This is a great pump very comfortable to use.
You can adjust the suction easily. It is fast and efficient to use very quiet and easy to clean. It makes pumping quick and easy. It isn't light though so if you are looking for something portable this probably isn't the pump for you.
I used for the first time I've used a breast pump when I had twins at King Edward hospital in perth, and this product is fantastic! The suction is fantastic, you can also adjust the suction & speed settings from low to high (slow -fast), the cups also were a great fit for all side breast. It's compact size can for easily into a hand bag, all though it does have a little weight so a nappy bag will be perfect aswell, it is easy to clean, they are disposable cups and line (tubes) where the milk flows through. I would highly recommend this for any experience with breast pumps.
Great time saving if you express a lot
My wife has had two babies. We hired this the second time around. First time around we struggled through with the Swing, which is effective enough however too slow for regular expressing.
The symphony has a good adjustable strong suction, comfortable an easy to clean. Consider how long you need to express for, 2 months for us and to hire the symphony costs about as much as buying a Medela Swing. Time saving however for nightly expressing, easy choice in our case. It uses a type of membrane as part of the suction process, which i assume is meant to mimic natural sucking. Missus seemed happy enough with it.
However, on the other hand, the Swing is battery operated and small enough to be portable, handy if you need to travel and express.
Average pump with bad quality parts that always gets faulty customer service is shocking beyond belief. Seriously do yourself a favour and STEER CLEAR of this overpriced crap.regret ever having used it and dealing with those people at the company. I can't say it enough to stay away and steer clear!
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Terrible overpriced bad customer service
I don't usually leave reviews but I feel new mums have the right to know. I rented the medela symphony at the pharmacy below the hospital I gave birth in, and purchased the double pump set. Within 2 weeks, the double pump set malfunctioned and I was left without a working pump. When I tried to take it back I was told that medela don't have to follow the laws set out on the consumer affairs website as they "have their own laws". Long story short, medela has the WORST customer service I have ever experienced! I had a two week old baby who relied ...on me pumping for food they made it absolutely impossible for me. Not what you want to be dealing with straight out of hospital. They were rude and unhelpful, ignoring calls and emails. Avoid avoid avoid!! The best advice I can give is to buy the Spectra S2. I ordered it after my medela broke, had it delivered to my door virtually overnight and it works even better than the symphony which I was paying $40 a week to rent! Buying it outright works out much cheaper than renting the symphony after a month or two and you get to keep it forever. Don't take my word for it- check out all the other reviews of the S2.
When in a moment of distress regarding milk supply, this device came to the rescue and did what it was supposed to do. I was so impressed with Medela, that I gave away my Avent pump and purchased the Medela Freestyle - the 2 phase is very good! Hiring the symphony is well worth the investment if you're keen to provide breastmilk to your bub. Shop around for hiring costs - I found the local chemists were very expensive.
Super quiet and efficient. It helped me increase my supply. Althought that being said, I purchased the Medela Freestyle and my ...
Overall, quick and efficent and easy to use. Supported by many maternity hospitals meaning that I could pump at home and in the hospital while visiting NICU without needing to purchase additional equipment. Easy to clean.
Quick and simple. About to double pump, thereby decreasing the time to express. I have given birth to 2 premature babies so I expressed exclusivly for several weeks so it was really important for me to be able to express quickly and effectivly.
Expensive. Pump sets also expensive. Large bulky machine, not great for taking out and about. Needed manual pump to assist with that. As I exclusivly expressed, my nipples quickly become sore with using this several times a day.
Easy to use!
My first baby was born 4 weeks early & spent almost 3 weeks in the Special Care Nursery. The hospital had two of these pumps in the nursery for the mothers to use. It is really easy to use & the 2 phase stimulation/expression is fantastic to getting that milk going! Rental is a bit on the dear side, but when you consider how much this machine is actually worth (close to $4000) it does seem reasonable. I'm still tossing up as to whether to buy the freestyle or the swing..... depends what baby's needs are I suppose.
So easy to use! Being my fi...
Very happy with this pump as I used it in hospital after my daughter was born and continued to use it once at home hired from a chemist for $40 for 2 weeks. However, unless you plan to use it long term it is too expensive to buy to use just for a few weeks.
Great unit. Easy to use. Effective at expressing milk. Can express both breasts at the same time, effectively halving the time it takes using a single pump.
Price. Too expensive to buy for home use. For the ongoing cost of hiring the unit you might as well buy a cheaper unit to keep.
I loved this machine and wished I could take it home with me. Can't justify the cost though. Renting might be a better option, just depends on your budget.
This is great. Electric not hand powered and you can adjust the intensity. It also has two modes to simulate the baby's sucking, a faster mode to aid in the let down and a slower mode for the real feeding. It also has a timer so that if you haven't had a let down in the first 5 minutes it will automatically switch over to the slower mode. You can switch back and forwards at any time.
This is really expensive.
This machine helped me decide to purchase a smaller version electric pump. It's ease of use was fantastic for increasing supply which I could then freeze in case I was sick or unable to breastfeed.
The two phases with variable speed was excellent- I used a smaller version which did not have the two phases & this was far more effective for 'let down'. The external pieces that you buy are interchangable between Medela models.
Hired one thru the ABA - still quite expensive but with membership it is half price.
Not very portable.
I am grateful there is a product like this available as it is nice to be able to express and not take forever. I was told in hospital to just use for 10 mins and when you are doing this each feed this is how long you need it to take. It was easy to hook up and turn on and everything was easy to wash/keep clean. I think if they were cheaper they couldn't keep up with demand!
Quick and easy, never had any trouble figuring it out even when I was half asleep!
Cost way too much, I hired one for 6 weeks and even that cost a fortune
In the early days I couldn't have lived without this pump. I really was a lifesaver back then. Now that my supply has settled I don't find that I need an electric pump anymore.
I rented this one from the hospital and it was great for those early days. I had an oversupply of milk and this breast pump made it quick and easy to express at all hours of the day and night. It's not too noisy. It comes with different sizes of handsets for differently sized breasts.
It's big and bulky, you wouldn't be able to take it to work with you.
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