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Closed system-design. Separate controls for speed and suction settings. Lightweight design and built-in bottle holders. Cordless pumping with disposable batteries.
Does not offer 2-phase expression. Suction may be uncomfortable for some women and create inefficient pumping sessions.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Ameda Purely Yours is available in 2 models: the Purely Yours and the Purely Yours Ultra. The pumps are nearly identical with some minor differences in their exteriors and accessories. The Purely Yours has some important features like a closed-system design and convenient built-in bottle holders, but it lacks efficiency and two-phase pumping, which are key features found on the best breast pumps.
Performance - 3.5/5
Ameda offers two separate knobs to control the pump’s speed and suction settings. The pump has 4 levels of speed and 8 levels of suction to choose from, however it lacks 2-phase expression which is found on many of the best pumps. Two-phase pumping is ideal because it mimics a baby’s natural nursing behavior. Phase one stimulates the breast’s letdown reflex through a rapid, gentle suction and phase two uses a strong and slower suction to maintain milk flow. Some women complain that Ameda is uncomfortable and because it lacks two phase pumping, is less efficient than other models. In our testing we found the pump to be average in its maximum suction strength.
Portability - 4/5
The Ameda is a lightweight and portable pump, weighing just over 1 lb. The Purely Yours comes with a small carrying bag and the Purely Yours Ultra includes an upgraded tote bag to hold the pump and accessories. The Ameda has several options for on-the-go-pumping. It can run off of 6 AA batteries and can also be plugged into the car with a separately purchased adapter.
Features and Accessories - 3/5
The Ameda comes with one set of 25 mm breast shields which will fit most moms. The company also sells 6 additional sizes that can be purchased seperately if needed. Breast shield size is determined by mom’s nipple size and most moms only discover which size is best for them once they’ve started pumping.
Unlike some other breastpumps, the Ameda does not have a timer or nightlight, which may be a minor inconvenience for some moms.The most appreciated design feature of the pump is probably its built-in bottle holders, which keep bottles upright and prevent milk from spilling.
Replacement parts and extra accessories aren’t readily available in retail stores and will likely need to be purchased online. The pump is covered under an industry standard 1 year warranty and accessories are covered under an industry-standard 90-day warranty.
Acoustics - 3/5
We found Ameda to be average in terms of its noise output, however it makes a faint beeping sound while it’s running. Click the link to listen to the pump on its midlevel settings.
What it sounds like
Purely Yours Ultra
Noise level: Very Quiet
Hygiene - 5/5
The Ameda operates using a closed system design, which is ideal for cleanliness. A diaphragm located at the top of the breast shields creates a barrier between the tubing and your milk. This prevents condensation from building up in the suction tubing or pump itself, and protects the pump from mold or mildew growth. All pump parts are BPA free and dishwasher safe.