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pros and cons of a backpack style breast pump bag
April 24th, 2015

Pros and Cons to Backpack Style Breast Pump Bag

Having the support of a double electric breast pump is a great way to establish full term breastfeeding success. The breast pump manufacturer, Medela, has diligently worked to produced a variety of products to help ensure breastfeeding compliance, among which is Medela’s Pump in Style Advanced Backpack. Evaluating the pros and cons of a backpack style breast pump bag will help determine if this option is right for you.

Medela’s backpack style breast pump bag includes: battery Pack, 9 volt AC adaptor, four breast milk collection containers with lids and wide base nipple and travel cap for feeding and storage, double pumping kit with 24 mm PersonalFit™ breast shields, connectors, valves, membranes and tubing, black microfiber bag with integrated motor unit, and removable cooler bag with contoured ice pack. The backpack product features Medela’s patented 2-phase expression technology proven to obtain 18% more milk when double pumping.

The product plugs into an electrical outlet, but the battery pack option renders mobility and backup power supply when needed. The battery pack feature is not rechargeable, but instead functions with 8AA replacement batteries. The PVC and BPA free cooler set and ice pack are designed to preserve four breast milk collection containers for up to 24 hours whenever refrigeration isn’t possible, underscoring the product’s intent for mobility. Additionally, this pump is designed to offer customization and allows for single or double breast milk expression. If single breast expression is desired, simply secure the port cap over the unused port opening and you’re all set.

Having the pump secured inside the backpack is a great way to pump while doing other non-strenuous activities when coupled with the battery pack and Medela’s hands free bustier (not included). It is important to note that this pump is not designed to be removed from the backpack unlike Medela’s Freestyle and Metro bag options. However, many women love the fact that this bag is designed to hold other items in addition to those included in the kit such as: pump and save bags, pacifiers, burping cloths, and lanolin cream.

This pump does not provide a digital display like the Medela Freestyle pump, and is not intended for multiple users as it operates on an open system. Electing for a single user breast pump means that once you have completed your breastfeeding journey, the pump cannot be given to someone else. Although, Medela offers a recycling program to minimize landfill waste while simultaneously supporting families in need of a hospital grade breast pump through Ronald McDonald House C harities.

One of the most desirable traits the Medela Pump in Style Backpack offers is its availability through insurance. Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you quickly and easily qualify for your backpack style breast pump bag. Simply submit your information through our Qualify Through Insurance form and let our Breastpump Specialists take care of the rest. Your dedicated Specialist will contact your insurance company and healthcare provider to determine your coverage and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss  your options.

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