Shared By: Carly V. from Chicago, IL. and Jennifer D. from Toronto, Canada
Secret Tip: While Medela’s “Symphony” model is known as the Cadillac of Breast Pumps (and costs thousands of dollars), the lower-priced Swing model gets high marks. Use the car adaptor to make it mobile, too.
Find It Here: $116.99 for the Medela Swing and $17.14 for the Medela 12v adapter for your car, both from Amazon.
Why You’ll Love It: The Medela Swing is the company’s ultra-portable pump, but a lot of moms choose it as their sole pump. The soft (BPA-free) materials fit well and Carly tells us it’s quieter than others she’s tried. Best of all, the Swing has two phases of pumping. It’s small enough that it can fit in an average purse, with the one main disadvantage being you can only pump one breast at a time. Jennifer tells us that the Medela car adapter is a must-have if you own a Medela breast pump. There are a multitude of reasons why you may want to pump in the car: long road trips during the summer, lunch-break from work, and in Jennifer’s case a power outage at home. Whatever the reason the adapter comes with an extra long power cord so it allows you to have some privacy if you prefer to pump in the back seat. Note: be sure to purchase the right voltage adapter; one is designed for 9 volt breast pumps and the other for 12 volt breast pumps.
What Carly Has To Say: “I rented the Medela Symphony but needed something more portable, so we purchased the Swing. It is definitely a high quality pump and I have used it on long car rides back and forth to visit my parents in Michigan.”
What Jennifer Has To Say: “Our son was born with moderate to severe tongue-tie and despite correcting the condition and trying for nearly two months to get him to latch, it never happened for us. So I pumped. I pumped and I pumped and I pumped. My Medela Double Swing Pump went with me wherever I went and my life was saved the day my mom bought me the matching car adapter. We were able to do a few road trips with our son, all while I covered myself and discretely pumped in the backseat. There was also a power outage that summer and thanks to the car adapter, I was able to go pump in the car while we waited for power to be restored. It truly was a lifesaver and made me much more mobile than I ever would have been with just the pump alone, which was restricting my every move.”
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