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Philips Single Electric Breast Pump Review

£97.04 - RRP: £125.00

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2020 Shortlisted Best Breast Pump

At a glance:

This little electric breast pump is one of the most comfortable on the market, even for engorged breasts. The pump design means you don’t have to lean forward to stop milk spilling. All in all, a great little breast pump, however pretty noisy compared to others on the market.

How did this product make your life easier?

Abigail: This product makes my life easier because it offers me a simple way to express breast milk for my baby. I love that I don’t have to sit there and manually pump myself, which gives me a chance to be able to hold my baby in the other hand or assist my toddler if needed. I can also remove the mains cord and insert batteries so I can pump wherever I like. It is incredibly convenient and so simple to use!

Maria: The pump is very easy to use and assemble. For me it is a gentle pump and maybe ideal for a new mum, however, I have been breastfeeding for 7 months and prefer my other non-branded pump which has a much stronger suction (many options on suction strength) and different suction rhythms. This pump has an intial pump setting then 3 options for suction (I would put it on strongest straight away and bearly notice it working). The pump is actually fairly quiet, more discreet than other pumps I have used. The charging cable is so long it is amazing! I think this is so useful as you can always tie them shorter but not make them longer.

Nicola: The breast pump is compact in size and easy to pack, making it a great purchase if you need to breast pump on the go as could easily fit into your overnight bag/ larger changing bags, there are not too many parts and the whole system is quite lightweight. The system is quite clever and I found the function of not having to lean forward to make sure my milk went into the bottle an extra bonus.

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Krishna: This product's highlight is definitely the design and quiet nature of the pump. I used it with baby sleeping next to me and he did not stir (he is usually a very light sleeper)! I would use it for this reason alone. In terms of milk production, I would compare it to a manual pump. I still feel a manual pump allows more control and therefore more milk to be produced compared to the electric pump, however, the electric pump allows you to be hands-free as the machine does all the work for you, which is what a mum needs. I also love that is portable and compact. In view of the cost of this product at £125, I would find it difficult to recommend to a fellow mum when the manual pump by Avent gets you quicker results in terms of milk production at a fraction of the cost.

Thomas: I have not used any other breast pumps so cannot compare. However, I liked that this pump was compact so easy to travel with, especially as it has the option for battery operation or mains. This gives flexibility for travel - even abroad. The cushioning to the flange was quite comfortable and looked nicer than other pumps I’ve seen.

Jenny: It is a trusted reputable brand and both my children have used their natural bottles. I would recommend it because of the fact the design doesn't have too many parts, it's fairly easy to take apart to clean. Nice to be able to use it without being connected to mains. It can be more relaxed when feeding as don't need to lean forward and the massage cushion makes it more comfortable than other brands.

Would you choose this product to win?

Nicola: For a single breast pump, I found this easy to use and great for being on the go. The breast massage cushion was very comfortable and this is a fairly priced single breast pump. The standout feature is that fact you don't have to lean forward to express. I think this is a strong contender for an award however I don't think there was anything innovative that justifies a top place.

Thomas: I really liked the flexibility of using batteries or mains power, especially as the pump is quite compact so this combination makes it great to use when away from home. One thing I didn’t like as much was that the milk is expressed into an advent bottle body. This would be fine if using directly from the bottle to baby but if storing the milk the bottle does not pour well into bags - quite a lot of milk gets trapped and wasted.

Abigail: This product is incredible for many reasons. It can be electric or battery operated which means I can use it whilst travelling, something I’ve never been able to do with an electric pump beforehand. The pump is so quiet which is a huge thing, especially if you are expressing out in public and wish to stay discreet. The stimulation mode and choice of 3 expression settings are great because you can tailor them to your preference.

What changes would you make to this product?

Jenny: It is relatively expensive (although similar to other electric pumps) so this is one thing that would be ideal to change, particularly as I have been surprised at how successful I have been with a cheap manual pump. Also even though quieter than previous models, anything that reduces volume would help. 

Maria: The suction level for me is the biggest game-changer, if this was addressed then I would consider using the product long term. I cannot even feel the pump working on my boob sometimes. This could be a positive for people with sensitive boobs but for me, I just want to produce as much milk as I can. I would like a stronger suction.

Krishna: The price of this electric pump at £125 is on the high-end side of the market and the pump does not deliver this level of service in terms of suction and milk production. I think a portable carry case, a cleaning brush and perhaps some breast milk storage containers or bags would make it more value for money. However, the main change that needs to occur with this product is pricing.

While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country. 

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