I bought the Medela Swing after doing a fair bit of research and reading lots of reviews by others that had purchased and used the breast pump. I pretty much always read buyers reviews before I buy something baby related, and I found that the reviews for the Medela Swing were pretty strong and consistent. I hadn’t originally planned to buy a breast pump as I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to breastfeed or not, but after we got past the six to eight week mark I decided to buy one in the hope that I could express for when we were out and about. Unfortunately the little lady had other plans and rejected anything other than the breast for about four months, so it was something that I started to use more frequently as she got older, and especially once she started weaning.
What I particularly love about the Medela Swing breast pump is how easy it makes expressing and how comfortable it is. I would recommend it to anyone, and often do when the topic of breastfeeding and expressing come up.
I think user reviews are always great because you get a very honest account of a product, so I thought I’d do one here for the Medela Swing. Hopefully this is useful for anyone thinking about purchasing a breast pump.
When I was looking for a breast pump, I wanted to find something that expressed in a way that was as similar to breastfeeding as possible. What I wasn’t expecting though, was to find a breast pump on the market as clever as the Medela Swing. Medela have rather impressively developed two-phase expression technology which mimics the way that babies breastfeed. What this means when you use the Medela Swing, is that it goes through two distinct phases of pumping. The first, a stimulation phase which mimics the way that a baby suckles in order to stimulate a let down, and the second, an expression phase where the pump begins to express once the milk begins to flow. It is ingenious design, and for me is what makes the Medela Swing such an efficient, yet comfortable and easy breast pump to use.
The Medela Swing looks and feels attractive, modern and sleek, as far as breastfeeding pumps go. The design is pleasant and up to date and doesn’t look like your typical, boring breast pump. It’s relatively light and fairly compact. I wouldn’t necessarily buy a breast pump based on the design, but I do think the Medela Swing is one of the more attractive breast pumps on the market and does stand out as a nice bit of parenting kit to have in the house.
Ease of Use
What I love about the Medela Swing is how easy it is to use and how easy it makes expressing. It isn’t overly complicated and it isn’t fiddly. There are only a few components to construct each time you use it, and its very easy to remember how to do it after you’ve used it the first time. It literally takes about 10 seconds to put it together and seconds to deconstruct when you’ve finished. It’s also easy to clean and very easy to sterilise. The main control unit has four buttons – a power button, two buttons to increase or decrease the suction and one to begin the expression phase if needed. These are really all the buttons you need, although I often find that the machine is so optimally set up that I only ever really use the power button. I really don’t think Medela could have made it any easier if they tried.
The comfort aspect was really important for me when choosing a breast pump. I’d heard from friends and I think maybe even a health visitor about how uncomfortable using a breast pump could be, and how they could basically destroy your nipples. But I decided to go ahead and get one anyway, and I’m glad I did because the other thing I love about the Medela Swing is how comfortable it makes expressing. The breast shield is a good size, and the level of suction can easily be increased or decreased for comfort. When I express it pretty much feels the same as breastfeeding, in that I can’t feel anything. I don’t think you can ask any more from a breast pump can you?
I think how long it takes to express a certain quantity of milk probably depends to a degree on the individual, their let down and flow of milk, but I have personally found that with the Medela Swing I can get around 150ml out in about ten minutes in the morning. Sometimes it can take a bit longer if its later in the day and my milk supply is low, but generally I have been very impressed with how quickly I can express a decent amount of milk with the Medela Swing and I think that is all down to their clever two-phase technology.
I have to admit, the Medela Swing does make a little bit of noise, but it isn’t anything offensive. You can still have a conversation, or watch TV without it being really noticeable. A number of the reviews that I came across for other brands of breast pumps when I was trying to decide what to get mentioned noise as a bit of an issue, but the Medela Swing doesn’t seem to suffer with this issue, and I certainly haven’t found it a problem.
In summary, the Medela Swing is a fantastic easy to use, reliable, quick and comfortable breast pump. I’ve recommended it to friends that have since gone on and bought one, and we’ll definitely be using it again with baby number two!