If you choose to breastfeed you will undoubtedly need at least one breast pump. Depending on how often you will need to pump you may choose an electric breast pump, or a manual one. Whether you plan to use your breast pump daily (such as if you are returning to work), or if you will just use it occasionally, the affordable Medela Harmony Single Manual Breast Pump is a great investment.
At around just $35, the Medela Harmony is an economical choice from the leader in breast pump supplies. This pump is easy to clean, very simple to assemble, and does a great job of getting the required breastmilk. This breast pump features a let-down system that allows your breast to start producing milk without excessively pulling on the nipple. The two-fold pumping system is great for both achieving let-down, and for getting the most milk out of your pumping session. The pump is very comfortable to use and does not hurt the breast in the least. In fact, the first time I used it I didn’t think it was working because it was so comfortable!
The Medela Harmony Breast Pump comes with all of the supplies you need to get started pumping. You receive all pump parts as well as the bottles to pump into. You can leave your breastmilk in the supplied bottles, or transfer to breastmilk storage bags for freezing.
There are only a few disadvantages to the Medela Harmony over other breast pump options. First of all, a manual pump can make your hand and arm a little tired after a full pumping session, especially if you are pumping on both sides. For occasional pumping, this is not a problem. Also, this pump is great for middle-of-the-night nursing sessions. You can feed your baby on one side, and pump on the other side using this breast pump since it requires no electricity and is completely quiet. This is great for establishing a reserve of breastmilk in storage in case you ever get sick, or have to be away for some time. The other problem I had with this breast pump is that a small part on mine broke after only using it two times. I contacted the company, however, and they replaced the part immediately. The replacement part never did break, even after 8 months of use.
Overall, the Medela Harmony is a must have breast pump for practically all nursing moms. It is small enough to tote around for quick pumping sessions, very easy to clean, completely quiet, comfortable to use, and does a great job of achieving its intended task. Purchasing the Medela Harmony manual breast pump is certain to be money well spent.