In a nutshell

One of the more expensive manual pumps on the market, but it is a reliable pump for occasional use and has a versatile milk container

What we tested

  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Comfort
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Ease of cleaning
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.


  • BPA-free, light and easy to operate, bottle can be frozen to keep the breast milk for longer


  • More expensive than some other manual pumps, slower than electric pump

NUK Sensitive Breast Pump can be used one-handed, is BPA-free and is a compact pump for occasional use.


For over five decades, NUK has been creating baby products. It started in Germany, and is now owned by MAPA GmbH, part of the French Hutchinson Group, one of the world's major rubber manufacturers. Its first product was an orthodontic soother. NUK works with experts when creating its products – these include paediatrics experts, dental specialists and even a nutritional scientist. While best known for teats, soothers and bottles, there’s also the manual NUK Sensitive Breast Pump in its range.

Designed for occasional use, the NUK Sensitive Breast Pump claims to allow breast milk to be expressed efficiently yet gently. NUK Sensitive Breast Pump comes with a bottle - including anti-colic, orthodontic teat, screw ring, cap and travel seal - a silicon cushion, a stand and two breast pads. The British Dental Health Foundation has approved the teat due to its shape reflecting a mum’s nipple while breastfeeding.

What we love

The NUK Sensitive Breast Pump has a suction strength regulator, which is a useful feature as it makes expressing more comfortable. I started with the lowest setting and increased the strength gradually to speed the process. The pump is light, quiet and easy to operate.

Its ergonomic handle allowed me to express with one hand. It’s very easy to take apart for cleaning and assemble again for use - the instructions are comprehensive and very clear.

The silicone cushion ensured a good fit and the bumps on its surface did provide a gentle massaging effect.

The pump has two valves to ensure its efficiency and avoid the risk of breast milk getting into the pump unit, which is unhygienic and can impede correct functioning. Unusually, the bottle can be frozen, reheated and fed to your baby.

And last, but not least, both housing and handle are made of unbreakable PP (polypropylene), which contains no bisphenol-A (that’s BPA).

What to watch for

The bottle must be held upright and facing downwards, so that the milk flows into the bottle and not into the pump unit.

All components can be sterilised by boiling or with steam steriliser, except the pump unit. The microwave shouldn’t be used for sterilising as the pump unit contains a metal spring.

As with other manual pumps, the pump is slow going, so don’t be tempted to increase the suction strength too quickly or you’ll get a very sore nipple.

Who is the NUK Sentitive Breast Pump best for?

Mums who express occasionally and need a compact, light pump.


MadeForMums verdict

One of the pricier manual breast pumps in the market, the NUK Sensitive Breast Pump is easy to use, comes with clear instructions and has a freezable bottle with orthodontic teat. It’s BPA-free and quite, gentle and compact. Just don’t put it in the microwave to sterilise it!

Product Specifications

ModelSensitive Breast Pump
Bottle typeWide neck
Compatible bottlesNUK First Choice Anti-Colic Wide-Neck Feeding Bottles
Component parts (excluding bottle)6
  • Housing and handle are made of unbreakable PP (polypropylene), which contains no bisphenol-A (BPA)
  • Suction strength regulator
  • Silicon cushion