Need a breast pump? The Unimom Opera is a unique hospital-grade breast pump that has twin motors and allows you to customize your settings to get the most milk. Here’s a complete Unimom Opera breast pump review.
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What is the Unimom Opera?
The Unimom Opera is a double electric breast pump, which means that one or both sides can be pumped at the same time. It’s closed-system, so the tubing and motor are protected from breast milk getting into them.
The Opera is a good choice for breastfeeding parents returning to work or for exclusive pumpers.
What features does the Unimom Opera have?
The Unimom Opera has a bunch of great features:
- It has a rechargeable battery and a handle, making moving around the house while you pump easy.
- The Opera has twin motors, which allows you to use different vacuum strength settings on each side. (Some people need stronger suction on one side versus the other to get the most milk, and this is one of the few pumps that allows you to do this at the same time.)
- It has a backlit screen and a night light, so it’s easy to pump at night without turning lights on (this can make it easier to go back to sleep after you’re done pumping).
- You can adjust the cycle speed (how many times the pump pulls in a minute).
- It allows you to pump in four different operating modes – single pump on the left or right side, alternate between them, or pump both sides at the same time.
- It’s a hospital-grade, multi-user pump.
You can see the Opera in action in the below stories:
Are there any cons to the Opera?
The few things I would consider as disadvantages include:
- It’s a little bigger and heavier than some portable breast pumps.
- It’s on the pricier side (though you may be able to get it free through insurance, pay using your FSA, or I have a discount code – AMANDA20 for 20% off)
The Opera comes with the following in the box:
- Two sets of two breast shields – 24mm and 27mm (more on breast shield sizing here)
- Two duckbills
- Tubing (two tubes)
- Two bottles (along with disks and caps)
- Two backflow protectors and diaphragms
You can also use Spectra and Motif pump parts interchangeably with the Opera pump parts, you don’t need an adapter.
How should you use the Unimom Opera?
The Opera has a few unique settings. Below is some more information on how to use them.
The Opera has four modes:
- Single L – Single pumping on the left side
- Single R – Single pumping on the right side
- Synchronous – Double pumping both sides at once
- Alternate – Switches between sides
To change modes, you press the mode button until it arrives at the mode you’d like.
There is no “best” mode to use, but I would suggest testing out the Synchronous and Alternate modes to see which one seems to get you the most milk.
Changing vacuum strength
To change the vacuum strength on the Unimom Opera, push the Vacuum + and – buttons to increase or decrease the suction, respectively.
If you’d like to change the suction strength on just one side, switch the mode to Single L or Single R (whichever side you’d like to change) as shown above, and then increase or decrease the suction on that side only.
Changing cycle speed and mode
To modify the cycle speed, push the Cycle + and – buttons to increase or decrease the number of times the pump pulls per minute.
To change between massage and expression mode, push the button with the wavy lines in the upper left.
Unimom Opera: Bottom Line
The Unimom Opera is a great option for working parents and for exclusive pumpers. When I asked for reviews on Instagram, most people were overall happy with it.
You can see the individual responses below (there weren’t many, since it’s a pretty new breast pump):
(You may be able to get a Unimom Opera free through insurance. Check out your eligibility here.)
Otherwise, you can check the pump out here. Make sure to use AMANDA20 for 20% off!
Have you used this pump? Tell us your Unimom Opera review in the comments!