Use: It took a good 5mins to figure out how to put the parts together. And i must say that this pump really didnt work out for me. Also, it doesnt function as a single pump (i had to use my thumb to block the other tubing so the suction would work on my right breast since i only wanted to pump 1 breast).
Mobility: Its like the Medela Pisa in terms of power supply. Either you are stuck connected to a socket for power or you have to buy double A batteries to be wireless.
Efficiency: In 20mins, my total output from my right breast was a very very disappointing 20ml. ):
Noise Level: High. Very very loud, if you have a baby or toddler sensitive to noise, this pump will NOT work out for you unless you use it as an alarm clock.
Pigeon Electric Breast Pump Pro
Ease Of Use: The Comfort Double Properfit Large flanges feels absolutely comfortable. It really hugs my breast and fits snugly. The parts were easy to put together (also quite idiot proof).
Mobility: It also works on double A batteries if you want to go wireless. The motor unit is bigger compared to the Medela Freestyle but its still better than the PISA.
Efficiency: In 20mins, my total out from my right breast was 100ml.
Noise Level: Low.
Avent Single Comfort Electric Pump
Ease Of Use: Easy to put the pump parts together. But i feel that the Avent set is just so bulky and uncomfortable.
Mobility: Not very mobile.
Efficiency: In 40mins, my total output was 100ml. I pumped for 40mins because i dozed off. Sorry. Was super tired. The letdown was really slow with this machine.
Noise Level: High. This machine is loud.
Ease Of Use: Easy but also confusing. Needs time to figure out (you can also use Medela parts on this pump).
Mobility: The pump motor itself is pretty light but the shape is kind odd so packing it to bring it around might be a little of a hassle. S1 has built in battery like the freestyle.
Efficiency: In 25mins, my total output was 200ml. Not bad but still not my optimum.
Noise Level: Medium. Makes a really weird noise, unlike the Medela or Pigeon.
-END OF CHALLENGE-
Overall, i think the Medela Freestyle was the best pump for me. 😀 I hope this helps some of you decide on the pump that you might want for yourself. This challenge mainly focused on efficiency and output of milk. I think at this stage, it is important to me as i would hate to be pumping for an hour everytime instead of spending precious time with Charles. And also, being mobile is a plus for me because Charles would come take my hand and want me to go follow him somewhere in the house. I will do a seperate post on how much each pump cost and maybe try to find out which pump will be the most value for money if you are on a tight budget. (:
I hope you enjoyed this post! Goodnight everyone!