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One of the latest additions to Tommee Tippee’s excellent Closer To Nature range, the Electric Breast Pump promises great results at the touch of the button. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver.
The Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature range has been credited with revolutionising the way women feed their babies, by making it easier to combine breast- and bottlefeeding. Continuing with this ethos, the Electric Breast Pump has been designed to mimic a baby’s natural feeding action, with four expression phases (light, to promote letdown; low; medium; and high) and soft silicone cups for maximum comfort. It’s sold as, “The natural choice for women who want superior product performance from a breast pump that is easy, comfortable and convenient to use.”
What we love
Tommee Tippee is a brand I know and trust, so I had high hopes for this good-looking, compact breast pump. The Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump is widely available on the high street, and I’ve spotted lots of discount offers, so you can pick one up for a competitive price. And, of course, it’s compatible with the Closer To Nature range of bottles and other feeding accessories.
The product itself is light, the pump controller is a nice pebble-shape that fits into the palm of your hand, and the silicone cup feels comfortable and is BPA-free. The pumping action was comfortable.
The Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump comes with a plastic box you can use to sterilise it in (with tablets) when travelling, as well as small plastic pots so you don’t have to use all your bottles for storage.
Although there are a lot of components, putting the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump together and taking it apart was relatively straightforward, and the instructions for use were clear.
What to watch out for
The Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump arrived for testing at just the right time for me. I’m breastfeeding twins and express milk daily. My usual electric pump had broken and I was suffering with uncomfortable engorgement. So I was desperate for relief! However this pump did not provide it.
There are many flaws to report, but the overriding one is that it simply does not do the job. I pumped for over half an hour on each breast and the amount of milk expressed wasn’t worth keeping and didn’t ease my engorgement. I would usually expect to express enough for a full feed, in well under half that time. You don’t seem to be able to adjust how hard it sucks, just the speed.
Not only does the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump take forever, it’s incredibly noisy – forget about watching TV or gazing at your sleeping baby while you use it. And it’s not just the noise of the pump – at times it developed a horrible screech.
I also noticed condensation collecting in the air pipes while using the pump, and this was a pain to have to dry out after each use.
I tried the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump several times, and at different times of the day, but the results were always as disappointing. Each time I resorted to using my manual pump, which gave relief and about twice the volume of milk in a fraction of the time.
This pump could cause new mums a great deal of worry that they don’t have sufficient milk to nurse their baby, when in fact this may not be the case.
There are lots of parts and some of them are pretty small and could easily be lost when washing and sterilising.
I also found the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump inconvenient to store – it would be handy if all the parts, including the pump control, cable and plug, fitted into the sterilising box so it could double up for storage.
Who is the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump best for?
Until the usually reliable Tommee Tippee does some serious troubleshooting, probably best to avoid.
Don’t be seduced by the sleek looks or cut-price offers – the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump doesn’t perform well. Look at other electric options or Tommee Tippee’s manual pump, which is a much more reliable and effective buy.
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|Model||Closer To Nature Electric Breast Pump|
|Compatible bottles||Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles|