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Why Freestyle™ Hands-free Breast Pump
  • Anatomic design to maximise milk flow

  • Ultralightweight and comfortable

  •  3 parts, easy to clean

Freestyle™ Hands-free double electric wearable breast pump

The superior hands-free experience

Anatomically shaped collection cups uniquely designed to maximise milk expression and comfort.

Freestyle™ Hands-free double electric wearable breast pump

Compact

The compact USB rechargeable pump fits in the palm of your hand or in the pocket so it doesn’t weigh on the breast.

3 parts, easy to clean

Collection Cups have been designed with 3 parts only for easy cleaning and assembly.

At a glance

  • Wearable, Ultra-Lightweight: Amongst the lightest collection cups available (2.7oz / 77 g each) and designed to fit comfortably and discreetly in your bra.
  • Comfort with Portability: Freestyle™ Hands-free, a hands-free breast pump, helps busy moms multitask.
  • Separate Pump: Stays in your pocket instead of weighing on your breast.
  • Anatomically Shaped: Collection Cups are uniquely designed to maximize milk expression and comfort by reducing breast compression
  • Easy Cleaning & Assembly: Collection cups contain only three parts and are dishwasher-safe.
  • Transparent Design: For easy nipple alignment and to see if milk is flowing.
  • USB-rechargeable¹: Built-in battery for convenient pumping wherever you are.
  • Smart: Connectivity to the Medela Family™ app allows you to create a personalized profile tailored to your needs
  • 2-Phase Expression™ Technology: Mimics baby’s natural sucking rhythm – faster at first to stimulate milk flow, then slower to express milk for efficient and comfortable pumping
  • Plug and pump:  The Hands-free Collection Cups easily connect to your Freestyle™, Swing Maxi™ or Pump in Style® , so you can be ready to go sooner!

*Clinical studies, PersonalFit Plus compared to PersonalFit data on file.

Bundles are eligible for return only if all products included in the Bundle are returned in their original, unopened (except apparel) condition. All additional Medela return requirements apply.

 

Medela takes pumping to a new level with the Freestyle Hands-free Breast Pump. The anatomically shaped collection cups fit seamlessly in most nursing bras and have been designed for assembly in just three simple steps. The combination of 105° angled breast shields and 2-Phase Expression® technology provides a superior hands-free experience with Medela’s Freestyle Hands-free breast pump.

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1 x Freestyle Hands-free Breast Pump (motor unit)
2 x Hands-free Collection Cups with 24mm shield and O-Ring
2 x 21mm hands-free cup breast shields
2 x 24mm hands-free cup breast shields
1 x power adaptor and USB-C charging cable
1 x tubing
1 x instructions for use

General:

  • Power input:  100-240V~/50-60Hz/400-200mA
  • USB-C

Dimensions: 

    • Full pump system 0.98lbs (445g)
    • Cups (x2) 0.39lbs (177g)
    • Pump 0.59lbs (268g)

Warranty:

What is the weight of the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Hands-free Collection Cups weigh 2.7 oz / 77g each.

Are the wearable breast pump cups covered under insurance?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are not covered under insurance.

When cups are full can you empty them and then keep pumping?

Yes! When the cups are full, mom can pause the pumping by pressing the play/pause button on the display, pour the expressed milk into a breast milk-safe collection bottle or storage bag and continue her pumping session. Freestyle™ Hands-free collection cups hold 150ml / 5oz of breastmilk each.

Are wearable breast pumps covered under insurance?

Yes, Freestyle Hands-free will be offered through insurance as an upgrade.

When finished pumping, how can I drain the milk from the tunnel into the Hands-free Collection Cups?

To finish your pumping session, while the pump is still running lean forward and ensure all milk from the nipple tunnel enters the collection cups. Once there is no more milk in the tunnel stop the pump by turning off the pump.

Can I keep using my current Medela double electric personal use pump with the Hands-free Collection Cups?

Yes, absolutely. The Hands-free Collection Cups are compatible with the Medela double electric personal use breast pumps specifically  FreestyleTM, Swing MaxiTM   and  Pump in Style® even if they were previously bought in a classic configuration (with bottles).

At times I produce a lot of milk, can I pause the pump to empty the full Hands-free Collection Cups?

Yes. Medela personal use pumps do not shut off automatically when the collection containers are full. However, because of the Hands-free Collection Cups’ transparent design and side scale measurement indicator, it makes it easy to monitor how much has been collected and pause the pumping when the cups are full.

My Hands-free Collection Cups have an o-ring. What is it and why do I need to know about it?

The o-ring is the silicone component assembled around the breast shield of the Hands-free Collection Cup.  

The o-ring:

    • provides a seal between the breast shield and shell / cup
    • prevents milk leakage while in use
    • supports ease of milk transfer from cup to bottle or storage bag 
    • is removable to allow transfer between different breast shield sizes and as needed for cleaning

How long do you have to pump with wearable cups?

Pumping duration is dependent on each user. The Hands-free Collection Cups offer the same vacuum performance as the classic bottle pumping kit, users can expect to pump for the same duration as with the classic PersonalFit Flex™.

How can I clean and dry the tubing?

The pump features a closed system so milk cannot get into the tube when used as instructed. Do not clean or rinse the inside of the tubing under any circumstances. The exterior of the tubing can be wiped down with a damp cloth if dirty.

Are the Hands-free Collection Cups easy to clean?

With only three parts to clean :

  1. Cup
  2. Membrane
  3. Breast shield (no need to separate or remove the O-ring from the breast shield for washing or sanitizing)

the Hands-free Collection Cups have been designed to make cleaning easy. The cups are dishwasher safe on the top rack only. This excludes the tubing extension. For additional cleaning guidelines see the Center for Disease Control website:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/healthychildcare/infantfeeding/breastpump.html

Can I exclusively pump with the Hands-free Collection Cups?

Medela recommends choosing the Symphony plus rental to build supply in pump dependent mothers. Once supply is established (usually around 4 weeks), the  Freestyle™  and  Pump in Style® are pumps that are designed for moms who pump a lot.

Are Hands-free Collection Cups hospital grade?

No, the Hands-free Collection Cups are not part of the hospital grade pump system Symphony Plus. These cups are not for hospital use; to be sterilized and/or autoclaved (they are to be sanitized and washed daily).

The  Hands-free Collection Cups are only compatible with the Medela personal use pumps, specifically  specifically  FreestyleTM, Swing MaxiTM   and  Pump in Style®.

How long does the battery last and does it need the original charger?

Freestyle™ Hands-free comes with a built-in, rechargeable⁴ battery for convenient pumping anywhere you are. Your breast pump can be used on an average for eight 15-minute sessions which gives you about 2 hours of battery life between charges.

How often do Hands-free Collection Cups need to be sanitized?

They should be boiled before first use, washed after every use (hand wash or dishwash), and sanitized once per day (boil or micro-steam). These cups are not for hospital use which are to be sterilized and/or autoclaved.

How do the Hands-free Collection Cups work?

The Hands-free Collection Cups provide users a means of hands-free pumping while maintaining the same vacuum performance as the classic PersonalFit Flex™ bottle pumping kit. 

Vacuum is applied to the breast by means of a tubing connection to the pump.  The air flow between the pump and the hands-free cups generates a vacuum that is applied to the breast for milk expression. The milk is then collected within the cup and can be poured from the cup into a bottle or storage bag at the end of the pumping session. Hands-free Collection Cups are not intended to be used for milk storage.

Are Medela pumps safe to use with an implanted cardiac defibrillator?

The Freestyle Handsfree Breast Pump has passed the required EMC standards for medical devices; however, this testing is not specific to pacemakers. It is recommended that you consult with a licensed healthcare professional. The Medela Harmony® Manual Breast Pump | Medela  is always an option in case there is a concern with using an electric breast pump. Here is also a link with helpful information Devices that May Interfere with ICDs and Pacemakers | American Heart Association.

Do the o-rings fit to all breast shield sizes?

Yes. The o-ring fits all breast shield sizes for the Hands-free Collection Cups.

Can I return Freestyle™ Hands-free if I change my mind?

Freestyle™ Hands-free is a single-user device. For hygiene and safety reasons, it can only be used by one person. This means that once the tamper seal is broken, you will not be able to return it to us or a retailer unless it is faulty. If you received a faulty or malfunctioning device, please contact the Medela customer service team to see if you are eligible for a warranty replacement.

Are the Hands-free Collection Cups dishwasher safe?

They are top rack only dishwasher-safe.  This excludes the tubing extension.

Can I return the Hands-free Collection Cups if I change my mind?

The Hands-free Collection Cups pump set is a single-user product, therefore for hygiene and safety reasons, they can only be used by one person. This means that once the tamper seal is broken, you will not be able to return the product to Medela or a retailer unless it is faulty. If you received a faulty or malfunctioning device, please contact the Medela customer service team to see if you are eligible for a warranty replacement.

Is double pumping more effective?

Medela researchers found that double pumping obtains 18% more milk on average, compared to single pumping³.

Is the Freestyle™ Hands-free breast pump easy to clean?

With only 3 parts to clean, Freestyle™ Hands-free has been designed to make cleaning easy so you can spend time on more important things. Additionally, all parts are dishwasher-safe.

Do wearable breast pump cups work as well as pumping with the classic bottle pumping kit?

The Hands-free Collection Cups offer pumping moms the same vacuum performance as the classic (bottle pumping) kit.  This allows moms the freedom to choose which pumping kit is right for them without sacrificing on vacuum performance. 

Do I have to take out the o-rings off my Hands-free Collection Cups during washing or sanitizing?

During regular washing or sanitizing, you do not need to remove the o-ring from the breast shield.

How do I dispose the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are made of plastics that are not harmful to the environment when disposed of as household waste. You can recycle or dispose it of according to local regulations.

I overproduce, does it shut off when the cups are full?

No, Freestyle™ Hands-free does not shut off automatically when the collection containers are full. However, because of the collection cups’ transparent design and side scale indicator, it’s easy for a mom to monitor how much she has collected during that session and pause pumping if the cups are full.

How can I store the Hands-free Collection Cups for long-term?

Before long-term storage, disassemble and sanitize all parts (except for the tubing). Do not store the Hands-free Collection Cups in assembled state over an extended period of time.

Are the cups compatible with pumps from other brands or just with Medela pumps?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are not compatible with pumps from other brands and only compatible with Medela double electric breast pumps, specifically FreestyleTM, Swing MaxiTM  and Pump in Style®.

How do I put the o-ring on to a different breast shield size for my Hands-free Collection Cups?

If you would like to use a different breast shield size:

  • Remove the already applied o-ring from the 24 mm breast shield starting by pulling out the bottom tab from the breast shield.
  • Place the o-ring on a different size of breast shield, start from the top of the breast shield
  • Stretch it over the outer edge of the breast shield. Ensure it goes on with the ridges facing outwards.
  • Press along the groove, checking that it is securely in place all the way around.

Are the Hands-free Collection Cups adaptable to different breast shapes?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are designed in an anatomical shape to comfortably fit to most breasts. The Hands-free Collection Cups come in two sizes; 21mm and 24mm to maximize comfort and effective milk drainage during pumping.

Should I connect the app for every session?

While it is recommended to connect to the app to accurately track your session progress, it is not necessary to connect for every session. If you are unable to connect, the next time you do connect, your breast pump will sync and automatically transfer the offline pumping session data to the app. With this feature, you can feel confident knowing that anytime you use your Freestyle™ Hands-free breast pump, your data is saved and can always be transferred to your app.

How much milk do the Hands-free Collection Cups hold?

Each Hands-free Collection Cup can hold up to 5oz / 150ml breast milk.

What is the size of the pump?

  • The pump weighs 9.63 oz.  
  • Height: 1.81"
  • Width: 2.64"
  • Length: 5.67"

Can I store milk in the Hands-free Collection Cups between pump sessions?

No. Do not use collection cups to store expressed breastmilk as it could tip over and spill from the pour spout. When a mom has finished pumping, any breast milk expressed should be poured into a milk-safe storage container.

Do you have to be sitting or can you be more active when using the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Hands-free Collection Cups (or wearable breast pump cups) are great for relaxing back and taking a moment, and also for those time when you have to be on-the-go. Whether you choose to pump while sitting, walking around or tending to your baby, the Hands-free Collection Cups allows you both options. It is good to note as with all pumps, the cups are not designed to be used when leaning over completely or during exercise as there is an opening (pouring spout) at the top of the cups through which milk could spill out.

Do you have to be sitting or can you be more active?

The Freestyle™ Hands-free breast pump features in-bra collection cups for multi-tasking and comes with an internal rechargeable battery, so you don’t have to be plugged into a wall while using. Whether you choose to pump while sitting, walking around or tending to your baby, Freestyle™ Hands-free allows you both options. However, the cups are not designed to be used while bending completely or during intense exercise as there is an opening (pouring spout) at the top of the cups through which milk could spill out.

Do I need a special bra to be able to use the Hands-free Collection Cups?

A special bra is not required when using the Hands-free Collection Cups. The cups are designed to fit into most nursing bras.

For the ultimate hands-free experience, check out our 3-in-1 Pumping and Nursing Bra.

How can I clean and dry the tubing extension for the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Medela personal use breast pump features a closed system so milk cannot get into the tube when used as instructed. Do not clean or rinse the inside of the tubing under any circumstances. The exterior of the tubing can be wiped down with a damp cloth if dirty.

Do you have control of suction in stimulation and expression?

Freestyle™ Hands-free is designed with Medela’s research-based 2-Phase™ Expression technology. In both stimulation and expression phases, mom can choose up to 9 levels of vacuum.

Do you need WiFi to use Freestyle™ Hands-free?

No, you do not need to be connected to WiFi to use your Freestyle™ Hands-free breast pump. But without WiFi connectivity, app functionality may be limited.  

When Hands-free Collection Cups are full can you empty them and then keep pumping?

Yes! The Hands-free Collection Cups hold 150ml / 5oz of breastmilk each.

When the cups are full:

  1. Pause the pumping by pressing the play/pause button on the display.
  2. Pour the expressed milk into a breast milk-safe collection bottle or storage bag.
  3. Place the Hands-free Collection Cups back in position and continue the pumping session.

Is the o-ring applied to all breast shield sizes in the Hands-free Collection Cups pack?

No, to reduce waste, the o-rings are assembled or applied only to each of the 24mm breast shields.

To use with another breast shield size, the o-ring needs to be removed from the 24 mm breast shield and reassembled to the alternative size breast shield before use.

How often do I need to clean the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Hands-free Collection Cups should be boiled before first use, washed after every use (hand wash or dishwash), and sanitized once per day (boil or micro-steam). During regular washing and sanitizing, you do not need to remove the o-rings from the breast shield.  Always allow all parts to completely dry before re-assembly.

How do the wearable cups hold on to the breast?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are placed on the breast inside the mom’s bra. The fit of the bra and vacuum generated from the pump creates a seal that allows the cups to stay in place while pumping and collecting milk.  

How can I connect the Hands-free Collection Cups to my breastfeeding pump?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are connected to the breast pump by way of a tubing connection. The Hands-free cups are provided with tubing extensions that incorporate two connectors.  One connector (flat) connects to the collection cup and the other connector (round / soft) connects to the existing y-tubing assembly that was provided with your breast pump purchase. The pump connection remains the same as with the classic (with bottle) pumping kit.

1. Only use the power adapter and cable that comes with the breast pump

2. PersonalFit Flex™ parts sold separately, not included with Freestyle™ Hands-free

3. Prime DK et al. Breastfeed Med. 2012; 7(6):442-447

4. Only use the power adapter and cable that comes with the breast pump

* Based on the testimonials of 160 mothers in the UK as part of the BazaarVoice Freestyle Hands-free programme for free product samples

Features & Benefits

At a glance

  • Wearable, Ultra-Lightweight: Amongst the lightest collection cups available (2.7oz / 77 g each) and designed to fit comfortably and discreetly in your bra.
  • Comfort with Portability: Freestyle™ Hands-free, a hands-free breast pump, helps busy moms multitask.
  • Separate Pump: Stays in your pocket instead of weighing on your breast.
  • Anatomically Shaped: Collection Cups are uniquely designed to maximize milk expression and comfort by reducing breast compression
  • Easy Cleaning & Assembly: Collection cups contain only three parts and are dishwasher-safe.
  • Transparent Design: For easy nipple alignment and to see if milk is flowing.
  • USB-rechargeable¹: Built-in battery for convenient pumping wherever you are.
  • Smart: Connectivity to the Medela Family™ app allows you to create a personalized profile tailored to your needs
  • 2-Phase Expression™ Technology: Mimics baby’s natural sucking rhythm – faster at first to stimulate milk flow, then slower to express milk for efficient and comfortable pumping
  • Plug and pump:  The Hands-free Collection Cups easily connect to your Freestyle™, Swing Maxi™ or Pump in Style® , so you can be ready to go sooner!

*Clinical studies, PersonalFit Plus compared to PersonalFit data on file.

Bundles are eligible for return only if all products included in the Bundle are returned in their original, unopened (except apparel) condition. All additional Medela return requirements apply.

 

Medela takes pumping to a new level with the Freestyle Hands-free Breast Pump. The anatomically shaped collection cups fit seamlessly in most nursing bras and have been designed for assembly in just three simple steps. The combination of 105° angled breast shields and 2-Phase Expression® technology provides a superior hands-free experience with Medela’s Freestyle Hands-free breast pump.

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What's included

1 x Freestyle Hands-free Breast Pump (motor unit)
2 x Hands-free Collection Cups with 24mm shield and O-Ring
2 x 21mm hands-free cup breast shields
2 x 24mm hands-free cup breast shields
1 x power adaptor and USB-C charging cable
1 x tubing
1 x instructions for use

General:

  • Power input:  100-240V~/50-60Hz/400-200mA
  • USB-C

Dimensions: 

    • Full pump system 0.98lbs (445g)
    • Cups (x2) 0.39lbs (177g)
    • Pump 0.59lbs (268g)

Warranty:

FAQs

What is the weight of the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Hands-free Collection Cups weigh 2.7 oz / 77g each.

Are the wearable breast pump cups covered under insurance?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are not covered under insurance.

When cups are full can you empty them and then keep pumping?

Yes! When the cups are full, mom can pause the pumping by pressing the play/pause button on the display, pour the expressed milk into a breast milk-safe collection bottle or storage bag and continue her pumping session. Freestyle™ Hands-free collection cups hold 150ml / 5oz of breastmilk each.

Are wearable breast pumps covered under insurance?

Yes, Freestyle Hands-free will be offered through insurance as an upgrade.

When finished pumping, how can I drain the milk from the tunnel into the Hands-free Collection Cups?

To finish your pumping session, while the pump is still running lean forward and ensure all milk from the nipple tunnel enters the collection cups. Once there is no more milk in the tunnel stop the pump by turning off the pump.

Can I keep using my current Medela double electric personal use pump with the Hands-free Collection Cups?

Yes, absolutely. The Hands-free Collection Cups are compatible with the Medela double electric personal use breast pumps specifically  FreestyleTM, Swing MaxiTM   and  Pump in Style® even if they were previously bought in a classic configuration (with bottles).

At times I produce a lot of milk, can I pause the pump to empty the full Hands-free Collection Cups?

Yes. Medela personal use pumps do not shut off automatically when the collection containers are full. However, because of the Hands-free Collection Cups’ transparent design and side scale measurement indicator, it makes it easy to monitor how much has been collected and pause the pumping when the cups are full.

My Hands-free Collection Cups have an o-ring. What is it and why do I need to know about it?

The o-ring is the silicone component assembled around the breast shield of the Hands-free Collection Cup.  

The o-ring:

    • provides a seal between the breast shield and shell / cup
    • prevents milk leakage while in use
    • supports ease of milk transfer from cup to bottle or storage bag 
    • is removable to allow transfer between different breast shield sizes and as needed for cleaning

How long do you have to pump with wearable cups?

Pumping duration is dependent on each user. The Hands-free Collection Cups offer the same vacuum performance as the classic bottle pumping kit, users can expect to pump for the same duration as with the classic PersonalFit Flex™.

How can I clean and dry the tubing?

The pump features a closed system so milk cannot get into the tube when used as instructed. Do not clean or rinse the inside of the tubing under any circumstances. The exterior of the tubing can be wiped down with a damp cloth if dirty.

Are the Hands-free Collection Cups easy to clean?

With only three parts to clean :

  1. Cup
  2. Membrane
  3. Breast shield (no need to separate or remove the O-ring from the breast shield for washing or sanitizing)

the Hands-free Collection Cups have been designed to make cleaning easy. The cups are dishwasher safe on the top rack only. This excludes the tubing extension. For additional cleaning guidelines see the Center for Disease Control website:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/healthychildcare/infantfeeding/breastpump.html

Can I exclusively pump with the Hands-free Collection Cups?

Medela recommends choosing the Symphony plus rental to build supply in pump dependent mothers. Once supply is established (usually around 4 weeks), the  Freestyle™  and  Pump in Style® are pumps that are designed for moms who pump a lot.

Are Hands-free Collection Cups hospital grade?

No, the Hands-free Collection Cups are not part of the hospital grade pump system Symphony Plus. These cups are not for hospital use; to be sterilized and/or autoclaved (they are to be sanitized and washed daily).

The  Hands-free Collection Cups are only compatible with the Medela personal use pumps, specifically  specifically  FreestyleTM, Swing MaxiTM   and  Pump in Style®.

How long does the battery last and does it need the original charger?

Freestyle™ Hands-free comes with a built-in, rechargeable⁴ battery for convenient pumping anywhere you are. Your breast pump can be used on an average for eight 15-minute sessions which gives you about 2 hours of battery life between charges.

How often do Hands-free Collection Cups need to be sanitized?

They should be boiled before first use, washed after every use (hand wash or dishwash), and sanitized once per day (boil or micro-steam). These cups are not for hospital use which are to be sterilized and/or autoclaved.

How do the Hands-free Collection Cups work?

The Hands-free Collection Cups provide users a means of hands-free pumping while maintaining the same vacuum performance as the classic PersonalFit Flex™ bottle pumping kit. 

Vacuum is applied to the breast by means of a tubing connection to the pump.  The air flow between the pump and the hands-free cups generates a vacuum that is applied to the breast for milk expression. The milk is then collected within the cup and can be poured from the cup into a bottle or storage bag at the end of the pumping session. Hands-free Collection Cups are not intended to be used for milk storage.

Are Medela pumps safe to use with an implanted cardiac defibrillator?

The Freestyle Handsfree Breast Pump has passed the required EMC standards for medical devices; however, this testing is not specific to pacemakers. It is recommended that you consult with a licensed healthcare professional. The Medela Harmony® Manual Breast Pump | Medela  is always an option in case there is a concern with using an electric breast pump. Here is also a link with helpful information Devices that May Interfere with ICDs and Pacemakers | American Heart Association.

Do the o-rings fit to all breast shield sizes?

Yes. The o-ring fits all breast shield sizes for the Hands-free Collection Cups.

Can I return Freestyle™ Hands-free if I change my mind?

Freestyle™ Hands-free is a single-user device. For hygiene and safety reasons, it can only be used by one person. This means that once the tamper seal is broken, you will not be able to return it to us or a retailer unless it is faulty. If you received a faulty or malfunctioning device, please contact the Medela customer service team to see if you are eligible for a warranty replacement.

Are the Hands-free Collection Cups dishwasher safe?

They are top rack only dishwasher-safe.  This excludes the tubing extension.

Can I return the Hands-free Collection Cups if I change my mind?

The Hands-free Collection Cups pump set is a single-user product, therefore for hygiene and safety reasons, they can only be used by one person. This means that once the tamper seal is broken, you will not be able to return the product to Medela or a retailer unless it is faulty. If you received a faulty or malfunctioning device, please contact the Medela customer service team to see if you are eligible for a warranty replacement.

Is double pumping more effective?

Medela researchers found that double pumping obtains 18% more milk on average, compared to single pumping³.

Is the Freestyle™ Hands-free breast pump easy to clean?

With only 3 parts to clean, Freestyle™ Hands-free has been designed to make cleaning easy so you can spend time on more important things. Additionally, all parts are dishwasher-safe.

Do wearable breast pump cups work as well as pumping with the classic bottle pumping kit?

The Hands-free Collection Cups offer pumping moms the same vacuum performance as the classic (bottle pumping) kit.  This allows moms the freedom to choose which pumping kit is right for them without sacrificing on vacuum performance. 

Do I have to take out the o-rings off my Hands-free Collection Cups during washing or sanitizing?

During regular washing or sanitizing, you do not need to remove the o-ring from the breast shield.

How do I dispose the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are made of plastics that are not harmful to the environment when disposed of as household waste. You can recycle or dispose it of according to local regulations.

I overproduce, does it shut off when the cups are full?

No, Freestyle™ Hands-free does not shut off automatically when the collection containers are full. However, because of the collection cups’ transparent design and side scale indicator, it’s easy for a mom to monitor how much she has collected during that session and pause pumping if the cups are full.

How can I store the Hands-free Collection Cups for long-term?

Before long-term storage, disassemble and sanitize all parts (except for the tubing). Do not store the Hands-free Collection Cups in assembled state over an extended period of time.

Are the cups compatible with pumps from other brands or just with Medela pumps?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are not compatible with pumps from other brands and only compatible with Medela double electric breast pumps, specifically FreestyleTM, Swing MaxiTM  and Pump in Style®.

How do I put the o-ring on to a different breast shield size for my Hands-free Collection Cups?

If you would like to use a different breast shield size:

  • Remove the already applied o-ring from the 24 mm breast shield starting by pulling out the bottom tab from the breast shield.
  • Place the o-ring on a different size of breast shield, start from the top of the breast shield
  • Stretch it over the outer edge of the breast shield. Ensure it goes on with the ridges facing outwards.
  • Press along the groove, checking that it is securely in place all the way around.

Are the Hands-free Collection Cups adaptable to different breast shapes?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are designed in an anatomical shape to comfortably fit to most breasts. The Hands-free Collection Cups come in two sizes; 21mm and 24mm to maximize comfort and effective milk drainage during pumping.

Should I connect the app for every session?

While it is recommended to connect to the app to accurately track your session progress, it is not necessary to connect for every session. If you are unable to connect, the next time you do connect, your breast pump will sync and automatically transfer the offline pumping session data to the app. With this feature, you can feel confident knowing that anytime you use your Freestyle™ Hands-free breast pump, your data is saved and can always be transferred to your app.

How much milk do the Hands-free Collection Cups hold?

Each Hands-free Collection Cup can hold up to 5oz / 150ml breast milk.

What is the size of the pump?

  • The pump weighs 9.63 oz.  
  • Height: 1.81"
  • Width: 2.64"
  • Length: 5.67"

Can I store milk in the Hands-free Collection Cups between pump sessions?

No. Do not use collection cups to store expressed breastmilk as it could tip over and spill from the pour spout. When a mom has finished pumping, any breast milk expressed should be poured into a milk-safe storage container.

Do you have to be sitting or can you be more active when using the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Hands-free Collection Cups (or wearable breast pump cups) are great for relaxing back and taking a moment, and also for those time when you have to be on-the-go. Whether you choose to pump while sitting, walking around or tending to your baby, the Hands-free Collection Cups allows you both options. It is good to note as with all pumps, the cups are not designed to be used when leaning over completely or during exercise as there is an opening (pouring spout) at the top of the cups through which milk could spill out.

Do you have to be sitting or can you be more active?

The Freestyle™ Hands-free breast pump features in-bra collection cups for multi-tasking and comes with an internal rechargeable battery, so you don’t have to be plugged into a wall while using. Whether you choose to pump while sitting, walking around or tending to your baby, Freestyle™ Hands-free allows you both options. However, the cups are not designed to be used while bending completely or during intense exercise as there is an opening (pouring spout) at the top of the cups through which milk could spill out.

Do I need a special bra to be able to use the Hands-free Collection Cups?

A special bra is not required when using the Hands-free Collection Cups. The cups are designed to fit into most nursing bras.

For the ultimate hands-free experience, check out our 3-in-1 Pumping and Nursing Bra.

How can I clean and dry the tubing extension for the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Medela personal use breast pump features a closed system so milk cannot get into the tube when used as instructed. Do not clean or rinse the inside of the tubing under any circumstances. The exterior of the tubing can be wiped down with a damp cloth if dirty.

Do you have control of suction in stimulation and expression?

Freestyle™ Hands-free is designed with Medela’s research-based 2-Phase™ Expression technology. In both stimulation and expression phases, mom can choose up to 9 levels of vacuum.

Do you need WiFi to use Freestyle™ Hands-free?

No, you do not need to be connected to WiFi to use your Freestyle™ Hands-free breast pump. But without WiFi connectivity, app functionality may be limited.  

When Hands-free Collection Cups are full can you empty them and then keep pumping?

Yes! The Hands-free Collection Cups hold 150ml / 5oz of breastmilk each.

When the cups are full:

  1. Pause the pumping by pressing the play/pause button on the display.
  2. Pour the expressed milk into a breast milk-safe collection bottle or storage bag.
  3. Place the Hands-free Collection Cups back in position and continue the pumping session.

Is the o-ring applied to all breast shield sizes in the Hands-free Collection Cups pack?

No, to reduce waste, the o-rings are assembled or applied only to each of the 24mm breast shields.

To use with another breast shield size, the o-ring needs to be removed from the 24 mm breast shield and reassembled to the alternative size breast shield before use.

How often do I need to clean the Hands-free Collection Cups?

The Hands-free Collection Cups should be boiled before first use, washed after every use (hand wash or dishwash), and sanitized once per day (boil or micro-steam). During regular washing and sanitizing, you do not need to remove the o-rings from the breast shield.  Always allow all parts to completely dry before re-assembly.

How do the wearable cups hold on to the breast?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are placed on the breast inside the mom’s bra. The fit of the bra and vacuum generated from the pump creates a seal that allows the cups to stay in place while pumping and collecting milk.  

How can I connect the Hands-free Collection Cups to my breastfeeding pump?

The Hands-free Collection Cups are connected to the breast pump by way of a tubing connection. The Hands-free cups are provided with tubing extensions that incorporate two connectors.  One connector (flat) connects to the collection cup and the other connector (round / soft) connects to the existing y-tubing assembly that was provided with your breast pump purchase. The pump connection remains the same as with the classic (with bottle) pumping kit.

References

1. Only use the power adapter and cable that comes with the breast pump

2. PersonalFit Flex™ parts sold separately, not included with Freestyle™ Hands-free

3. Prime DK et al. Breastfeed Med. 2012; 7(6):442-447

4. Only use the power adapter and cable that comes with the breast pump

* Based on the testimonials of 160 mothers in the UK as part of the BazaarVoice Freestyle Hands-free programme for free product samples

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