Ameda or Medela: Which breast pump is better?

Posted by The Evidence Blog on May 5, 2016

In the last decade, there have been multiple revelations about the health benefits of breastfeeding. Babies that are breastfed exclusively in the first 6 months are less susceptible to ear infections and respiratory problems, and to developing allergies. As a result, the United States has experienced a 25% increase in nursing mothers since the mid-1990s. Even the IRS is weighing in on the issue; breastfeeding has been proven to be so beneficial, mothers get tax breaks for breast pumps.

One option new mothers are presented with after they give birth is to use a pump at the hospital. Some facilities even have a process by which you can rent and take home a breast pump. There are a few varieties of hospital-grade pumps and recently a client requested a comparison of hospital-grade breast pumps to see if there was any substantial evidence to support choosing one manufacturer over another.

Below is a preview of some of the basic information from our report on these breast pumps.

  Medela Inc. Ameda Inc.
Lactina Breastpump Symphony Breastpump Elite Breast Pump Platinum Breast Pump
FDA Clearance Dates April 6, 1988 Original
March 7, 2002
November 15, 2015
September 22, 1995 May 28, 2010
Safety Recalls No recalls located No recalls located No recalls located No recalls located
Adverse Effects (since
6 22 1 1
Types of Adverse
Health Effects
Infections; mastitis;
cracked nipples
Infections; allergic
reactions; bleeding
Mastitis Bleeding
Types of Adverse
Functionality Effects
Low suctions; milk
backup in tubing;
exposed wires
Milk backup in tubing Low suction Improperly fitted flange


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