Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump
Manual Breast Pump
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If the breast pump is a new mum’s ticket to a restful night, this Lansinoh number is a VIP pass. The well-designed, reliable Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is a favourite of DJ Edith Bowman, and it’s easy to see why.
First things first: expressing breast milk is one of the most tedious and least glamorous things a mum can do. And sometimes it can be a bit painful. But the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump makes it really easy.
To make sure baby gets all milk and no chemical, the pump is made from 100% polypropylene, a plastic suitable for breast milk storage. Two extra valves and a spare diaphragm are provided, along with a cleaning brush, two bottles and a couple of milk storage bags. All parts are dishwasher safe.
What we love
I bought the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump in a panic because another pump broke when I was about to express milk to leave my baby for my first big night out. At £24.99, I thought it was a little bit pricey for an emergency buy, but it really was money well spent.
It’s the little touches that can make all the difference in the boring business of expressing milk – and the first thing I noticed was that it looks good and the handle was easier to pump and a better shape than any other I’ve tried.
The pump itself is easy to assemble, which means there’s no fussing with it going in and out of the steriliser every day. It’s lightweight but durable. I express daily, and haven’t worn it out yet, but the extra valves and a spare diaphragm are handy as these are the parts most likely to give way on a manual pump.
I found it pain-free, even though the suction is strong enough to get the milk flowing quickly.
One vital feature of the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is a bottle stand to make it more stable. If you’ve ever spent half an hour pumping away, only to have your baby kick over the bottle of precious milk with one flick of a tiny toe, you’ll know how useful that is!
It’s silent, except for the odd squeak – but nothing loud enough to put a baby off if she happens to be feeding on the other breast as you pump. And it’s small (and stylish) enough to easily fit into your handbag for those unexpected moments when you just have to pump.
What to watch out for
The speed. A manual pump is never going to give you the expressing power of an electric one. Prepare for very tired hands if you use it a lot, but it does work really well if you pump firmly and slowly, rather than rushing.
Also, the bottles that fit the pump are narrow-necked and don’t come with teats, so you’ll either need to pour the milk into a feeding bottle or use an adaptor if you want to pump directly into one.
Who is the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump best for?
Mums on the run who need a reliable manual pump.
Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is easy to assemble, light and durable. It’s also small enough to take out with you in your bag. It’s quite, comfortable and provides good suction. The handle is easy to pump with and a good shape, though as with all manual pumps, your hand may tired if you express for a long time.