Mama's Boobies review.. the Medela Swing Breast Pump
For any Mum whose planning on breastfeeding (or expressing her breastmilk), the breast pump is pretty high up on the priority list whilst pregnant. Breastfeeding is a difficult thing at times and occasionally Mum will need a break, so being able to express and pop out, leaving the baby with a bottle (and a human) is ideal and one of many reasons a breast pump comes in handy. Medela were a brand I kept hearing alot about whilst pregnant and the Swing in particular sounded like the perfect one for me; a compact and light pump that could be battery-powered (being stuck near a socket whilst caring for 2 children isn't ideal!) and one that simulates natural baby sucking behaviour, therefore prepping the breast to get the optimum amount of booby milk out!
There are so many things I love about this pump, having used a bog standard one with my pregnancy with Archie; being able to sit down where-ever I want is great, I haven't yet bothered to use the mains adapter at all! I love the 2-phase expression technology; it starts with quick, short sucks to prep the breast so that when milk starts being expressed, you can gain the maximum amount in the shortest amount of time. As a Mum of two, time is something I don't find myself with alot of and I'd probably never get the opportunity to pump if I couldn't do it without moving around; it's so easy to clip the unit to my jeans, fasten the pump (I use my nursing bra and vest to secure it) and make my toddler lunch (or glamorously monitor toilet runs) at the same time.
As someone whose able to pump as and when they please (I breastfeed the majority of the time), the Swing is fantastic. It's quick and efficient, super comfortable to use and does the job. For someone who was exclusively expressing, I'd highly recommend the Swing Maxi double pump, but for us, the single is fine. The Swing also comes with a calma teat, which is made to mimic a Mother's nipple, so baby is able to feed the same way they would at the breast without nipple confusion. We found ours fantastic and have no trouble getting Blue to feed from a bottle using one.
- Small, compact and battery-operated.
- 2-phase expression technology that mimics baby's sucks.
- Comes with calma teat to stop nipple confusion.
- Easy to clean and put together.
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