Medela Sonata vs. Freestyle Breast Pumps

Medela Freestyle Breast Pumps

NOTE: Medela is kicking off the decade with an innovative update to the most popular breast pump in their line-up, the Freestyle. The New Freestyle Flex is geared towards the on-the-go needs of the modern-millennial-multitasking-mom. Read our full product review HERE. 
The Freestyle mentioned in this article is comparing the Freestyle that came out in 2008. 

Sonata vs. Freestyle

Pump, pump, pump, it up!

Hey, Mama!
We know that shopping for a breast pump isn't something that you do every day – so we are breaking down the details of two of our favourite Medela pumps.

Read on for our comparison between the Sonata Smart Breast Pump and the Freestyle Double Electric Pump.
Both have the trusted Medela name behind them that you already know and love.

You may be exclusively breastfeeding but eventually, there will come a day when you may need to have a stash of liquid gold on hand [HELLO, date night!] so use this information to help you choose the right breast pump for you!

If you are just starting your search for a breast pump be sure to give your health and benefits provider a quick call. Depending on your plan a portion of your breast pump purchase could be covered and that information will be helpful to know before you begin shopping.

There are three main differences that set these pumps apart.

1. size
2. sound
3. technology

Sonata Smart Breast Pump

If you are looking for a high-tech pump the Sonata is for you. 
It is modern looking and weighs about 2 pounds + it is the quietest Medela pump on the market. At first, we didn’t even realize it was on!
[Thank goodness for the light-up display.]

The Sonata connects via Bluetooth to the MyMedela® app allowing you to track all your pumping sessions through a personalized dashboard.

It also has a silence control button that alerts the user when they power the device ON and OFF or can even inform you of an air leak. What a smarty-pants! 

Medela Breast Pump Products - Sonata & Freestyle

Freestyle Double Electric Pump 

The Freestyle offers a ton of flexibility. It may be small but it is also mighty.

The pump itself is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand which gives the user true freedom to roam around. If you are a new mom you must be thinking freedom and flexibility? Sign me up!

What we mean by that is you really can take the Freestyle anywhere!

It has a convenient clip on the back which allows you to attach it to your jeans—or let’s get real—your yoga pants. Snuggle up with your pump beside you while you binge watch your favourite show on the couch--you won't even know it's there.

When used with the Medela Easy Expression Bustier you can continue with your day—unload the dishwasher, do your make-up-- essentially can use the device hands free.

Convenience is NEVER lost on a busy Mama and the rechargeable battery allows you to pump anywhere, anytime!

Time To Decide

Eenie, Meenie, Mine, Mo

The Sonata is discreet when it comes to sound. 
The Freestyle is discreet when it comes to size.

  • Both are double electric pumps and are ideal for moms who pump several times a day
  • Both of these pumps feature 2-Phase Expression technology, which mimics babies’ natural sucking rhythms—and you can adjust the strength of the suction using the plus and minus buttons.
  • They each have their own “let down button”, digital display, memory button, and timer.
  • Both pumps include:
    • 4 BPA-free bottles with lids 
    • 2 different size Breast Shields
    • 1 cooler bag with ice pack

Medela breastfeeding bottles and drying rack

24/7 LC

Breastfeeding Support

A NEW feature offered by Medela with the purchase of either of these breast pumps is an invaluable recourse, FREE 30 day access to Medela 24/7.

This service gives you 1:1 access to certified Lactation Consultants who can  hop on video chat with you to assess your latch or any other issues in real time—even in the middle of the night!

Remember breast pumps are final sale so be sure to head into one of our stores to touch and feel both pumps before you buy. Our store advisers would be happy to help you choose the best pump for you!

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Leave them in the comments below!

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