Lansinoh Breast Pumps: Excellent Pumps For a Great Price
As a mother of two sons (2 ½ years old and 4 months old) who strongly believes in the benefits of nursing, it didn’t take long until I discovered the Lansinoh product line.
The Virginia-based company was founded 20 years ago by a breastfeeding mom and to this day focuses on nursing equipment.
No wonder I was excited to use a Lansinoh breast pump when I had my second baby.
With the first I had rented and borrowed Medela pumps and although they worked well, I wasn’t looking forward to pumping.
While it is incredibly useful if you need baby-free time with as little guilt and worries as possible, it’s not exactly a nice experience.
It also doesn’t help when the electric pump looks and sounds like a generator or when cleaning all the parts of the manual pump takes almost as long as it does going to the movies.
The Manual Breast Pump ($35) does have eight annoying parts that need to be cleaned but it is easy to assemble, and it has some nice features: among others it comes with extra valves (those little thingies that are essential for the suction but are easy to lose), a cleaning brush and two bottles (even though it can be used with many standard bottles) and a bottle stand that can also be used as a flange cover. But the best part is a cushion that needs to be put onto the pump’s funnel – Lansinoh trademarked it as “ComfortSeal cushion,” and I have to say they have every reason to be proud of it. It is very comfortable and creates a strong though painless seal, and the pumping went without problems.
No wonder my expectations about the Double Electric Breast Pump ($120-150) were high. And It is very small and light and can be used with either an AC adapter or (six AA) batteries. Thanks to two diaphragms that separate the bottles from the tubing and prevent the milk from backing up into the pump it is not only fairly easy to clean but also safe to share, borrow or pass it on to fellow mothers. So far, so good.
Unfortunately there’s a big “but.” It is not very comfortable. The funnels are made of a pretty hard plastic that made me very much miss the manual pump’s cushion. And the electric pump may have two buttons that let you adjust the suction on eight levels and the speed on four — but I never could get the right one. The combination of my hand and the manual pump’s handle worked much better to find my own perfect setting. The pump, I have to say, feels like Lansinoh sacrificed a decent engine to a lightweight device and a competitive price — a compromise that, in this case, doesn’t make Lansinoh my first choice.