Medela Pump In Style Advanced Backpack Review

Like a lot of other moms out there, I had no idea how I was going to get $300 to buy one.  I had just spent $100 on a pump that didn’t do squat for me.  So I did what every desperate mother had to do, I got a used pump.  It was a Medela and I was on cloud 9.  It did the job and I was able to get a little freezer stash going.  I recently borrowed a newer Medela and I thought dang, can it get better?

Yes, it really can!

My OB’s nurse sent a note over to our local durable medical supply store last Wednesday and on Monday, I became the proud owner of the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Backpack.  I chose the backpack design because I do pump in about every room of my house (at my computer desk as I type this) and I had already had lugged around the other two tote ones before.  It was time for something different.

The pump comes in a nice black backpack and the pump is located in the bottom zippered compartment.  It’s definitely more backpack than pump.  If I were going to be returning to work, this would be awesome.  Lots of room to keep magazines, books, cellphone, iPad, pump parts, breast pads, water bottle, and snacks.  Basically whatever you need to keep you entertained while pumping.  Very roomy!

Included is:

  • 1 – Black microfiber backpack with integrated motor unit
  • 1 – AC adapter
  • 1 – Battery pack (8 AA batteries not included)
  • 1 – Insulated cooler bag and ice pack
  • 4 – 5 oz/150mL BPA-free breast milk bottles and lids
  • 1 – Double pumping kit with two – 24 mm (medium) PersonalFit™ breastshields
  • 2 – PersonalFit connectors
  • 2 – Valves
  • 4 – Membranes
  • 1 – Set of tubing
  • Instructions for use in English/Spanish/French
  • Breastfeeding Information Guide

I got everything washed up on Monday and air dried by pumping time on Tuesday.  Olive was napping so it was the perfect opportunity to hook the bad boy up.  I was AMAZED at how quickly milk was expressed and also how my lazy boob was really kickin’  butt!  You know, that one boob you HAVE to nurse off of but isn’t your baby’s favorite.  Usually lazy boob, on a good day, produces about 4 drops.  I got about an ounce outta each boob and I had only nursed Olive about a half hour prior.

Clean up is the same, hot soapy water and then air dry.  No big change here.  I was excited about the new bottles because it’s always fun to add to the collection of Medela bottles I have.  Everything is all shiny and new and fancy.  Truly like Christmas all over again for me!

What I can tell you is this, if you are in the market for a breast pump, really consider a Medela.  This model is intended to be a single-user pump so you probably don’t wanna share it with anyone but yourself since there is a “risk” of spreading disease.  This shouldn’t be a problem since everyone in America that makes the choice to breastfeed should be getting a free pump.

I hate to pump but this pump made it exciting again!  If you want more information about the different pumps Medela carries or any other information.

**I was not gifted any item for the purpose of this review.  I did not receive any compensation.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.**

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