Expressing can be a boring, tedious, time-consuming and often frustrating experience in which the output in no way reflects the effort. There’s a whole process of sterilising, assembling, pumping…pumping…what the hell is wrong with this thing?…reassembling…ok now we’re pumping and thirty minutes later I have 20mL of milk, the baby is awake and I haven’t managed to eat or put on my 900th load of laundry.
So I’ve kind of avoided pumping for a while and was manually expressing whenever I desperately needed to top up my 2 storage bags of ‘emergency milk’ in the freezer. Manually expressing requires dexterity and can be very uncomfortable, plus it made me feel like a dairy cow! But it was still better than my first pump – which shall remain nameless!
This also means I’ve been pretty much house-bound for the last year and missed out on a few important celebrations, as I haven’t been able to be away from my little girl.
So when I got asked to test out the Unimom Forte# Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump, I was a little less than enthusiastic at first. But I figured if it didn’t work, then I’m no worse off than I am already.
When I first opened the box and saw some little attachments, two long plastic tubes and some rubber bits, I thought it was going to be an involved assembly process of Ikea proportions.
I was pleasantly surprised that the instructions were brief, straightforward and I really didn’t need to refer to them much while I was putting the pump together.
Well…it actually worked! I started the breast pump on the lowest setting and gradually increased the suction, but even on the maximum setting it just felt like a baby suckling and didn’t hurt at all. It took a minute for the milk flow to start and then the longer I pumped, the more milk came flowing out. Woohoo! I felt like a bountiful milk maiden – quite a feat with my A cups!
The motor was really quiet and light and it has a handle which makes it easy to transport from home to work or around the house. Cleaning is fairly standard for a breast pump which was nice – I was expecting it to be more complex for a hospital grade pump.
After a 10 minute pumping session I had 60mL from one breast and 40mL from the other. But since it is a double pump I was able to express both breasts at the same time – making it much more efficient. The amount of milk I can express depends on the day and how Little Miss is feeling, when she’s teething she has ‘extra boobs’ so it’s harder for me to express a lot, but it’s definitely easier now I’ve done it a few times.
I’m actually now expressing every day, using the Unimom Forte# Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump and my supply has drastically increased – I’ve had to buy more storage containers for all my milk!
So I’m having my first girls night out in a few weeks since the little one was born…bought a new dress and everything!
Okay – here are the Unimom Forte# Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump facts:
We love the Unimom Forte# here at Milkbar and often refer to it as the Rolls Royce of breast pumps without the price tag! To experience the Unimom difference and express more in less time you can purchase your very own Forte here.
‘Best breast pump I have used so happy with it thankyou.’- Samantha P.
‘My baby hasn’t arrived yet so I am yet to use the breast pump but was very happy with the prompt delivery. I read many, many reviews before purchasing a breast pump and found the unimom forte to have the most positive feedback from users, based on the fact it is hospital grade, has a closed system and was price competitive.’- Roxy
‘This pump is a closed system pump at an affordable price. Was most impressed with the speed of delivery! In the morning I can express enough for 2 feeds in just 15 minutes! I also bought adapters so I can adapt to my wife neck bottles I already had. Very convenient. Easy to clean and easy to put together.’- Jessica M
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