Ameda Breast Pump FAQsHere are the most common questions people have about these products.
How Do I Use An Ameda Breast Pump?Begin by setting the suction to the highest comfortable level. Do not keep the suction at a level that bothers you. From there, start your pumping section at the highest speed. This encourages your let down (the release of milk), mimicking the strong suction of a baby. From there, the speed should be slowly adjusted to about half its maximum strength. When your milk flow starts to slow, increase the speed again to try and encourage another let down. This follows the typical suckling pattern of babies and promotes maximum production. From there, repeat the process until you’re finished.
How Do I Clean Ameda Breast Pumps, Parts, And Tubing?Before the first use, follow the instructions in your pump’s manual to clean and sanitize the parts. For most products, the diaphragms, flanges, valves, storage bottles, locking rings, and discs should be boiled for 20 minutes without being allowed to touch the bottom of the pan. From then, they should be air dried on a clean surface. After use, the valves, flanges, bottles, locking rings, and discs can be cleaned with warm soapy water. Do not use steam sterilizers, and make sure to be gentle with the parts. The tubes do not need to be cleaned or sanitized.
What’s The Best Way To Dry And Store Ameda Breast Pumps And Parts?Parts should be dried on a soft, clean surface. Do not stack parts on top of each other.
Can You Boil Ameda Breast Pump Parts?As noted in the cleaning section, several parts should be boiled before their first use. Do not boil any parts after the initial sanitizing.
Can I Travel On Planes With Ameda Breast Pumps?Yes. You can travel on any plane with your breast pump(s), and you can even take more than 3 ounces of milk with you. However, you should declare the items at the security checkpoints, and airlines recommend that you don’t pump or carry any more than you need during a flight. Remember, turbulence can knock things loose or cause spills.
Do You Use The Same Ameda Bottles For Manual And Electric Ameda Breast Pumps?Yes. Ameda uses 4-oz bottles for all of its pumps, and they include universal threads to make them compatible with most pumping kits. Extra bottles are available.
What’s The Difference Between Ameda’s Manual And Electric Pumps?As with most manufacturers, the electric pumps are easier to use and have a variety of controls to make pumping easier and more effective. Ameda eschews fancy readouts in favor of simple and easy-to-adjust controls.
Can You Change The Breast Shields?Yes. Ameda sells a variety of different breast shields – and replacements – to help ensure the best fit.
What Are The Prices For Ameda Breast Pumps?Prices vary widely, but note that insurance often covers either the purchase or rental of a pump, so you may be able to get an Ameda pump at no cost to yourself. Check with your insurance provider for more information.
The Best Ameda Breast PumpsHere are the best products Ameda currently offers.
Ameda Finesse Double Electric
- CONVENIENT AND EASY: The lightweight and portable Finesse Double Electric Breast Pump features adjustable speed and...
- SAMPLE OUR WARES: The Ameda Finesse Breast Pump also comes with sample packs of our NoShow Premium Disposable Nursing...
- SUPPORT FOR YOUR PUMPING: As part of our mission to empower you achieve your breastfeeding goals, we provide a wide...
Ameda Purely Yours Ultra
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Ameda Manual Breast Pump
- This ergonomic and compact manual pump earned the High Design-Innovation Quality from Design Zentum Nordrhein-Westfalen...
- No need for batteries or an electrical outlet
- Pump one breast while your baby nurses on the other
Ameda Platinum (Hospital Grade)
Tips For Choosing The Best Ameda Breast Pump For YouFor normal pumps, the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra is clearly the best of the bunch. Unfortunately, “best” is relative – there are better pumps from other manufacturers in a similar price range. Ameda’s Manual and Finesse pumps are average at best, while the non-Ultra version of the Purely Yours should be avoided at all costs. If you’re able to buy or rent Ameda’s hospital grade pumps, the Platinum is easily the best choice. It’s outright better than most pumps on the market, making it a worthy choice if you have access to it.
Which Ameda Pump Is The Best?As mentioned in our reviews, the Ameda Platinum (a hospital grade pump that, unfortunately, is rarely available elsewhere) is the best of the lot.
Public PerceptionMost people consider Ameda an average company at best. Positive statements include praise for the flexibility of its controls, the amount of milk that can be pumped, and the instructions given to maximize milk production. Negative comments cite cheap parts on some of the models and a need to regularly exchange the pump. That’s not a big deal for most products, but when you need to pump milk to feed your child, it’s a serious issue. It’s worth noting that there are far fewer complaints about Ameda’s two hospital grade pumps – those are genuinely better products than the rest of their line.
How It ComparesAside from its hospital grade pumps, Ameda is generally inferior to competitors like Medela and Spectra. You can usually get a better pump at a lower price – which does impact the pumps your insurance covers – making it hard to recommend this brand.
Other Ameda Products To BuyAside from its pumps, Ameda has several other products worth considering.
Ameda Cool’N Carry Tote
- On-the-go storage and cooling of mothers' milk
- 3 cooling elements keep mothers' milk cool for up to 10 hours
- Integrated handle for easy carrying; Discreet appearance
Ameda Store’N Pour Breast Milk Storage Bags
No products found.If you prefer bags to bottles for storage, Ameda has you covered. Notably, these one-use bags come with a special pour spout to reduce loss. The 20-count boxes are the most cost-effective.
Ameda Breast Pump Accessory KitThis kit includes 20 bags, 10 disposable nursing pads, 2 flange adapters, 4 bottles, a reference guide, and a page of breast milk storage guidelines. It’s an excellent choice if you want to have a little more storage, with a few freezer bags of milk just in case.
Ameda Breast Milk Storage Bottles
- EXTRA STORAGE - The Ameda Breast Milk Storage Bottles can be used to safely store expressed milk in the fridge or...
- EASY CLEAN - These easy-to-use bottles come with 2-piece lock-tight bottle caps to protect your milk during storage. The...
- SUPPORT FOR YOUR PUMPING - As part of our mission to empower you achieve your breastfeeding goals, we provide a wide...