The Swing Maxi double electric breast pump is Medela’s top-of-the-range breast pump. It allows for single & double pumping.
We love …
- battery or electric operated
- single or double use
- wearable motor
- easy to maintain
In use …
When you open the box, you’ll find your Medela Twin Maxi all neatly set out for you, ready to use. Initially I was a little discouraged by the 35 pages of instruction, but in reality, the Medela Swing Maxi is quite easy to set up & use. All the parts come sealed in bags so it will take you about 2 minutes to get it ready (unless you wish to sterilise it first, which you probably do).
In your box, you’ll find 2 x 150 ml bottles, a Calma teat & 2 storage lids so you can make up & store 2 bottles at a time, plus everything else you need to use your breastpump.
The Medela Swing Maxi features what Medela call ‘2 Phase Expression’, that is, it has 2 actions to simulate the natural breastfeeding rhythm of your baby. The 1st action encourages milk let-down, the 2nd action simulates the long sucking motion of your baby. The Swing Maxi is automatically set to 2 minutes of let down action but you can override either setting any time to suit your needs.
The Medela Swing Maxi can operate as a single or double breastpump with an easy adaption, allowing you to feed your baby & pump at the same time.
The motor features 4 buttons. The top & bottom buttons set the 2 phase actions, the side buttons increase & decrease the suction strength. There are 9 suction strengths, you may find that the suction strength you can tolerate will depend on how comfortable your breasts & nipples feel on the day.
The motor can be operated with the power adaptor or using 6 AAA batteries. It features a little clip on the back so you can clip it on your clothes & move around (if you want to).
It will take you 10 to 15 minutes to pump both breasts using the Medela Swing Maxi. You do have to hold the nipple shields & connectors in place so you might want to use a hands free pumping bustier for comfort.
Maintaining your Medela Swing Maxi breast pump is as simple as it gets. Each of the bottles (with connectors) comes apart in 5 pieces. Medela recommend that you wash the parts in warm soapy water, rinse and store in an air tight container in the fridge. Then, at the end of each day, you fully sterilise your breast pump ready for use the following day.
For a breast pump, the Medela Swing Maxi is light & compact so it’s not too cumbersome to pack in your bag. It’s also reasonably quiet for discrete use (although, I’ve got to say, those pumping noises do get really monotonous).
Every component of the Medela Swing Maxi breast pump is great quality. Nothing feels brittle or like it might break or snap. You can buy replacement parts if you need to.
It’s a simple thing, but I love the design of the measure on the sides of the Medela bottles. It’s these type of features which make Medela products so easy to use when you’re tired, stressed or in a hurry.
Consider this …
The Medela Swing Maxi is an expensive piece of equipment. Keep it working in pristine condition by keeping it clean, dry and handling it with care (especially the valves in the connectors).
Interestingly, the Medela Swing’s breast shields don’t come with the soft silicone liner other brands of breast pumps come with. It’s hard to tell if this makes a difference in either performance or comfort, however, it does mean the Swing Maxi has 2 less parts to trap milk, clean & maintain.
Also, the breast shields come in 5 sizes, based on the size of your nipple. If you have larger or smaller sized nipples, you may have to purchase different breast shields. I’m not quite sure how you might measure your nipple to determine the right size, we didn’t have that problem.
The verdict …
There’s no doubt about it, using a double breast pump not only saves you time but pumping both breasts at once is likely to produce up to 18% more milk per session – yay!
If you’re pumping regularly, you can’t beat the Medela Swing Maxi for convince & versatility, even though it will set you back a few bob.