If you've breastfed, you're more than likely to have considered expressing milk. Expressing can be beneficial in more ways than one. You can use expressed milk so that you can have the freedom to go places and allow other people to care for your baby. It can be used if you have latching on problems. Expressing also helps to maintain and increase your milk supply. It is a great way for dads to start to develop a bond with their baby. You can also start building up a supply in your freezer so that when you start weaning your little one, you can use your milk with things such as cereals and porridge.
I was lucky enough to be asked if I would like to review the Calypso Double Plus Electric Breastpump made by Ardo. The pump has won lots of awards so I was looking forward to receiving it. When I was feeding Eva, I expressed a lot using a single pump so I was very keen to see the difference using a double pump.
What's in the box?
The box contains the breast pump unit, 3 different sized flanges to use, a bottle holder, a brush for cleaning, instruction manual and a mains adapter.
I found it very easy to setup and to be honest I didn't even have to read the manual. It seemed self explanatory to look at. The unit can be used by plugging into the mains or with batteries. I think this is a great feature as you can take the pump out with you if you are away from your baby for an extended period of time and your boobies end up engorged. I recently took it out with me to my works christmas party.
The pump has been made with 'vacuum seal' technology which provides a barrier against contamination.
I must admit that at first I was a bit worried about double pumping. For some reason I had in my head that it may be painful. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's very easy to do, pain free and the main benefit is that it is done a lot quicker. For someone who has a toddler and a newborn baby, this feature is invaluable to me. Time is precious in my house as i'm sure you can appreciate.
I've been using the pump now for over 6 weeks. I am really happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. I love the fact that it's a double pump or it can be used as a single pump. This makes the product much better value for money than others that are available. It gives you the flexibility that you need. I've used it many times in both capacities. When I first had Ophelia, I was using it as a double pump to relieve engorgement and to help with my milk supply. Once breastfeeding was established, I was using it as a single pump to express milk off for her dad to give her a bottle. When I don't have a lot of time, I double pump as I get twice as much milk in a short period of time.
I like the fact that it can be battery operated. As I mentioned earlier I took it on a night out with me. It's also very quiet. This was very helpful on my night out as I wanted to be as discreet as I could be. It's marketed as the quietest pump available and I have to say that it's definitely quieter than the previous breastpump I owned.
I'm really happy with the product. In fact it was one of the first things I packed in my suitcase to bring with me on my holiday to Australia. Head over to their website to view all the products they have on offer and to find out more information about the calypso pump, Ardo.
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