Medela Freestyle Breast Pump – Why this pump is a MUST have!

medela-freestyle-breast-pumpIf you are not familiar with the Medela Freestyle breast pump, let me introduce you.

Meet, Perfection.

This pump is in a league of its own – Lightweight, portable, exceptional performance, multiple settings, and technology to produce the most milk per session, and even has hands free connectors to make this the best pump on the market. Hands down.

Honestly, all it is missing is a back massage and a manicure option. (Hey, a girl can dream.) I love the Freestyle and once you read about all its bells and whistles, I think you will too.

How Medela Freestyle and I Met

My first pump, if I am being honest, was not the Medela Freestyle (I wish it had been). It was the Medela Pump in Style. I loved the Pump in Style and still recommend it but if you want to take your pumping experience to the next level, then the Freestyle is the way to go.

how-to-warm-breast-milkWhen I was due with my second baby, I decided to look into a newer pump as mine was aging. I made a huge rookie mistake with my first pump and bought it used off my sister-in-law.

Please do not do this!

I had no idea this was considered unsanitary since the Medela pumps are not a closed system (meaning the milk can potentially get into the motor since it is open to it through the tubing). I bought new tubing and attachments before using it but it is impossible to sanitize an open system pump completely.

Always buy your pump new! They are single user products!

Okay, now that the P.S.A. is out of the way, let’s get back to it – Since I was in the market for a new pump and I had heard such good things about it, I decided to splurge and go for the Freestyle (a new one of course).

When it first arrived at my home (thanks, Amazon!), I about went cross-eyed over all the attachments. Trying to figure out which thingamajig connects to which doohickey was like a science experiment. The attachments are different than the earlier models of the Medela pumps so I was not as familiar with them.

Plus, I have a difficult time being told what to do, so I ignored the instructions which would have told me what part went where but that’s another story.

In the end, I assembled my new Freestyle and I was ready to test it out!

So What’s the Big-to-do with the Freestyle?

Okay, let’s talk specs here.

The Medela Freestyle breast pump has many, many options. I am going to run down some of the most impressive ones:

  1. Weighing in at just under one pound, the Freestyle is extremely light weight and compact.
  2. It boasts a 3-hour rechargeable battery which is great for on-the-go moms.
  3. medela-freestyle-breast-pumpIt features Medela’s two-phase expression technology which is an advanced pumping pattern that mimic how a baby nurses to optimize your time spent pumping and pull down the most milk. The two phases are Simulation and Expression mode. It will start out in the simulation mode which simulates your baby’s rapid sucking to start your milk flowing. The expression mode simulates your baby’s deeper suckling after a let down. There is a “let down” button you can press to switch to expression mode.
  4. The digital screen on the Freestyle pump is backlit which is great for nighttime pumping sessions but it also features a timer and my favorite feature – the memory button. The memory button allows you to save your preferred pumping pattern so the pump will automatically switch from simulation to expression mode just when you like it to (ah-mazing!).
  5. The Freestyle breast pump comes with 2 different size Personalfit breast shields (medium and large).
  6. Hands-free attachment option. The Freestyle comes with attachments that make the pump hands-free. More on that later…

Honestly, if you are looking for the best technology on the market, this is it.

My first thoughts on the Freestyle were that I loved how small and portable it was. It literally fit into my purse. With my first baby, I carted around a huge tote bag with my Pump in Style and ice cooler inside which was ridiculously big.

My favorite feature, however, has to be the memory setting. I love being able to control the suction and switch from simulation to expression modes and the fact that you can program the pump to remember your setting and how you prefer the pump to function. It’s genius.

Is There Anything NOT to Like About the Freestyle?

So what do I dislike about the Freestyle?

Well, there is not a lot.

If you read Amazon reviews, you will see several users reporting that their Pump in Style has stronger suction than the Freestyle. I wanted to test this out and see if it was true and honestly I disagree.

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Medela Pump in Style

The thing with the Pump in Style is that you use it mostly with a wall adapter meaning it is plugged into a power source. It has a battery pack but I did not use mine with just the battery pack because I felt it wasn’t as strong.

With the Freestyle, it is portable so it has a rechargeable battery but can be used plugged in as well.

I found that if you let the Freestyle get too low on battery power, then yes, it will not have as strong suction (just like the Pump in Style).

I liked to recharge mine often throughout the day and perhaps that is why I did not notice the loss of suction. But I was able to pull down just as much milk with the Pump in Style as I was the Freestyle.

I think the huge difference in the pumps is how portable and lightweight the Freestyle is and the added features like the digital screen and backlighting.

As far as suction goes, the Freestyle and Pump in Style are neck and neck for me. But overall pumping experience, goes to the Freestyle without a doubt.

How to use the Medela Freestyle Hands-free Attachments

Okay, I put this in here because I was so confused and overwhelmed trying to figure out the hands-free attachments that come with the Freestyle so I am betting you are too. Or, maybe not, but it will make me feel less dense if I show you how to use it.

You will find a mess of attachments included with your pump that somehow come together to allow you to pump hands-free. That mess will look something like this:

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I know, right?

What in that heck do you do with all of that? What goes where? How does it go? And what do you do when it gets there?

Well, let me save you some time and share this lovely little video that Medela was so kind to put together to show us how to use this little gem. It’s not as complicated as it looks.

Now, I have to say that I did not love the hands-free attachment. It was somewhat of a pain to use and as you can see it has a number of parts. It’s not difficult to use, I just didn’t love it.

I much prefer using a hands-free pumping bra or a nursing bra with the hands-free option built in. It is less awkward, quick, easy and requires no setup.  But if you do use the Freestyle hands-free attachments, I do agree the result will be the same: hands-free pumping.

Check out my favorite hands-free bra options here!

So What is the Bottom Line?

The Freestyle is, in my opinion, Medela’s best breast pump but it is also the most expensive. I am typically a bargain hunter but in all honesty, when it comes to a breast pump, it is best not to go cheap.

But it also depends on how often you plan to use your breast pump. If you will be pumping every so often and just want a fast and efficient pump while having no regard for sticker price, then by all means, get the Freestyle. But really this pump is intended for moms who will be using it daily.

It is not cheap but I wouldn’t dare go cheap on an item I rely on daily to do something as important as feed my child. Trust me, when you pump daily, this is not the time to buy sub-par brands just because they cost less. It will cost you more in the long run when you have to go out and buy a better pump because your supply is tanking.

So How much is the Freestyle and where can you buy it?

The suggested retail price of the Medela Freestyle breast pump is $379.99.

The best price I have found for the Freestyle is on Amazon. Here is what the set includes:

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Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

  • Buy from: Amazon
  • Includes:
    • Freestyle Pump
    • 2 PersonalFit Breastshields (1- Medium & 1- Large)
    • 2 Breastshield Connectors
    • Tubing set
    • 4- 5oz Breast Milk Bottles with Lids
    • Microfiber Tote Bag
    • Cooler Bag and Ice Pack
    • Straps for Hands-free Pumping

I honestly have not been able to find a better price than the one listed above. If I do, I will be sure to update the information here.

Wrapping it Up

Well, there you have it. The best compact breast pump on the market. You won’t be disappointed.

Maybe because I write about breast pumps and breastfeeding every day, but talking about the Freestyle makes me giddy. It makes me excited to see what the industry does with breast pumps 5 years or 10 years down the road… maybe my massage and manicure option isn’t too far fetched after all…

Have questions about the Freestyle? Used the Freestyle before? Leave a comment and let us know how we can help or what you love about the Freestyle!


Click here to read more about the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump!

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Also See – 

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Read: Need Supplies for Your Medela Freestyle? Or Milk Storage Bottles and Accessories? Get Them Here!

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Read: Check Out This Stylish Bag for Your Pump!

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Read: Best Hands-Free Pumping Bras! See What You Have Been Missing!

 

17 comments

  1. Dayle says:

    Ha ha – funny and informative post. Love the comment on don’t get a hand me down pump – I made this rooky mistake too! Worst still I made the rooky mistake of getting a hand pump! Worse invention ever!

    I haven’t used the Freestyle, but it sounds like it ticks all of the required boxes. Do you know it the Freestyle has a warranty?

    • Heather Grace says:

      The Freestyle typically comes with a limited one-year warranty and 90 days on some parts. It will cover the pump if it is defective but not for say if you drop it… It is definitely a nice thing to have since breast pumps are not cheap. So you can feel secrure that you won’t be out of luck if it just doesn’t work.

  2. Iskies says:

    Hi Heather. Thanks for a really useful website. Can I have your opinion of the Medela freestyle vs the Spectra s1? I understand that the FS is definitely more portable than the s1. I’m a first time mum. More concerned about the ease of use of the machine as well as the comfort during pumping. Will appreciate your advice. Thank you

    • Heather Grace says:

      Both the Medela Freestyle and the Spectra S1 are fantastic pumps. I think it will come down to what your needs are in terms of pumping sistuation. The Freestyle is the most portable pump (thats worth considering anyway) on the market. The S1 though is lightweight and no too bulky but still would be a pain to drag around. The Freestyle can just slip into your purse without an issue. S1 would certainly need a pump bag to tote it around.

      If you are looking for comfort as part of your must-have-list, then hands down the Spectra wins. The pumping experience with the S1 is amazing. They have massage inserts to help cushion your breast as well. Many moms dislike the hard plastic of the Medela breast shields. I used them for years and never had an issue but I did not have sensative nipples or breast so it didn’t bother me.

      The pump strength of the two is quite comparable. The S1 is hospital grade but that doesn’t mean the Freestyle is lacking in pump performance. I don’t think you will see a huge difference in the output while pumping with one versus the other.

      Both have the builtin rechargable battery.

      I think if you are concerned about comfort and are okay with forefitting some of the portability, then go with the S1.

      If you have not read my review on the S1 here is the link: http://thepumpingmommy.com/spectra-baby-usa-s1-hospital-grade-breast-pump-review-of-why-you-should-consider-this-pump

      The massage inserts are shown at the bottom so you can see what they look like.

      Honestly, you have narrowed it down to two amazing pumps and will be happy with either. Now you just need to chose which fits your situation. I hope this helps!

  3. Jay says:

    Hi Heather,

    Firstly I would like to congrats you on your site. What wonderful site for people who have difficulties with breast feeding. Especially for mummies on the go.

    Your content here is so user friendly. It comes across as helping people who are really struggling in this department. Man I already know friends of mine. Where there partners are struggling when it comes breast feeding. I will certainly mention them have a look at this.

    Heather well done.

    Cheers
    Jay

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Jay, thank you very much. I appreciate your kind comment! I hope moms can find help and useful tips here! Thank you for stopping by and mentioning the site to your friends. Take care!

  4. Nancy Boey says:

    I personally don’t have children yet so I can’t speak about the products but you sure have made a more than serious effort to collect all this information and then reviewed them. I like all the whiteness in your site, it is very well structures and loads of pictures. It is a joy to read. Keep at it. May I forward your site to some people, I know some pregnant moms ? Just let me know by PM.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Nancy! I appreciate your comment. There were not many sites like this when I was pregnant and breastfeeding so I am hoping new moms find the information here useful! Thank you very much for stopping by!

  5. Katia says:

    Hi Heather,

    A lifetime ago when I thought I’d be married with kids by 25 (I’m single and almost 24) I had done a lot of research into breast pumps. If – and I REALLY hope – one day I have my own babies I’ll be able to become a milk donor, so comfort would be super important.

    Thanks for the information about buying or using second hand breast pumps, I really thought it wasn’t unsanitary, and I’m really happy you cleared that up. I think I’d personally prefer to save up my money and buy a new breast pump.

    Thanks for this awesome review of the Rolls Royce of breast pumps!

    All the best,

    Katia

    • Heather Grace says:

      I had no idea about used breast pumps either. It wasn’t until after I had been using it for some time that I read about open system pumps. Yikes! At least it was from my sister in law and I felt I could trust her haha.

      I think it is an amazing gift to become a milk donor! To keep up, a pump like the Freestyle would be amazing!

      I hope to see you back here in the very near future!! Best wishes!

  6. Lynne says:

    Great review on the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump!
    I breast fed both my children and I must just say that having a breast pump is an absolute MUST if you are a breast feeding mommy or if you plan to breast feed.
    I’ve had a lot of moms to be say that they aren’t going to invest in a breast pump because they are not going to feed their baby expressed milk, well yeah that is great and all…. BUT firstly you just never know when you might need to do that. For example you get sick and need to go onto medication. You will need to “pump and dump” that milk! Best to also keep a supply of breast milk in the freezer in case of emergency or you will have to feed your baby formula while you are on meds!
    I rarely gave my babies expressed milk but I pumped regularly to increase my milk supply, especially when my kids went through growth spurts. Then there have been a few occasions when i wasn’t with my babies and my breasts were full of milk, nothing like pumping milk to relieve myself!
    Great review, love this pump personally!

    • Heather Grace says:

      I think you are absolutely right that it is a good idea to get a pump rather you plan to pump or not. There are so many things that can happen that would require the use of a pump. Medication, as you mentioned, is a perfect example!

      A friend of mine planned to breastfeed only and her baby was born with a severe lip tie. She had to pump to keep her supply up and feed baby until it could be corrected. Since she didn’t buy a pump beforehand, she had to rush out and get one. That didn’t give her much time to compare and decide which would be best for her.

      I always recommend getting one even if it’s just for use every now and again!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. angelicamaney says:

    While I’m a long way off from using a breast pump myself, I do have to buy my cousin something for her baby shower coming up. This pump looks like it would be a great idea! Probably something a little cheaper though. Do you have any cheaper options that you would recommend?

    • Heather Grace says:

      A breast pump is an amazing baby shower gift! I would have been thrilled. There are cheaper pumps on the market. I did a review of 6 great pumps on this site that may help. There are options for all situations and budgets. You can read that here – http://thepumpingmommy.com/best-breast-pump-review

      Going cheaper on a pump really depends on what it will be used for. Moms who plan to stay home and be with baby and breastfeed a majority of the time can likely get away with a lower quality (and therefore cheaper) pump since they won’t be using it daily.

      I really would recommend a Medela pump such as this one, the Freestyle or the Pump in Style for Moms who will be away from baby or pumping exclusively. These pumps are the best on the Market and will be able to keep up with the demand for pumping a lot of milk.

      The Freestyle is by far the best pump but there are some cheaper options out there for sure!

      Thank you for your comment!

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