The First Years Breastflow Memory Double Review
Pros: memory function, quiet
Cons: difficult to use, inefficient, not easily portable
Manufacturer: The First Years
Our Analysis and Test Results
The First Years is a company dedicated to a multitude of baby products from car seats to breast pumps. They pretty much try to cover the "first years" of your child's life from top to bottom by providing an array of age-appropriate products. This product is meant to be an answer to moms who are frustrated with having to change the settings on suction and speed each time they pump. We liked the "memory feature" but overall, we feel this pump fell short. Read on for more of what we found.
This pump scored a 4/10 for efficiency which tied with our other lowest scoring pump in this area, the Lansinoh Manual pump. We scored this pump low for a couple of reasons, but mainly the "bar" you have to hold on to while pumping. This bar reaches across the front to both breasts where you attach the breast flanges supposedly allowing you to express both breasts with one hand. In concept, it seems that the company was trying to make it easier to pump, however, we found it to be frustrating and even saw our efficiency suffer as it was hard to maintain a good suction without having one breast flange turn just enough to loose suction. You will have much better control holding the breast flanges yourself or using a pumping bra to secure the flanges in place.
Ease of use
This is an open system pump and the parts need to be cleaned regularly. We did notice that some parts were difficult to clean and their was a build up of old milk that was difficult to clean. Still, if you clean each section regularly, it should stay hygienic for you and your baby.
This was one of the quieter pumps we tested and it received a 7/10 in our ratings. It's not as quiet as our Editors' Choice winner, the Spectra S1, but also wasn't as loud as our Best Value Award winner, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced. It may be too noisy to pump next to your sleeping partner or baby, but all in all, we were not put off by the sound.
The First Years Breastflow Memory Double is meant for an every day or frequent pumper. It's a double electric pump that comes with a tote bag and insulated cooler that would best be suited for a working mom or an exclusive pumper. The memory function is also good if you like the pump to work the exact same each time you pump, but your trade-off might be dealing with the clumsy cross-bar feature.
This pump's retail price is $199.00, and would be considered a deal compared to the Medela Pump In Style Advanced or the Spectra S1, our Best Value and Editors' Choice winners. Still, with some of the problems we found, it may be worth your money to invest a little more in a better pump that will still suit your needs.
In our opinion this pump is a good pump, but not the best. If you really can't invest any more money, but want a pump that will work long term, this pump could do the trick. While the memory function is a bonus, for us, the bar and handle was less than ideal.
— Lindsay Smith and Curtis Smith