Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump Review

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Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump Review

This pump is designed for infrequent use and it does that very well. It is quite portable and can run on batteries. It is also easy to assemble but cleaning is a challenge because milk can back up into the tubing. Also, the motor is a bit heavier than I expected, and also a bit loud at higher suction strengths – not ideal to use in an office setting or near your sleeping baby.

What’s in the box?

The Medela Swing comes in a box and includes the following parts and accessories. Do note,the Swing can run on 4 AA batteries, but batteries are not included and must be purchased separately.

  • The pump motor unit (the round yellow device)
  • A medium size (24mm) flange (the cone that goes on your breast when you pump)
  • A plastic connector piece that attaches the flange to the milk collection bottle
  • 1 valve
  • 2 membranes
  • 1 piece of tubing
  • 2 milk collection bottles (5oz/150mL size), with lids
  • Bottle stand
  • 1 shoulder strap for the pump motor
  • 1 AC adapter to plug in the pump
  • 1 drawstring bag to carry/ store the pump
  • Instructions and a breastfeeding information guide

medela swing breast pump reviewMedela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump Pros:

  • Compatible with other Medela parts – particularly convenient if you have a Medela double electric pump or manual pump already
  • Wide variety of flange sizes available so it can comfortably fit almost anyone – these are available for purchase separately and the medium size (24mm) comes with the Swing
  • Has a preset letdown function – helpful to quickly stimulate milk expression
  • Can run on battery power – very convenient to pump while you’re moving around or on-the-go
  • Has a belt clip and shoulder strap – again, facilitates pumping on-the-go

Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump Cons:

  • A bit loud and a bit heavy – for a portable pump, it is heavy at about 2 pounds. The noise is a bit more than you’d expect and makes it hard to talk on the phone or watch tv while pumping
  • Cannot adjust speed and suction separately – makes it harder to mimic natural nursing and can make milk expression a bit slower
  • Open system – harder to clean because milk can get in the tubing, also less hygienic than closed systems
  • Membranes – small (easy to lose) and will need to be replaced occasionally to maintain suction

Should you buy the Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump? 

Excellent customer service is one of the strongest selling points for this pump. Compatibility with other Medela pumps and accessories is also a plus. Otherwise, given the fact it is an open system I would suggest considering closed system pumps heavily as they are more hygienic (Such as Philips or BelleMa). And remember, this is for infrequent use. If you will need to pump daily, this is not the pump for you because it will not provide adequate suction long term. Want to learn more on Amazon? Click here or the image below.



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Philips Avent Single Electric Comfort Breast Pump Review

philips avent single electric breast pump review

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Philips Avent Single Electric Comfort Breast Pump Review

This pump is very easy to use – both in terms of assembly/cleaning as well as actual pumping. There are very few parts. I love the comfortable silicone flange, but it is detachable so you don’t have to use it. However, I don’t love the size of this pump – it is a bit big to take on the go, although it can be used with batteries. This is a good pump for infrequent use at home since it is a bulky to carry with you.

What’s in the box?

This pump comes in a box with everything you need to pump and feed your baby since a nipple/ teat is included. Do note, this pump can run on 4 AA batteries, but batteries are not included and will need to be purchased separately.

  • 1 pump motor unit
  • 1 Breast pump body (the piece which includes breast flange and connector to milk collection bottle as well as diaphragm and pump tubing)
  • 1 Milk flow valve (connects to pump body and  milk flows through into collection bottle)
  • 1 Diaphragm (plus 1 spare), which attaches between breast pump body and tubing
  • 1 Silicone cushion (flange insert)
  • 1 milk collection bottle (4oz/120mL size)
  • 1 Newborn flow nipple/ teat with sealing disc
  • 1 piece of Tubing
  • 1 AC adapter
  • 2 disposable breast pad sample packs
  • Instruction manual

philips avent single electric breast pump reviewPhilips Avent Single Electric Comfort Breast Pump Pros:

  • Closed system – hygienic and easier to clean (no tubing to wash) and you can be assured that milk will not get in places like the pump motor
  • Super comfortable silicon ‘5 petal’ flanges – Seriously, these are so comfortable. And what I love is that since they have a bit of flexibility due to the softness, if I am doing breast compressions or massage while pumping, I am much likely to lose suction from the flange popping off or shifting.
  • Has a preset letdown function – helps stimulate milk flow for quick expression
  • Can run on battery power – great when you can’t pump near a power outlet

Philips Avent Single Electric Comfort Breast Pump Cons:

  • A bit loud and a bit bulky – the noise is a bit more than you would expect from a small pump. Not terribly loud, but a bit annoying if you want to talk on the phone or watch tv while pumping
  • Cannot adjust speed and suction strength separately – makes it harder to mimic natural nursing and can make the overall pumping session longer. I always prefer a pump that allows you to adjust speed and suction strength separately. Otherwise, with the limited settings on pumps like this Philips model, it is very common to find that when you are at the desired suction speed the strength is too high or low and vice versa. 
  • There are only three suction settings – this is a limited variety and can make milk expression slow since you likely won’t be mimicking the natural speed at which your child nurses. 
  • More limited access to replacement or additional parts – They typically aren’t carried in stores but they can easily be ordered online

Should you buy the Philips Avent Single Electric Breast Pump? 

This pumps wins on comfort, it is hygienic, and it is easy to use. Perhaps not quite as quiet as other top pumps, but certainly not loud. While I recommend this pump, I think it is best for women who will pump no more than 1-2 times a day because it has limitations with a low variety of suction settings. It is also a bit large to carry back and forth to work. Want to learn more on Amazon? Click here or the image below.


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Bellema Mango Single Electric Breast Pump

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Bellema Mango Single Electric Breast Pump Review

This handy little pump is very convenient to carry around for on the go pumping. It drains batteries a bit quickly so you’ll want to carry spares. It is very comfortable, though, with a silicone flange and very easy to clean. The digital screen makes it easy to use. Best of all, it is very well priced relative to other single electric pumps.

What’s in the box?

The Bellema Mango single electric pump comes with everything you need to express milk and feed since it includes a nipple/teat. Do note, however, that the pump can run on 4 AA batteries and these are not included and must be purchased separately. The pump also runs on AC power and the power adapter is included.

  • 1 breast pump motor unit
  • 1 breast pump body (this piece includes the breast flange (27mm size) and attaches to the diaphragm and tubing as well as the milk collection bottle)
  • 1 diaphragm – connects pump handle to pump body and creates suction
  • 1 piece of tubing
  • 1 silicone flange insert – makes the 27mm plastic flange 24mm size
  • Milk flow valve (milk flows through into the collection bottle)
  • 1 milk collection bottle (4oz/ 120mL size) and cap
  • 1 bottle stand
  • Nipple/teat and cap for feeding
  • AC adapter
  • Instruction booklet

Bellema Mango Single Electric Breast Pump Pros:

  • Compatible with narrow or wide neck bottles – comes with an adaptor so you can pump into the milk collection bottle of your choice. This is useful so you don’t have to transfer the expressed milk to another bottle for feeding or storage and thus you can prevent spills. 
  • Comfortable – silicone flange rests comfortably on your breast
  • Has a preset letdown function – this is a plus so you can quickly stimulate letdown and save time in your pumping session
  • Can run on battery power – great when you’re on the go or can’t pump near an electrical outlet.  It is useful even at home if you want to move around to do other things while pumping.
  • Closed system – hygienic and easy to clean because milk cannot enter the tubing

bellema mango single electric breast pump review

Bellema Mango Single Electric Breast Pump Cons:

  • Cannot adjust speed and suction strength separately – makes it harder to mimic natural nursing because you must use the present combinations of speed and suction strength. This might make the overall pumping session a little slower or less comfortable because the pump will express your milk at a different rhythm from when you breastfeed directly.
  • More difficult to find replacement parts – can be ordered online from a few retailers but are generally not found in stores

Should you buy the Bellema Mango Single Electric Breast Pump? 

This is a good pump for infrequent use. I like the comfort and the fact that it is a hygienic closed system. It is easy to assemble and disassemble and you can’t complain about the suction strength, especially for the low price.  Click the image below to learn more or purchase on Amazon.


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