My next review is of the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature electric breast pump. I purchased this from my local Mothercare when I was finding breastfeeding extremely painful and tiring and because it was on offer and considerably cheaper than the Medela Swing breast pump. Biggest. Mistake. Ever.
I believe I paid around £60 for the Tomme Tippee Closer to Nature pump which is relatively expensive (it was on sale too) but I thought it would be worth it. In the early days of breastfeeding, I thought pumping would make life slightly easier for me and my husband and I could share the feeding throughout the night.
After sterilizing everything and working out what part went where, I settled down to give it a go. After a few minutes, I noticed that just a few drops of milk could be seen and that was it – nowhere near enough to feed the baby. I decided to stick with it for around another half an hour but to no avail. After much investigation, I found that the pipe leading from the machine to the actual pump just wasn’t doing its job – in one word, it felt cheap.
I’ve since given it a few more chances and each time, I regret the amount of time I’ve wasted sterilizing everything. I find myself reaching for my trusty Philips Avent manual breast pump instead (when I do need and decide to pump – which isn’t very often). Yes, it definitely takes longer to use a manual pump but given that an electrical one should do the job a lot quicker, I think the Tommee Tippee pump is the exception.
I’m trying to think of one good thing about the product, but I’m really struggling! I like that it came with a bottle, I guess. You can never have too many. That’s about it. Oh, and I also like the grey and white colour. Other than that, it’s been sitting in Raife’s nursery collecting dust.
I did not like this product at all and I’m more than happy to spend the extra time manually pumping using my Avent pump. Save your money, and don’t buy this – buy the Avent products instead. Seriously.
Score – 1 out of 5