Medela Swing was my first love/encounter with breastpumps. Without the budget to purchase a good double pump at that time, we settled with Medela Swing, mainly because of its portability and cute design. Medela Swing went on to kick start and save my breastfeeding journey. I owe this pump a great deal because without it, I don’t think Ewan will be breastfed until today.
To cut the long story, I couldn’t breastfeed Ewan directly for the first two weeks as he was hospitalised in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for five days and my inflamed haemorrhoids made it very uncomfortable to latch him on thereafter. To stimulate milk production, I used its two-phase expression feature for the first few days and by the third day, my milk arrived.
About 2-Phase Expression
Everytime you nurse your baby, observe and feel the suckling motion. You’ll notice that babies nurse in two phases – they suckle fast and light at first before switching to a slower, deeper suckle for the actual feeding phase.
Medela mimics and converts these natural nursing actions into technology and voila, it’s called the 2-Phase Expression feature which stimulates and expresses milk.
Read more about other great features of Medela Swing here.
~ Medela Swing comes with rubbery soft breastshields that feel comfortable and smooth on your breasts. Nothing plasticky or hard.
~ As I have always had problem with letting down, the Stimulation Phase helps to massage and encourage let-down.
~ It works on both AC adapter and 4 AA batteries, making it really portable. I can pump anytime and anywhere I want. However, it is less economical if you are using it solely with batteries.
~ It has four parts to wash and assemble. Most importantly, its thin white valves do not succumb too quickly from the daily wear and tear, as opposed to another pump I have tried.
~ I won’t say that the pump doesn’t make any noise at all but it is definitely quieter than other breastpumps I have used. I used to put it on the bed while pumping but the vibration always wakes Ewan. Also because he’s a light sleeper.
~ The only downside is, it’s a single pump and as such, pumping takes around 30 minutes to complete. Great for stay-at-home moms who will pump once in a while only but if you’re a working mom who is planning for at least 6 months, it’s better to invest on a double pump.
To make way for a double pump, I sold my beloved Medela Swing.