In this post I’m reviewing the fantastic BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump.
I’ve been breastfeeding Jonah for 15 months now. I never imagined we would get this far, as we did struggle at the start.
I’m passionate about breastfeeding, and so grateful to the women who helped me learn to breastfeed in hospital – and the lactation consultant who supported me through difficult times.
Jonah lost a lot of weight in the weeks following his birth, so we (probably needlessly) supplemented with formula. When his weight gain stabilised, we gradually decreased his formula intake and I pumped to increase my milk supply. We used the Medela Swing electric breast pump.
Now we find breastfeeding so easy, and it forges such a strong bond between us – we both love it. Jonah breastfeeds about three times during the day, and breastfeeds to sleep. If he’s poorly, he breastfeeds more frequently for comfort.
Even though I still express on a weekly basis, the Medela Swing sits unused in Jonah’s nursery.
Instead, I use a manual silicone pump to express milk.
Jonah needs milk if he goes to Grandma’s house for more than a few hours, and I also like to make a breast milk bath for Jonah when he has spotty skin. Keeping a freezer stash is quite nice, and I like to have a few bags frozen just in case.
I’ve used the Haakaa silicone breast pump for about a year now.
Then I learned about a new brand called BeeMom, who also make a silicone breast pump.
About the BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump
In case you’ve not seen this kind of silicone breast pump before, it’s a soft, squeezable one-piece unit that looks like a bottle with a flange opening.
There’s nothing to plug in and no noisy grunting machine. With electric pumps, there are so many fiddly parts to connect – and so much cleaning up afterwards.
Electric pumps can cost so much – the price is almost prohibitive. Manual silicone pumps are far cheaper than electric breast pumps.
A silicone pump allows mum to easily and discreetly collect breast milk, whether that’s while baby is feeding, or without baby.
The BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump is manufactured from 100% food-grade silicone. It is BPA free, and hypoallergenic so is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
The packaging is really inviting and there’s a lovely note inside from Tammy, the owner of BeeMom, which is a nice personal touch.
The pump has a really pretty baby and lotus flower design, and fits snugly in my hand.
How to use the BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump
To apply the pump:
- Roll back the flange sides so they flip down, whilst simultaneously squeezing the pump to remove the air
- Apply the pump over the areola, letting go of the squeeze
- The air will be suctioned out of the pump and it’ll be vacuumed to your breast
Try several different positions to see what works best for you. It’s so satisfying watching a jet of milk shoot out!
You can either use the pump on one side while baby feeds on the other, taking advantage of baby stimulating your let-down reflex. Or, you can use jiggle, roll, and stroke techniques before attaching the pump to help stimulate let down without baby’s help.
Protip: use the pump while it’s still warm from sterilising for even better results.
I find the pump comfortable to use. During use, there should be no discomfort or pain. If there is, remove the pump and try again.
Who should use the BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump?
If you want to collect off the other side so you have a few ounces of milk to stash in the freezer, this pump is great.
If you want to express for baby while you’re not together in order to build your stash and avoid engorgement and blocked ducts, this is a convenient and discreet option.
Obviously the efficiency of an electric pump can’t be replicated by a manual pump. So if you’re breastfeeding or pumping exclusively, you’d be better served by an electric pump.
I probably wouldn’t use a silicone breast pump to increase my milk supply, although any removal of milk from the breasts does stimulate further production of milk.
How much milk can be collected?
This depends on the individual. Personally I collect half an ounce from both sides at each sitting. I feel I’ve got quite a small capacity, and I’ve never been able to express large amounts of milk when Jonah is with me. He keeps me well emptied by breastfeeding frequently!
Bear in mind that your baby will always be more effective at removing milk from your breasts, since being with baby releases greater amounts of oxytocin, the love hormone.
How easy is it to clean the BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump?
Cleaning the pump is super simple! Just wash with a mild soap – we use Bio-D fragrance free sanitising hand wash, then boil the pump to sterilise it.
Storing the collected breast milk
Store the milk in the fridge in the pump with the supplied lid, or transfer it to a bottle. Freeze any extra milk you have. I use Medela Pump and Save bags.
Okay, these are not really drawbacks with the BeeMom pump, more with silicone pumps in general.
The nutritional content of ‘drip milk’ may not offer pre-weaned, exclusively breastfed babies a complete feed. For the occasional feed this won’t be a problem. Read this article about silicone breast pumps for more information.
Secondly, the lid won’t keep the milk from spilling if the pump gets squished in a handbag, or knocked hard, but it does a very good job of stopping anything airborne from landing in the pump and spoiling the milk.
If you’re on the move, take a pre-sterilised milk bottle with a screw cap, like the Medela Calma bottle.
How does it compare to the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump?
Honestly, I could’ve been using the Haakaa and not noticed it was the BeeMom pump! These two pumps look and work almost exactly the same.
The only difference is that the BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump is about half the price.
I hope you’ve found this post helpful in reviewing the BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump. This is an efficient, convenient manual breast pump you can use anywhere, anytime, with or without your baby.
It is half the price of the popular alternative and just as effective.
Get your BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump from Amazon, priced at £7.99.
How do you like to express breast milk? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!
Disclosure: I bought the BeeMom Silicone Breast Pump and was recompensed by BeeMom. However, all views are my own.