Breast Pump Comparison: Medela Vs. Affinity

by jessicaturner on March 25, 2011

With Elias, I breastfed/pumped for almost 11 months. I used the Medela Pump in Style every day. Overall, I was very happy with the pump, except that occasionally the tubing would get condensation in it. I never could get it out, despite sterilizing it. I found this to be a bit annoying and was planning on replacing all the tubing for this time around.

But, I now have something better.

Lansinoh sent me their new Affinity Double Breast Pump to review and it looks amazing.

Here are the things that look really great about it:

  • The price: My Medela pump was about $275. The Lansinoh Affinity is only $135, and it is just as good (as best as I can tell). Sure it doesn’t come with a bag and a little cooler, but I hardly think either of those items are worth doubling the price. 
  • It has a timer on it – I love that! Particularly since I will be pumping at work, it is nice that the time will be right there. 
  • The flanges have a soft rim.
  • The tubing is guaranteed to prevent milk back-up into the tubing.

In the past six months, I have registered with three girlfriends expecting their first babies – and every one of them registered for this pump over the Medela after we chatted about the two side by side.

So if you need a breast pump, I would check this one out.

Did you use a breast pump? Which one? What did you like/dislike?

Disclosure: The Lansinoh® Affinity® Double Electric Breast Pump was provided to me for my personal review and post. I was not financially compensated for this review. Compensated affiliate links used in post.

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    Stefanie April 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I will be very interested to see another review come from you after actually using this pump…especially since you plan to pump a lot at work.

    I did a lot of research on pumps before my second one came as well, and while the price tag is certainly attractive on the Lanisoh pump, I have heard too many horror stories of it falling short…

    1) I have heard that it is not as strong as the Medela, so you will need to pump longer in order to get as much output as you would with the Medela.
    2) It is louder than the Medela — I didn;t realize that was possible! LOL
    3) It will affect your output negatively because it is not as strong as the Medela — the less you pump, the less you produce. So you either have to pump more frequetnly to make up for it, or you suffer a loss in your supply and end up having to take supplements.

    I ended up using my PIS both times. The thing is a workhorse!

    Also, the condensation in your tubes likely comes from sterlizing them (in the bag I assume). You can try leaving them on your maching with your machine running for 15-20 mins. If that won’t eliminate the condensation, try calling Medela. They replaced mine for free (twice).

    I am very interested in hearing your review once your little one comes and you start using it!


    jessicaturner April 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I will definitely do a follow-up review! Thanks for the feedback!


    Laurel December 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    HI Jessica, I would love to know your thoughts too, how did it work out? I use the medela freestyle and LOVE it. Love that it’s hands free and clips right into my bra. It has a nice little timer on the pump. but the BEST part is that it doesn’t plug in so I can do it wherever! In the car, move around the house, etc. It’s really great to be able to get up if needed and not tied to sit at one spot. and to have my hands free to type while pumping.


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