Medela vs Avent breast pumps. It’s a question many mums have asked themselves.
And with so many breast pump options on the market, it can be hard to know which one will be right for you.
A good starting point, according to the Australian Breastfeeding Association, is to think about how much you will be using your breast pump. Breast pumps are designed for specific usage levels, so choosing a breast pump that matches your needs and circumstances is essential.
Perhaps you’ve narrowed your breast pump search down to Medela vs Avent? If so, we’ve done the hard bit and compared the Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump and the Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump to help you make the right choice.
You can also look at our best breast pump comparisons to find out the most rated products.
The Swing breast pump is Medela’s smallest and lightest electric breast pump; it can fit in your handbag and takes batteries for portable pumping. It also features a two-phase pump that mimics a baby’s sucking. Don’t let its size fool you; the powerful little motor will make sure that your breasts are emptied after every pumping session. The comfortable PersonalFit breast shield is gentle on your breasts and helps to prevent nipple trauma while you pump.
The Medela Swing single electric breast pump is suitable for everyday use when used to complement breastfeeding. The Medela website says if you have established breastfeeding but want to express milk so your partner or caregiver can feed your baby while you go out – then this pump should be fine.
TMB mums say being able to pump milk quickly with the Medela Swing makes life a lot easier. Others love that it’s reasonably quiet and can be operated with batteries so that you can pump on the go. It’s also very easy to clean and attach.
If relying on batteries to use this pump, reviewers say they drain quickly. The Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump is also more expensive.
“After having some feeding issues in the hospital, we purchased this pump to have on standby at home. It’s the perfect little pump for expressing the odd bottle here and there or for top-up feeds. It is two-phase which mimics the motions of Bub whilst feeding. If pumping is something you are going to be doing a lot of then a more powerful double pump would be ideal. However, this would do the job. You get everything you need in the box. Bottles, milk storage, quick steam bag and more.”
Designed so your milk will flow into the bottles no matter what angle you are sitting at. When switched on, the pump automatically starts in gentle stimulation mode to get your milk flowing. The petal massage cushion is designed to mimic baby suckling, intended to help stimulate let down gently. The wide breast shaped nipple promotes natural latch similar to the breast, making it easy for your baby to combine breast and bottle feeding. Batteries are also an option for this breast pump, too.
The Philips Avent website says the Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump is ideal for mums who pump milk frequently. One reviewer added that she “had used it at least twice a day for four months so far, and it works really well.”
Tell Me Baby reviewers say this product is long-lasting, well priced and easy to use. Also – some mums said the silicone pads make this substantially more comfortable.
The reviews around the sound were mixed – some found it too loud, and others said it was quiet. Some TMB mums said the breast pump also drains batteries quickly.
“I loved my breast pump, and it always worked very well. I never had any issues with it and the suction was fantastic. It was strong enough and the pads on each pump attachment made it comfortable and accurate with placement to ensure the flow of milk was positioned correctly. The sound was not too loud as I hear others have an issue with other brands of pumps. This was my first pump, and I’ve never looked for another brand and never needed to.”
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