The Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump Is Effective and Easy to Use
Ever since she was a baby, my daughter has liked to make things more complicated than they had to be. It’s okay, I forgive her.
She never latched on when I tried to breastfeed, even when I was using a breastfeeding consultant to try to help us get started. The consultant recommended the Lansinoh brand of breast pump, so my in-laws went on a search for one while my daughter and I were still in the hospital.
We ended up with the Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump, which is what I used exclusively for about five months. Though it wasn’t my ideal situation, let’s just say it could’ve been worse. I was also able to freeze enough milk to keep her going almost a full year even after I gave up on pumping after bout number three of painful mastitis, so it was probably a good thing that I used it.
From my understanding, using a breast pump means you could be more susceptible to developing mastitis, but it’s not something women whose babies latch on get to escape entirely, either. So I’m not blaming the mastitis in the pump at all.
Though I don’t have much in the way of pumps or actual breastfeeding to compare to, I really liked this pump for a few reasons:
- It’s electric, so it was easier for me to use than a manual pump would have been.
- I was able to pump both sides at once.
- I could unscrew the smaller bottles that came with the pump and attach much larger bottles, so I didn’t have to keep stopping to dump the milk into bags and then start again. That would’ve been annoying and messy.
- I felt like it did a good job of draining my breasts, and I don’t remember it turning off during pumping more than once or twice. Even then, it came right back on when I flipped the switch.
- Everything was very easy to clean and the parts that came into contact with my skin were as comfortable as they could be, all things considered. Slightly softer cups would have been nice, but they may not have been as effective.
- The inside of the tubing didn’t have to be cleaned.
- It was loud, but not enough to grate on my nerves. I could sit and read while pumping without getting annoyed by the sound.
- I had control of the vacuum and speed.
- It was perfect for travel because it’s lightweight, compact, and has very few pieces. I usually just tossed everything in a grocery bag, including bottles, and tied it up.
This breast pump took a potentially disappointing situation (I really didn’t want to use formula if I could help it) and made it less terrible. I was able to pump and save plenty of milk without too much discomfort or time lost.
I’d recommend this to anyone who has to pump full-time or just so others can feed the baby sometimes. The price has actually gone down a bit since I got mine; it’s available on Amazon for around $120.
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