I am the proud mother of one child and, having taken delivery of this one, the proud owner/user of eight different pumps!
My baby will only feed mostly on one side so I pump the other to maintain the supply. Having gone through 7 pumps and a lot of heartache to find the ‘right’ one for me it may seem silly to add this one into the mix. However, firstly I never look a gifthorse in the mouth and secondly I was intrigued by what this pump had to offer. So I will give this pump the best, most honest review I can and try not to compare it to my current one.
My first thought with this pump was that although Lansinoh is a brand I’m familiar with, it wasn’t one I used a lot. A quick look at my current pumping life with Lansinoh nipple cream, latch assist tool, therapearl heat remedy, shields, bags and various other paraphernalia soon put paid to that idea! The breastfeeding field really is where Lansinoh excel as a brand.
This pump comes in a very small box for one good reason, it’s a very small pump! The accessories it comes with are what you would expect: plug, flange, valve, tubing, bottle and storage lid. The flange it comes with is 25mm which I think will suit most people. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be available in any other size currently and from experience I would prefer this in a smaller size.
The bottle is the mOmma range which, amongst its many features, is designed to be used for expressing, storing and feeding. Anything which helps cut down on time spent transferring and sterilising items along with reducing the amount of ‘stuff’ needed can only be a good thing in my eyes! The bottle also comes with their breastfeeding friendly teat so you are ready to go on that front.
In terms of usage there really is little to go wrong with the controls: from powering on it is in let down mode where you can change to one of 5 suction settings. At 2 minutes it will automatically switch to express mode or you can do this by pressing the ‘droplets’ button. Again you can adjust the suction in this mode to one of 5 levels using the + and – buttons. There are lights so you can easily see what setting you are on in the dark and the simple interface make this very simple to get to grips with.
On the downside 5 suction settings is a limited amount however the range covered seems more than acceptable and in reality even where I have a variety of speed and suction options with my other pump I tend to stick to two or three combinations.
The system as a whole is a closed pumping system so very hygienic and has been designed to have the least amount of parts for ease of cleaning. This does mean that you either need to remove just the bottle and put the cap on it to move the milk or take either the whole thing or everything but the main unit and power supply.
This is described as a hospital grade pump which surprised me when I used it as it didn’t feel as strong as other hospital grade pumps I’ve used. After using it for a few weeks now I can confirm that the milk output is the same as the more intense pumps I’m used to but the Lansinoh compact pump feels much gentler on your nipples. For this reason alone I would encourage any new mum to choose this pump over others on the market.
As someone who regular travels around the UK visiting friends and family I have found myself pumping in some weird locations. Although I loathe having an extra bag with me, my current pump has a rechargeable battery which makes up for its size. Enter the Lansinoh compact: small enough to fit into a handbag without any issue and it includes a USB point … so you can use it with a power bank!!!! This feature is such a simple addition but is ingenious. This one feature makes the Lansinoh compact so versatile and useful that it’s difficult to see how a different pump would beat it when compared side by side.
I’ve heard that the Lansinoh bags have been adapted so you can pump directly into them. Although I’m yet to try that myself I’m looking forward to doing so.
Whilst there are features that could make the Lansinoh compact pump even better (a timer would be awesome), and it has been strange trying a different pump with such an established supply, on the whole this pump delivers in every category you can think of: style, substance and a great price point!