Just imagine you are sitting there, feeling engorged, ready to pump some liquid gold for your precious little one. Your boobs are aching because they are so full so you definitely need to get some relief! Maybe you’re at work, on a trip or maybe baby is sleeping and you just want to get a little extra to have on hand for supply.
You gather all the different pieces, some in the kitchen, some in the bag, some in the bedroom and hook everything up to your pump (which is a job in itself sometimes). Turn the pump on and it just doesn’t seem to be “sucking” the way you need it to be! Something must be wrong. You check all the connections and notice that the end of the tubing that connects to the pump is a little stretched out, leading to air escaping and not strong enough suction. You could cry.
Sound familiar? I think we have all been there (or somewhere similar) when it comes to our Medela Breast Pump tubing and being superbly disappointed when we just want to express some milk. Hopefully we can help you avoid that in the future!
Types of Medela Breast Pump Tubing
We want to cover the few different types of Medela Breast Pump tubing that you might need, depending on the pump that you have. It’s important that you get the right one so hopefully we can help decipher that for you here.
Medela Pump in Style Tubing
The Medela Pump in Style tubing comes in a 42” length and has one open end that connects to the pump face itself and one end with small yellow inserts that attach to the connector pieces of your breast pump parts.
There are a LOT of options when it comes to this particular tubing. You can pay full price for the official Medela tubing, or you can purchase from many of the other retailers that are offering it. The official product number is 87212. The only thing I don’t like about this particular tubing is that it easily gets water bubbles inside. However, this is more of an annoyance thing than an actual problem with the tubing itself.
Medela Freestyle Tubing
The Medela Breast Pump tubing for the Freestyle Breast Pump is a little more confusing that the simple long tube style of the Pump in Style. It also comes by itself or as part of and spare parts pack that includes two connectors and two membranes. Depending on what you need, you can purchase it alone or as part of that package.
The Medela Freestyle tubing consists of several parts. It has two tubes that are 8” long, one tube that is 21” long and a tubing dock. This Medela Breast Pump tubing is unique to the Freestyle pump – it doesn’t work with any other style. This is the downside in my opinion. You need to make sure the tubing is connected properly and as a tired, sleep deprived mom, you might not want to be messing with the extra pieces of tubing.
Medela Swing Breast Pump Tubing
The other type of Medela Breast Pump tubing that you might need would be for the Swing breastpump. This is the single, electric pump that Medela offers. I personally am a huge fan of double pumps, because why would you want to just pump one side at a time? I guess if you were never separated from baby and just wanted to be able to pump one side while baby feeds on the other, but for me, I am all about getting the job done. Hook em up to both sides and let that liquid gold flow!
The Swing tubing is 30” long and has an adapter on each end of the PVC tube. One of the adapters is a little larger than the other and that is the one that inserts into the pump itself.
This tubing is fairly inexpensive, but you’ll still save money by purchasing it through Amazon. You can get a two pack for less than the price that you would pay for a single tube straight through the Medela site. Check out our recommendations here.
What Medela Breast Pump Tubing is Best for Me?
The answer to this really depends on the pump that you have. As I mentioned, I prefer double electric pumps because I want to be able to hook up to both breasts and pump all in one session. Some people like the cost savings of a single electric pump such as the Swing.
No matter what pump you choose or you use, make sure you get the right tubing for your pump!