In the third trimester of my pregnancy I wrote this post about giving breastfeeding another bash, even though it hadn’t been a successful endeavor with my first child. Now with an eight week old newborn, I’m pleased to report that it’s actually going quite well. We’ve had our ups and downs, I’ve had a few meltdowns at 3am when its just felt really overwhelming. But overall, I’m so pleased that I tried again and we seem to have figured things out together quite nicely.
My first born was formula fed and didn’t suffer for it. I don’t hold any regrets or guilt over it. Fed is best. However, I do believe that breast milk is better, it’s just science – it’s just a fact. But I don’t believe that it’s necessarily about the breast itself being best, it’s the breast milk that’s the game changer not the way it’s being administered.
That’s why at two months in, I’m ready to start moving onto our next step in our breast milk journey: pumping. I now have an established milk supply and we have a feeding routine (3-4 hours) that is reasonably reliable. For me, now is the time is start introducing bottles and for my husband and our four year old to have the opportunity to feed her.
Towards the end of my pregnancy I was sent the Calypso Double Plus Electric Breastpump from Ardo. I have never used a breast pump before and was entirely clueless. Just as I prepared myself better for breastfeeding this time around by researching and reading. I’ve needed to educate myself about pumping, how to do it and what to expect. Luckily for me, Ardo don’t just send you the pump and send you on your merry way. They have a wealth of help available – from guides, to videos and online consultations. When you are in receipt of a large box of plastic bottles, suction cups and tubes – its very easy to get overwhelmed. If you are new to pumping like me all this is invaluable and prevented me from getting into a frustrated flap when I first tried to assemble and use the pump.
There is no help quite like actually seeing someone do the thing you are trying to do and the video’s are brilliant. From what’s in your box, to setting up and cleaning the pump. The tutorials are bite size, straight to the point and informative. You can also see the pump in use and get first hand advice on expressing, storing and choosing the right shell size.
Easy To Use and Clean?
The Calypso Double Plus has two variation settings that can be adjusted as you require. The first, the Vacuum is the strength of suction and the second Cycles is the frequency or speed. The idea is to imitate your own let down reflex, so at first you would have a low suction but a fast speed. As you notice the milk beginning to flow, you can then increase the suction and decrease the frequency as you feel comfortable. There are eight variations of each setting which you can adjust during your pumping session. I have found that particularly helpful as for me, it’s not always the same and can even depend on the time of day. I seem to be able to pump more and quicker in the morning but not so much in the evening.
Once you have set up the breast pump once, you wont need to refer to the guide or video’s again. It really is simple, especially as the only parts you really need to disassemble each time are those that need washing and sterilising. That’s because the Calypso Double Plus is a closed system pump, which means that there is a barrier between the actual pump and where the milk is being collected. This prevents any contamination from bacteria and is far more hygienic. It also means less washing and sterlising than with an open system pump because each time you are only washing the milk collection items – the bottles, shells and membranes. The other bits, like the pump itself – I’ve just been popping in the kitchen cupboard and giving the occasional wipe.
How Loud Is It?
The Calypso Double Plus prides itself on being a “very quiet” pump and I agree – it certainly doesn’t sound like its chewing your norks off! It’s actually been given a Mumsnet Best Blue Badge for the last five years and if you check out the reviews, the majority of them discuss how quiet the pump is. I think I’d find it quite off putting if it was too loud and I couldn’t hear Greys Anatomy whilst using it!
How Good Is It?
As this is the first pump I’ve ever used, I’m not in a position to draw any comparisons with other brands. I could talk about the quantities of milk that I have pumped during certain periods of time but I’m not sure that is a helpful indication. All women pump different amounts and this can vary depending on age of baby, time of day, how often you pump/ feed baby and other factors. What I can say is that I have not been disappointed and that I have felt the time spent pumping has been well spent. I think the fact that the pump is comfortable and quiet helps with milk production.
Other Stuff To Know
- 3 sizes of breast shells included
- NHS approved supplier
- Mains or battery operated
- 1 year guarantee
- Eligible for FREE next working day delivery
- Additional accessories availble including breast pads, nipple cream and freezer storage bags.
* I was provided with the Calypso Double Plus pump by Ardo free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway by the brand. *