Wednesday, 6 January 2016

A review of the Ardo Calypso Double Plus Breastpump

Before Ophelia was born I knew I was going to breastfeed. I had breastfed Eva for 9 months and loved every minute of it. With Eva, I breastfed and also expressed so that her dad could give her a bottle once a day.

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 2 different individual settings for vacuum and cycle. I think it's fab that you can adjust these individually as you may want to increase the speed but decrease the suction for example. This is ideal for when you are stimulating the breast and then you need to change the setting once the milk comes in. I have been using the pump with the soft massage insert which is very comfortable.

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.

Have you used a breastpump before? Have you heard of this brand?



  1. I just used a simple manual one. This looks super trendy.

  2. This looks fab... but a bit late for me! I managed to get through breastfeeding three children for a year each without buying a pump myself thanks to two different friends who leant me their (single) pumps. A double one would have saved a lot of time! xx

  3. Sounds good - I never really managed to find a pump I got on with when I was breastfeeding - always seemed awkward and uncomfortable so wish I had had one like this!

  4. I found electric breast pumps so much easier than the handheld ones and this looks fantastic

  5. I didn't breast feed, but this does look great, I am glad it is working well for you. Kaz x

  6. This looks really useful. I just used a hand pump with my eldest but actually I found it counter-productive because she latched well and fed well from me. The second time around I stuck with feeding naturally without using a pump at all and found that my supply and her feeding times regulated a lot more naturally. I may have felt differently if I'd had a contraption as impressive as this!x

  7. Great review. I've never heard of this brand before, but it sounds really good. I only had a single breast pump and I agree - having a double pump would have made so much different time-wise - it always felt like pumping took such a long time. It's good to know about it being reasonably quiet - when you said about taking it to a work party I did imagine the noise of mine! xx

  8. This pump sounds great - I have a single pump but I think a double is the way to go. With my first I had to go to Uni two days a week and didn't want to stop feeding so I expressed each night so I would have enough stocked up for those days and he took it fine but my second refuses to take expressed milk with is a bit tricky when I need to go somewhere without him but we have made it work.

    Laura x

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