Medela is a company founded in #Switzerland in 1961, making it to the US 25 years ago. This company has developed lines of products to meet the diverse needs of nursing Moms from manual to electric single/double breast pumps, breastfeeding accessories, feeding devices as well and intimate apparels for Mom. In 2006 after I delivered my daughter, I was introduced to one of its breastpump product line when #Anaheim Memorial Hospital gave me a “Baby Welcome Pack” containing all baby stuff.
Harmony is one of Medela’s newer product on their Manual #Breastpumps. The sealed box contains 1 manual pump, 2 five-oz bottles with lids, 1 bottle stand, 1 nipple with collar, 1 cap and 2 membranes (see above image). Of course, it comes on Medela’s signature color, light yellow.
PROS: It is small and lightweight at only about 15 ounces in weight and 9″ in height, one can easily place it inside a bag. It is very quiet, which is a plus specially if you have to pump at work. I have tried an electric pump when my second child was admitted at the NICU in #LomaLinda, and this manual pump is comparable with the amount of milk I was able to express at about the same time, only you have to do one breast at a time instead of both for the double electric pump.
Clean up is easy with the Harmony since it basically has only few parts. Only two, in fact, since you won’t have to wash the pump handle.
“I have tried an electric pump when my second child was admitted at the NICU in Loma Linda, and this manual pump is comparable with the amount of milk I was able to express at about the same time…“
CONS: With the several times I used it, I was only able to get 5o ml of milk in 10 minutes. Though I read other Moms can actually get up to 150 ml in one pumping. But I am not taking this against the product since I had the same experience with the double electric. I am concluding, it might have something to do with my supply rather than a flaw with the #Harmony.
It is not a hands-free product and while pumping, I noticed you sometimes lose suction, which I think is typical for these pumps. Repositioning before continuing pumping is the key.