Review: Dr Brown's Breast Pump

A short time before T was born, I had the opportunity to review the Dr. Brown's Breast Pump. As I was planning to breastfeed I jumped at the chance!

Product Information:-

The pack consists of:
  • Breast Pump
  • x1 vent/reservoir
  • a small cleaning brush
  • x1 level 1 teat with lid and collar
  • Screw cap lid
The pump uses gentle compression technology to minimise tugging and pinching and a soft flexible breast cup for comfort, which moves with the breast whilst expressing.

What I thought:-
  • I was surprised at the weight of the pump as I was expecting it to be much heavier.
  • It was very easy to take apart and re-assemble and easy to clean. 
  • I liked the fact that I could just pump and pop it straight into the fridge by unscrewing the pump and adding the lid.
  • I liked the soft cup. It didn't feel uncomfortable or painful (or cold!) when I used it and the pumping sensation was very gentle.
  • I seemed to have difficulty producing a lot of milk so found it hard to get my milk flowing. I don't think that this was just down to it being a manual pump as I often had the same difficulties with my electric pump, sometimes it would take a good 4 or 5 minutes before anything would flow. This would get me quite frustrated and the leaver did pop out a couple of times when I was trying to pump harder to get my milk flowing.  If I was late with a feed, I found it easier to get my milk flowing.
  • The bottle can be put straight in the fridge following pumping, just unscrew the pump and add the lid.

Overall, I think this is a great pump to use, it's very easy and comfortable. However, in the end it wasn't suitable for me, purely because it took me so long to get enough milk pumped to drain my boobs and I found my hand hurt long before I got to that point! I think if you found you had a good supply of easy flowing milk this pump would be perfect. 
The pump is available to purchase at Boots and John Lewis

Just to be clear: I was sent the Dr Brown's breast pump free of charge for the purpose of this review.  All words and opinions are my own.

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