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Medela Swing Maxi Breast Pump Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2017 Shortlisted Best Breast Pump
  • 2016 Gold Best Double Breast Pump
Mother&Baby Awards 2017 Shortlist

What they say:

“Medela's multi-award winning Swing Maxi breast pump is an excellent-value double electric breast pump ideal for daily and regular use while at home or out and about. Double pumping rather than pumping from one breast at a time helps to increase and sustain milk supply, producing an average of 18% more milk. The Swing Maxi double breast pump provides fantastic, efficient support with maximum comfort and with Medela's 2-Phase Expression Technology, mums can express in the same way that baby feeds. With a range of vacuum levels and settings mums can adapt the Swing Maxi breast pump to suit their needs and comfort.”

Tested by mum Emily Gillatt for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

I would (and have!) recommend this product to fellow mothers as it is portable, lightweight and aesthetically pleasing with no compromise to its effectiveness! I found it quiet enough and the fact it is portable and allows for hands free pumping is a huge bonus for multitasking mums! Perhaps most importantly I was astonished how straight forward it was to use and how effective the 2 phase expression technology was! I'd expressed more than before and in a shorter time!

How did this product make your life easier?     

The portable double pump and hands-free function frees up precious time for busy multitasking mums! I was astonished how efficient the Medela Swing Maxi Breast Pump is - I was able to produce milk so quickly with the effective 2 phase expression technology. I may not still be breastfeeding if it wasn't for this product. I was so encouraged when the pump allowed me to express my first precious ounce in the early days and it has since helped me express off my engorged boobs and provided relief for my sore nipples. Now it allows me to build a store of milk for my growing baby.

Would you choose this product to win?

The Medela Swing Maxi Breast Pump would be my first choice of electric breast pump as this respected and reputable brand takes you through every stage of breastfeeding! I initially used this product whilst I was still in hospital where it helped me to encourage milk production, subsequently I have used it to relieve engorgement, when I have experienced severe pain breastfeeding and more recently whilst introducing bottles to my baby. I am also confident this product will take us efficiently and effectively through our next stage of feeding as we express more regularly and in greater volumes.

What changes would you make to this product?

As a relatively expensive product I feel there could be a few additional accessories included in the box. I understand that similar products from other brands include everything you need to get going! As such perhaps the inclusions of a few samples of the microwave bags and milk storage bags would not only allow you to sterilise and use the product without any aditional purchases but may also encourage the user to continue to buy the Medele range in these once they've had to opportunity to try them. Similarly for the price it'd be useful if the bustier for double pumping was included as a gesture of acknowledgment of the investment made by the customer.

Tested by mum Emily Massey for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

I love the design and comfort. For a double pump it’s so easy to use. It’s incredibly durable - I have dropped it on a few occasions and you wouldn't know! It’s so easy to transport I took it on holiday with me and it was very easy. It's so easy to clean with minimal parts contacting breast milk this reasures me that its hygienic.

How did this product make your life easier?     

This product comes with a teat for the bottle. It means both breasts can be pumped, one stored for later and one can be used there and then with the teat. This is the only bottle and teat my son takes as it represents the breast. It's so reassuring that both breasts can be pumped before going out for the day and it doesn't take hours!

Would you choose this product to win?

I never thought or considered a double pump but this pump is a life saver. I don't feel confident feeding in public, this has saved me so much time expressing both breasts just before leaving and then expressing both once home to take the fullness away. Would also be perfect if you had multiple babies, or if you were expressing full time.

What changes would you make to this product?

I think this product should come with some sort of band or bra to wear as you have to hold both cups to the breast, this makes it difficult to change settings and also means you're a little stuck whilst you express! Good job it is such an effiecient breast pump that it doesn't matter too much though!

Tested by mum Sarah Wells for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

Really easy product to use, instructions (with colour pictures) very simple to follow. Can be used as a single or double pump meaning that it can be adaptable to various situations. The pump can be used plugged in or with batteries which means that you can use it out and about, however, it's not small, so whilst it will fit in a changing bag, it’s unlikely to be suitable for around town in a handbag or clutch! The varying suction types and speeds means it is adaptable to your own needs.

How did this product make your life easier?     

This is a really adaptable breast pump, it can be used as a single or double which means that you can really save time when pumping. The power source can be via either a plug or battery operated allowing mums to easily express at home or whilst out and about. The pump comes with everything needed to get you started and its really easy to get set up, so after cleaning and sterilising its a question of pressing the button, sitting back and relaxing while expressing!

Would you choose this product to win?

It's small enough to store away without taking up lots of space. It also comes with the calma teat to replicate breast feeding and prevent nipple confusion - this is a great addition to enable someone else to help with feeding (especially during those long nights!).

What changes would you make to this product?

Whilst not significantly distracting, the pump is slightly noisy, especially if put on a hard surface. It would also be nice if it came with additional sized breast shields - this can be purchased separately but for the cost, it would be good for them to be included to allow a mum to set up and go! However, neither of these points undermine the fact that this is a fantastic product.

Tested by Chris Brotherton for the M&B Awards 2016:

Would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

This pump is brilliant and performs almost like an industrial pump would. Can be used as a single pump but I used it as a double and filled two bottles at a time nice and quick and easy. The calma teat was new to me but I would recommend it as it makes baby work hard at getting the milk out like they would with the breast and so doesn't effect if you carry on using the breast. The pump looks lovely and feels comfortable when in use. It's easy to clean and the instructions are straight forward so would be suitable to those new to pumping.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

I can get milk supplies in double the time, which is priceless for a new mom and I can also form a stockpile of milk, great for if we are away, baby sitters or if I'm on medication for instance.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Possibly lower the price but it's so fantastic that people would pay full price and still be over the moon with it.

Tested by mum Katy Orr for the M&B Awards 2016:

Would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

This pump is well-designed, easy to use, and very effective.  The control panel is ergonomic and instructions are simple to follow.  I particularly like the automatic switch from the initial 'let down' mode to the slower 'emptying' mode.  The pump is comfortable and efficient at milk collection and although it appears complicated to assemble initially, with practice it is easy to put together.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

This double pump is quick and easy to use and means I can cope a little easier with my new life as a mum of twins.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Unfortunately this pump is considerably more expensive than others on the market.  I feel it is definitely a more superior pump than others I have tested. The teat provided delivers a very slow flow of milk to my babies, I think this could change to aid mums.

Tested by mum Louise Parr for the M&B Awards 2016:

Would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I was initially put off by this pump as it reminded me of the expressing machines used in hospitals by the color and design. However, I found this product easy to assemble and use. It was also comfortable to use and I was able to express a good amount of milk.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

I found that I was able to express quickly using the controls to adjust the pumping speed. The pump was quick to assemble and had simple instructions to follow.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I would change the colour as the yellow colour reminded me of the hospital express machines which I had to do for 8 days.

Tested by mum Sally for the M&B Awards 2016:

Would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Comfortable, practical and has increased flow two fold... Amazing!  I would highly recommend this double pump to all mums wishing to express.  The double cups are comfortable and have great suction. The pump is easy to clean and you can sterilise simply.  The controls are easy to use, and the flow options worked really well to obtain a steady flow.  The pump is easy to transport and the lead to plug in is extra-long so that you can express somewhere comfortable rather than close to the wall and plug socket.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

I love how much time I saved using this pump.  With increase to my milk production even after the second use, I spent a lot less time worrying about not having enough milk for my baby.  I also saved time in the pumping process as I could express both sides at the same time.  Cleaning and sterilising was so easy it also took less time.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I would only change the price of this pump. Although I believe it is one of the best, perhaps a lower cost would help new mums.

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