If you follow my blog, you will remember that I had a challenging year trying to breastfeed my baby girl successfully. Among the breast pumps that I tried are the
- AVENT Isis Uno IQ Single Electric Pump,
- Medela Freestyle Breast Pump (favourite!!!) and the
- Philips AVENT BPA Free Manual Breast Pump.
The Medela Harmony Manual Breastpump is the last one that I bought to keep my milk supply up when I became a full-time housewife.
How is the Medela Harmony Manual Breastpump?
+ Compared to the AVENT Isis Manual Breastpump, Medela Harmony is *super easy* to assemble! I only had to:
- Stick the membrane in gently,
- Stuff the funnel / flange into the connector
- Screw on the standard size Medela bottle
- Clap on the pump handle and I’m good to go!
To start pumping, you need to turn / swivel the pump handle around until you have the short end in your fingers. The Medela Harmony is in “stimulation” mode. Once you’ve achieved letdown, swing the handle around to the longer end and you can begin to express milk with a more powerful suction.
And that’s all you need to do 😀 Isn’t it great?
+ Another point I liked about the Medela Harmony is the bottle stand, which seemed to work better than the AVENT Isis bottle stand.
+ Furthermore, you can use any standard size baby bottle (not just Medela bottles) with this manual breastpump. I am stuck with AVENT bottles mainly because the AVENT breastpump could only fit in AVENT bottles and no other brands.
+ Lastly, every single part of the breastpump including the bottles are made of PP plastic, which is BPA-free.
When I used the Medela Harmony, I could get 3 oz from my “active” side but ZERO from my “inactive” side. I found this really strange because I tried many times to express milk there that I got quite frustrated. Please note that my “inactive side” is really, really inactive because my girl refused to nurse from that end -_-
– However, when I used the AVENT Isis Manual breastpump, I could still get about 1/2 – 1 oz breast-milk from the “inactive” side. I couldn’t solve this problem but I urgently needed to continue expressing my breast-milk that I switched back to the AVENT pump.
– Although the Medela Harmony is easy to assemble, you MUST wash / soak the breastpump with water immediately after each use because the connectors are designed in such a way that milk will definitely be trapped inside. There is no way to clean every inch of the breastpump due to this.
If you read this post comparing Medela and AVENT breastshields, you will see that you can clean every nook and cranny of the AVENT breastshield.
All in all, I still think that the Medela Harmony Manual breastpump is quite value for money as it’s only about RM100+
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– 1 Medela Harmony Manual Breastpump, breastshield and bottle stand
– 2 original Medela bottles (PP), which are BPA-free
– 1 spare set of membranes
– 1 bottle cap and newborn nipple