Playtex Baby Manual Breast Pump

07/20/2007 at 03:25 PM ET

Playtex_baby_manual_breast_pump_2For a hand pump, I found that the Playtex Baby Manual Breast Pump was easy to use, effective at expressing milk, and easy to put together. I like that they include two types of bottles to use with it (that youcan pump right into)- the drop-ins and the Ventaire. The Soft Comfortmassaging breast cups are definitely more comfortable than Medela’s andthe air cushions are nice and soft so I found it gentler on mybreasts.  I also appreciated the angled cup neck which prevented milk from dripping out when I put the bottle down.

I did have two issues with it, though.

The way you have to hold the pump doesn’t make it very comfortable to pump for more than a minute. It’s supposed to be ergonomic, but I didn’t find it to be that comfortable. Also, there are a few pieces to take disemble and reassemble to clean. Fewer parts means faster and easier to use. 

For the seldom pumping, I think the Playtex Baby Manual Breast Pump is a good, affordable option.  It retails for $41, but for a few bucks more, you can get the travel bag and a few bottles.

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