Medela is to breast pumps what Apple is to smartphones—they pretty much set the standard.
So when Medela launches a new model, like the Pump in Style with MaxFlow, it’s big news.
The MaxFlow is Medela’s first major revision of its mainstay breast pump in years . . . and the company has done its homework. Gone is the bulky, heavy pump—now, it’s a sleek, 1 lb. motor that is built off the technology of Medela’s hospital-grade pump (the Symphony).
The MaxFlow is also Medela’s first closed system pump, which makes it much easier to clean. And as you’d expect from Medela everything here from the flanges to the breast shields are designed with comfort in mind.
What We Liked
• Super easy to use.
• Includes battery pack (8 AA batteries not included) for portable pumping.
• Easier to clean than past models. Yes, just three parts—that’s it. Medela’s previous pumps had many more parts.
• Includes cooler bag, microfiber pump bag and four bottles with lids.
• Great for travel or pumping on the go. This pump is lightweight at just 1 lb.
• Excellent brand track record. Medela has set the standard for breast pumps since the 1990’s.
What Needs Work
• Must use Medela’s “PersonalFit” connectors. This pump is not compatible with third-party connectors. And it isn’t even compatible with Medela’s older pump parts. So if you need replacement parts, be sure to order the correct ones!
• Hard to tell what suction level the pump is set at.
• A bit loud.
• No timer. It would be nice to see how long you’ve been pumping.
• Battery pack isn’t rechargeable. That means you could go through quite a few AA batteries if you plan to do a lot of pumping on the go. If this is an important feature to you, you may want to consider a cordless breast pump with rechargeable battery—which we will discuss next!