When I went back to work 14 weeks after Big was born, sending expressed milk to nursery with her was my personal line in the sand. I couldn’t stop her crying, I didn’t really know how to hold her, and I didn’t know what to say, but I knew she was having my milk. So I expressed, daily, even days that I didn’t send her away, and by the time she weaned at a year old, we had a freezer shelf full of bags of milk.
When Small was a baby, I was made redundant, so I didn’t have to send him to nursery, and I didn’t express milk.
And now, I’m at home with soa. But I figured I would like to try expressing so that if I ever did want a couple of hours off, I could do that without worrying, and when I was offered a Lansinoh manual pump and various accessories to review, I leapt at the chance.
I already know about Lansinoh lanolin nipple cream. It’s a life saver. Seriously, if you are breastfeeding, or are planning on breastfeeding, get some in. You will not regret it. You can put it on between feeds, it will help cracked/ sore nipples heal quickly and you don’t have to wipe it off before feeds. My easy tip for getting it out of the tube is to warm it up – either warm water or rest it in a warm place, as it can be a bit difficult to squeeze out.
The pump was new to me though, so I was quite interested to give it a good try. First thing to note about the pump is that it’s BPA free. I’m not sure I knew about BPA with the other two – were we worried about it way back then? But it’s big news now, and worth checking out what you are buying in terms of bottles and accessories to make sure you’re getting the BPA free versions.
Second thing is that it’s quite small and neat. It goes together easily – I also liked the fact that it comes with plenty of spare parts for the small bits that you are almost bound to lose at some point. And third good point is that it comes with a stand that doubles as a cover so when you’ve got it clean you can assemble it all up and put the cover on so that it stays that way.
And what about the action? Well, I was really quite surprised at how effective this pump is. I have to admit that I’ve never tried an electric pump so I don’t know how they compare, but I got good let down and flow very quickly, with minimum discomfort. (Let’s face it, it’s never going to be fun, is it?) All in all, I was very impressed with this equipment, and I’m very happy to give a positive review. (I was also sent some Lansinoh breast milk storage bags. They work. 🙂 )
The pump can be bought at online shops such as Amazon: Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump and has an RRP of £24.95.
But if you’re really lucky, you could enter to win one over at New Mummy’s Tips 🙂