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Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump Review
The Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump is sleek and light, but still sturdy and effective. It also represents an excellent value – unlike other manual pumps it comes with two milk collection bottles. This was such a helpful time saver for me – for example, I could pump before leaving the house, leave that bottle of milk for my son, and then take the pump with the second bottle when I went out without having to wash the milk collection bottle first.
Of course, this pump is highly recommended for anyone already pumping with a Medela system, such as the Pump-in-Style Advanced, Freestyle, or Swing. I also recommend this pump for moms who have difficulty stimulating milk letdown when pumping because it has two modes – one to stimulate letdown and one for expressing milk. This is superior to most other manual pumps on the market which only have one mode!
What’s in the box?
The Medela Harmony stands out because it includes two milk collection bottles, however, unlike many other manual pumps, it does not include a nipple/teat for feeding.
- 1 breast pump body (the piece that attaches the pump handle, the breast flange and the milk collection bottle)
- 1 pump handle
- 1 24mm flange/ breastshield (other sizes available separately)
- 2 5oz/150mL breastmilk bottles with lids
- 1 bottle stand
- 1 valve
- 3 membranes (1 for immediate use and 2 replacements)
- Instructions manual and breastfeeding information guide
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump Pros:
- Two expression modes to stimulate letdown and then express milk – this is very helpful because stimulating letdown with a manual pump can be time consuming
- Compatibility – with Medela parts from other pumps as well as the Medela feeding system with the Calma teat
- Comes with two milk collection bottles – seems insignificant but it can be a real timesaver
- Has a bottle stand – helps prevent spills when the pump is resting on a flat surface
- Multiple flange sizes – Must be purchased separately but this ensures comfort and proper fit for nearly any pumping mom
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump Cons:
- More small parts than other pumps – more difficult to wash and easier to lose
- Membranes will occasionally need to be replaced – this is needed maintain the pump’s suction efficacy. The membranes tend to wear out quickly if they are handled too roughly during washing. (The pump does come with two replacement membranes, though, and they are easy enough to order online or buy in stores)
Should you buy the Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump?
If you already use an Medela electric pump, then the answer is a resounding Yes! However, if you use a different electric pump or don’t have an electric pump at all, there are many manual pump options to consider.
For me, the Medela is a bit… fiddly. With the small membranes that need to be replaced, I’d rather skip the Medela all together and use the Philips Comfort Manual Breast Pump. However, the Philips is not ideal for all women due to more limited flange sizes. Both the Medela Harmony and Philips Comfort are great pumps, ultimately the choice between the two is yours!
Pumping on the go? Read about my tips and experience here: