Medela Breast Pump Bag Review
Pros: Small and disceet, inexpensive
Cons: Brand specific, only holds pump and accessories, lower quality
Our Analysis and Test Results
Founded in 1961, the Medal business a Swiss company that is family owned and operated by the Larsson family. Their US headquarters is in Illinois. Medela is a large manufacturer of all things breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies. The company offers everything from baby bottles to milk storage bags and all of the pumping and pumping accessories you'll ever need. While once considered the best in the pumping world, Medela still holds its own in an ever-growing market place or competitors.
Ease of Use
This bag's basic design means it is easy to use. Without a myriad of zippers and hidden pockets, we think most moms will have this bag dialed in in no time. Medela pumps fit neatly in the side pocket and the remainder of the accessories and supplies tuck in the main pocket behind the pump. The cord threads through a port and can be plugged in without removing the pump from the bag. The zippers work smoothly and the strap is comfortable enough for the weight of the pump and supplies. While designed with Medel pumps in mind, we have seen reviews online of others pairing this bag with other brand pumps. However, we were not able to fit the Spectra pump in this bag.
This bag is about what you'd expect for the lower price and it gets the job done without worrying about design and features that add extra cost. While it certainly feels like it will last as long as your pump will and could potentially see you through multiple children, it isn't good for much else and it won't win any awards for longevity or using it for purposes beyond pumping. We did not have any structural or functional problems with our bag during testing and think most moms will be happy with the quality given the budget-friendly price tag.
This bag is the lightest in the group and the smallest. With a weight of only 0.8 lbs, you'll have no problems carrying this bag with pump and accessories inside. You will not be able to carry much else in this bag beyond a smartphone or keys; no personal belongings, laptops, or other work supplies will fit, so you'll need to carry additional bags.
The Medela bag is small but has enough space for the pump and accessories. It has a mesh inside pocket for tubing and space for a cooler bag for milk storage. This bag features a charging cord port so you can charge the pump without opening the bag which is a nice feature and makes pumping on the go simpler. The bag has a wider shoulders trap that is fairly comfortable given the limited size and weight of this smaller option.
The bag itself resembles a smaller purse and is the only one in this review to look less like a piece of carrying on luggage. The size and style mean it is unlikely anyone will suspect it hides a breast pump inside. The nylon material is water-resistant and the hardware is straightforward with a more utilitarian vibe than real style.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz