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3.5 stars, Great at getting milk out - comparison with Medela, Avent Phillips, and Ameda pumps
on July 6, 2014
I have been pumping through two babies now and have used Medela Pump In Style, Lactina, Symphony, Avent Phillips electric pump, and Ameda Purely Yours pump and now this one.
Right out of the box, you have almost everything you need to start pumping: The pump itself, the tubing and parts, a bag, bottles and nipples, storage system with 6 containers total, breast pads, and a bag to put the pumped bottles in. The only thing I think this is lacking is an ice pack. Other than that, it is a very complete system.
Now the system itself has some flaws. There are more parts to this than any of the other pumps I have tried. So it is a bit of a hassle to wash. The Ameda Purely Yours was the pump that had the easiest parts to clean and the least amount. This is a closed system pump, which is very crucial because when it's open system (All of Medela pumps are open system), the milk can easily get into the tube and so it can become quite unsanitary. However, the way the closed system works, you have to shove this little tube into the top of the pump accessories and this can get a little bit tricky. All of the other pumps at least have another part that easily fits onto the two pump bodies but this is just tube parts that you push in.
Another design flaw that I found is that the silicone inserts are not very sanitary. Even after washing your hands, you have to really push it in with your fingers around the entire silicone insert to have it fit properly.
I had problems using this pump in the beginning because you have to really shove the valve part in tightly in order for it to flow. It is such an anti-back flow that it can have milk back up and stuck in the body, never going into the bottle... this made a very messy first few times. Once I did get everything fitted properly, however, this was great.
I will say that this got out more milk than all of the other pumps, very comparable with the amount I get with Medela. For my morning pump, I can get 8 oz out easily in under 15 minutes. I struggled to get 6 oz out with the Ameda Purely Yours (which lost suction after a few months). The Avent Phillips was probably the worst at getting milk out compared to all of these pumps. The Avent Phillips one had very little suction.
Now on to the pros of this particular pump: this is by far the most portable pump I have used. While all of the other pumps require the A/C adapter, I did not need an A/C adapter to use the Tommee Tippee pump. There is a rechargeable battery that lasted me all week (only using it once in the morning). The pump itself is pretty quiet (very comparable again to the Medela pumps). I believe the Ameda Purely Yours was the loudest pump out of all of the ones I have tried. It is also the lightest and smallest pump so I can just grab it and go anywhere easily. The Tommee Tippee also has a timer (which one of the other pumps have) so you can see exactly how long you have pumped for. You can also adjust the suction levels so as it goes up, it will suck harder and a bit longer.
I also love the silicone insert, despite its design flaw, because this is extremely comfortable to use (comparable to the comfort of Avent Phillips pump). Ameda and Medela pumps are both pretty uncomfortable as you just have the cup and nothing to help cushion as it sucks.
Now the storage system this uses is also slightly flawed. The caps itself doesn't suction too well so it can be easily knocked over and milk can spill. It is suppose to also sit inside the Tommee Tippee bottles filled with warm water and that design can be improved upon as well as you can easily spill warm water out along with the milk with this. We decided to just pour the milk into his usual bottles in order to feed him instead of using what was provided for us.
If it was up to me, I would pick either the Tomee Tippee pump or any of the Medela pumps (despite the open system, which a lot of people do not like). The Ameda lost suction very quickly and the Avent Phillips was just not good at getting milk out. I will update this if there is any loss in suction but so far so good. There are just a few things that can be improved upon with the design and then this could easily be 5 stars.