Medela breast pumps, such as the popular double electric Pump in Style Advanced and the Freestyle Breastpump, mimic the sucking motions a baby makes when breastfeeding. Specifically, this leading pump is distinguished by its two-phase technology. The first phase, known as the stimulation phase, reflects the motions of the baby suckling rapidly, working to activate the mother's milk flow (aka letdown). The second phase, called the extraction phase, is a slower, more regular sucking pattern that occurs when the milk begins flowing and reflects the time needed for the baby to swallow.
Medela is aligned with the lactation program at the University of Western Australia, and because of that relationship, has developed a strong reputation for its research-based products.
Irene Zoppi, a clinical education specialist with Medela, a registered nurse, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, says that Medela pumps stimulate the breasts so that milk letdown occurs more quickly than it does with other pumps -- and that's important for busy moms. "When you're talking about a mom pumping, going back to work or school, part-time and even full-time, time is critical, as is comfort," Zoppi says. "These are the features of two-phase [technology] that really make a difference to the mom who is pumping."
Zoppi shared the following steps on how to use a Medela breast pump.
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