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Last month marked one entire year of breastfeeding! At first, breast feeding and I were not friends. At all. It was incredibly painful, uncomfortable and confusing. Kai wanted to nurse ALL of the time and I had no idea how to do it properly or whether or not Kai was suckling properly. The first few months were hard, and my breast pump helped me overcome some of the hurdles that breastfeeding brings.
I had supply issues within the first 6 weeks, so Kai had a mix of breast milk and formula. Thing was though, he hated formula so I would have to express & then mix the formula and booby milk together. I had a manual pump for a while but it was so time consuming that I asked my fiancé to buy me an electric one. We chose this one because Kai had the tommee tippee bottles, and it was reduced at the time too so it seemed like it was meant to be.
We bought ours from tesco because that's where it was on offer, and we got it for £65 instead of £100. It was a big purchase and made a big hole on our pockets, after all we'd already bought a breast pump that was nearly as much as this so it did seem extremely expensive even on offer, but I have to say that it was worth it and I don't know how I'd have managed without it, it's so much quicker and easier than a manual pump.
The breast pump comes with a small selection of accessories which includes a 150ml closer to nature bottle (these bottles are seriously the best around in my opinion), 2 storage pots, a lid, a sterilising tub & 6 breast pads. The storage pots were the handiest out of the lot & allowed me to hygienically store any extra milk either in the fridge or in the freezer. This makes the £65 that we paid a bit more reasonable, but it still isnt amazing value.
The breast pump is battery operated & ours came with the batteries already in it so I could use it as soon as I needed it, but it can also be plugged in so I never worried too much about if the batteries were going to run out. The silicone cup (the edge of which can be removed if you have larger breasts) is a good size so my boobs didnt feel squashed or anything and the material is quite soft and flexible. Unlike the proper plastic underneath it, it doesn't feel hard and doesn't get freezing cold so it was never an unpleasant feeling when the material was against my skin.
The material is BPA free, which I think is important. I never had any problems with leakages and the design is good. The pump is easy to use, and its lightweight so I could use it anywhere - half asleep in bed, watching tv etc etc. I did find that it had to be held in a certain way though else the suction didn't seem as strong, While it is obviously an advantage that it is so light, I think that it actually feels a bit flimsy, especially the handle and it doesn't feel as expensive as it was.
The speed settings are good and I would normally use it on the low setting but i liked having the choice. The highest setting was a bit too much for me though. Selecting the speed setting I wanted was simple, as there are 3 different buttons. I always got so much more milk out than I would have done if using a manual pump. It would take 20 minutes or around there to get 9oz with full breasts but other times it would take the same amount of time to get 6oz. Sometimes milk would start going back up the air pipe tube again so I would have to stop, wait for a minute then start again which didnt always solve the problem. The milk goes straight into the bottle, which saves on time,
Taking the the breast pump apart, sterilising it all and putting it back together again was confusing & fiddly at first and I found it annoying having to keep taking it apart after I used it when I was so exhausted but it didn't take that long for me to work out the quickest way to take it apart, sterilise it & put it back together. It is extremely noisy which I think is a big flaw, it would almost always wake Kai up whenever I used it :( I was close to returning it because of this, but in the end I didn't.
This isn't the cheapest or best value for money breast pump but it is much better than a manual pump. I used it for over 6 months so got my money's worth!
I am mainly breastfeeding and it has been a struggle to get my baby to accept formula milk, so I decided to get an electric breast pump to store milk for the times when I need to leave him with someone else and for when I get back to work.
I got this second hand for £36 from an aquaintance who said it had worked well for her. Considering that it retails at around £90 I thought it was quite a bargain.
I got it with the packaging and all accessories included. It comes with a motor, the collection unit, a bottle and teat set to collect into and feed, a milk storage pot, and a microwave steriliser and a few breast pads. It comes with detailed instructions on assembly, usage and sterilisation.
The assembly is easy enough with the instructions, but there are quite a few individual parts to assemble and dissemble for sterilisation every time you want to use it. The parts are quite easy to clean, no difficult nooks and crannies. The cup that attaches to the breast is made of silicone, it is quite soft and comfortable. The collection unit is then connected to the motor via a plastic tube.
The motor is an ovoid shape, with the on button in the middle and three buttons around it for three speed settings. You are meant to start with the low flow and go up to the higher speeds. The motor can work off electricity from a socket via an adaptor or you can use four AA sized batteries ( not included). I havent tried it on batteries, but with the noise it makes I dont think it will last long.
The main issue I had with this pump is that it has not worked for me. I dont know whether it works differently on different women, but I have tried many times and failed to express anything more than a few drops, and i have now resorted to expressing with my hands, which has worked very well but is a bit uncomfortable and time consuming. I should say the motor is a bit louder than what I expected, but I have not used any other pumps so I dont know how it compares to others.
A minor plus point is that the storage pot fits neatly inside the feeding bottle so you can collect into and feed directly from the storage pot.
I have read up on this product and it seems that it has worked for quite a few people. For whatever reason, it hasn't for me, so I cant give it anything more than one star.
I have brough this breast pump from Babies Ur Us as part of a bundle that included bottles/bottle warmer etc when it was half price (I think i paid around £50 pounds for the lot). I was pregnant at the time and planned to breasfeed but as it was such a good price and part of a bundle I have brought it in case I struggle with breastfeeding. What a good job i brought it, my daugher was born quite big and always hungry and I struggled to breasfeed her so I started expressing since she was just 3 days old.
This breast pump has come very useful to me, it did its job very well. Instructions booklet is quite straight forward in terms of how to use this breast pump and take it apart for cleaning.
Breast pump comes with small feeding bottle and slow flow teat, milk storage lid, 2x breast milk storage pots, 6x breast pads and sterliser box that doubles up as a carry case.
It has very soft silicon cup which is designed to mimic baby's natural feeding action and 3 speed settings (low, medium and high suction level). You can switch between those levels as and when during expressing. Breast pump can be portable as it can be mains and battery operated. It will require 4xAA battery should you require use it this way. I only used it with batteries if I didnt have electricity socket near by (I had used it once in the car when we were travelling long distance - obviously I wasn't driving). I must say though batteries drain pretty quickly you will probably only be able to use it twice before you need to change batteries again. It is also less officient when using batteries due to less power.
Only downside i found its quite fiddly to take appart then put back together but after using it so many times i got used to it so wasnt that bothered really. Another downside might be that it is little bit noisy, I had to expressed at least once a night but had to use spare room or go downstairs so i didnt interrupt my husband or baby.
Cleaning it is not a big deal, takes about 5 minutes from start to finish. Just take all the bits appart and wash in the quite warm soapy water, rinse then put in the steriliser provided with 100ml of water and microwave for 3 minutes.
I found this breast pump very effiecient in expressing milk though, I have used it for nearly 5 months and managed to exclusivelly breast feed my daughter during this time. I would definatelly use this product should i have another baby and needed to express milk.
Before giving birth to my daughter I had set my heart on breastfeeding, not only was it best for my baby but also free and lets face it thats what breasts are for. I went out and chose a breast pump as I had been told by a few friends that your nipples can become very sore within the first few weeks. So, after spending an hour or so choosing the best one for me I chose the tommee tippee electric one as I had already got several of the bottles at home and knew that they would attatch to the pump- therefore quick, easy and convinient which is just what you need with a newborn baby.
When I got the box home I was quite impressed that it came with a steriliser box, a bottle and storage pots as well as the pump. I took the machine to bits ready to sterilise in preporation for my babys arrival with no problems, putting the machine back together however was a whole new ball game! The pump alone has 13 different parts from tubes to flaps of rubber- and bits that just didnt want to fit back on the machine! I spent a good hour just working out how to put the thing back together, it was a nightmare. Anyway, after getting the knack of putting it back together I put the machine away for my babys D-Day. When the day finally arrived just as everyone had told me my nipples quite quickly became very sore so out came the breast pump. I attached the bottle and switched the machine on, first starting at the bottom of its 3 settings which barely seemed to have any suction at all. I then went onto the second setting which was a little better but the way the suction cup is positioned on the pump my milk just seemed to run down the rubber and down my breast and I only ended up with a few drops in the actual bottle, I actually ended up wearing most of it. I gave the pump a few more attempts after this and gave up. I was absolutely gutted that I had wasted so much money on a machine that did not do its job and had now been used so I could not take it back - hense now the reason why I switched to formula as I couldn't risk spending more money on items that just don't do what they say on the tin!
Please, please take this review into consideration before buying this product as I would hate for you to be as unhappy with the product as I am and it certainly doesn't come cheap!
I was sure before i gave birth that breast feeding was for me, but, after a traumatic birth and emergency surgery I was unable to feed my daughter from the breast. So from my hospital bed I sent my husband out to buy an electric breast pump. He came back with this one and I thought it would be fine. I tried to use it for about 3 days and have to say I was incredibly upset by the whole experience. At such a daunting time women need to be able to use products that are simple and do the job. This was neither. Firstly it has 13 separate parts to disassemble and reassemble for sterilising each time it had been used, which for me meant 6 times a day. It was complicated to do and took far too long. Once it was ready, the suction only had 3 settings which a. Is not enough settings, and, b. None of them were strong enough. Once any milk did come out it ran down my breast and down my front, meaning I felt like it was a waste of time and energy at a time when i had little to spare. I took the pump back, got a refund and bought a different make which only had 3 parts to sterilise, had no problems, and, was finally able to get some milk off for my baby and get some much needed rest. I cannot state strongly enough how awful this pump is, if I could give '0' stars I would.
Tommee Tippee's Closer to Nature electric breast pump needs some work. I got this pump after having enough of expressing using a manual pump as I was doing it for every feed so it was quite tiring. I saw this pump for a VERY good price so thought I'd give it a whirl and I found it quite disappointing.
When I use the pump with the rubber shield attached to the funnel, I hardly get anything out as the funnel is very thick so leaves little space for the nipple. When I use the pump without the rubber shield, I do get results, however it can be quite painful, even on the lowest of the settings, and milk seems to collect in the funnel and leaks all over me when I move it.
The biggest problem for me has to be the spout. The spout is white and so you can't see if anything is coming until it falls into the bottle, so you need to bend your neck to quite an uncomfortable position, and once you have over a certain amount you cannot tell even by doing this!
The storage cups are very small and so I find them useless, 50ml is a very small amount for a storage pot, I don't use them and store my milk in bottles.
The pump is not all bad, it does work, just in my opinion poorly designed and so it does not work for me. However I am quite large and so maybe this is the problem rather than the pump itself
When I was pregnant I was really keen to breastfeed and planned on making a really good go of it and I felt that I ought to buy a breastpump as I knew I'd need it at some point. I had bought the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles (see my review on those!) and so I bought the electric pump from the same range as I knew it would be compatible with the bottles and it was on offer in Morrisons for £30 where the rrp is around £84.99! On the Tommee Tippee website it retails for £99.99.
While I was in hospital following a c section, I used the Medela Swing pump (see my review for that!) and it was fab; I managed to express lots and was very happy with it and so I expected the Tommee Tippee electric pump to be similar in effectiveness. Hmmmm.
The pump came with a bottle, a microwavable steam sterilising tub, a small container for keeping breastmilk in, some breast pads and a stand to sit the pump in. The pump has a control unit which has controls to switch on the pump and set it to four different settings, light, low, medium and high. The light setting is to help the let down of the milk.
After having such success with the Medela pump in hospital, I was keen to get expressing with the Tommee Tippee pump, especially once my milk came in so I sterilised all the necessary bits using the steam steriliser included (which is just a tupperware box with a hole in the top) and got settled down to get pumping! As soon as I switched it on, I could feel that the pump had a very weak suck so I changed the setting to medium and then to high but I still wasn't getting anywhere near the strength of suck that i'd been used to from the pump in the hospital. It took ages just to express a drop or two of milk and I could tell from looking to see how strongly my nipple was begin drawn into the funnel of the pump that the suck was ineffective or at least not as effective as I would have liked. It was going to take hours to express what would take 15 minutes with the pump I used in hospital.
The Tommee Tippee pump has a tube which connects to the main unit and the funnel and it creates the pump/suck action. In the instructions it said to be careful to keep the pump upright when using so that milk didn't flow up this tube and into the main unit as it would damage the main unit. I was very careful to keep the pump straight as I was using it but I still noticed fluid gradually making its way up the tube so I switched it off, dissembled the pump and washed the tube out and left it to dry. I would have hated to have ruined the pump on the first few times I'd used it.
To conclude, I was very disappointed with this pump. It is quite noisy so cannot be used very discreetly, it is quite chunky in size too which made it rather cumbersome in my opinion. I was wholly disappointed with the poor suck of the pump and the fact that it would take such a long time to express only a little breastmilk. The only saving grace was the price of £30 as part of Morrison's baby event. I love the Tommee Tippee bottles but would not recommend this pump.
When Alex was 7 weeks old I was struggling to keep up with the demand he required and my manual breast pump was getting me more and more frustrated when I couldn't express any breastmilk and it was recommended that I invested in an electric pump.
I had wanted to get a Medela Swing pump but finances were tight and when I was in Morrisons I spotted this pump for just £20 and decided to purchase it knowing it retailled for a much higher price in Mothercare and online and the RRP WAS £84.99 direct with Tommee Tippee.
*~*What's in the box?*~*
Within the box you will find a steriliser box which keeps all the parts clean and in one place, 6 Breast pads, 2 Milk storage pots, milk storage lid, 125ml closer to nature bottle and the pump itself.
*~*Assembling the Pump*~*
When you purchase the item there is minimum assembly requirements. The pump consists of an electric power unit which can be mains operated or battery operated, I have so far only operated the pump using the mains but to use with batteries you will need to purchase 4x AA batteries they are not included.
The mains adaptor plugs into the base unit and the pump is then connected to the mains unit via a clear tube. The pump has a soft silicone cup which is comfortable to use and gently expresses the milk from your breast.
It is important to sterilise all of the parts that will come nto contact with the milk. Once sterilised attach the silicone insert to the cup ensuring there is no gap for air to flow. Screw the pump onto the bottle and you can begin to express.
The mains adaptor contains 4 controls. The power button is in the centre and once pressed it will illuminate to and orange/red colour to show it is operating and will slowly let down the breast and stimulate the flow of milk. The milk then should then start to drip into the bottle, there are 3 types of expression indicated by drops. 1 drop is low expression and it is the recommended setting to begin with, to increase the amount being expressed you can move up to the next flow which is indicated by 2 drops and for maximum expression you can select the 3 drops which will express the most quickly.
It is important to use the flow that is most comfortable for you as expressing should not be painful.
*~*My experience using the pump*~*
Before I purchased this item there were a lot of mixed reviews from some of the mums some labelled it as a worthless purchase and others found it a real lifesaver, me? I found it suited its purpose it expresed my breast milk.
Would I pay more than £40 for it? Definately not, I found although the item worked well it is a very noisy product and I would have to spend at east 30-60 minutes to get enough for a bottle for Alex.
The mains unit is very loud and can be heard pretty much anywhere in our house which can be a bit embarrasing when we have house guests and I need to express.
I tried to quieten the mains unit by placing it on a cushion but it made absolutely no difference so I had to listen to the droning of this pump whilst expressing. I found I had to express when there was someone available to watch over Alex as it took quite a long time to get a decent amount and once I got the flow going I was reluctant to move incase I could not get the flow back again.
The pump is easy to use and the bits go straight into the steriliser or you can sterilise in the microwave in the steriliser box that is provided.
The pump is comfortable to use and expresses milk much better than the manual pump. I do find that the electric pump was a worthwhile purchase as you literally just have to hold it in place to function rather than get discomfort in your hand from the constant pump action.
This is a review of the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump. I bought this from Boots when it was half price so got it for £40. The fact that it was compatible with the TT sterilising unit I had already bought helped me to choose this brand.
Listen to those in the know
I was given the great tip whilst pregnant that if I was planning to express milk that the manual pumps quickly give you wrist ache so to spend a little more and get the electric one. I resisted the 'double pump' as frankly it scared me a little!
Getting to know you...
Working out what all the parts did was quite confusing at first but after assembling it a few times I quickly got the hang of it. As I sterilise the unit in the microwave after each use I have had plenty of practice taking it all to pieces to wash.
Don't wash electric bits!
What you need to suss out is which bits do not come into contact with the breast milk therefore don't need washing and sterilising. There is a plug, the electronic unit and the air pipe that creates the pressure.
What came in the kit
The kit came with the full pump unit, freezer pots, sample breast pads, two bottles, a TT newborn pacifier (my baby dislikes this style of dummy though!) and a Tupperware style tub which is handy for storing items but you can't fit everything in it.
Cover your ears!
What shocked me when I first used the pump is how noisy it is. It's not discreet at all! The technical bit: You attach the rubber end of the pump to your breast and it sucks in your nipple and applies the correct amount of pressure. You can choose from three speeds and the top speed expresses the milk quicker. You will need to turn up the TV to hear it over the noise of the machine!
I find it takes around 10 minutes to express a feed. I obviously wait until my breasts feel ready and full and you can then either pop the milk in the fridge if you're planning to use it soon (books vary on how long milk lasts in the fridge so I'll leave that debate for another time) or you can decant the milk into a special freezer bag and freeze it for use at a later date.
Value for money?
I am pleased with the unit but glad I didn't pay the full price for it. Of course I also got Boots points when we bought it and it was the Christmas special where you got extra points for spending £50 so I took full advantage of that. The extra bits you get in the kit are all helpful additions when you're starting out with a new baby.
Don't be scared
To anyone starting out with this it can be daunting and you can't really practice properly with it because you have to wait until your milk's ready and the Midwife advised me not to try for 10 days after the baby was born due to the fact that you begin with a small amount of Colostrums / concentrated milk before it starts to flow properly.
Freedom to feed
Having the facility to express milk has enabled me a little freedom whilst coping with a newborn, and my husband enjoys giving her the odd feed. It can help others to bond with the baby over a feed. We even managed a couple of hours at the cinema last weekend which felt like a real treat whilst I knew she was getting the good stuff at home that I'd expressed for her.
Expressing milk is not painful but it is a test of your patience as you can't really move anywhere whilst doing it, if you're plugged into the unit, so you need to get comfy and have the TV remote to hand before you start pumping. I did manage to breast feed on one side and pump on the other during the week which felt like the ultimate multitask!
I realise breast feeding's not for everyone and that some people want to do it and find they can't which must be an upsetting experience. For this reason it may be safer to wait and see if you need a breast pump before buying one but then if you see one on offer and leave it sealed in the box you can always resell it. I would recommend this model as a good electric breast pump but don't have experience of other pumps so can't compare.