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This was the third breast pump I tried and I wish I had it first! When I was in the hospital I was provided with a Medula Swing and found it okay, unfortunately my son was never able to latch on so when I came home the manual boots breast pump I had purchased was no good, after just one express it left me sore due to how long I had to pump for. Instead I went out and bought the Medula Mini as it was the same brand I had used in the hospital. I found this one to be very loud and wasn't a great fit for me. On the third day I went out and bought this Nuby Natural Touch Rhythm as I had found my son liked the Nuby bottles. I loved it!
The silicone suction valve fit around my breast and sealed easily leaving no gaps for spilt milk or even that could prevent the pump working. It was easy to programme and within minutes I was away, no instructions needed. The valve is cushioned, so the first thing I noticed was that it didn't make me sore, and the second I noticed was the gentle massage motion that the valve has to help increase the flow of milk.
You can start off slow with this pump and increase the speed as your milk flow increases, just like a baby suckling would. This helps get the most from each expressing session. It wasn't long before I was expressing more than nine ounces each time. If needed (for example if you are out) you can use the pump manually to express, this helped with engorged breasts and quick top up feeds too.
The electric pump isn't loud - I used it every three hours at first as my son had purely expressed milk, it never woke him and I didn't have to turn the television or music up to hear over it.
The pump came with all the attachments for electrical and manual, the only drawback of the electrical is that you have to be by a plug socket as it isn't battery operated. As well as that, we received a five ounce bottle, a nine ounce bottle, a screw on storage lid and a sample pack of Nuby breast pads.
The worst thing about this pump is that I sold it when I finished feeding my son and now I need to go and buy another one, but at least I don't have to go through all that trial and error again.