As a breastfeeding mum, I know I have to rely on a quality breast pump to express milk for times that I am away from my 7 month old baby, Ivy. When I am out of the house without my baby, my husband gets to feed Ivy. I need a pump that is comfortable, effectively collects my milk, and my husband needs a good bottle that Ivy can easily feed from. It makes all 3 of us happy when this task is done well.
Family trusted brand Nuby have just launched an all new electric breast pump that is ideal for mums planning on expressing every day. I like to pump daily so I have a good supply of milk in the deep freeze ready to grab when I head out of the door to defrost, but now that weaning has started we can use my expressed milk in her porridge or even making breast milk ice lollies to soothe her teething pain. Before putting the Nuby pump to the test, I had been using a smaller electric pump from the brand Medela that was not designed for daily pumping, only for occasional expressing sessions. I have also been using an Avent manual pump for times when I am not near a mains supply… like when rocking it a few feet away from the Reading main stage during the Royal Blood set back in the summer. Possibly my most awesome pumping session to date. 😉
Why is it special?
The new Nuby Natural Touch digital breast pump has a series of special features. It has 2 different pumping modes. The first mode stimulates milk flow and the second is the active expressing function, both modes working on the breast like a baby would, meaning that you get more milk expressed in the most efficient way. The speeds and strength of suction can easily be adjusted too to suit your comfort at the simple touch of a button. There are 5 settings for each (speed and suction) and if preffered you can have a fast suction speed but with a low suction strength, or mix and match between the 5 different settings. Anything goes!
The digital screen is bright and easily read in both daylight and at night in the dark. Everything is displayed clearly and easy to understand. The top of the screen shows which mode you are using the pump, and the bars show what strength or speed you have the pump set to. There is also a handy timer that shows how many minutes you have been pumping for.
The horn of the pump is covered with a super soft silicone shell, what feels very comfortable on your breast tissue and gives extra comfort when pumping. Unlike the Medela pumps which just has bare plastic against your skin, this pump is much more comfortable. A Nuby bottle is supplied with the kit that is easily held, and has a great 9oz capacity. Great for women who produce a lot of milk.
The pump also comes with a handy bottle stand, to minimise the risk of knocking over your bottle and spilling your liquid gold. They say never cry over spilt milk. Unless it breastmilk and you worked hard to get it!
How easy is it to use?
So easy. It doesn’t take long to initially set the pump up and is simple to do. The pump comes with some great instructions to follow too. I don’t know if I found it so easy to use because I’ve been breastfeeding and pumping for 3 children now, or if it really is just a simple pump to use. Lets go with the latter.
The pump is simply just plugged into a mains socket when in use. I would have liked to see the pump come with an option to use batteries instead of the mains when needed, But Nuby do sell a couple of fantastic manual pumps for very low prices. When finished expressing the pump is very easy to disassemble and clean. All parts of the pump (except the digital bit, obvs) are easy to sterilise, whatever method of sterilisation you choose. The pump does not take up much space, and as electric pumps go it is not too big at all. As I mentioned previously, I have been using a Medela Mini which is a very small pump, but the Medea Mini is not recommended for daily use. The Nuby Natural Touch breast pump is a fair bit bigger, but it has been designed with a much bigger work load to take on, being a daily-use pump.
The Nuby Natural Touch Breast Pump came with 1 Natural Touch bottle. I found the bottle lovely to feed Ivy from. Ivy rarely takes a bottle and it has been hard to find bottles with teats that she finds appealing to feed from. We had no problems with the Nuby bottle at all. The teat is breast shaped, and a size 1 (slow flow) designed for new born babies. The silicone teat is very soft hand has the natural texture and flex of mothers breast.
Ivy is now starting to want to hold her bottle by herself and she found the bottle very easy to grip, despite being quite a large bottle, holding it on her own seemed very easy for her. The bottle and teat were easy to wash, with no fiddly-to-clean grooves to work around. A lovely bottle for new born babies and older babies alike.
I honestly think that the Nuby Natural Touch breast pump is a wonderful design that is excellent value for money and has easily become my favourite pump that I have ever used. Now I have a pump for every occasion! The new Nuby Natural Touch Breast Pump for at home, or when staying away in hotels etc, my mini pump for stashing in my handbag when at work or taking a long journey and my manual hand pump for when I am rocking it out at a music festival!
It is comfortable, soft, easy to use (even when sleep deprived), easy to clean and assemble. The new Nuby Natural Tough Digital Breast Pump is available for £89.99 and can be purchased directly from Nuby’s online shop.
I was sent the product in exchange for my honest opinion.