I have never used a double pump before, so I was incredibly excited when I recieved an email from the wee Spring Parent Panel informing me that I would be getting a chance to try this one for free!
I was literally dancing when the pump arrived and I couldn't wait to get it open and start pumping!
This particular pump comes with:
I took my time reading the directions, because honestly, I've been using the same single electric Medela from my breastfeeding days with Connor and this one is very different. It's pretty straightforward and very easy to use, as long as you know what the symbols mean (pre- and post- letdown settings).
I loved the soft inserts for the flange. I think it created a better seal and thus better suction, plus it was more comfortable for me. I also appreciated the extra valves and membranes. I needed to replace those between Connor and Kylar with my Medela and they weren't easy to find.
This pump is a little louder than I expected, but it's not "loud" and it is working twice as hard as my other pump, so it should sound different.
I especially love how easy it is to take completely apart and clean. I always rise it with hot water after every use, but when I first opened it, I took it all apart and was able to easily hand wash all the separate parts with my little bottle and nipple scrub brushes.
I only have 2 minor complaints about this pump, and they aren't really complaints:
1. It's a bit difficult to play on your phone, or do anything with your hands if you don't have one of those bras that hold the pump on for you. Without something like this, you have to hold on to them the whole time. I just turn on Netflix (no commercials) and pump for 15-20 minutes. Good excuse to not help anyone do anything for a little bit of time though.
2. It's not designed to pump just one side. I woke up engorged one morning and fed Kylar, but because my breasts were so full, he ate for 15 minutes on one side and didn't want/need the other side. I needed to pump, and it took longer than I'd like to admit for me to realize that the pump wasn't working because the suction wasn't sealed on both sides (since I was only using one). I ended up covering the exposed air tube with my finger, but that was a pain. Solution: Pump both at the same time. Seems obvious, but sometimes you aren't thinking clearly.
Overall, I love this pump and I won't be going back to my Medela single.
I'm so grateful for the wee Spring Parent Panel for letting me try this pump for free!