The first noticeable thing about the Medela mini electric breast pump is that it is compact. It gives breastfeeding mums the convenience of an electric breast pump for the size of a manual pump. It measures about 10″ (25cm) high and weights around 1.5lb (700g) so it fits easily in a handbag or a changing bag.
The adjustable suction speed allows mums to express breast milk comfortably. Mums who are expressing breast milk for the first time or suffering from sore nipples find the slowest speed reassuring and comfortable. It is always a good idea to start expressing on the slowest setting and increase the speed a few minutes later.
The Medela mini electric breast pump expresses breast milk quickly so it is suitable for occasional or frequent use. It is so efficient that many breastfeeding mums use it to continue breastfeeding after they return to work. Another option for working mums is a double electric breast pump.
The Medela mini electric breast pump comes with a mains adapter and can also be used with batteries. Reusable batteries are more convenient and economical as they would recharge the next time the breast pump is plugged in. The drawback is that the motor is fairly noisy. Where this is a concern, the Medela Swing might be preferable.
The Medela mini electric breast pump is attached to a breast milk storage bottle. The breast milk can then be stored in the bottle or poured in a breast milk storage bag. The milk can be kept in the fridge or in the freezer until needed.
It is easy to take apart, clean and reassemble. It can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. When out and about or travelling, the Medela Quick Clean Wipes can be useful. Parts that come in contact with breast milk should be sterilised. They can be sterilised in boiling water, in a steam steriliser, or cold water method. The small valve creates the vacuum necessary to express the breast milk but it is very small and easily lost. Ordering an extra set of valves with the pump is much easier.
The Medela mini electric is a clever little breast pump: sturdy, efficient and comfortable.