25 Sep Mam 2-in-1 Single Breast Pump Review
When I unboxed my Mam 2-in-1 single breast pump I had a vague idea of how to put it together already. I’d used a different brand of breast pump previously, so I was surprised how few pieces there seemed to be in comparison. A quick check of the manual showed me I had all of the pieces I needed, it was just much easier to put together than my old one. After sterilizing it took me less than a minute to assemble it.
The soft silicone funnel is designed so that one size fits all and I did find it fit me comfortably. The tube from the unit to the breast pump is long enough that it can sit on the table or sofa arm next to me and I can pump comfortably.
The unit itself is incredibly simple to use. There’s an on/off switch on the back and then another switch on the front of the unit. It’s touch screen and very sensitive so you only need to tap it lightly. Switch it on, then select up to 9 strengths of suction for the stimulation phase. When you feel your letdown press the milk drops button and again set your preferred strength. Switch off when you’ve finished, and remember to switch off at the back too – it’s so sensitive I keep turning it on in my bag if I forget to do this.
When I return to work I’ll only be able to use my breast pump once a day on my lunch break and Charlie will need 2 bottles whilst I’m gone each day. I’m trying to pump every night now to build a freezer stash supply. I try and pump the opposite side to what he’s having for his last feed of the evening. Because the unit does make a pumping sound it’s often too distracting for him; the noise puts him off and he latches and unlatches constantly looking to see what I’m doing. On the days he’s too distracted I give up and just pump once he’s asleep. I still keep trying to pump whilst he feeds as some nights he does actually let me, and a I find it saves time later for me, and I get slightly more milk as my let down seems to be stronger when he feeds the other side. The unit is actually quieter than on my old breast pump, but not silent. I think because of the job it’s doing this is just something I have to accept.
The unit is rechargeable and according to the hand book it lasts for 5 hours. I charged the unit overnight the first time I used it and have been using it once a day for two weeks now, for up to ten minutes at a time and the first light on the battery indicator has only just gone. I think the unit holds charge really well.
Charlie’s always been a quick feeder, from birth he’s only ever taken about 5 minutes to feed and only ever taken one side. I only pump one side at a time and I’ve got about 2-3oz, which usually takes about 6 minutes but has taken up to 10. I could probably have the strength higher on the breast pump and do it in less time but I find that the strength 5/9 is most comfortable for me. The unit has a timer, which show how long the initial phase is and then continues to the pump phase so you can see your total pumping time.
This breast pump changes easily from electric to manual, just by changing 2 parts on top. I prefer to use it electrically (or rather, charge it and use it as an electric one) as I find it’s quicker and less effort, but it’s good to have the option to pump manually in case I ever don’t have the option of using electricity or haven’t charged the unit.
It comes with two milk storage pots with lids and two different sized bottles, so you can chose whether to express straight into a bottle or to store it. I store it in the cups and then transfer to freezer bags and freeze. It also comes with a plastic funnel cover, to keep the breast pump sterile and stop dirt and dust entering through the funnel.
My one wish for this breast pump is that it came with a bag or storage case. The cardboard box it came in is absolutely fine to store it in. In fact, I find it helps to check you’ve got all the pieces as the box insert is moulded and the pieces fit perfectly – you can see at a glance if you’ve forgotten to put something away as there would be an empty spot. But, the box is quite big and bulky, it would be a pain to have to carry the entire box along with the charger and all the spare parts back and forth into work each day. Luckily I drive to work and can park right outside my building, so carrying the box around in a carrier bag isn’t too much effort but if I had to commute by train or tube this would be difficult.
This post has been written in collaboration with Mam.