My adorable little son was born six weeks ahead of schedule, so that meant the first introduction I had to breastfeeding relied solely on pumping. It’s pretty safe to say that I know pumps and they know me.
At first, I was a great pumper. I could achieve letdown easily and retrieve a fine amount of milk. Several days later, however, when my son was able to achieve a strong latch, all bets were off. It’s as if my boom-booms realized, “Oh, this is what it’s supposed to feel like?” and they decided to forever hold back when it came to the pump.
As my maternity leave drew to a close, I knew a good bit of my son’s nourishment would come from my daytime pumping sessions and I was a little scared to go back to the pump. And you know what? I was right to be worried because pumping didn’t go so well my first week back. I was only able to achieve 1 to 2 ounces of the 4 ounces that I knew my son was drinking. It was crushing to say the least and I knew my current electric pump just wasn’t going to cut it.
That’s when I found the Tommee Tippee: Closer to Nature Manual Breast Pump and it’s been a lifesaver for me ever since. For some odd reason (and I think every woman is different) a manual pump gives me so much more compression than an electric one. Though I do think electric pumps are a good bit faster, I can definitely say with confidence that a manual pump gives me so much more yield. Here’s the rundown of how the Tommee Tippee has improved my life.
Assembly: The Tommee Tippee couldn’t be any easier. The whole set includes only three parts—the collection bottle, the pump face and the pump handle. Just simply put them together and you’re ready to go.
Breakdown of parts: The 3-piece pump is the highlight of the package, but it also comes with some goods to help you on your breastfeeding journey. The whole set comes with a microwave sterilizer box, two storage containers, a milk protection lid, a 5-ounce bottle (for collecting and feeding to protect against a loss of nutrients) and an added bonus of six disposable breast pads.
Use: I love that the manual breast pump is small and can fit into the tiniest of my purses. It’s perfect to take on a date night when you’ll be away from your baby for many hours at a time. To use, just simply pop it out and you have everything you need right at your fingertips.
Extras: It’s quiet and gentle. The pump face is natural to the touch and the ripples mimic baby’s natural feeding action. The compression allows for quick letdown.
If you’re looking for a great manual breast pump (especially, if you’re having trouble with the electric ones) then the Tommee Tippee may be the perfect choice for you. For me, it was all about finding enough pressure and I am amazed that such strong suction can come in such a lightweight, easy-to-use package.
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