Milkbar Breast Pump Review
Today on the Blog, Caitlyn shares with us some of her breastfeeding journey and experience with using the Milkbar Breast Pump.
Pregnant? A new mum? You might be starting to look for a breast pump…but there’s just so many choices out there, where do you even start?
Well we’ve made it super easy and have one really amazing pump available for you…we really do like to keep things simple!
I first discovered The Milkbar Pump around four years ago when I was pregnant with my son. At the time I was unsure if I would even be able to breastfeed due to having a breast reduction surgery when I was 19 years old.
Once Parker was born and we were trying to establish breastfeeding, a friend loaned me a breast pump. It was huge and clunky, noisy and it really did feel like I was just a cow being milked! I decided to go ahead with purchasing the Single Milkbar Breast Pump and WOW what a difference it made. I was able to pump 3 times the amount of milk I could compared to the other brand. It was comfortable, not noisy and it was pretty stylish too.
Three and a half years later, pregnant with our little girl, I knew exactly what pump I wanted to get! This time I went for the double pump, and it was just as amazing the second time around.
The Milkbar Pump is super soft and gentle and mimics the way a baby would suckle.
As it pumps it gently massages and stimulates the nipple just like your baby does so feels really natural unlike other pumps that just move your nipple back and forth.
It has two modes – stimulation and expression. I found the stimulation mode was a great way to ease into a pumping session and it's super easy to change the strength of the suction as you go, and as you become more confident. I really like that the Milkbar pump is easy to clean. It doesn’t have too many pieces and can go through the steriliser with your bottles.
I would choose this pump over and over again as I really do believe it is the best pump on the market.
Breastfeeding isn’t easy, and neither is bottle feeding, but as long as you are doing what works for you and your family, then you’re doing a good job!
Top tips for increasing supply:
Please remember to check in with your midwife or GP before trying these. Everyone’s bodies have different needs so, what works for one person may not work for the next.
- Use a lactation support – I really enjoyed the Mammas Milkbar Salted Caramel lactation blend on my morning oats. It tasted like I was eating ANZAC biscuits for breakfast!
- It had also been recommended to me to try 0% beer as the brewers yeast can be known to increase supply – this worked really well for me personally.
- Power pumping – google will be your friend, however it is basically pumping for a period of time, stopping, then pumping again.
- A warm compress and gentle massage of the breast before pumping and feeding.
You may also like to work with a lactation consultant – ask your midwife or GP for a referral if you are needing some extra support, or if you have the option there are private LCs out in the community.
All the best with your feeding journey.