3 Ways a Compact Breast Pump Can Make Multitasking Easier

Ready to learn the top 3 reasons why a compact breast pump might be right for your breast milk feeding experience? Mobility, easy transport, and time saved cleaning are just a few unique needs that today's moms require in their breast pump.

Having the flexibility and convenience to take your breast pump with you wherever you go – whether that’s to work, on the road or in the air, or even to another room at your home so you can multitask with ease – is a game-changer when it comes to providing your baby with breast milk. Medela is proud to support all parents in achieving their breast milk feeding goals, no matter what your unique life looks like or how busy (or not!) your schedule may be. This commitment to today’s parents is reflected in our variety of compact breast pump options, most notably our Freestyle Hands-free™ and our Swing Maxi™. Whether you’re expecting your first baby or your home and heart are also full with older siblings, it’s no secret that welcoming a newborn means a lot of changes. No matter what your life looks like, moms often have busy schedules and active lifestyles – which can make balancing it all seem really challenging some days! Having a portable, compact breast pump on hand can often be the difference between continuing to provide breast milk for your baby or deciding to wean because pumping might seem inconvenient, challenging, or too time-consuming.

Here’s 3 ways our compact breast pumps help redefine what pumping really looks like while making your life – and your breastfeeding experience – simpler:

Compact Breast Pumps Offer Easy Mobility and Hands-Free Capabilities

Having the freedom and flexibility to be mobile while pumping can help you balance all your priorities while staying focused on the most important one – your baby! Pairing our Swing Maxi double electric pump with the Hands-free Pumping Bra creates a convenient hands-free experience that allows you to seamlessly multitask, whether that means meal-prepping, answering e-mails, changing a diaper, or simply sitting back with a good book or your social newsfeed as you pump.

Best of all, double pumping with research-based 2-Phase Expression® technology combined with our uniquely designed PersonalFit Flex™ breast shields means more milk in less time, so you can rest assured that your baby is getting every drop of that precious liquid gold.

Compact Breast Pumps are Discreet and Easy to Transport

Both Medela’s Swing Maxi portable breast pump and Freestyle feature USB charging capabilities; small, lightweight pump bodies that can be held in the palm of your hand; and intuitive interfaces with simple buttons and controls. Because compact breast pumps are naturally designed smaller in size, this makes them much easier to slip into a large purse, diaper bag, or laptop bag so you can discreetly take with your pump wherever you need to go without skipping a beat – or a pump session! Additionally, all Medela breast pumps come with a practical carry bag to accompany you whenever needed while keeping your pump, kit, and essentials secure and organized.

If you’re considering a compact breast pump with a rechargeable battery, make sure it’s one that can last for a while. For example, the Swing Maxi’s built-in rechargeable battery can last up to about 6 pumping sessions, or 1 ½ hours, on one full charge.  If you’re looking for even more battery life, the Freestyle Flex offers 2 full hours of battery (or about 8 pumping sessions) on one charge.  This means if you forget your charger one day (we know, it happens to the best of us!) then you don’t have to worry about not being able to pump while away from your baby, so long as either Medela rechargeable breast pump is fully charged and ready to go.

For added discretion, our Swing Maxi is noticeably quieter than its Swing predecessor for uncomplicated pumping at work, on the phone, at the airport, in a Mamava pod, or even at home overnight or in the early morning hours. That means no waking the baby – and hopefully getting a couple hours of shut-eye after your pump session!

A Compact Breast Pump Means Easier Cleaning and Sanitizing

Most pumping moms can disassemble, wash their breast pump parts, and re-assemble everything in their sleep after a few weeks (and maybe some do!) – but that time often adds up quickly! That’s why many moms have told us that they prefer pumps with less parts, requiring minimal time spent washing and assembling after each use, so they can spend more time with their little one and focusing on other important things.

With a closed system that prevents milk from entering the tubing and designed with significantly fewer parts and a new connector system, the Swing Maxi and Freestyle Hands-free are especially easy to clean after each pumping session. Both pumps share the same simple connector for easier assembly and disassembly. After all, we know pumping can require time and commitment, but we also know it’s worth it – and that’s why we developed these compact breast pumps for less time spent cleaning and more time for you and your baby.

Is This the Right Option For You?

Whether you’re expecting your baby soon or you recently had your little one, you may be eligible for an insurance-covered breast pump. Use our Insurance Concierge to check your eligibility today and compare options, so you can get the Medela mobile breast pump that best meets your unique needs. No matter where you are in your prenatal or postpartum journey, we get it, mama – There’s a lot going on! Having a quality breast pump to help you meet your breastfeeding goals in a way that’s designed around you and your baby can make all the difference. Remember, Medela is here for you!

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