Quest for the Best Breast Pump: A Review of the Sonata, Medela’s Newest Hospital Grade Personal Pump

New moms who breastfeed are undoubtedly familiar with the dreaded sound of the breast pump. It can seriously be worse than nails on a chalkboard. But you don’t have to fear your pump anymore! I was gifted a Sonata pump, Medela’s newest product, to try out for review. The announcement of the Medela Sonata came just in the nick of time for me. I was recovering from a case of thrush and on the verge of weaning when I was given the chance to try the Sonata and it saved my breastfeeding experience. So I give to you my review of the Medela Sonata breast pump.

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The Sonata is the quietest, most responsive personal-use breast pump with hospital-level performance. Many moms (including myself) experience one obstacle after another during their breastfeeding expedition. I personally couldn’t produce much milk at all and even less from pumping so I was anxious to see what I could get from the Sonata.

The Sonata is modeled after Medela’s Symphony, which is the pump that most hospitals use. When I use Sonata, I feel less pressure on my breasts but experience the same level of production when I finish.

The pump looks way more modern than older pump models, which remind me some kind of torture devices. The controls are not just prettier but they’re super intuitive and easy to use. The Start button is big and can be easily started if you only have one hand (which many moms do!). It also lights up so you can easily use it in the dark in the middle of the night (which again many moms have to do). This way you can use without waking baby or dad. The best modern upgrade though is that Sonata can be charged so you don’t have to stay tethered to an outlet! It’s super light weight and life changing to be able to move around and get things done while pumping. Yesterday I brushed my teeth, did my makeup and put away sterilized bottles. A far cry from checking Instagram tied up to the corner outlet.

The Sonata reduces pumping time through faster let-down and milk flow—in fact, it claims to remove as much milk as a breastfeeding baby—the most efficient breast pump of all. Sonata provides hospital-level performance at home. Sonata is responsive and offers consistent pumping everywhere. It uses sensors that can detect changes in moms as well as the environment that may impact vacuum pressure and it adjusts to give a strong pump whether you’re in your bedroom or on a flight.

For moms who have been in pain while pumping, the typical noise of a breast pump can send shivers down your spine. Say goodbye to that awful gut-wrenching sound! Sonata is much quieter than other pumps to avoid not just irritating mom, but also to avoid waking a sleeping baby or disrupting a work phone call.

Sonata also connects via Bluetooth with Smart Solution, a comprehensive breastfeeding support app. I haven’t had a chance to test this yet because it isn’t active until the New Year but you’ll be able to track your feedings, times, etc.

Oh and it has a timer! This may sound like a small feature, but as someone who pretty much forgot to time herself at EVERY pumping session, this is an excellent and NECESSARY new feature.

The pump’s parts are also majorly upgraded. They’re way easier to clean and milk won’t remain stuck in places that you can’t reach. They’re also intuitive for assembly purposes. In addition to the pumping accessories needed, the Sonata also includes four bottles, a carrying case with ice cube tray as well as a purse to carry it in. The purse isn’t something I would personally use but to each his own.

Sonata is available January 2017 in the United States for $399.00 from Medela’s online store, and at Target, Buy Buy Baby, Babies ‘R US and Wal-Mart stores.

If you haven’t yet, check out my tips on breastfeeding for new moms. I hope they’re helpful!

Disclosure: As I mentioned in the first paragraph, I was given this pump for free for purposes of review.

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