[Ad – Lansinoh 2-in-1 Electric Breast Pump review: I received the product in exchange for my honest opinion.] Do you know one of my favourite things about breastfeeding? It’s so convenient! That doesn’t mean it’s easy, but the convenience is a huge draw. Not that I’m lazy or anything, but seriously, the faff involved with bottles – why anybody would actively choose that is beyond me… Until, a certain time that is, when you reach crisis point and desperately need a break. Just me? Well, whatever your reason for pumping, let’s be honest here: it’s not for the pleasure, is it?
The breast pump I’m reviewing is made by Lansinoh – the brand also responsible for the only nipple cream worth buying. You know the one: purple and turquoise packaging, seems expensive when you’re pregnant but you’d gladly pay triple when your nipples are cracked and bleeding.
I won’t patronise you ladies and pretend that using this or any breast pump is fun or enjoyable. It serves a purpose, that purpose for me being that I can do something else which is fun and enjoyable!
I’ve expressed before and I hated it. It hurt me and I quit. So I wasn’t particularly looking forward to carrying out this review; but needs must, and having been attached (quite literally) to Elfin for close to eight months, the time has come.
I confess I opened the box and closed it again a few times before actually using the equipment, because it looked a bit overwhelming. However, once I’d taken everything out and read through the manual I realised how straight forward the process is. Yes, there are lots of individual pieces, but the majority are already assembled so you don’t have to figure out how it fits together before getting started! (Though naturally there are parts you’ll need to sterilise first.)
Following my last experience my expectations were low. If pumping led to a reasonable yield and didn’t cause me pain then that was a win. Anything more than that and I’d be seriously impressed.
Lansinoh 2-in-1 Electric Breast Pump Review: How Did it Fare?
I was impressed.
The pump is quiet and can be used with the bottles attached, or you can pump directly into bags – so convenient! The hygienic design is guaranteed not to allow milk into the tubing, meaning it never has to be cleaned, which is a massive bonus. And the kit comes with a storage bag (which I’d love to set separate compartments in, but nevertheless its still very handy – I just used sandwich bags to separate the components).
I still can’t pretend that being milked like a cow is a favourite pastime, but the apparatus is functional, effective, and efficient. How so?
Lansinoh 2-in-1 Electric Breast Pump is Functional
It does the job it’s designed to do, comfortably. Granted, that’s basic, but as I said before – what more are you really looking for beyond a pain-free stash of expressed milk? The pump comes with two different size breast cushions to ensure the best fit, which (I’ve learned the hard way in the past) is essential to avoid discomfort.
Lansinoh 2-in-1 Electric Breast Pump is Effective
In fairness, all women are different when it comes to yield, and there are many variables. But I was convinced by what I’ve been able to freeze for Elfin that this piece of kit is more than adequate to meet the needs of any pumping schedule – you won’t do better than a double electric pump after all.
The really great aspect of the equipment and what makes it so effective is its two phases. One is designed to encourage let-down, and the other for expression. Once you’re in the second phase, you can also adjust the intensity and pattern of the pumping style to suit your needs and personal preference. This ensures your comfort and maximum yield.
Lansinoh 2-in-1 Electric Breast Pump is Efficient
For those requiring a big stock of expressed milk, a double pump is mandatory. I think twenty minutes expressing is probably a reasonable length of time to expect to be using the machine (though depending on your expectations/requirements it could of course be longer or shorter). Halving a double pump halves the time you’d otherwise be spending, and that time is precious for a new mum.
The pump even comes with a bottle and teat in the box – designed specifically to help maintain established breastfeeding patterns.
So whilst I wouldn’t say I get excited about expressing, neither do I dread it. It’s more of a nuisance than a horror.