Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Review

lansinoh manual breast pump review

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Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Review

The Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is another comfortable and effective manual breast pump. While I didn’t find this pump particularly remarkable, it also doesn’t have any glaring problems or serious drawbacks.

What’s in the box?

The Lansinoh manual pump comes with everything you need to pump and feed your baby because it includes a nipple/teat that attaches to the milk collection bottle. Two different size breast flanges are included so most women will find a comfortable fit.lansinoh manual breast pump review

  • 1 breast pump body (the piece that attaches the pump handle, the breast flange and the milk collection bottle)
  • 2 flanges – one 25mm and one 30.5mm size
  • Pump handle
  • Diaphragm – connects pump handle to pump body and creates suction
  • Milk flow valve
  • 1 milk collection bottle (5oz/ 160mL size)
  • Bottle stand
  • Nipple/teat and cap for feeding
  • Breastmilk storage bag samples
  • Instruction manual

Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Pros:

  • 2-phase expression – This means there are two settings – one to stimulate letdown and one for expressing milk. This feature is not often found in manual breast pumps but it is very helpful in quickly stimulating a letdown so you can express milk efficiently (Note, Medela Harmony also offers 2-phase expression)
  • Offers two flange sizes so it will fit most women comfortably – Size 25mm and 30.5mm. Both come in the box (no extra purchase necessary) 
  • Designed for compatibility with the Lansinoh Thera Pearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy packs – you can apply warm or cool therapy while pumping
  • Comes with a small bottle stand – helps prevent spills when you set down the pump

Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Cons:

  • Only compatible with other Lansinoh products – a little inconvenient if you are using other bottles or have another pump from a different brand
  • Silicone rim on the breast flange is a bit uncomfortable because it can pull skin – it does not slide easily on your breast and it made it harder to do breast compressions while pumping

Should you buy the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump?

Overall I recommend this pump if you will use it infrequently and you aren’t already using a Philips or Medela electric pump (in which case you should purchase the compatible manual pump from the same brand). Since this Lansinoh pump comes with a teat for feeding, you can pump and feed your baby directly from the milk collection bottle, which makes it very convenient. Finally, it really is comfortable to hold and use, so if it will be your only pump, this is a good option to avoid tired or sore hands while pumping.

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Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump Review

nuk expressive manual breast pump review

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Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump Review

 The Nuk Expressive pump is said to be very comfortable. However, I found the bump/ridge texture of the flange a bit less comfortable than the Philips Avent “petal” silicone flange, but maybe that is my personal preference. I also found the plastic handle a bit less comfortable to squeeze than other pumps – it tired my hand out more quickly because of the angle and size.

What’s in the box?

The Nuk Expressive manual pump includes everything you need to express milk and feed baby since it comes with a newborn flow nipple/teat.

  • 1 breast pump unit (this piece includes the flange, and connects to the pump handle & membrane, as well as the valve and milk collection bottle)
  • 1 pump handle/ lever and 1 pump rod
  • 1 flange/ breastshield with 1 silicone flange cushion
  • 1 Valve and 1 membrane
  • 1 breastmilk collection bottle (5oz/ 160mL size)
  • 1 silicone nipple/teat  (size 1 slow flow) with collar, cap and seal disk for storage
  • Instruction manual

Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump Pros:

  • Comfortable – the silicone flange sits comfortably on your breast and is softer than hard plastic, however I personally find silicone flanges from other brands like Philips Avent more comfortable
  • Pretty easy to assemble and not a lot of small parts – with the exception of the pump rod, which is both small and brittle. (the pump rod connects the lever to the silicone suction piece)
  • Good price – usually a few dollars cheaper than other manual pumps from well known brands
  • Comes with a nipple/teat – so you have everything you need to feed baby expressed milk from milk collection bottle

nuk manual breast pump reviewNuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump Cons:

  • The pump rod is small and brittle – I was constantly afraid I would lose it or break it
  • The texture of the silicone flange is a bit rough – I find it less comfortable for me than other pumps with silicone flanges
  • Only one size breast flange available – may not fit all women

Should you buy the Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump?

Overall I recommend this pump if you will use it infrequently and you aren’t already using a Philips or Medela electric pump (in which case you should purchase the compatible manual pump from the same brand). Since the pump comes with a nipple you can pump and feed your baby directly from the milk collection bottle, which makes it very convenient. It represents a good value, just take care with the pump rod – it is difficult to replace if you lose or break it.

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Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump Review

philips avent manual breast pump

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Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump Review

The Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump is easy to use, comfortable, and small enough to carry in your purse/ bag when you’re on the go. Similar to the Philips Avent Double Electric Pump, the flange has a soft silicone insert ‘cushion’ that gently massages your breast to help stimulate let down and milk expression.

The pump also comes with a nipple and cover, so you can immediately feed the expressed milk if needed. I used this a few times in a pinch, but usually tried to offer my son the milk in his usual Tommee Tippee bottles instead.

What’s in the box?

The Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump comes with everything you need to express and feed breastmilk. Unlike other pumps it does not come with a bottle stand, but since it is a squat and sturdy pump it is not easily tipped over when sitting on a flat surface, so I don’t think this is a negative at all.

philips avent comfort manual breast pump review

  • 1 breast pump unit (this piece includes the breast flange, and connects to the pump handle & diaphragm, as well as the valve and milk collection bottle)
  • 1 pump handle
  • 1 silicone diaphragm (attaches between pump handle and pump body and creates suction)
  • 1 flange/ breastshield with 1 silicone flange cushion insert (25mm, 19.5mm size sold separately)
  • 1 flange cover
  • 1 valve
  • 1 milk collection bottle (4oz/ 120mL size)
  • 1 silicone nipple/teat with collar, cap and seal disk for storage
  • Disposable breast pad samples
  • Instruction manual

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Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump Pros:

  • Compatibility – Compatible with the full range of Philips Avent pumps and wide-mouth bottles
  • Silicone breast flange cushion – very comfortable, and helps maintain suction if you do breast massage or compressions while pumping
  • Includes a flange cover – this is very useful if you are pumping on the go and don’t have time to rinse the pump before packing it up – you can cover the flange so no milk drips out until you have a chance to clean it later.
  • Only 6 parts total and none of them are too small – so it is easy to assemble, easy to wash, and you don’t risk losing tiny parts
  • Sturdy – the pump feels like it is made of high quality plastic and silicone and seems less brittle than some of the less expensive manual pumps on the market. Also, I dropped it more times that I’d like to admit and it never broke.

Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump Cons:

  • Can be slightly noisy – tends to make a squawking sound here and there while pumping – my sister said it sounded like a quacking duck. This was never a huge problem for me but it could be embarrassing if you’re pumping in a public setting.
  • The milk collection bottle screws into the breast pump flange very easily. This means it is also very easy to unscrew and the bottle would occasionally come loose during pumping – the bottle never fell out for me completely, but sometimes I noticed how loose it was at what seemed like the last moment before I would have been dealing with spilled milk.

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Should you buy the Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump?

I think this is an excellent pump and would recommend it for any mom. If you are already using an electric Medela system, however, I would suggest purchasing the Medela Harmony instead. The other limitation of the Philips manual pump is limited flange sizes, so the Medela will also be a better option for women who need the very small or very large flange size options offered by Medela. Overall, though, my preference is for the Philips because it has fewer small parts – no membranes like the Medela!

Pumping on the go? Read my tips and experience here:

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Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump Review

medela harmony manual breast pump review

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Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump Review

The Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump is sleek and light, but still sturdy and effective.  It also represents an excellent value – unlike other manual pumps it comes with two milk collection bottles. This was such a helpful time saver for me – for example, I could pump before leaving the house, leave that bottle of milk for my son, and then take the pump with the second bottle when I went out without having to wash the milk collection bottle first.

Of course, this pump is highly recommended for anyone already pumping with a Medela system, such as the Pump-in-Style Advanced, Freestyle, or Swing. I also recommend this pump for moms who have difficulty stimulating milk letdown when pumping because it has two modes – one to stimulate letdown and one for expressing milk. This is superior to most other manual pumps on the market which only have one mode!

What’s in the box?

The Medela Harmony stands out because it includes two milk collection bottles, however, unlike many other manual pumps, it does not include a nipple/teat for feeding.

medela harmony manual breast pump review

  • 1 breast pump body (the piece that attaches the pump handle, the breast flange and the milk collection bottle)
  • 1 pump handle
  • 1 24mm flange/ breastshield (other sizes available separately)
  • 2 5oz/150mL breastmilk bottles with lids
  • 1 bottle stand
  • 1 valve
  • 3 membranes (1 for immediate use and 2 replacements)
  • Instructions manual and breastfeeding information guide

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump Pros:

  • Two expression modes to stimulate letdown and then express milk – this is very helpful because stimulating letdown with a manual pump can be time consuming
  • Compatibility – with Medela parts from other pumps as well as the Medela feeding system with the Calma teat
  • Comes with two milk collection bottles – seems insignificant but it can be a real timesaver
  • Has a bottle stand – helps prevent spills when the pump is resting on a flat surface
  • Multiple flange sizes – Must be purchased separately but this ensures comfort and proper fit for nearly any pumping mom

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump Cons:

  • More small parts than other pumps – more difficult to wash and easier to lose
  • Membranes will occasionally need to be replaced – this is needed maintain the pump’s suction efficacy. The membranes tend to wear out quickly if they are handled too roughly during washing. (The pump does come with two replacement membranes, though, and they are easy enough to order online or buy in stores)

Should you buy the Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump?

If you already use an Medela electric pump, then the answer is a resounding Yes! However, if you use a different electric pump or don’t have an electric pump at all, there are many manual pump options to consider.

For me, the Medela is a bit… fiddly. With the small membranes that need to be replaced, I’d rather skip the Medela all together and use the Philips Comfort Manual Breast Pump. However, the Philips is not ideal for all women due to more limited flange sizes. Both the Medela Harmony and Philips Comfort are great pumps, ultimately the choice between the two is yours!

Pumping on the go? Read about my tips and experience here:

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Ameda Manual Breast Pump Review

Ameda Manual Breast Pump Review

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Ameda Manual Breast Pump Review

This pump disappointed me! Flimsy, hard to assemble, fragile, and most importantly, really uncomfortable to use! It claims to have an ‘ergonomic swivel’ but that doesn’t address the fact that you must grip the pump as if you are holding a bottle. With most other manual pumps a few different hand positions will work and you can squeeze comfortably by pinching the handle between your thumb and fingers.

Plus, they advertise the special ‘one hand’ design. All manual pumps are designed for use with one hand! However, there are many reasons you will need two hands, including when the hand you are pumping with gets tired. I often need to use both hands on my manual pump, sometimes both at once, if I’ve been pumping for a while. Due to this Ameda pump’s design, you cannot easily use both hands so it is really frustrating.

I use the Ameda Double Electric Pump so I bought this for compatibility. Yes, the milk collection bottles are compatible but the two pumps use different valves so I didn’t really see the point.

What’s in the box?ameda manual breast pump review

  • 1 green manual breast pump (the part you squeeze with your hand)
  • 1 white piston (attaches to the part you squeeze and creates suction in pump body)
  • 1 pump body with 25mm breast flange
  • 2 valves
  • 1 4 oz./120mL milk collection bottle with lid
  • Instruction manual

Ameda Manual Breast Pump Pros:

I am hard pressed to come up with a single positive for this pump. The only thing I can say is that it does work and I could express milk with it, just it was uncomfortable and annoying to use.

  • Various flange sizes – the full range of Ameda flange sizes is available to use with the pump so a comfortable fit is possible for almost everyone
  • Milk collection options – in addition to pumping into a milk collection bottle, you can also pump directly into an Ameda milk storage bag using their “Store’N Pour’ system

Ameda Manual Breast Pump Cons:

  • Very uncomfortable to squeeze – can only hold it in one hand position so if your hand tires you have no option to adjust how you are holding the pump
  • Not intuitive to assemble and very fragile
  • Not 100% compatible with the electric pump – the manual pump uses a different valve so if I wanted to use it at the office where my electric pump was stored, I had to be sure to bring the entire manual assembly with me.
  • Plastic breast flange is not the most comfortable – not a deal breaker and many women prefer the straightforward plastic flange, but I would pick a silicone flange over plastic if I had the option.

Ameda Manual Breast Pump Review
Should you buy the Ameda Manual Breast Pump?

I do not recommend this pump. I am sure there are women who find it comfortable and easy to use, but I find it much less user friendly or comfortable than virtually all other name-brand manual pumps. To me, it is not worth the investment even if you already use an Ameda electric pump system. Instead, I recommend the Philips or Medela manual pumps.



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Dr. Brown’s Manual Breast Pump Review

Dr. Brown’s Manual Breast Pump Review

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Dr. Brown’s Manual Breast Pump Review

dr brown's manual breast pump reviewThis pump is somewhat different from others because the breast flange is a very soft cup that forms to your breast to provide a gentle pumping sensation. (It is the same technology as the flanges that were used on the Dr. Brown’s Double Electric Pump, which has since been discontinued by the manufacturer).

The pump is indeed comfortable to use but I found it difficult to do breast compressions or massage without breaking the suction. There are also a lot of parts relative to other manual pumps so it struck me as unnecessarily complicated. Since I consider a manual breast pump something to be used on the go or when you need to quickly express milk, the Dr. Brown’s manual pump felt like too much of a hassle for me. However, it would be good for someone pumping at home or when they aren’t in a rush.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 manual breast pump handle
  • 1 cap, which attaches to the breast pump handle and to the diaphragm
  • 1 diaphragm, which attaches to the breast pump body to create suction
  • 1 pump body (a single piece that includes the breast flange and places to connect the diaphragm and valve as well as the milk collection bottle)
  • 1 valve
  • 1 soft breast cup (inserted into flange for pumping)
  • 1 4 oz./120mL milk collection bottle with lid
  • 1 adaptor for wide neck bottles
  • Instruction manual

Dr. Brown’s Manual Breast Pump Pros:

  • Very comfortable – the breast flange is very comfortable and the pump is ergonomic and comfortable to squeeze with your hand. 
  • Compatibility – compatible with Dr. Brown’s bottles – it comes with an adaptor so it is compatible with wide-neck and original bottles. Also compatible with the Dr. Brown’s electric pump (but do note, the electric pump has been discontinued)

Dr. Brown’s Manual Breast Pump Cons:

  • Only one size flange – will not fit all women comfortably
  • Difficult to assemble – takes more time to fit the pieces together than other pumps, same goes for disassembly 
  • Difficult to do any breast massage or compressions while pumping – The unique comfort flange is soft but breast massage or compressions break the suction
  • Weaker feeling suction – the pump is designed for comfort and gentle milk expression. For some, the suction is simply too low and milk expression is very difficult. I personally found milk expression with this pump very slow because suction was not as strong as other manual pumps.

Should you buy the Dr. Brown’s Manual Breast Pump?

If you use average size flanges this pump will fit you and it might be worth consideration. However, other pumps offer better suction. I also think the difficulty to assemble and disassemble makes the Philips Avent Comfort Manual Pump a better choice, though. Of course, if you are using the Dr. Brown’s electric pump, that this manual pump is a good choice since parts will be compatible.


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