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Medela vs. Ameda: Breast Pump Reviews & Comparisons Between Ameda Purely Yours and Medela Pump In Style

Updated on October 18, 2012

Medela vs Ameda? Here is a side-by-side comparison of the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump with the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump to see which wins in the Ameda vs Medela match-up. Many new moms wonder which of the two breast pumps to purchase when searching for the best breast pump. Before spending several hundred dollars on an electric breast pump, it's important to know the differences between the most common models on the market, specifically Ameda and Medela.


Both pumps are fairly similar in costs. The Medela pump ranges from $259 to $279. The Ameda Pump ranges from $229 to $299. Some of the best deals on breast pumps can be found online, bringing your cost down to $200. Given the high cost of formula and the wealth of benefits from breast feeding, for both you and your baby, you can consider the expense of a breast pump as an investment. Based on the average cost comparisons, both models are quite comparable.

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Closed System or Open System

Breast pumps have a closed system, making them more hygienic. During pumping, Ameda’s diaphragm keeps the air from your pump from coming in contact with your milk. This means you are not at risk of getting condensation in the tubing which means no contamination. By contrast, the Medela pumps use an open system, which means the tubing is exposed to breast milk and ultimately the motor is also potentially exposed to breast milk. It is for this reason that it is not recommended to use someone else's breast pump; you can never be certain you have thoroughly removed all traces of breastmilk from the used pump. There are so many pluses to the closed system; this category goes to Ameda.

Letdown Feature 2-Phase Expression

Pump In Style Advanced breast pumps have exclusive 2-Phase Expression technology that mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern. It has a 2-minute letdown phase which automatically switches to regular pumping. This is not a feature found in the Ameda pump, so this category goes to Medela.

Ease of Cleaning

See the hygiene category above. The closed-tubing system also means clean-up is a lot easier and less time-consuming. With the Medela, you will have to thoroughly clean the tubing, taking additional time. Even with proper cleaning, you can get condensation in the tubing, which can be quite a hassle. This category also goes to Ameda.


The Medela Pump in Style comes with several styles of carrying cases, including should bags and backpacks. Unfortunately, the pump does not detach from the case. This is a slight drawback that makes the Medela pump less portable than the Ameda pump. Ameda is the winner in this category as well.

Suction and Cycle functions

With separate suction and speed dials, the Purely Yours Ultra provides 32 different options to find the most comfortable and efficient pump setting for you. Being able to adjust the suction and speed separately that makes for a more comfortable experience. The Medela Pump In Style offers one control dial for both suction and cycle, limiting the number of combinations. Dual controls are definitely the preference, so, again, the Ameda breast pump wins in this category.

Based on these categories, the Ameda Purely Yours wins over the Medela Pump in Style in the Medela vs Ameda side-by-side comparison. Whatever you decide, know that there are great resources available to help you pump successfully.


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    • Written Up profile imageAUTHOR

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      8 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      @FirstCommunion3 - thank you. I am a huge proponent of breast feeding and I hope I can encourage a few moms out there!

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      8 years ago from US

      Breast pump for moms, thanks for sharing this one I badly needed this after I gave birth.


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