A breast-pump is by no means a baby must-have. Many mothers never find use for them, choosing not to leave their young babies, leaving them when they’re old enough to have solids instead or learning to hand express.
They can be extremely useful if you do need to pump a lot though – a decent breastpump is, anyway. I’ve been trying the Lansinoh 2in1 Affinity Pro and I reckon it’s a worthy piece of kit.
Last time around I made my way through quite a few pumps, not finding any satisfactory (apart from one that I hired but should have bought). With a late diagnosed tongue-tie and resulting low milk production, I needed to pump after every feed to supplement and to increase my supply. I imagine the Affinity Pro would have been a wonderful find at the time.
I’ve not needed to pump this time but have done so to leave feeds with Ophelia when I was learning to drive (I passed my test when she was seven weeks – and she never accepted any of the milk I left). Now I’m using it to donate milk. So, it’s not getting heavy duty testing but I feel it’s reliable enough for me to talk about it.
I find it comfortable but powerful. Granted, my supply isn’t an issue this time, but I couldn’t believe that a quick session meant I could store my milk (see how many ounces a breastfed baby needs) and pack up shop.
The high yield is probably a combination of the double pumping action (stimulating both breasts at once triggers the milk ejection reflex so you get more milk in a shorter time) and the comfort both of the breast cushions (there’s a term I never thought I’d use) and the adjustability of the machine’s settings. The automatic settings work really well for me.
It’s very easy to clean and Lansinoh guarantees against milk entering the tubing. Certainly if you’re pumping anywhere away from home, the battery option is very helpful.
The timer on the screen is useful to make sure you don’t go overboard. Shorter more frequent sessions often trump longer sessions but it’s easy to lose track of time, especially if you’re stressed.
I find it intuitive to use. As anyone who knows me well can guess, I had a quick look at the instructions, decided my poor baby brain couldn’t cope with reading them and just winged it. And it worked beautifully. I have read them since (mainly because I knew I’d be reviewing it here!) and, yep, it all matches up. Result.
Obviously, do your own research as all of us are different. I’m more than satisfied with its performance, personally.
The Lansinoh 2in1 Affinity Pro Electric Breastpump is available for purchase from Born for £120.
I was sent this product to review.