- Compatible with all Medela breast pumps, easy connect adapter connects directly to breast shield
- Convenient no-spill, no-leak, easy-to-close zipper top design
- Protective oxygen barrier perfect for fridge or freezer
- Made without BPA
- Flow control valve allows baby to control milk flow
- Milk only flows when baby creates a vacuum
- Mimics natural feeding behavior: baby can feed, pause and breathe, similar to breastfeeding
Buy ince for the connectors, but then use better bags
These bags are not very good, but it is convenient to pump right into them when you know you’re going to freeze that milk. I found that I can use the connector that comes with these bags and cut a slit in the lansiloh or honeysuckle bags and it works just as well, while pumping into a better bag.
One Word: Bad
I wanted to like these bags. They appeared to be great because they were made by Medela and coordinated with my PIS (Pump in Style) advanced system, they had adapters that attach directly to your pump so you don’t have to transfer the milk later, and they came with adapters. This is all great in theory. Then there’s actual use. I really started to really dislike this product and felt compelled to write a review.1) They are not hardy at all / break easily.I filled the first few up and placed them in the fridge. One came crashing out and dropped, and broke. I have used the Lansinoh ones without issue. Thinking it was perhaps a fluke, I continued to use them. A few days later, I heard my husband cursing in the kitchen and sure enough, another one had dropped and the bag completely cracked open, leaking all the milk onto the floor.2) They are made out of cheap plastic (see above).These bags do not feel as though they are made with quality plastic. I would not trust these in the freezer. For those who have mentioned that their milk has a funny smell after thawing it, even Medela acknowledges this fact in the little insert that comes with the product. Now why on earth would you want to use something (or give something to your baby) that has a rancid smell? The plastic feels cheap.3) The measurements are NOT accurate at all. I pumped a few days with these and it would say I had 4 oz in the bag and when it was poured into the bottle, it was more like 2. This was consistent every single time. So basically it equals roughly half the volume it says it is. Not exactly keeping my confidence in this product if I have to label it every single time with the volume amount. After all, isn’t the point of a clear bag so you can see the contents and how much there is?4)The bags leak and do not stand up on their own.First of all, opening the bag to begin with to use it is a chore. You think that since it’s so hard to open that it will definitely not leak, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, you can seal these bags as tight as you can and they still leak. They also do not stand up on their own even when completely full of milk. This is an issue since you only have two hands-one of which you’re using to turn off your machine and the other holding on to the pump while trying to disconnect it. It’s very awkward to try and do all that as well as keep the bags upright.5)Pouring from them is a nightmare.Okay so the directions suggest you use the other end of your breast pump as a funnel to put it into the bottle. But let’s assume you are pumping in another room that’s not the kitchen. So you have to bring all the empty bottles with you and then pour them into the bottles right then and put the whole bottle in the fridge for later? Otherwise, let’s assume you put the bag in the fridge for use later–you would then have to go to the other room just to get the pump parts in order to use them as a funnel? Really? Okay so that’s not very practical. Also, if you’re doing like I am and feeding a young baby in the middle of the night, it’s not easy to pour from these at all and milk ultimately ends up on the counter or the floor wasted because of the two holes in the side where the connector attaches. They don’t exactly make it easy on you, do they?Ultimately, this is a good idea gone horribly wrong. I don’t know how Medela can be such a well known company around for so long and continue to produce such a bad product. Honestly, you’re better off with the Lansinoh bags. Those work wonderfully and are so much better in terms of quality–and I believe in general, they are cheaper too!Hopefully this review saves you from spending money and time and spilled milk and gives you more time for your precious little one.
Not a fan.
Several bags ripped while either trying to open them or trying to get the easy-connect adapter out of it after using.
Excellent quality and easy to use
After reading the reviews I was hesitant to purchase these bags. However, since I have a Medela pump I decided to try these out. I’m glad I did b/c they are great quality (very thick). They attach directly to the pump so that you can easily pump right into the bag. I will admit that the seal is a bit tough to close at first; you just need to press more firm (you will get the hang of it once you do it). I haven’t had any leakage issues and I’ve been using these for 2 months now, including freezer storage and when defrosted.
did the job
The work fine – I wish the tape was resealable – if you had to adjust the little white flow tabs because you weren’t getting the right suction, sometimes you had to hold the bag or use a new one. Also they were pricey compared to using the medela bottles.
Does what it says on the tin
These are decent bags, but as other reviewers have mentioned, it could do with a few improvements which could make this product so much better. I have a baby in the NICU, so when I visit and have to express BM whilst in the NICU, these are much easier to use than pumping into a collection bottle and then having to transfer into a bag or constantly bother the NICU nurses for collection bottles which aren’t big enough anyway, as my BM has now come in and I have a good supply (I pump 5-6 oz per session). I love that the extra step of having to transfer BM is eliminated with this bag.However, I have taken away 2 stars because of the following cons: (1) the quality of the seal could be better – it is sometimes very hard to get the bag properly sealed (2) the bags could be a little larger – I sometimes have to use 3 for 1 pumping session and (3) they are on the pricey side, averaging about 0.45 to 0.60 per bag depending on where you purchase them – the regular Lansinoh or Honeysuckle BM storage bags are significantly cheaper, averaging about 0.20 per bag or less.For these reasons, I only use them when I’m in a pinch and don’t have time to transfer from collection bottle to BM freezer storage bag. I keep a few extra with me when I go to the NICU in case I have to pump when I’m there, and will also keep some in my BM supplies tote for emergencies.If some improvements can be made in terms of sturdiness of bag and offering different sizes, Medela would have a superior product – price would be less of a factor for me if the bag could hold up a bit better!
Be prepared to spill milk
When my first child was born in 2009, I started using my Pump in Style with the Medela bags for about a year and regularly used the Medela pump & save bags on the market at the time. I didn’t really have any issues and was overall a loyal Medela customer, happy with various products. Fast forward 3 years and I bought them again for my second child. I didn’t notice the “easy-connect adapter” until I got home, and when I did, I was excited to check it out. First, getting it into the hole wasn’t smooth sailing. Second, I didn’t like the angle at which the bag was hanging and that wasn’t something I could change since the adapter screws in and that’s that. In the end, pumping itself went fine (double, hands-free more or less), until I wanted to pull everything off. They sure don’t stand nicely on the counter, in fact I was worried they’d fall over. In the end they didn’t tilt over, but I can totally see an easy spill happening. Next, I noticed right away that it was difficult to get an accurate read of how many ounces were in the bag, so I had to fill it into one of the bottles… that’s when the biggest problem occurred… pouring milk out of those bags, GRRR. The way you would normally pour something out of a bag like that makes it impossible because of the adapter’s holes, so you have to instead pour it out one of the corners, which is just flimsy and milk just EASILY SPILLS either out the hole because you aren’t careful enough or just over the ledge of the bottle because it’s going too fast. I also attempted to very carefully pour it out of the hole thinking that may be wise, BZZZT, that’s when I spilled milk too even though I was being careful. So annoying. I won’t be buying this product again, in fact I may even throw the rest out and buy another brand (or stick with bottles) since I don’t want to risk my daycare spilling milk either. I can’t believe the design changed for the worst in just a couple years.