Breast Pump Comparison: Which Medela is for You?

It can be hard to decide which breast pump may be the best fit for you and your breastfeeding goals. Here are some important questions to consider.


Understanding Our Breast Pumps and Their Features and Benefits

As the #1 physician recommended breast pump brand*, we are proud to offer new and expectant mothers a diverse range of manual and electric breast pumps designed to meet their unique needs and individual lifestyles. With a full suite of non-electric, single electric, and double electric breast pumps to choose from, it can be challenging – particularly if you are a first-time mom – to decide which breast pump may be the best fit for you and your breastfeeding goals. Here are some important questions to consider when reviewing our breast pump comparison below and when ultimately making your final decision on which breast pump is right for you:

  • How soon are you planning to return to work after giving birth, and do you intend to continue breast milk feeding after your maternity leave is over?

  • How active is your lifestyle? Do you travel often, or do you plan to mostly stay home after your little one arrives? Will you need to pump while on the go or away from home?

  • How busy are you, even while at home? Is multitasking an important aspect of your day, or are you in and out of the house often? Do you have other kids that you also look after?

Like most new or expectant moms, research and due diligence is completely normal when bringing new products into your home – especially those that will affect how you feed, nourish, and care for your baby. Each Medela breast pump is carefully crafted with the quality, materials, and workmanship that moms like you expect from our brand while offering unique features and benefits to help you seamlessly provide breast milk to your little one for as long as you choose – from hospital to home through going back to work and beyond.

Our manual and electric breast pumps are as unique as you. Some moms prefer the lightweight, easy mobility of Freestyle®, while others like the connected innovation of Sonata® or the classic on-the-go ability and research-based technology of Pump in Style® Advanced. Find out more to identify the pump that might work best for you in our breast pump comparison below.

The Ultimate Breast Pump Comparison – Finding the Medela Pump for You

Pump in Style Advanced:

  • #1 breast pump among moms** and the BabyCenter Moms’ Pick Winner since 2014***

  • Double electric breast pump designed for moms who pump multiple times per day

  • Designed for uncomplicated portability and comes with your choice of discreet microfiber tote bag, Metro Bag™, or backpack for easy carrying and organization of breast pump parts and accessories

  • Battery pack included for simplified pumping anywhere, anytime

  • Also includes cooler bag with ice pack, power adaptor, breast milk bottles and lids, and double pumping kit with PersonalFit™ breast shields


  • Double electric breast pump designed for moms who pump multiple times per day

  • Intuitive digital display with memory button, timer, and convenient backlight for easy tracking and recording of your pumping sessions, day or night

  • Rechargeable battery provides up to 3-hour battery life between charges and eliminates the need for an outlet to pump

  • Compact, lightweight motor for convenient on-the-go pumping anywhere and the convenient ability to remain active while hands-free pumping

  • Includes microfiber carrying bag, rechargeable lithium ion battery, power adaptor/charger, double pumping kit with two sets of PersonalFit™ breast shields, breast milk bottles and lids, cooler with ice pack, and voucher for complimentary Easy Expression® hands-free pumping bra

  • Also includes free trial to 24/7 LC™, providing you with anytime access to lactation consultants right from your phone

Symphony PLUS®:

  • #1 breast pump brand used in hospitals^

  • Hospital-grade (multi-user) breast pump, with kit separate from the pumping mechanism and protected from overflow by a specially-engineered membrane

  • Designed to initiate, build, and maintain breast milk supply, even in special situations where direct nursing is not possible or you are separated from your baby for any length of time

  • Developed with input from pumping moms and made for exceptional comfort through an individually-adjustable vacuum and convenient let-down button

  • Easy switching between single and double pumping as desired, backed by two independent membrane units

  • Includes program card, Quick Start card, container stand, and card/cord protector

  • Rental options also available – see for more information and to find rental options near you


  • Awarded 2018 Best Breast Pump by Parents Magazine

  • Double electric, daily-use breast pump for moms who pump multiple times per day

  • Smart connectivity to the MyMedela® app for easy tracking of your pumping sessions and baby’s overall development, backed by a touchscreen display and two clinically-tested pumping rhythms for optimal efficiency

  • Hospital performance inspired by Symphony® in a thoughtfully-designed personal use pump; rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides convenient, portable pumping anytime and anywhere while eliminating the need for an outlet

  • Whisper-quiet for discreet pumping – day or night, at home or away – that won’t disturb your little one or other family members

  • Includes carrying bag, rechargeable battery, power adaptor, double pumping kit with two sets of PersonalFit breast shields, breast milk bottles and lids, cooler bag with ice pack, and two bottle stands


  • Single electric, occasional-use breast pump for moms who wish to collect and store breast milk complementary to nursing their baby

  • Compact, lightweight motor fits easily and discreetly into your purse, tote bag, or backpack

  • Comes with AC adaptor and battery power options for easy mobility and convenient pumping anywhere

  • Easy-to-use vacuum controls so you can always choose your most comfortable settings

  • Includes discreet drawstring carrying bag, single pumping kit with PersonalFit breast shields, breast milk bottles and lids, power adaptor, bottle stand, and shoulder/neck strap


  • Best-selling manual breast pump^^

  • Single manual breast pump designed for occasional use, short periods away from your baby, or as a back-up supplement to nursing and/or pumping with a double electric breast pump

  • Soft touch swivel handle for enhanced ease of use and a comfortable grip

  • Compact mobile breast pump conveniently fits into your purse, breast pump bag, or diaper bag and is easily accessible when you need it most

  • Pump directly into breast milk bottles for simplified pumping, storing, and feeding using the same Medela containers

  • Includes single pumping kit with PersonalFit breast shields, breast milk bottles with lids, and bottle stand to help prevent unexpected spills

Additionally, all Medela breast pumps equipped with our patented, research-based 2-Phase Expression® technology, which is shown to express more milk in less time when double pumping (compared to single pumping). This is because our 2-Phase Expression technology closely mimics a baby’s natural nursing rhythm to enhance both milk flow and the volume of milk expressed while pumping.

All Medela breast pumps adhere to high quality standards and are engineered with a protective barrier located at either the breast shield connector or at the pump. This flexible membrane prevents milk from entering other areas of your breast pump and is referred to as Overflow Protection. Learn more about open and closed system breast pumps and how Medela’s built-in protection blocks milk from entering your pump’s tubing and/or motor at Additionally, all Medela breast pump parts, breast milk bottles, and accessories that come in contact with breast milk are – and have always been – made without BPA so you can feed your little one with the peace of mind you deserve.

Obtaining Your Medela Breast Pump

Once your breast pump comparison is completed and you are set on a pump of choice, it’s important to order it in advance of your expected delivery date. This provides ample time to familiarize yourself with your breast pump, so you can begin confidently and regularly pumping soon after initiation. The timing of how soon you can order your breast pump is dependent upon your health insurance coverage, though we can send you a friendly reminder when it’s time to order – simply confirm your insurance-covered breast pump eligibility, and we’ll take it from there.

Additionally, breast pumps vary significantly in price. That’s another reason why we always advise checking your eligibility through your health insurance plan, as you may qualify for a discounted breast pump. You may be able to order your preferred breast pump directly through us, or we can connect you with one of our qualified suppliers. Visit today to see what’s covered under your health insurance and feel free to take a look our FAQs if you have any questions – We look forward to helping you find and receive the best breast pump for your needs!


*QuintilesIMS ProVoice Survey; Nov-Oct 2017
Medela Tracker Study 2018, Wave 7. Medela Global Brand Assessment Study 2017
***BabyCenter Mom’s Pick Awards, 2014-2018
^Medela Tracker Study 2018, Wave 7
^^2011 Medela Tracker Study