We are using UNIMOM, a brand from South Korea.
The product works well, is easy to set up and comes in a cute pink colour. Below, we are going to share what we like about it and some areas of concern.
First of all, is a Breast Pump necessary?
We gave this much thought because we thought breastfeeding should be carried out directly for best results. Thus, we bought a feeding pillow first and the breast pump was bought as a backup.
Never did we imagine the breast pump to be such an important “backup”. In fact, except for the first month, now, we are 99% on the breast pump. Direct breastfeeding has become a very messy affair as our baby finds it a challenge to latch on at times, thus milk was dripping all over.
Secondly, with a breast pump, we have better data and control of the quantity of milk the baby is feeding. This gives a sense of order to our daily feeding routine.
What we like 👍
- Price is relatively more affordable compared to other brands, especially for double breast pumps
- Equipment parts are small in size and easy to store
- Comes with a manual pump kit which is useful for long flights
- Replacement kits are not readily available
- The motor is a bit noisy when it is running
- Pump only works with UNIMOM bottles which again, are not easily accessible. To use bottles from alternative brands, converters are required
- The breast pump uses a rotating dial for adjusting the suction strength. It is not easy to operate that when both your hands are holding onto the bottles
Care & Maintenance
The machine is easy to clean. Each time after use, we used a rinsed cloth to wipe both pump heads, the two air tubes that lead to the machine and the two bottle holders.
The electric breast pump is a bit noisy in operation. After a while, we get used to the noise but really…it should be quieter. One way to get around this is to put a heavier object on top of the pump and that somehow removes the noise. We did that initially and now we just let it be.
We used the manual pump on long flights. On a recent trip to Sydney, the flight was over 7 hours and we had to use the manual pump for the one extra feeding which we couldn’t prepare in advance. Working the manual pump in the dark of the cabin (with only the overhead spotlight on) was not that bad, and we managed to fill one 5 oz bottle in less than 30 minutes.
Adjusting the control dial was an initial challenge. Jude has to help me since both my hands are holding onto the two bottles. However, with time and practice, I was able to do it myself while balancing one of the bottles on my thigh. Er…it takes practice to achieve that. I would prefer an electronic control so that it is easier to switch levels with a single button press than having to rotate the dial.
Again, we can’t really give this product a bad rating. It does what it is meant to do but given our personal experience using it, I wouldn’t recommend it as the ideal breast pump. Most critical to us was the inaccessibility of replacement bottles. It is hard to get new bottles. Buying converters so that we can use other brands of bottles is also a major hassle. Those converters don’t come by easily either. I was searching high and low for one recently and when I found one, the website says it is OUT OF STOCK.
Taking our experience for reference, it is better to go with more popular brands like Medela or Philips. They may be a bit more pricey but you will have peace of mind knowing their replacement parts and bottles are readily available. On top of that, they come with electronic control buttons, so there is no need to rotate any dials. You don’t want to drop your expressed milk just because you were trying to rotate the dial.