Lansinoh 2 in 1 Double Electric Breast Pump Review
Before I had my second baby, the lovely people at Lansinoh contacted me to see if I might have use for the Lansinoh 2 in 1 Double Electric Breast Pump. I knew already that, all being well, I would breastfeed again and I was delighted to receive it.
With my first baby, I had milk supply issues from day one and I used a breast pump to express after almost every breastfeed in the hope to increase my supply.
As the months went on and I returned to work, I then used my breast pump to express milk to send with Miss to daycare. One way or another, I knew that a breast pump was a new mum essential!
Lansinoh sent me their Lansinoh 2 in 1 Double Electric Breast Pump and along with that, some Breastmilk Storage Bottles, Feeding Bottles and Breastmilk Storage Bags – everything I needed to express and store the milk right through to feeding Mini when the time came.
The first thing I noticed was how compact the pump kit is. Last time I used the Medela Swing and it is just as lightweight and compact as that. If you need to take the kit in your handbag to work or when you’re out and about, it can easily be stored without being too big or bulky.
My baby is 2 months’ old right now and so far (touching wood!) I haven’t had any supply issues and I’m over the moon. However, my husband took him out recently to give me a lie in and I woke up with some engorgement. Having previously had a low milk supply, I was actually delighted by this, despite the discomfort!
Rather than hand express, I thought that would be a good time to test run the breast pump.
The instructions are very easy to follow and having used a pump before, it was pretty easy to set up and connect it all up. The major benefit of this one is that it’s a double, so takes half as long to express both sides than my last single pump. You can choose to only express one side in turn and this is what I did this time, with it being the first use.
After expressing both sides, I’d managed 100mls and was very impressed with myself! It was quick work too, taking about 5 minutes on each side – I had fed Mini about an hour before and of course bear in mind that it takes everyone a different amount of time to express or feed and the amount of milk expressed varies greatly too. For me, 100mls is a lot after struggling with my first baby!
There are 3 pumping ‘styles’ and you can increase the intensity and in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have increased it as quickly as I did with it being my first time expressing this time around. For a few days afterwards, I did experience a little discomfort but nothing too noticeable and certainly not painful.
Another great plus of the pump is that it is both battery and mains operated. At home, I plugged it into the wall but if I ever needed to express in the car or out of the house, I still can.
Overall, I found it very easy to use, comfortable and quick.
I was also sent storage bags and bottles from Lansinoh so that when I am back at work or choosing to express regularly, I can easily store the milk. The bags are great for storing in the freezer and the bottles are great for the fridge, in my experience.
This time I pumped directly into one of the feeding bottles, then stored the milk in the fridge. After a few days and after I’d breastfed, I had a go at seeing if Mini fancied trying the breast milk out of the bottle. He wasn’t keen so I didn’t force the issue! He had just been fed and was probably full and ready for a nap so I wasn’t too stressed.
The bottles are very similar to the ones I used last time and they have the NaturalWave Teat which encourages the baby’s ‘wave-like’ tongue movement, helps maintain established breastfeeding patterns and is designed so that the baby can switch between the breast and bottle and back again without having a negative impact on breastfeeding. I feel assured by their design that once Mini is ready to take a bottle, it won’t cause us any issues in continuing to breastfeed too.
If you’re looking for an electric breast pump, I’d definitely recommend the Lansinoh 2 in 1 Double Electric Breast Pump. Take your time with it and you’ll have a very easy and comfortable experience.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with expressing milk and any tips you have for first-timers – do comment below!
Disclosure: I was sent the above products from Lansinoh in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links above.