21 March 2012

Product Review: Manual Breastpumps

When I was pregnant, I made a pledge to myself that I will breastfeed my baby no matter what. Unfortunately when I gave birth to my baby, I had some physiological issues which prevented me to direct feed my baby. When I was already able to direct feed Z (a few weeks after giving birth), he refused because he was already settled with using a bottle. So I relied on using a breast pump to express milk for my baby boy. I tried several brands of manual breast pump which disappointed and pleased me. I did not bother to try an electric one cause it's expensive and I have the time to pump.

The Cheap

Image retrieved from Google Images

I asked my sister to buy me a breast pump after I gave birth cause I still didn't have milk and Z won't latch. She saw this one at a drugstore and purchased it immediately cause it only costs less than a hundred pesos. I didn't have milk until 3 days after I gave birth and I could positively say that this breast pump was able to bring out the milk. (See my relactation journey here) However, using it was quite uncomfortable and painful because the suction was too strong. Also, it cannot be used to store milk. I just used this to encourage a let down, then I'll hand express into a bottle after, which is more efficient than using this pump. The parts also come off easily. Once its parts came off, it is already hard to use. Anyway, I was washing my Babyflo breast pump one time and the glass funnel came off. I did not repurchase another one after that incident.

The Moderate

Image retrieved from The First Years' site

Lucky me! Or not. A friend let me borrow her The First Years Manual breast pump which she only used twice or thrice, so it was almost new. This one retails for 1,200 pesos in malls. This product is also BPA-Free. I tried using it with my Avent bottles but, unfortunately, they did not fit. What I did was use the bottles that came with it, then transfer the milk to my baby's Avent bottles just right before consuming it. This product actually looks like an Avent Manual Pump. The bad thing with this product is that I was only able to use this for a very short time because it lost its suction so quickly. Also, I could only get 1 to 2 oz per session when I used this because of its weak suction. I was only able to use it for a week or two before it gave up on me and I was back to hand expressing again. The only thing I am using up to now are the storage bottles that came with it. Also, I find the product hard to assemble, even with the instruction guide, because there are many parts. If I purchased the product myself, I would say that it was not worth the price.

The High End

Image retrieved from Medela's site

When I saw positive results with my relactation, I decided that it is time to buy a high quality pump. I've read reviews that Medela has the best breast pumps and I could not agree more. The suction of the Medela Harmony Breast pump was great and it was not painful to use at all. It has definitely helped to increase my supply. It was easy to clean and assemble. It is BPA-Free and lightweight. I always bring this whenever I go out. I have actually used it in a car and at a mall already. The downside to this product is that it is very pricey. It retails for around 5,000 pesos in malls, but you could get it at a cheaper price from online shops (at around half the price). But, it is definitely worth the price.

Of course, your hands will get hurt from all the pumping, just like with any other manual pumps. If you have issues with your hands hurting while pumping, I suggest you get an electric pump. When purchasing a manual pump, it is still best to buy the ones which are already tried and tested and came from reputable companies, even if they are pricey. One, because it is easier to look for spare parts for these and second, because you might never need to purchase spare parts ever! If you plan to buy cheap manual pumps, I suggest that you don't and learn how to hand express instead.

Happy pumping! :)


  1. Sayang naman. ANyway, my ex-officemate used to use a breast pump na hindi manual, works well naman. Better invest ata sa ganun than this manual one na hinid convenient gamitin.

  2. Buying a breastpump is an investment talaga esp if you plan to breastfeed for a long time. Pag working, mas okay talaga to use an electric pump. I settled for a manual pump kasi i have the time to pump naman.

    thanks for dropping by, Rae! :)


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