Sadly the Little Man and I just didn’t get on with breastfeeding. We both found it quite stressful, so rather than let my milk dry up straight away we combination fed both breastmilk and formula for the first few weeks.
During this time I tried to find a suitable breast pump to express a decent amount of milk. I tried 4 manual pumps and one electric pump. The one that worked best for me was the Dr Brown’s manual breast pump.
The breast pump costs £42 if purchased directly from Dr Brown’s. It is on the higher end of the price range for manual pumps, but I always find it’s better to pay more initially than buy something cheaper and then still have to buy the more expensive item at a later date.
The features of the pump include –
The pump is easy to set up, and simply has a Dr Browns 120ml bottle to catch the expressed milk, obviously this can be used just as a bottle by attaching the teat, so you can express and feed with a very quick turn around.
The pump comes with the same bits and pieces as the bottles, it contains a level 1 teat, collar, cap, vent insert, reservoir tube, travel disc, travel cap, wire vent and cleaning brush.
I found that the pump extremely comfortable and the soft breast cups meant no soreness whilst I was expressing. The hand pump is easy to use and works well, it’s doesn’t squeaky or make any indiscreet noises, like I found some of the pumps I tried did.
I found let down was very quick with this pump and I was able to express a decent amount of milk during each use.
The pump was very easy to wash and sterilise, the only downside I found was the rubber in the breast cup stained very quickly with my breast milk, turning it a bit yellow. I would like to see Dr Brown’s sell replacement rubbers as I would use this again (if obviously I persuade hubby to have another mini person) but I thin I’d be a little put off if it was yellowed further from being in storage.
*I was sent the item free of charge for the purpose of this
review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.*