Medela Symphony Vs. Medela Lactina – Hospital Grade Breast Pumps
Medela Lactina has been replaced by a newer model called MaxFlow
Lactation specialists agree that when it comes to establishing your milk supply, or dealing with a low milk supply, a hospital grade breast pump is best. If Baby is unable to nurse, or having trouble latching on, a hospital grade breast pump is best. So then, the only question becomes, which hospital grade breast pump is best?
Medela Hospital Grade Breast Pumps are by far the most popular option when it comes to renting or buying. With two options, the Medela Symphony , and the Medela Max Flow, you may have a hard time deciding which one is best for you. Let me point out a few differences and hopefully help you decide.
First of all, the Medela Lactina was the first hospital grade breast pump by Medela, and the Medela Symphony came later. Both are multi-user friendly and require the purchase of a double breast pumping kit. Both hospital grade breast pumps can be used as a single or double breast pump, and both offer variable speed and vacuum settings.
The Medela Symphony is a bit more technical than the Lactina, offering program cards that allow you to save your personal preferences. Whereas the Medela Lactina only offers speed and vacuum settings as well as a maximum comfort setting, the Medela Symphony offers two different types of program cards, one standard and one specifically designed for premature babies that are unable to nurse.
The Medela Symphony Preemie 1.0 program card is designed to produce a significantly greater milk output in fewer minutes of pumping. Research suggests that when a baby is unable to nurse, if an exclusive breastfeeding relationship is desired, the mother must bring in a full milk production within the first 10 to 14 days postpartum, and the Medela Symphony can do just that. It also offers Medela’s 2 phase expression technology and one-touch let down.
The Medela Lactina offers one speed regulator and one vacuum regulator, so you have to create your own stimulation and expression phases.
If you have any special needs, of if you have a special needs baby, I would suggest the Medela Symphony with the Preemie 1.0 program card. It is specifically designed for maximizing milk flow when baby is unable to nurse, and when it comes to having the best chance for a successful exclusive breast feeding relationship, I wouldn’t take any chances. The Medela Symphony comes with the Standard Symphony 2.0 Program card, and I believe you’d have to purchase the Preemie 1.0 Program Card separately from Medela. There’s also another model, called the Medela Symphony Plus, that comes with a rechargeable battery pack.
AVENT Breast Pump Vs. Lansinoh Breast Pump
When it comes to choosing a double electric breast pump, an affordable price tag is hard to come by. The Lansinoh Affinity Breast Pump and the Philips AVENT Breast Pump are two of the least expensive double electric breast pumps that offer high quality without the high price tag. In addition to being affordable, the only other thing they really have in common is the fact that they’re double breast pumps, and they both offer one size fits all breast shields. Let’s take a closer look at what each double electric breast pump has to offer.
Lansinoh Affinity Double Breast Pump
Function – The Lansinoh Breast Pump offers Custom Expression Technology with 2 modes, the stimulation mode, and the expression mode. Each mode is designed specifically to mimic a baby’s natural sucking rhythms. The stimulation mode is made up of a short, quick sucking motion designed to stimulate the breasts. Once stimulation mode is complete the Lansinoh Breast Pump automatically switches to expression mode. If your let down occurrs prior to the 2 minute switch over, you can manually switch to expression mode by using the one-touch let down button. This button also enables you to switch back to stimulation mode to elicit another let down at any time. The expression mode is a slower, deeper sucking motion designed to express milk by duplicating a baby’s natural pull on the nipple. The Lansinoh Breast Pump also offers dual adjust cycle and suction settings, also known as vacuum strength and speed. Overall there are 8 suction settings, and 6 cycle settings, so you can customize the expression mode to suit your needs. The Lansinoh Breast Pump is easy to use and offers a unique design that guarantees no back flow of milk into the tubing or motor.
Extra Features – The Lansinoh Breast Pump is very basic. It comes with two ComfortFit breast flanges that are one size fits all, built-in bottles holders, an AC adapter and battery pack (batteries sold separately), two bottle lids, and two extra white valves for replacement.
Philips AVENT Twin Electric Breast Pump
Function – The Philips AVENT Breast Pump is quite unique in the way that it operates. I call it the breast pump with cruise control. It offers a control pump and a secondary pump. The control pump is used to set your pace, by manually pumping one breast. You can use the AVENT Breast Pump in manual mode until you’ve reached let-down, or until you’ve found a good rhythm, then simply push the little blue button on the handle, and the AVENT Breast Pump will continue pumping at the same rhythm. You can then attach the secondary pump to your other breast and it will automatically duplicate what the control pump is doing. The AVENT Breast Pump offers unlimited combinations of suction and speed, therefore allowing you to fully customize it to mimic your baby’s natural sucking rhythm. They call this unique feature an electronic memory, and the button is called one-touch memory control. Everything you need to control the AVENT Breast Pump is right at your fingertips.
Extra Features – The AVENT Breast Pump offers 2 one size fits all breast shields with 5-petal cushions for extra comfort. The petals actually flex in and out along with the suction, giving you a gentle massage while stimulating your breasts at the same time. In addition, the AVENT Breast Pump also offers (2) 4 oz bottles with sealing discs, 2 newborn flow nipples that attach directly to the bottles, a spare part for replacement, and a microfiber travel bag to carry it all. The AVENT Breast Pump also comes with a rechargeable battery that plugs into any standard outlet.