A Guest post by Health Coach Megan Heidt
Motif Duo Double Electric Breast Pump Review
Which one should you get?
There are so many options on the market nowadays, and I know for me it was hard to know which one to choose.
I probably should have sought advice from people like my mother (who has given birth twelve times and has breastfed and pumped for many of those children), or my sister who had just given birth to her first child and was using a Medela breast pump at the time.
But no, I wanted to be independent and make my own wildly uninformed decisions.
I read reviews on all the breast pumps that my insurance covered and ultimately chose the Motif Duo Double Electric breast pump. Overall I have been pretty happy with this pump and here’s a breakdown of why.
- It is super small and lightweight! The pump itself it about five inches long and weighs less than a pound. It has a sleek, smooth design that makes it easy to slip into a pump bag or even a large pocket if you had to.
- It is battery powered and comes with a charger which plugs into an outlet. I’ve found that it only takes 1-2 hours to fully recharge and the charge lasts for about 2.5 hours of pumping, which means I can go about five pump sessions before I need to recharge. I love that this pump doesn’t have to be plugged into an outlet when I use it, which makes it great for pumping on the go.
- It automatically shuts off after 30 minute of pumping, which is great if you’re like me and occasionally fall asleep while pumping in the middle of the night.
- The pump itself is very quiet. It makes a low, vibrating sort of hum, much less noticeable than the whirring sound that the Medela Pump In Style Advanced makes.
- It has a backlit digital display on the front which includes a timer (so nifty for when it’s 3 AM and you can’t even remember how long you’ve been pumping), which mode the pump is in (massage or expression mode), what level of suction the pump is set to, and the battery level.
- It has 10 different levels of suction which you can adjust and set your preferences in the pump’s memory mode. I like this because the Medela pump the toggle to increase suction has no numbers or discernable levels, you just turn a blank knob until it feels right. With the Motif’s digital display I know exactly what level I am at and where it should be in order to get the best results.
- The pumping system has backflow prevention. With some pumps, if you fill the collection bottle up too much, the milk can get backed up in the valve and be sucked up into your tubing (I’ve totally done this before). But the Motif has a rubber diaphragm outside of the collection bottle in the piece that connects the bottle to the tubing, preventing milk from ever getting into the tubing.
Whether your purchase this pump on Amazon or get it through your insurance, the Motif package should include:
- 1 – Double electric breast pump
- 1 – Maylilly Tote (if ordered through Aeroflow Breastpumps)
- 1 – 12 Volt Power adapter
- 2 – 21mm breastshields
- 2 – 24mm breastshields
- 2 – 27mm breastshields
- 2 – 180 mL milk collection containers, cap, cover, disc
- 2 – Nipples
- 2 – Valves
- 2 – Connectors and diaphragms
- 2 – Tubing and tubing connector pairs
I was blessed to have a hospital-grade pump rented for me to use while I am at home for the past month or so, but when I am out and about I use the Motif pump since it doesn’t tether me to an outlet while I use it.
So far my only complaints about this pump are:
- Replacement parts are more expensive than, say, Medela parts.
- The pump does not automatically change from Massage mode to Expression mode. Many a time have I been distracted while pumping only to look down at the display and realize that I have been pumping in Massage mode for fifteen minutes instead of switching to Expression mode after 2-3 minutes. The Massage mode is gentler and is supposed to mimic the quicker, shorter sucks a baby initially does when breastfeeding, and this mode is of course much less effective at pumping out milk.
I would rate this pump 4 stars!
Overall this is a great little pump for mamas whose milk supply is established and need an option for pumping at work or on the go.
Check out https://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/ to see if this pump is right for you and if you qualify for insurance coverage.