• How are manual breast pumps used?
Manual breast pumps like HarmonyTM are used for occasional pumping, on the go or as a backup to an electric pump, as they’re light and portable, don’t need electricity or a battery and are easy to use. Thanks to Harmony’s unique 2-Phase Expression technology, you can mimic your baby’s natural sucking rhythm 2, 3. Use the short side of the handle at a high frequency first to stimulate milk flow. Once you see breast milk flowing, use the long side to express your milk. You can also control the speed and intensity to find your own optimal pumping rhythm.
• Which is the best manual breast pump?
HarmonyTM, Medela’s manual breast pump, is one of the best manual breast pumps on the market because it combines an ergonomic handle with 2-Phase Expression technology, the unique PersonalFit Flex™ breast shield, that makes your pumping sessions more comfortable and effective1, an intuitive design and light weight (only 105 grams).
• Is a manual pump better than an electric one?
It depends on your needs. Manual pumps like HarmonyTM are lightweight and portable, quiet, easy to use and clean, and don’t need a plug or a battery. They’re the perfect choice for occasional use if you normally breastfeed, or as an on-the-go backup to your double electric pump. However, for mums who pump more frequently, a double electric pump like Medela’s Swing Maxi Flex™ or Freestyle Flex™ may be a better solution. They not only save you time because you can express both breasts simultaneously, but can also help you pump up to 18% more milk 4.
• Do you get more milk with a manual breast pump?
It depends since not all manual pumps are the same. Now that HarmonyTM includes the PersonalFit Flex™ breast shield, it helps you get more milk than breast pumps with traditional shields. Thanks to the unique combination of a 105-degree opening angle, soft rim and oval shape for a better fit, the PersonalFit Flex™ breast shield puts less pressure on your milk ducts, resulting in a more effective and comfortable pumping experience – clinically proven.1
• Are manual breast pumps easy to use?
Yes, HarmonyTM is easy and intuitive to use. Its ergonomic 2-Phase Expression handle makes it easy to mimic a baby’s natural sucking rhythm 2,3: use the short side of the handle at a high frequency first to stimulate the milk ejection, then use the long side of the handle with a slower rhythm to express the milk.
• Is a manual breast pump effective?
Yes, HarmonyTM is now even more effective than before! This is thanks to the PersonalFit Flex™ breast shield, that is clinically proven1 to provide more milk and empty the breast better compared to the use of a traditional breast shield. Its unique combination of a 105-degree opening angle, soft rim and oval shape help reduce pressure on your milk ducts, resulting in better milk flow and an overall more comfortable experience.