Freestyle Flex Double Electric Breast Pump
Freestyle Flex™ is an electric breast pump designed to fit into your life: its light, compact design and USB-chargeable battery gives you the flexibility to express wherever and whenever you like, with no compromise on pumping performance.
Weighing less than 300 g (10 oz), the Freestyle Flex™ is small enough to fit into your palm, pocket or bag, making it easy to carry anywhere – around home, to work, to the gym, or when out with friends.
Freestyle Flex™ has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for up to eight double-pumping sessions from a full charge, so you don’t have to plug into an outlet while expressing. And if you need to recharge your electric breast pump on the move, Freestyle Flex™ has a USB port*.
You can link your Freestyle Flex™ with the MyMedela app on your smartphone – just follow a few simple steps and you’ll be ready to time pumping sessions, track the settings you’ve used, and record how much breast milk you’ve expressed. For your convenience, the app also notifies you when the battery is running low.
The electric breast pump’s illuminated digital control panel allows you to start or pause pumping, switch expression mode, and adjust vacuum levels. You can also activate a Delay start function via the panel – this feature gives you ten seconds before Freestyle Flex™ starts, which is particularly useful when double pumping, as it leaves your hands free to put breast shields in place without rushing.
Freestyle Flex™ comes complete with Medela PersonalFit Flex™ breast shields for added comfort and improved milk flow – tested with mothers.1 Read our article to find out more about how these breast shields can improve your pumping experience.
Features and Benefits
- MORE MILK IN LESS TIME: Double pumping with the Freestyle Flex™ double breast pump cuts the time spent expressing in half and collects 18% more milk on average, when compared to pumping from each breast in turn.
- 2-PHASE EXPRESSION®: All Medela electric breast pumps use this technology to mimic your baby’s sucking rhythm – fast to stimulate milk flow, then slower to feed – for a natural feel.
- OVERFLOW PROTECTION:Freestyle Flex™ has overflow protection (a closed system), which helps prevent your breast milk from entering the tubing or motor while pumping.
- FULL-SUPPORT KIT: The electric breast pump also comes with all you need to collect and store your breast milk, including a carry bag and a cooler bag to help keep breast milk fresh if pumping away from home.
- 1 x Freestyle Flex™ double electric breast pump
- 2 x Medela PersonalFit Flex™ breast shield size 21 mm
- 2 x Medela PersonalFit Flex™ breast shield size 24 mm
- 2 x Medela PersonalFit Flex™ connector
- 1 x tubing
- 4 x 150 ml breast milk bottle
- 4 x lid
- 2 x bottle stand
- 1 x power adaptor with USB cable
- 1 x carry bag
- 1 x cooler with cooler element
Quietest and smallest pump I’ve usedBeing a mom of 4 month old twins means there aren’t enough hours in the day! I need to get pumping in when I can, to keep my supply up! I have been able to feed my boys only breast milk since 2 days old. Since my boys have arrived, I have used three different pumps, all medela.
When they were first born in the NICU I had access to a harmony pump, and really wanted to establish a good supply, so rented one for home too.
Once my supply was established, and the boys were home, I returned the rented pump and started using the medela freestyle that had been recommended and I had bought for home.
When given the chance from the Stellar Product Testing Panel to test the new version of the medela freestyle, the medela freestyle flex, I jumped at the opportunity!
Here are the pros and cons of the flex, in comparison to the other two pumps I have tried!
SO QUITE. This is by far the quietest pump I used, when I was pumping with it my husband could barely tell!
Size. This pump is significantly smaller then the freestyle. This makes taking the pump with me much easier, as it isn’t taking up so much room in the diaper bag. It can easily fit in the palm of your hand.
Weight. The lightest pump I’ve used! Again, makes for easier travelling.
You may think that being smaller and weighing less would make this pump less powerful then it’s counterpart...not the case, I got as much or more milk then I was getting with the freestyle.
The smaller size and weight also allow me to do other things while pumping, like folding laundry, stuffing cloth diapers or cleaning baby bottles.
There is only one physical button on this pump, the power button. Once turned on, you use the digital touch display to operate the pump. This was very easy to do and use. They have also added a pause feature...this was amazing, if my boys needed me in the middle of a session, I could easily just pause the pump and continue where I left off.
Bluetooth connection to the MyMedela app. It tracks the pumping time and allows you to record how much you pumped. Had I had this app from when my boys were born I would have used it to track everything. As they are already 4 months I just used it to track pumping as I no longer track breast feeding times or wet/dirty diapers.
Flanges - the new soft comfort flanges are definitely more comfortable then the ones I got for the freestyle and symphony.
I like the part that connects the flanges to the tubing better on this pump. It is still three pieces, but there is a part at the top that can keep two of the parts connected. Also, the base is a bit bigger, and fits into my sterilizer better, and stands on their own better, meaning they don’t fall over and have to be rewashed!
The charger is now a USB charger. This is convenient because I can charge anywhere. At home, in my car, with a portal power bar! So much easier.
The pump came charged 100%. You can see the % that is left on the pump on the MyMedela app.
This pump doesn’t have a clip on the back. The freestyle did, and I would clip it to my sports bra while pumping. Instead it has a lanyard for your wrist. I found this less convenient.
Because of the touch screen and lanyard, if you bump the pump by accident it could get changed. This did happen a few times for me, However, the fact that they have added a pause feature doesn’t make this a big deal. I just pressed play again and it continues right where it left off.
The flange sizes. In the other models it included 24 mm and 27 mm, and I used the 27. This one includes 21 mm and 24 mm. Because the pump is so new, I wasn’t able to buy extra accessories yet, so had to use the 24mm flange.
Because of the soft ring around the edge of the flange, the shape may change. This occurs once to mine when a bottle was pressed against it in the sterilizer. It did go back to its original shape once sterilized without anything against it.
My other pump included a set of other medela products to sample. A nipple, sterilizer bag and breast pads...only breast pads were included in this one.
I used the pump to 0%, but when I recharge it, it only goes up to 72%. I have used it down to 0 twice now, and both times only charges to 72%.
Both pumps came with the same carrying bag. The same 4 bottles. The same cooler bag and ice pack that perfectly fits the 4 bottles.
All in all, I would and will be recommending this pump to my breastfeeding friends. The pros far outweigh the cons. Had this pump been available when my boys were born I would have gotten the flex over the original freestyle.
IMPORTANT: This product is a single user item. Use by more than one user may pose a health risk, performance questions, and voids the warranty.
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