(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.
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
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.
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!
Ameda Finesse Waveform Technology
Let’s talk about the waveform technology for a minute.
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.
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.”
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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