Although I no longer need to pump, I remember those days all too well. Getting the right breast pump is so important. You don’t want to spend too much money, but you want one that works well, is comfortable and doesn’t make a loud noise. I remember my first go on an electric pump it was so loud! With my eldest, William, he was born at 32 weeks so he was in special care for just under 3 weeks. I had to express milk for him until he could feed for himself. I became very well acquainted with the hospital pump (you can read more about his journey here).
Introducing the pumpables electric breast pump The Milk Genie
Pumpables got in contact with me as a mum, midwiffe and breastfeeding mother to try out their electric pump as it’s arrived in the UK market from Australia. Even though I don’t need to currently pump, I thought I’d review it so that I can give accurate information for my readers who are pregnant and are researching what pump to buy. It’s not the cheapest or the most expensive, but I’ve been very impressed with it as an all rounder. I do feel it has a lot of the features you’d be looking for in an electric breast pump.
My thoughts on the Pumpables Milk Genie
The milk genie pump itself is small and very portable yet still powerful for all your expressing needs. It works from a rechargeable lithium battery, so you can charge it up from the mains and then use it out and about or at work. There is a battery indicator so you know if it’s running low. Their main selling point is that it has different flange (cup/hole) sizes for your nipples, so you can get a more comfortable pumping experience. One of the most common causes of pain whilst pumping is the wrong size flange (I hate that word, but that’s what it’s called). When I tried it out, I thought I’d need the largest size as I have quite big breasts, but in fact my nipple size is obviously on the small size because I needed the smallest size – go figure. So you really need to try different sizes out to see which is best for you. It’s not the cup size rather it’s the opening that’s different. The next best feature is how quiet the motor is! You can hardly hear it no matter how high the setting. Blissful, and so different from my first electric pump experience. I had an old Avent one with my first child 11 years ago which was so loud and you had to plug it in to the mains. There’s no way you could do that discreetly. Times have changed and now they are quieter. The next best thing is that it’s a closed system, so milk can’t track down the tubes, therefore no mould collects. It’s recommended for one woman only but in theory you could use a second hand one, just for hygiene reasons.
The Settings – You can have a play around and find the best settings that work for you, then once you have it you can commit it to the smart memory, then it will replay the same programme for you. There are two modes – massage as indicated by the hand symbol, and stimulates the flutter sucking and let down reflex; then the expressing mode, a more rhythmic action, which you can increase to the level you need.
A compact double electric pump – You can pump both breasts at the same time, which is more efficient and gets more of the prolactin going, the milk making hormone.
What’s included in the Milk Genie pumpables electric breast pump kit
In the box you get:
The pump with the rechargeable battery included
Mains adaptor with different slide in plug adaptors for different countries
2 Bottles with lids, caps and teats
2 Packs of 3 different sized flanges
2 Duck Valves
It’s all you need. There are written instructions in the pipeline, but for now the instructions are available to read or download online, just scroll down to helpful info and it says Manuals. It’s really easy to put together, with very few pieces. I’ll be doing a video demo for you soon, and then I’ll update this article.
How much is the Milk Genie from Pumpables?
The cost is £108 delivered anywhere in the UK, if you’re in the USA it’s $139.95, Australia it’s $180 AUD, SGD $180, 600 RM. I think it holds it’s own on price, the medela swing double electric pump is currently around £190 on amazon, so it’s actually a better pump for less money. Any purchase over £100 or $100 has free delivery. It will last you for subsequent children too. If you have any questions do let me know, here’s the link to browse and buy the pump if you’re interested – http://pumpables.co/ref/Midwifeandlife/
Disclosure: I received the pump free of charge. Contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and honest.
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