Review of Ameda Finesse Breast Pump

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(Note: I was given an Ameda Finesse Breast Pump to try free of charge. This review is based on my personal experience with that product and all opinions are my own. Please see our complete affiliate disclosure here for more information! Thank you for supporting The Pumping Mommy!)

Update: The Ameda Finesse is available to purchase now! You can order yours, here!


Have you heard of the Ameda Finesse?

Probably not. Well, not yet anyway…

I was sent an Ameda Finesse Breast Pump to try from Areoflow Breast Pumps. This is a brand-spanking new pump that was available for pre-order only (as of July 2017). It will be coming on the market soon and I was thrilled to give it a try!

Why is the Finesse so exciting? Well, Ameda designed this light weight personal pump after the technology in their hospital grade pump, the Ameda Platinum. As a pumping mom, that should make you very, very excited. It isn’t often we get some of the bells and whistles of the huge hospital grade pumps included in our everyday-use pumps.

According to Ameda,

Finesse mimics our best-in-class Ameda Platinum multi-user hospital pump waveform in a personal pump. This waveform technology helps deliver a smoother, more consistent feel in the vacuum pattern for mom’s comfort, which means more milk.

Pretty cool, right?

Ameda Finesse Key Features

When I first opened up the box I was amazed. The Ameda Finesse comes with a lot of accessories. I mean a lot.

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Per Ameda’s product description, here is what you can expect to get when you purchase the Finesse:

  • HygieniKit® Milk Collection System
  • Proven FDA-cleared barrier designed to protect pump, tubing, and bottle against bacteria and viruses
  • Closed system helps keep milk safe
  • Fully assembled dual kit
  • Natural Rhythmic Waveform for your comfort, which means more milk
  • Quiet Technology
  • Separate speed and suction dials with 32 fully customizable options for multi phase pumping
  • Adaptable for single or double pumping
  • 2-year warranty
  • Easy-to-clean surface, contemporary look
  • 6.7 in L x 4.25 in W x 3 in H
  • 1.1 lbs
  • Power with AC adapter or AA batteries* for worry-free access to pumping
  • May include additional accessories such as additional flange sizes or milk cooling and storage solutions
  • No BPA/DEHP/Latex

The pump I received came with the standard milk collection kit, a cute tote, a cooler bag with three ice packs, 6 milk collection bottle, it also included 3 different sized breastshields!

I was pleasantly surprised at how much was in the box. I remember getting my Ameda Purely Yours and it was just the basics. 

Ameda Finesse Tote

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I was really impressed by the tote bag. It is made with a heavy material with a subtle polka-dot pattern on it. It is not huge but is big enough to fit the Finesse pump, milk collection kits, and the cooler. There is not room for much else in the bag but it is nice that it is big enough to fit the cooler! It is significantly bigger than the tote that comes with the Ameda Purely Yours.

If you are a working mom, the fewer bags you carry, the better. You would still need to carry a purse or laptop bag or lunch, etc using this tote but all your pumping essentials would be in one place.

There are many one-bag solutions for working moms if you carry a lot to work each day. You can view my favorite Pump Bag line, here.

The Cooler

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This was by far one of my favorite accessories that came with the Finesse. This cooler is great. It fits 6 milk collection bottle perfectly and includes three (!) ice packs.

There is also a little card included with some milk storage guidelines which was a nice added touch.

This cooler is well made and not flimsy by any means. It is the perfect size to use for pumping while away for your baby – not too big and not too small.

As I said, it fits 6 milk collection bottles but if you like to store your milk in the freezer bags or use a collection system like the Kiinde Twist, it will certainly hold much more than 6 bags.

What a great accessory to have included with the pump!

3 Different Sized Breastshields

I love that the newer pumps are automatically including variously sized breastshields. I am seeing it more and more often now. The Ameda Finesse includes a 25mm, 28.5mm, and a 30.5mm. The 28.5mm comes as an insert to be used inside the 30.5mm breastshield.

There are actually 4 additional sizes that can be purchased separately if you need a smaller or bigger size than what comes with the pump. You can also view Ameda’s best recommendation on how to properly fit your breastshield, here.

Since an improper fitting breastshield is the number one reason for nipple pain when pumping, I love that moms have options to be able to try and see what fits best.

Finesse Can be Used with Batteries

The Ameda Finesse is a portable pump. It takes 6-AA batteries. I have not tested the functionality on the batteries but will shortly and will update here once I do a more thorough test of this feature. But it is great that this already light-weight pump can be taken and used on the go!

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Ameda Finesse Waveform Technology

Let’s talk about the waveform technology for a minute.

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Ameda Platinum

Ameda states that the Finesse includes the same waveform technology that is used in their hospital pump, the Ameda Platinum. I have not personally used the Ameda Platinum but I do know several moms who have had amazing results while using the Platinum in the hospital.

I was intrigued by the promise that this waveform technology created a more comfortable pumping experience.

I recently ran into the perfect situation to put that claim to the test with my Ameda Finesse.

If you follow me at all on Facebook, then you know my littlest love and I have been suffering from Thrush as of recent… One of the fun parts about thrush is the pain. I don’t know how else to describe this pain to you.

It honestly feels like glass shards tearing their way through your nipple. My eyes watered, my toes curled. and I was rigged as my baby latched and nursed. Every single time.  It. Is. Horrible.

I have a pretty high pain tolerance (survivor of two natural childbirths here) but this pain was the absolute worst.

I know the basics of breastfeeding and how supply and demand works and I know that neglecting my left breast (the side with the pain, my right was perfect) would result in a low supply. So I latched my baby the best I could and tried to nurse through the pain but I often only lasted for a few minutes.

I decided to pull out the Ameda Finesse and try pumping hoping that their promise of a comfortable pump experience would be true despite my painful situation.

I started the suction and speed on LOW. I was cringing waiting for the pain. I slowly increased the speed waiting for the letdown.

To my surprise, I was able to pump quite comfortably even when my milk letdown and I increased the suction strength! My nipple was still slightly sore but I would not call it painful at all. My right side, which had no pain from the thrush, felt great!

One of my complaints about the Ameda Purely Yours was that the suction felt more like a tug. It is not the most comfortable pump. The Finesse is completely different and I could tell right away. It really does suck in more of a wave and mimics a more natural pattern like you baby would nurse.

I found the Ameda Finesse to be extremely comfortable to use. Despite the pain from thrush, I was able to pump 3 ounces in less than 15 minutes pumping.

The Ameda Finesse, in my opinion, is an extremely comfortable pump and does hold true to that promise. I was very impressed.

So What is the Ameda Finesse Lacking?

I have this same complaint about most of the Ameda pumps – they lack digital controls. They boast that it is simplicity. I get that. It is two dials that you turn to control the suction and speed. Easy peasy. 

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BUT the ability to switch from a massage mode (high speed, low suction) to a letdown/expression mode (low speed, high suction) with a push of the button is amazing.

I am spoiled since I own a lot (and I mean a lot. I do run a pumping blog…) of breast pumps. I have tried so many that I find things I love about certain pumps and wish all pumps could include those features. The digital controls are one of those features.

Also, a lot of digital pumps, like the Spectra S1, Milk Genie, Medela Freestyle, Medela Sonata all have the ability to record your prefer pump settings and run a program every time you pump. So you literally just turn the pump on and it does what you want it to. Amazing.

Now is the lack of digital controls a deal breaker? No, of course not. But it is a “nice to have.”


Bottomline

The Ameda Finesse is a great pump with a lot of features and accessories. It will work great for working moms and mom who need to pump a lot. It is portable, comfortable, and a strong pump.

I think Ameda did some great things with the Waveform Technology and am thrilled they included it in this personal pump.

The Ameda is available now for purchase! You can find it by clicking here!

Have questions or comments about the Ameda Finesse? Drop me a comment below!


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12 comments

  1. Melissa says:

    Hi Heather!! I’m expecting my second child this summer! With my first, I wasn’t able to produce and my daughter actually wound up on a soy formula. So this will be my second attempt and praying it works this time to pump. My insurance will pay for either the Finesse or the Spectra S2. What are your thoughts on the two of them for a Mom who tried to use the Medela and had no luck (it was also quite painful) and which one is better for production? I’ve heard good things about both so I’m really conflicted on which one I should get

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Melissa!
      Congratulation on your second baby!
      So I think you said a few important things in your comment/question here: 1) You suffered from a low supply with your daughter, and 2) You mentioned comfort was an issue.

      The Spectra S2 is a stronger pump compared to the Finesse so I think given your history you will benefit greatly from having a hospital grade-strength pump. It is one of the best pumps on the market for a mom with low supply. It is not as portable as the Finesse and has to be used plugged into an outlet (no battery option) but I think it will be your best bet between the two to help you be successful.

      Also, the Spectra S2 is incredibly comfortable to use. It is very, very gentle compared to the Medela Pump in Style. You can also purchase optional massage inserts to add additional cushion to the flange. You can find the massage inserts on our Spectra Pumps Parts page, here.

      I hope this helps and I wish you the best as you start this new journey!

    • Heather says:

      Hello,
      I went back to work when my son was 3 weeks old and used the Medela Advanced Breast Pump. I loved it. My son is now 11 years old and I am now pregnant again and will be going back to work full time. I need to find a good pump. Any advice on choosing between the Ameda Finesse™ with Dottie Tote or sticking with the Medela? Thank you!

      • Heather Grace says:

        Hi Heather!
        Congratulations on your baby! The current Medela Pump in Style Advanced is slightly better than the Ameda Finesse in terms of ounces pumped, in my opinion. I always pump more with my Medela PISA. With that said, I love the Finesse! The Finesse will get the job done. It is a good pump. The Medela PISA can also be a little rough. It isn’t the most comfortable pumping experiences (not painful though, pumping should never be painful). If you have sensitive nipples, the Finesse is a good option since the waveform technology really helps eliminate the tugging.

        So it really comes down to preference. If you struggled with your milk supply at all or found you didn’t pump a lot per session, you may want to stick to the Medela. Otherwise, the Finesse is a great pump! Hope that helps!

        • Meredith says:

          Hi – the Finesse is one of my free options through insurance. I’ll be a first time mom and plan to be pumping when I go back to work. I’m curious if the Finesse will be compatible with a hands free bra and if it’s compatible with pumping directly into other brands of bottles and disposable bags (I’m hoping to use the Tommee Tippee line).

          • Heather Grace says:

            Hi Meredith,

            The Finesse is compatible with hands-free bras, yes. It fits both my Simple Wishes and Clip and Pump hands-free bras. It does NOT fit my new style of the Medela Bustier because they changed the design since their breastshield snap into the collection kit (its two pieces instead of one) so it’s not wide enough to get the Ameda breastshield into.

            The Tommee Tippee Pump and Go system works great with the Ameda Finesse! If you have the starter kit, it comes with an adapter for the Ameda pump but I believe it only contains one so if you double pump, you would need to purchase the adapter kits separately to get the extra adapter. It’s super cheap and you only need the 2-pack one. You can see that, here.
            It also works with the Kiinde feeding system and that starter kit comes with a double set of adapters so no need to purchase extra. Both are great feeding systems!

          • Sarah says:

            4 years ago when I had my daughter I used the Ameda Purely yours and loved it. I felt like it was reliable, comfortable and really got the job done every time. I wanted to stick with Ameda Purely Yours this time and still have my old pump, but since I get a free one from work, I wanted to get a second and leave one at work and one at home (genius, right?) Through my insurance only the Ameda Finesse is available in addition to the Hygia Enjoye and the Spectra S2. I was all but ready to order the Ameda Finesse – but it is missing the little “cup holders” I was used to with the purely yours that I love! I can’t imagine how many times I would have spilt my milk if I didn’t have those little guys. So first – do you have any comments about if the bottles topple over if not held when you are done pumping?

            Also – I was interested in your comments about the electric dials/settings that you can program. So I am thinking about going with the Spectra 2 but I am hesitating becuase I’m not sure how difficult it could be to keep up with two different sets of parts… and do you think it would be wierd to use one pump and work and different one at home? (Of course, most of the time I’m at home, I’ll probably be breastfeeding instead of pumping, but still…). Thanks for any help you can give!

            • Heather Grace says:

              Hi Sarah!
              I think it is a great idea to have one at home and one at work! So first things first, I am totally with you on missing the “cup holders” on the Finesse! The issue with the Ameda pumps is that their tubing is thicker and heavier than most other brands. I find this does cause the milk collection kit to fall over. I learned real fast to unhook the tubing before taking the breastshields out of my pumping bra. Otherwise, I did have an issue with it toppling over at times. UGH, every pumping mom’s worst nightmare! But unhooking the tubes seems to solve that issue!

              So, now to the topic of which pump you should get… I completely agree that having both pumps be an Ameda pump would make the parts situation super easy since they are interchangeable between the Purely Yours and Finesse. BUT you will have to wash and sanitize the pump parts each day after work anyway… So not sure it is too big of a deal but it would be nice to have a duplicate set on hand just in case.

              I do like the features of the S2 better than the Finesse when it comes to the digital controls. I think this comes down to where you pump and if you are multitasking. The beauty of the S2 is that you get to set your preferred pump pattern and it follows it automatically or you can change it with the push of a button. With the Finesse, you will need to be manually turning the dials to mimic that same pattern (massage mode and then expression mode). The S2 is also a stronger pump, however, if you were able to successfully pump with the Purely Yours then you will have zero issues with the Finesse.

              If you have your hands free and are okay with lacking the digital features, the Finesse will work amazingly well for you. I really love it. I hope this helps! Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you!

            • Christine says:

              I wanted to post my own experience here, as it differed from the above review.

              I started using the Ameda Finesse pump with my second child, around 4 months. Previously I had used the standard Medela pump that was given to me at the hospital. I was intrigued by the customization available with this pump, and its size. While I really wanted to like it, there were a few issues I had that made it less convenient than I had hoped. The shape of the actual pump is great. It’s compact, and I like it a lot better than many square pumps that can be bulky. The Ameda pump is better for traveling and packing it in a suitcase for this reason. However, on a daily basis, taking the pump parts back and forth to work for washing was not convenient. The shape of the flanges and how they connect to the tubing makes it bulky for working moms. I also found the connections a bit awkward at times. The other feature I was really looking forward to with this pump was the customization of speed and suction. In the end, I didn’t find that I was adjusting it much, and unless you are using a hands free bra or something else to hold everything in place, your hands aren’t free to make adjustments as you pump (90% of the time I do use a hands free bra, but not always). It could be if I had trouble producing milk, this feature might have been more valuable to me, but I didn’t find it brought any real benefit. The pump is also advertised as quiet, but I didn’t find it to be especially quiet, nor did I find it to be particularly comfortable. I was not impressed by the wave technology, as some others were, and found the mechanism to be uncomfortable for me. Instructions were good, and the pump worked well – it was more some of the design features that weren’t as convenient for me. I was given this breast pump to try as part of the weeSpring Parent Panel.

              • Heather Grace says:

                Hi, Christine

                Thank you for providing us with your experience! You pointed out some great things when it comes to the Finesse.

                I did want to provide some further info for any moms who might be considering the Finesse – You mentioned the bulkiness of the flanges. When comparing the flanges to the Medela, the Ameda is seemingly bulkier, but the difference is that the Medela is an open system pump and the Ameda is closed.

                All the closed system pumps will have an extra diaphragm that connects the flange to the tubing to act as a barrier. That may not have been something you were used to and it does add an extra part, so I hear ya. But I have to say, that the Ameda pumps, in my opinion, have been some of the easiest to put together and tote around. The pump is not bulky at all. And with any pump, you will have to carry around the various pump parts, unfortunately.

                The customization of speed and suction – I have to agree this was one of the things I didn’t love about this pump either. While you can control the suction and speed, they are dials. I don’t see this as customization, just the ability to control it. Digital pumps like the Spectra S1 or Milk Genie or Medela Freestyle, offer a lot more in terms of customization because it will remember your pump settings and will automatically follow that pattern (no hands required!). I do not consider this a shining feature of the Ameda Finesse at all. It’s really a basic feature that all pumps come with… And you are right, it requires your hands to be free to control properly.

                I am a huge supporter of moms learning to use their pump settings correctly. It is why I love the digital pumps so much because it helps moms achieve the max milk pumped without really doing much. It can make a big difference in how much you pump and how you achieve a letdown.

                Using a pump like the Finesse that does not have a massage mode or letdown mode, means mom need to set the controls to mimic those settings.(This article explains some of that for moms who want to capitalize on their letdown and learn how to control their pump.)

                Once you learn it, however, using the Finesse becomes very easy so it’s not a deal breaker in my opinion BUT I agree that you need your hands-free and a good pumping bra is a must. Very important point for moms who pump and work – So, thank you for pointing that out!

                I am so sad the wave technology wasn’t for you! I think that is a great example of how all moms are different. I have heard nothing but great things from moms who have used the Finesse and the Ameda hospital grade that the technology is from. It really is very different from a traditional pump. But there are moms who can’t pump with a Medela or a Spectra while thousands of others love them. So wonderful to hear your feedback on that to give our readers another viewpoint.

                As always, it is great to get some additional feedback, so thank you for dropping this comment to let us know some of the things you experienced! Take care!

              • Christi says:

                I am expecting my first baby in January and I’m looking at my breast pump options available to me through insurance. The Ameda Finesse is one of my options but after reading plenty of reviews I’m torn between this pump, the Spectra S2 and the Medela PISA Starter Set. The Ameda Finesse comes with a lot more accessories and tote bag while the S2 and PISA are more basic options and I would need to purchase additional accessories and a bag out of pocket. It sounds like the Finesse is better than it’s predecessor but I’m still not sure which one to pick. Most people seem to have the Medela because it has been around the longest but I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews of the S2 and now this new offering from Ameda has me more confused than ever. Since I am not yet nursing, I don’t know if I have any specific issues that I need to address but I will be pumping at work full time. What do you recommend?

                • Heather Grace says:

                  Hi Christi,
                  Congratulations on your upcoming little arrival!

                  All three of these pumps, the S2, Finesse, and PISA, each have their pros and cons. All three are strong pumps and would be perfect for maintaining a healthy supply while working. Here are a few things to consider:

                  – The S2 is the strongest pump of the three but only slightly.
                  – The S2 and Finesse are both closed system. The PISA is open system.
                  – The PISA and Finesse both have the option to run off of batteries to make them portable. The S2 does not. It only works when plugged in.
                  – PISA and Finesse parts are easier to buy in stores (Spectra would be online only)

                  In my opinion, the S2 and Finesse are better pumps than the PISA. I pump more milk with them vs the PISA. I also think the PISA is the most uncomfortable pump when using the three. If it was me, it would come down to the S2 or the Finesse, here.

                  The Finesse has something really special in its wave technology. The way this pump preforms is not like anything I have tried before. It empties the breast very gently but efficiently. The only way I can describe it is that other pumps tug and pull. The Finesse is more of a gentle massage. It is extremely comfortable. You pointed out that you will get more for your buck, so to speak, in that the Finesse comes with a lot of accessories. The tote bag is cute which is a plus.
                  The S2 is in its own right a very comfortable pump (one of the best on the market in comfort). I like the setting controls on the S2 much better than the Finesse. The S2 is digital and has the ability to switch from massage mode to expression mode with the push of a button (the Finesse is done manually using its dials). You can also record your pump settings and it will replay that for you, which is amazing. The S2, however, is not portable (though you could purchase a power bank or converter to make it portable… I have those listed on the Spectra Pump Parts Page). You also do not get as many accessories with the S2.

                  I think what it comes down to is personal preference.

                  If you are into the technology of using the digital settings and are okay with using the pump plugged into the wall and want one of the strongest personal pumps on the market, then the S2 is a great choice.

                  If you are okay with controlling the pump manually (which is easy to do once you figure out your milk letdown) and if you need a portable pump (though it runs on disposable batteries) and want an extremely comfortable pumping experience, the Finesse is your pump.

                  You will have a good experience with either! I hope this info was helpful and didn’t confuse you even more haha. Both great pumps.

                  Let me know which you decide on or if you have any other questions!

                  Take care,
                  Heather Grace

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