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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
- 1 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 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
- 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.