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I planned to breast feed my baby, but thought I should have a breast pump in stock ready for when he arrived, just in case there were any problems. Also, I thought, it would be handy to know that Daddy could take over feeding duty if I needed the rest!
I'm really glad I purchased this, as my son refused to breast feed and I really wanted him to have breast milk.
It cost £19 from Boots (and you can collect the points at the same time!) and was easy to put together. It consists of a small bottle, (which was a perfect size for the first couple of months when they aren't drinking much and the larger bottles are too cumbersome) this is marked with the measurements, which is great to know exactly how much milk you have expressed, and how much they are taking. It also includes a new born slow flow teat, although we changed this for the brand we were already using. The other parts are a nozzle to put to the breast and a manual hand pump.
I also purchased an electric pump as I found the manual one to be hard on the old fingers after a while, but I kept this one, as it was much simpler and was great to use whilst having a shower in the morning- the hot water really helps the flow of the milk.
It is easy to take apart for sterilising- we popped it in the steam steriliser and there were no problems with this.
Overall, well worth the money and I consider it to be one of my essentials for a newborn- I am storing it for next time!
I used the pump to build up a supply of milk to freeze so that I could enjoy a night out or 2. It is very similar to other hand pumps and I don't remember the price. It is quite fiddly to put together and it seems poitless sterilising all the little bits when you have to handle them so much to put it all together. Once you get a seal the suction builds up and I found slow pumps worked better. It is clear so you can see the milk flowing and build up a rythm that suits. It was very slow and I found expressing by hand into a glass bowl more productive.