A chore no more: Nursing mothers review the latest breast pumps

Mother playing with baby

When you’re just starting out on your breastfeeding journey, mastering the simple mechanics of feeding multiple times around the clock seems like enough reason to high five yourself at the end of each day.

But soon enough, there will come a time when you need to tackle the logistics of feeding your baby when you’re not around. Whether it’s because you’re returning to work, have a commitment that’s not baby-friendly, or simply want a well-deserved night off from feeding duty, making friends with a reliable breast pump is the single best thing you can do to make this change simple and painless for both you and your little one.

Nursing mothers’ review

Because we know that word-of-mouth is the best way to get a product recommendation when you’re a busy mum, we asked a group of nursing mothers to test both the manual and electric breast pumps from Pigeon – as well as all the extra bits and pieces that make pumping easier for mum – and give us their honest feedback. Here’s what our mums said:

Pigeon breast pumps

Pigeon manual breast pump

“As a first time mum, I had a great experience with this pump. It was so easy to use! It wasn’t painful like I was expecting and is very easy to clean.”

“It was fabulous, in looking at the price it would be affordable to purchase; it’s easy to control, being a manual pump, great to travel with, easy to clean and attach to bottles.”

“Having [previously] used an electric pump, I was quite sceptical using the manual Pigeon. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the air cushion assisted with letdown when pumping.”

Pigeon electric breast pump

“I have used other breast pumps before but this is the most comfortable pump I have ever used. It expresses milk with ease and was not painful to use at all.”

“The electric pump was extremely quiet compared to other brands … Suction was comfortable though gentle, and milk squirted out rather than a dribble.”

“The electric breast pump was great to use; the feature of being able to personalise the speed and suction pressure was great!”

“I love the different options for pumping speed and strength. I tend to use it straight after a feed, so don’t use the first phase modes as much.”

Honeycomb breast pads

“I found these great. They didn’t leak and they were breathable. They stuck on my nursing bra well and didn’t fold like other brands I have used. I shall be using this brand from now on.”

“I have somewhat sensitive skin and these do not irritate my skin which is fantastic!”

“These breast pads are great. They don’t shift in my clothes and are very absorbent.”

SofTouch Peristaltic PLUS bottles

“These are the only bottles my newborn will take. They seem very similar to a breast. I am grateful I found these as it makes my life so much easier now that my partner can give an expressed bottle.”

“The only bottle my newborn will use. With other bottles, he would choke on milk and end up with wind.”

“I was told by a midwife to use the Pigeon bottles … my bub took to it much better than ones previously used, so this is our bottle of choice.”

Liquid Cleanser bottle

“I love that this can be used on everything from food to toys, making it safe and very versatile.”

“Easy to use, no foul chemical smell and ease of mind that it has no harsh chemicals that may be harmful.”

“Great for small things like dummies. I plan on using it for teething toys etc when my baby is a bit older.”

Breastmilk Storage bags

“These bags are great, I’m saving up for an overnight trip in November and these bags hold the milk well and store well in the freezer.”

“Great to store extra milk in freezer. Good size and strong enough for a cramped freezer”

“The bags were great to store the milk in. They sealed well and found easy to use when defrosting.”

Final verdicts on Pigeon?

In an overwhelming nod to this brand, all our reviewing mums told us they were impressed with the products they had tried out. We’ll let one of them, Sophie, have the final word:

“I have to say I am impressed with the quality and comfort of all Pigeon’s products, and I shall be changing my brand over to them…”

Thanks to all our reviewers for their time and effort.

(This is a sponsored post for Pigeon)

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