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Advice and personal recommendations on a breast pump

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beansprout55 · 21/05/2022 20:46


I'm due my first baby soon and hope to be exclusively breast feeding but after 6 weeks I'll be returning to work for one day a week in which my husband will have to bottle feed (my expressed breast milk if poss!)
I've done a lot of research into combi feeding but am stuck on what breast pump to get. I'd prefer an electric one as I won't have much time at work to do it, or much privacy (I'm a nurse), so something that works quickly and doesn't cost the earth would be ideal!

Any recommendations?


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florianfortescue · 21/05/2022 20:51

I really like my Lykke and Lola one. It's cordless, quiet and quick. If money was no object I would have got an Elvie which you can wear in your bra and is apparently very discreet. They are £££ though!

DappledOliveGroves · 21/05/2022 20:52

I have a Bellababy Mini O breast pump... poppmobappshare

I've found it to be pretty good. It's quick, easy to use and very effective. Plus good value. I know others who have spent £££ on pumps but this one does the job for me.

Whiskeypowers · 21/05/2022 20:54

I used a medela swing with my three babies and it was great

SpringSunshine09 · 21/05/2022 20:55

I have used the BellaBaby double pump for both my little ones and have been so impressed considering the price!

alpinia · 21/05/2022 20:58

I have the Lykke and Lola one too, for exactly the same reasons as florian. So far I really rate it, very fast and discreet. Plus, my other bottles fit on the pump and it's possible to pump directly to their storage bags.

PeaceLily2000 · 21/05/2022 21:01

I used the medela swing which was good but spent sometime in hospital and used the hospital grade Medela symphony which was way better! You can rent them from our local hospital, not sure if that's the same elsewhere!

As PP had said, if money was no object I'd get something like the Elvie so you can pump on the go and get on with things rather than being tied to a pump so to speak.

Thursday37 · 21/05/2022 21:06

I couldn’t express a drop despite EBF to gone 2 but I liked the Lansinoh for ease of use.
I tried various pumps, but it wasn’t the pumps fault lol.

beansprout55 · 21/05/2022 21:16

Thanks so much for the responses. Will look into all of these.

Do any of you remember how long you had to express for? I guess the most important factor for me is how quickly I can get it done - and yes, the Elvie is way out of my price range!!!!!

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fancyfrogs · 21/05/2022 21:22

I exclusively expressed for about 6 months. I had the medela swing maxi flex as my usual but if I needed something a bit more portable, I had the cozytots hands free pump which I loved. Much cheaper than elvie and did the job perfectly. I used to double pump for about 20 mins at a time

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