Post # 1
Hi, Mama Bees.
I am currently pregnant and choosing a breast pump. My insurance is offering me the Medela Pump In Style (tote or backpack) or the Medela Freestyle.
I’ve heard great things about both, but I have to say, the portability of the Freestyle to me is NOT worth it if, as some are saying, it is not as powerful/effective as the original Pump In Style that plugs into the wall.
(Portability isn’t that big of a deal to me because I work five minutes from home, park my car five steps from my office door, and have a private office where I will be able to pump in peace, always near an outlet.)
Money and portability issues aside, is the Freestyle as powerful/effective as the Pump In Style? If so, I will choose the Freestyle. If not, I have no problem being “tethered” to an outlet.
Also, any other major differences between the two I haven’t thought of?
Thanks in advance, I feel like I’m really floundering over here with all the decisions that need to be made!
Post # 4
Wish I could help! Commenting so it stays at the top and hopefully someone gets you an answer! Awesome that your insurance covers a pump though.
Post # 5
I have no idea. I only have the pump in style so I can’t compare. I really love it, it was easy to use and you can adjust the settings. I got the hands-free bustier so I don’t have to hold the pumps the whole time…
Post # 6
Okay, I’m bumping this one last time for the morning crew, then I’ll let it die! ANY input on either model would be greatly appreciated. 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 7
I have the Freestyle, and it worked just fine for me. It’s the only breastpump I’ve ever used, so I have nothing to compare it to, though. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.
Post # 8
@bunnylovesbear: Did you ever feel like it was underpowered? Did you like the silicone cups?
Post # 9
I only used the Freestyle and it was powerful. I never pumped on the highest setting because it was too much for me.
loved that it was portable; however the handsfree system wasn’t as easy to use as i wouls like, so for my next, I might get some pumping tops that would be easier than the straps that come with the pump.
Post # 10
@daybyday: There’s a range of pump stregth, so you can adjust it to your comfort level. I never had an issue of it not being strong enough.
I think the cups were the same as any other pump. I didn’t love them or anything, but the whole process of pumping is somewhat awkward. But it was comfortable and got the job done.
Post # 11
@daybyday: I used both the Freestyle and the Symphony (the Medela $1500 hospital grade model) and I was surprised to find the Freestyle to be just as powerful as the Symphony! I will say that the handsfree feature seems silly. There were so many straps and hooks I didn’t even attempt.