“ Brand: Lindam / Type: Breast Pumps „
Having just had a second baby (10/06/02, Jodie, 7 lb 5 oz, FYI), I've got a few new gadgets and products I want to write about, but it'll probably take me till Jodie's 2!! The whole breastfeeding issue is a difficult one, and I won't go into it here, but I will hopefully bring up a few useful bits and bobs (or boobs) about breastfeeding while writing this opinion!! I had the pump anyway, and intended to use it sometimes, but I've been having trouble with the whole latching on and a bit of soreness, so I thought "I know, I'll express only and feed the highly nutritious breast milk to baby in a bottle". But, when I told my midwife she informed me my milk would eventually dry up if I did this! So, warning, if you want to breast feed for as long as possible, don't express only! And don't express in the first two weeks, because you over fill and your boobs become big and hard and the baby can't latch on! Right, to the opinion! I actually got this breast pump from a well-known auction website (Can I name it??). It cost me a grand total of two pounds and eighty pence, which included the p&p, and it was still in its box with all of the bits and pieces. BARGAIN! As the name suggests, this pump is battery operated, so no handle to squeeze continually. It takes two AA size batteries. However, if you express a few times a day for about ten minutes at a time (which I was doing until the other day!) these batteries do not last long - approximately 2 days. The saving grace is the mains adaptor you can get to power the appliance, I don't have one but I intend to get one. I haven't been able to find one in the 'usual' places, i.e. Boots or Mothercare, but Lindam have got a website, where they give lots of information about their products (which include a Steam Steriliser, I have this also, please read my opinion on it if you're interested!) and you can buy direct from Lind
am Ltd (by phone with debit/credit card (08701 118118), or by sending a cheque/postal order (address on website - www.Lindam.co.uk)). The adaptor costs £7.95, you can also get replacement filter sponges (4 for 50p) and other spare parts. The same goes for the pump too - it's not sold by Argos, Index, Boots or Mothercare! The Lindam website says it is stocked by Index but it's not! It is however stocked by www.Toysrus.co.uk and Toys"R"Us, but under their own brand name of BRUIN! (£19.99 Bruin Breast Feeding System). You cannot get the pump direct from Lindam. The pump comes with two sizes of 'breast massager' or 'nipple stimulator' (they are called both by Lindam) to help naturally stimulate 'let down'. (Glossary: There will always be some foremilk ready for your baby to drink when s/he latches on to the breast. When s/he starts to suck, the milk-producing cells then start to squeeze hindmilk forward into the ducts leading to the nipple so that it is there for him/her to take. This is called the let-down reflex. A tingling sensation or pins and needles in your breast, as well as some leaking of milk in the non-feeding breast, sometimes accompany it.) The pump has a suction control knob so you can control the level of suction, increasing it during a suction session, and there's also a suction release button which you can press throughout the session to simulate actual sucking (now there's a mouthful)! You also get a 5oz/150ml feeding bottle, which the pump pumps into, a cap, cover, storage lid and silicon teat for the bottle - although oddly the teat has no hole! I discovered this when I got the pump, but forgot to tell my partner who 'fed' the baby with it, I felt awful when I realized! A training cup is provided for when you first begin, which fits inside the bottle to increase the suction. And you get a teat care unit (this, I've just discovered, is actually missing from mine
, but you can't complain for £2.80 can you?) I can't quite figure out from the picture what this does, looks like you shove it in the teat to clean it out! You are provided with a comprehensive instructions booklet, not only listing the contents and explaining how to use the pump (e.g. how to use #5: Turn the suction control knob clockwise until the suction pulls the nipple into the throat of the funnel, arrrrrrrrgh), but also giving advice on how to get the best results, how to store the expressed milk (24 hours in the fridge, 3 months in the freezer, etc), maintaining the pump, and a fault finding check list. The pump is comfortable and easy to use, the suction release is a life saver (or nipple saver) - especially considering the pump I had for my first baby just sucked, no release, I could have ended up looking very odd indeed. I've managed to express bucketfuls with this one! In conclusion, what more could you ask? (If you want to express breast milk that is).
I bought this pump because my hand operated one just was not effective. The Lindam claims to be quiet, it's not! To have one-handed operation, impossible! Two AA batteries are required and the first set I bought did not even last a week. There is an option to use an AC/DC adaptor, but you have to contact their help desk and then pay 7.95 for it!! I don't have much joy expressing my milk and I thought that this pump would help make it less of a task. I suppose I should have realised that paying 18.75 (in comparison to the others on the market priced around 30.00) meant that I was going to get what I paid for. Oh well, we live and learn.........
Let Dad take his turn at feeding! With this battery or mains operated pump, there is absolutely no need to exhaust yourself anymore with a hand pump!