Originally, I used the Medela Swing Pump. Once charged you could take it with you and pump as needed. I found it would last me a few days before needing to be re-charged. I liked the pump quite a lot l and I have recommended it to other mothers. I’ve used it on park benches, buses – I even used it on a walking tour once (I would use a breast-feeding cover when pumping in public). I wasn’t too impressed about my husband taking my picture at the time.
But my friend Carol swore by her manual pump. She had the electric one, but still preferred her manual one. When I returned the Medela Swing to my sister-in-law after her second son was born, I purchased a manual Medela Harmony pump to use instead.
And I love it.
It’s practically silent in operation as opposed to the ‘ow-ohh-ga; ow-ooh-ga’ milking sound the electric one makes. I like that you can control the pressure and maintain the pressure of the suction. It does require a bit more effort to operate, you pump using your grip strength, but I find it pumps faster than the electrical version.
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