Good portable pump, pump parts are expensive and hard to find
I am an exclusive pumping (6 months and counting) and have been using Medela Freestyle for approx. 3 months now, before that I was using Medela Symphony (hire pump), I am also using Spectra S2 at the moment.
Compared to Medela Symphony, Medela Freestyle’s suction and comfort is no where as near, and personally, am finding Spectra S2 much more comforting suction wise and power wise. Although Spectra is much cheaper but It also has issues though (pump parts not as durable as other, similar pumps, and lacks portability, needs to be plugged in ...all the time, customer service is pretty average) I purchased Medela Freestyle mainly for portability, for pumping at work/outdoors and it does the job. It is expensive and so are the pump parts, which wear off very quickly with frequent use.There are too many parts to wash and dry. I use the Freestyle as my second pump, use it 2-3 times a day, am finding that Battery runs out very quickly when pumping on high settings, motor unit heats up and feel suction is diminished, not as much when the unit had full power. Outputwise, am getting the expected output, but need to pump for 15-20 mins more (than Spectra) as the letdown always takes more time (despite massaging, heat packs etc).
Best thing to have as a mum, less stress being that you can be mobile with this pump your joy stuck on the lounge attached to the machine with no free arms to do as you please.
The charge time is great aswell enough to move around the house, pump on Long drives! It’s a great buy!
This was purchased with little research done, but I had heard good things about Medela. On advice from a lactation consultant I was encouraged to pump to build my supply. I had previously had an Event but lost parts of it when we moved. My husband was at Baby Bunting and got one for me I wanted a double pump.
However, for the expense of the machine it is not worth it. I wanted a Spectra however couldn't wait for it on order. Whilst the Freestyle has good suction when it works it is so fickle that I am never sure what I am going to get. I ca...n spend the first 10 minutes just trying to get it to suck. One side usually works but like others have said I am constantly pulling it apart and drying elements of it. It will then work and then suddenly stop again. Yes, double pumping is a lot quicker but with all the parts and the constant pulling it a part it is a stress that we just don't need. Trying to manage a toddler and a new born and then worry if the pump is actually going to work has just been too much. I would not recommend this pump to people. It is a purchase that we regret. it is way over-priced, has too many parts and not reliable at all.
Temperamental and unreliable
I am writing this at 4am after this pump, yet again, has decided not to work. This is one of the worst products I have ever purchased and has caused me and my husband endless frustration. The price is in no way justified. The component parts are so temperamental, that either one or both sides of the pump decided not to work at any given time and for no apparent reason (we are drying the parts constantly to ensure no water is in the system, and have even resorted to using a hairdryer to ensure no water remains in the pump system but to no avail).... It is fortunate that that I have not been able to exclusively breastfeed because this pump is fundamentally unreliable. I am extremely disappointed in this product and will likely be forced to purchase another pump. Rest assured it will not be Medela.
Love this with the pumping bra quick and efficient
Easy to use portable if you pair it with the pumping bra can still do work etc
I use it with the tommee tippee express and go bags with adapter and it has just taken this pump to another level.
I have used many pumps over 5 kids and this current set up the freestyle plus tommee tippee express and go kit I wish it was around 9 years ago!
Great product all round
Exactly what you need in a breast pump. Efficient, comfortable, easy to use and does the job. It wasnt too loud either which is great when you have a sleeping baby next to you. I also liked that it was portable!
The only negative would have to be the fact that milk would spill out when i would lean forward too much (eg. to pick up baby), but that was a fault of my own (would be great is the design did allow for this though).
Efficient pump, like the colour
I got the double Madela Freestyle at a Sydney baby expo. It was the best looking one I can find while I was shopping around. The pump is on the expensive side but it does a great job. I also brought the pumping bra and it’s great that I get to walk around while pumping. Although it’s hard to avoid milk getting onto the bra when I take the pump away. So it’s recommended to invest two of those bra but they are not cheap.
Worst product ever!!!
I'm very disappointed with the medela products. Any by PRODUCTS , what I mean is that I've use two different products of medela and found both useless. 1st I bought medela swing which lost its suction in a month so I had to contact the customer service where they took forever to respond and I was getting mad because my newborn is having only breast milk no formula and he doesnt latch on so im a exclusive pumper and it's very difficult to expressed by hand once you get used to of pumping.
Than I bought medela freestyle, which I've been reco...mmended by one of the medela customer services staff. 1000 times worst because it's just been a month and half and it lost its suction again. What s the point of double pump when the suction on the one side don't work. It takes forever to start milk and you gotta keep on trying until you feel yeah it's finally working but when you check next mins all you see is not even a drop of milk came out. I'm very annoying and disappoint with medela. I wouldn't recommend it to somebody, never ever.... now once again I'll have to contact the customer service where once again I'll disappointment. But I'll have to contact because I need milk for my son and for that o need pump which has some good suction facility...
Do not waste your money for medela freestyle
If i can i would give 0 star for medela freestyle, expensive and useless it is not powerful even you use for single pump and worse when you use for double pump. Don’t waste your money!! I end up buy new pump which it cheaper and much better recommend for spectra s1 and if you want smaller size Breast pump go for unimom minuet. I am so regret that i bought medela freestyle from the first place.
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Horrible, absolute joke of a pump
I purchased this pump online brand new from nursing angel. Within a week it began to play up and have similar problems as someone listed below. Constantly needing to pull apart and put parts back together and they continue to not work properly. I'm beyond tired sitting up late at night pumping and pumping on my breaks at work are a nightmare as i end up having to hold this "handsfree pump". I end up having to use it as a single pump while holding it in a specific way and it'll sometimes work, usually not. Beyond sick of dealing with this. Repla...cement parts were just as bad. Nursing angel doing nothing to help. I ended up being hospitalized with mastitis as this pump doesn't let me pump properly. Tired, frustrated and at the point of a breakdown due to this pump. Don't buy it.
My daughter was born at 32 Weeks so I was pumping every 3 hours from home and whilst at the hospital. I found that I loved the ease of double electric pumping but I would recommend buying a pumping br as well to maximize your ability to complete other chores whilst pumping.
The suction was good and although I had an oversupply it still pulled out so much milk. Only pump I’ve ever owned so can’t comment against others.
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Not worth the money
This week I purchased the medela freestyle as I was in need of a double pump. It works great......as a single pump! As a double it is absolutely shocking. I have gone through all the trouble shooting, pulled apart and put back together, tried running on battery or mains but there is barely any suction on one side. It doesn't even suck strong enough to get a single drop out of one side, yet is perfectly fine on the other? I wish I had read the reviews and purchased another brand as it seems I'm not the only one with this problem and not one person has had it resolved so that they can effectively use it as a double, just a ridiculously overpriced single
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Good in theory, not in practice- overall disappointed
Purchased the Medela freestyle as I needed a double pump to exclusively bottle feed using breastmilk as my newborn has an overbite and can’t latch properly (confirmed by the paediatrician, paediatric dental surgeon and lactation consultant at the hospital).
So from 4 days old it was pump, pump, pump 8x per day.
So I needed something reliable and went straight to the top of the range at baby bunting, directly from the hospital.
Since the beginning it frequently needs to be stopped, connections and seals reckecked (taken apart and put back...together) multiple times during each pumping session, and then restarted, as the suction is suddenly lost, or doesn’t quite get there after the initial 2 minute ‘massaging’ stage. I can see it’s not correctly aligned as I can see the rubber yellow seal either moves unevenly, doesn’t move at all, or moves very minimally (proving the loss of suction is due to the poor quality connectors). This means double pumping for 20 minutes takes 50-60 minutes. So I’ve been using single pump setting, not both, in an attempt to reduce the number of times I have to do this and it means in doing 20 minutes on each breast separately rather than together (as the product is intended), together with stopping, disassembling and reassembling multiple times, I still spend around 50-60 minutes pumping. This means less time spent cuddling and caring for my baby which is very distressing.
I love this breast pump!! I previously bought the spectra S2 which didn't work for me at all as it wouldn't drain my breasts, so I purchased the Medela freestyle from baby bunting and it has been able to empty my breasts so much better and quicker.
I love that it has a rechargeable battery, I love that if I need spare parts then I can just pop down to my local chemist and I love how easy it is to use. The only downside is the price as it is quite expensive so I would suggest trying to wait for a sale before purchasing.
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A worthwhile investment
I did a fair bit of research prior to purchasing this breast pump and although it is expensive, it is worth every cent and many friends with the same one agree. The quality is high and the pumping power is great, especially being a double. I recommend getting the bra that goes with it so you can be hands free. The one I purchased came with bottles, a carry bag and some milk storage bags so everything I needed was there from day one.
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Horrible double pump - strongly do not recommend
I strongly do not recommend this as a double pump. I have twin girls and purchased this for the sole purpose of double pumping. It can pump one fine, but double has no suction. I replaced mine under warranty thinking it was faulty, as I have heard nothing but good reviews about this pump. It was a very lengthy, and draining process to get them to replace this pump. In the end it was replaced after being tested multiple times with “nothing wrong with it”. Testing is completed on a single pumping mode, so the effectiveness of double pumping is no...t shown. After mentioning consumer laws and an ombudsman my pump was replaced. The replacement pump is the same, a product which can not do what it states which is “double pumping”. A huge disappointment, waste of money, time, and depleated my precious milk supply whilst trying to replace it.
This has been my lifeline!
So impressed with my freestyle pump.
Thanks to this amazingly versitile and gentle pump I have been able to express feed my 10 month old since 5 days old!
A big Thankyou to Medela for giving me the option to still provide breastmilk for my baby even with latching issues!!!!!
I had an issue with suction so took it back to baby buntings and they replaced it on the spot.
SO HAPPY WITH THIS PRODUCT!
I’d hire a hospital grade
Being a first time mum when I purchased this, I didn’t really know what I was doing. My son had taken to bottles when I had an operation but I was determined to breast feed. I had used a medela hospital grad pump and was amazed by how easy they were so I purchased the home version thinking it would do the same job. If I had of just hired a hospital grade pump I wouldn’t have had to be tethered to this thing. Hospital grade has a much better suck and keeps your supply strong . I was luck my first son went back into the breast and I still used th...is if I needed to if he skipped a feed etc but I would have saved my money if I had of just paid the rental and used my medela hand pump when needed. The medela hand pump by the way is great and actually provided more such than this electric pump so I used it frequently as well, the only reason I used the electric over the hand in when I did was just for the ease of having both boobs done ... but when I really wanted to stimulate supply I had to hand express at the end and I used the hand pump more to boost.
The medal double freestyle is so easy and comfortable to use. When you are exclusively pumping like I was having the convenience of a double pump was absolutely priceless when you have a newborn. It is easy to clean and transport and I will definetly be using this pump again
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I find the Medela freestyle very easy to use. Double pumping ensures I get more milk compared to single. It’s easy to disassemble and clean and the programmable function is very helpful. I use this daily up to 2/3 times and the battery lasts a considerable time before needing to be recharged.
Questions & Answers
My pump auto shut off in like 5 mins for few time already what should I do now
We will probably need a little bit more information. Please call our customer service team on 1800 787 345 and we will be more than happy to assist.
Can this be used as one pump at a time or does both have to be used together?
Yes, I think so. Use plastic wrap between shield and breastshield connector. Then you can transfer Freestyle to a single pump
Hi Chris, yes the Freestyle can easily be converted from a double to a single pump and back again simply by unplugging the tubing from one of the pump connectors and plugging it into the square shaped adaptor in the centre of the tubing. This needs to be done to regulate the vacuum otherwise it will be lost out of the side not being used. Thank you Medela Australia.
Are these fixable / good for a service once out of the warranty period?
Hi Nat, generally we do not fix pumps however should the need arise please contact our customer service team to discuss the options available and we will do the best we can to help you. Thanks Medela Australia
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