Medela Freestyle Breast Pump Review And Video Demo

Description:

Two-Phase Expression Technology

The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump (see it here) is designed to be convenient, powerful, and comfortable. It offers Medela’s signature Two-Phase Expression technology, designed to mimic your baby’s natural sucking rhythm, as well as one-touch let-down, which allows you to switch back and forth between phases freely. The first phase, stimulation, is designed to mimic your baby’s rapid sucking rhythm when he/she first latches on. The Expression phase is designed to mimic your baby’s slower, deeper sucking rhythm. These two phases, when combined, allow you to express more milk in less time.

Built-In Memory and Pump Timer

The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump offers a handy LCD screen with a digital display that lights up. Not only can you keep track of your vacuum and speed level here, but you can also time your pumping sessions. If you find the perfect pattern, simply save it in the built-in memory. Later, you can press the memory button to access a previous pumping session of your choice.

Comfortable and Convenient

The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump is small and lightweight. In fact, the pump unit itself weighs less than 1 pound, and it fits in the palm of your hand. It has a rechargeable battery that when fully charged allows for 3 hours of pumping. Plus, the Medela Freestyle comes with a hands-free kit that is easy to operate and works with most top-flap nursing bra’s, including the Medela Seamless Bra (see it here). Therefore you can easily charge it, strap it on with the hands-free kit, and pump while you’re doing chores, or working at the computer.

The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump offers two 24 mm SoftFit Breast Shields designed to massage while you pump. It’s also compatible with all of Medela’s PersonalFit Breast Shields, sold separately. It comes with four 5-ounce containers and lids, a spare parts kit for the breast shields, plenty of extra adapters for the hands-free kit, a power cord, and a removable cooler bag with a contoured ice pack that keeps your milk cool up to 12 hours. Plus, you get a cute black tote that carries it all.

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump Features:

    • 1 pump unit – weighs less than 1 pound
    • 2-phase expression technology – simulation and expression modes
    • Dual-adjust vacuum and speed – 9 levels available
    • One-touch let-down button
    • Memory button – stores your favorite pumping pattern for later use
    • LCD screen with digital display that lights up
    • Rechargeable battery – allows for 3 hours of pumping
    • Pumping timer provides pump status and tracks pumping sessions
    • 2 SoftFit breast shields – standard size 24 mm – massages as you pump
    • Breast shield spare parts kit
    • 4 five ounce bottles with 4 lids for milk storage
    • Cooler bag and contoured ice pack – keeps milk cool for 12 hours
    • Hands-free kit – support belt and extension, two replacement adapters (these are the 2 yellow straps, and 2 grey straps), four replacement bra adapters (2 for hook & eye, and 2 universal)
    • Black carry tote
    • Power Cord
    • 1-year limited warranty on motor
    • 90-day limited warranty on other parts

 

Video Demonstration:

Introduction to the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump Demonstration

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump Review:

After scanning through the reviews on the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump, I’ve come to a few conclusions. First of all, it reviewed pretty well. The majority of customers are quite satisfied with this pump. The most loved features, aside from the size and portability, was the pump timer, the 2-phase expression technology, the rechargeable battery and battery life, as well as the SoftFit breast shields. Most were also extremely pleased with the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump performance, saying that the suction was more than enough, and milk expression was extremely efficient.

As for complaints, there were a few reviewers that purchased the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump in hopes that it would help build up their low milk supply. Some were satisfied, while others were disappointed. Personally, I think that the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump is perfect for those who already have an established milk supply. If you’re looking to build up your supply, the Medela Pump In Style (see my Medela Pump in Style review and demo here) may be a better choice. The most common complaint was leaky bottles. If you lean too far forward while pumping, the bottles will leak. Also, it’s a bit noisy, but most electrical breast pumps are. Several reviewers also claimed that the hands-free kit that came with the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump was less then helpful. Several reviewers purchased a Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breast Pump Bra (see it here) which turned out to be amazing!

There were also a few reviewers that seemed to have trouble with the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump motor, as well as the suction. A couple of them were able to call Medela and get replacement parts shipped to them without charge. Even those that seemed to have problems with their Medela Freestyle would still recommend it, and if they needed to purchase another breast pump, they’d purchase it again.

All in all, the pros seemed to outweigh the cons when it came to customer reviews. Most were extremely satisfied with their Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. Check out some of the customer feedback listed below.

The Good
  • Super lightweight – weighs less than a pound
  • Small and portable – pump fits into the palm of your hand and is not attached to a bag
  • 2-Phase Expression Technology, and one-touch let down
  • 9 Levels of speed and suction
  • Pumping timer keeps track of your pumping session
  • Memory button stores your favorite pumping sessions
  • Tubes and valves are simple to use
  • Rechargeable battery – goes strong for up to 3 hours
  • SoftFit Breast Shields massage while you pump
  • Hands-free kit included
  • 4 5-oz storage bottles with lids included (everything you need to get started pumping)
  • Cooler bag & ice pack included
  • Black tote for carrying everything
The Bad
  • Bottles leak if you lean too far forward while pumping
  • Noisy – most electric pumps are
  • Expensive
  • Hands-free kit seems complicated
  • SoftFit breast shields cannot be steamed or they will warp
  • A few pump unit’s had motor problems – this could happen with any breast pump, the nice thing is that Medela offers excellent customer service, and most everyone seemed pleased with their outcomes