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Medela Freestyle vs Pump In Style

Battle of the Pumps: Medela Freestyle vs Pump In Style

Last Updated August 22, 2017

Medela is one of the baby gear companies that has earned a trusted reputation with moms, and for good reason. Medela is constantly coming out with products designed to make moms’ lives a little easier. Its products can help moms successfully overcome the hurdles that can accompany breastfeeding.

But when you have more than one option for which breast pump to buy, it can be tricky to know which way to go. This review will help you decide the dilemma of which pump to pick out of Medela freestyle vs pump in style.

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Medela Freestyle

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

  • Lightweight & Compact
  • Hands-free option
  • Back light Digital Display
  • Difficult to clean

Medela Pump In Style

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote

  • 3 Options for Carry Bag
  • One-touch Letdown
  • Easy to Use
  • Heavy

Side by Side Comparison

Medela FreestyleMedela Pump in Style
Medela Freestyle Breast PumpMedela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote
Rating4.25 Stars/td>4.4 Stars
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Warranty1 Year1 Year
Weight5.2 Pounds7 Pounds
AC AdapterIncludedIncluded
BatteriesRechargable L-Ion (Included)8AA (Not Included)
Car AdapterSold SeperatelySold Seperately
Pump TypeDouble ElectricDouble Electric
SystemOpen SystemOpen System
ButtonsAdjustableDial
DisplayLCDNone
Bag OptionsCarry BagOn-the-go Tote, Backback, Metro Bag™
Bottles4 Included4 Included
CoolerIncluded (Holds 4)Included (Holds 4)
PlasticBPA FreeBPA Free

In-Depth On The Medela Freestyle

What We Like

  • Can pump hands free when used with the Easy Expression bustier.
  • Backlit digital display that also has a timer and a memory button.
  • Two sizes of breast shields for moms who don’t fit that standard ones that are included in the Pump In Style.
Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

What The Freestyle Does Better

The Freestyle is lighter to carry around

Moms who are returning to work may prefer this pump taking it into the office an easy task. It you don’t want to take it in its carrying case, you can stick it in a Ziplock bag in your purse, and no one will even know it’s there.

It’s quieter than the Pump In Style

This can can make a big difference in an office setting. For moms who still feel embarrassment over pumping, or at least don’t want to draw attention to it at work, this can be a good solution.

It has a digital display with a memory function, timer and backlight

It has a hands-free option

Moms who are extraordinarily busy may prefer that this pump allows them to get more work done at the house while they are pumping. With the correct specialty bra, you should be able to do dishes, vacuum, pay bills or anything else you need to do while you are taking care of your baby’s nutritional needs.


In-Depth On The Medela Pump In Style

What We Like

  • Built-in bottle holders to avoid spills.
  • Contoured ice pack to fit around bottles in the included cooler bag.
  • One touch letdown button that lets your body know to release breast milk.
  • Easy-to-operate knob for finding perfect settings.
Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote

What The Pump In Style Does Better

It seems to do a more thorough job of expressing milk

Women who are worried about protecting the output of their milk supply may want to go with the Pump In Style. The suction tends to be better which leads to more milk overall.

It's less expensive

If you don't have medical insurance to cover the cost of the pump, that could be a huge benefit for you.

It's easy to use

While the LCD features of the Freestyle are nice to have, for the less technologically inclined moms out there like myself, the Pump in Style is a lot easier to figure out.


The Winner Is...

Despite its higher price, the Freestyle tends to be the more well rounded pump between these two.

Having said that, both are powerful pumps and if you are serious about expressing milk, either would be a sound investment. You’ll be saving money by not buying baby formula, and you’ll be giving your baby her best start in life.

To summarize, I find that each of these pumps is best for the following situation:

  • Moms on the go should consider checking out the more portable Freestyle pump.
  • Moms who will be homebound more may like the additional suction power of the Pump In Style.

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Jenny Silverstone
 

Jenny is just another Mom trying to do her Best. She loves organizing things into lists and helping others find what they are looking for. When she's not using her powers to find her kids missing socks, you can find her giving actionable parenting advice & buyers guides at MomLovesBest.com

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aseel zawaneh - June 29, 2017

Hi Jenny,

Thank you so much for this detailed and really helpful guide.

Aseel

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