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If you are a mother who has been following the baby formula shortage on the news, you have undoubtedly been struck with compassion for those affected.
Although many women are unable to breastfeed (for multiple reasons), it is more important than ever that those who are able to do so receive the support they need.
I strongly believe that the Baby Buddha portable breast pump is one such critical tool for nursing mothers.
In terms of portable pumps (and hands-free pumps), this is the best closed system pump PERIOD.
As a currently breastfeeding working mom, I can affirm that an excellent pump is absolutely crucial for success. For many of us, work demands limit us to brief 15 minute pumping sessions; suction must be strong in order to maximize milk output in less time. A huge plus is portability, especially for those of us with an older child to tend as well.
Before I launch into my explanation for how the Baby Buddha fulfills both of these vital criteria, I would like to share my own breastfeeding journey.
With my first pregnancy, I was determined to breastfeed. I knew so much about the benefits to the baby. However, as with many first time mothers, my nursing journey had a rocky start. My first child did not latch, and I was forced to resort to a standard pump covered by my insurance plan, the Spectra S (2), and to supplement with formula. My milk output did not accelerate as I had expected, and I was disappointed. The Spectra simply did not extract the milk I needed; my body definitely seemed to recognize the difference between a baby and a pump! At 3 weeks old, however, my firstborn finally learned to latch, a development that rescued my milk supply. In little time, I was able to establish and maintain a respectable (although not bountiful) freezer stash on a regular basis, which allowed me to breastfeed my son until 14 months.
Fast forward to my second pregnancy…this time, I researched pump options extensively. More and more, I was contemplating the need for portability, as I would now have a 2-year-old to chase around the house in addition to the nursing baby. Sifting through the traditional pump options covered by my insurance provider, including the Spectra as well as the Medela pump, I was a little bit underwhelmed. There were rumors that most of the other portable and wearable pumps on the market, such as the Elvie pump and Willow Go pump, have weak suction levels.
After researching YouTube videos, I decided to give the Baby Buddha a whirl.
Listed below are some standard facts about this beautiful little gem of a pump:
1) Size and Portability – The Baby Buddha is a small and lightweight double breast pump, the size of an iPhone, attached to a strap which you can hang around your neck. The lightness of it allows a pumping mother, when the pump parts are secured in place by a pumping bra, to fold clothes, put away clean dishes, care for an older child, and complete numerous other household chores while pumping. This is essential, and it made life far easier than when I was pumping for my first child. The small size of it also allows for easier storage in a pump tote bag. The pump must be charged in order to achieve this portability. The battery life is around 4-6 hours.
I’m including a picture below (obtained from the Baby Buddha website) of the complete setup:
2) Versatility with Pump Parts from other Brands – One of the best things about the Baby Buddha is that you can attach the pump parts from another standard (free and insurance-covered) pump to the Baby Buddha. For instance, I used the Spectra pump parts with my Baby Buddha, and it worked like a dream. I simply attached the Baby Buddha tubing directly onto the Spectra parts. The Baby Buddha website actually includes some neat little infographics (see example below) about the best way to attach parts from the most common breast pumps (Spectra, Medela, Ameda, Evenflo) to the Baby Buddha. Although the Baby Buddha website offers its own pump parts, I much preferred to attach the pump to my Spectra parts, with which I was most familiar. This pump can also attach to Freemie cups, another easy option.
3) Powerful Suction – The good news is that I obtained twice as much milk flow from the Baby Buddha, especially during the first few months when milk production often peaks naturally. This soon led to an enormous freezer milk stash, such as I had only seen on Pinterest or heard about (with envy) from over-producing moms. I could not believe it. With my first child, I had a decent stash – but nothing like this wealth of breast milk! It became a bit of a joke in our family – I was able to fill our freezer to brim as well as that of my parents-in-law. I produced so much breast milk that my in-laws told me not to bring any more milk since they did not have any more room in their freezer! Ha! Truly – it was and is a wonderful problem to have.
A few other thoughts…
This device, while not a quiet pump, is certainly not loud either.
The only 2 drawbacks to this lightweight pump …
- I did seem to have to replace the breast pump parts more frequently; the strong suction of the pump seemed to wear out my Spectra parts sooner. However, I did not have to replace them more than once per month, and that is actually the official recommendation for pump part replacement.
- I personally did not care for the Baby Buddha pump parts (flanges, etc.). I would recommend attaching the Baby Buddha pump to those pump parts for which you are most familiar. In this way, you can customize the pump to your individual needs and personal preferences.
- This pump is usually not covered by health insurance. However, an application for insurance coverage is provided on the website here; prescription is required.
This pump, quite simply, changed my breastfeeding journey. I wish I had had this type of pump during my first pregnancy. This is one of the best breast pumps, if not THE BEST! It will fill your freezer with the most milk in no time!
- Although the cost of a breast pump is listed at $249.99 on the website, it is often on sale for $189.99. You can get a 10% discount when purchasing this pump at the website with this code – MAKEUPDIVA10. Simply enter the code MAKEUPDIVA10 at checkout.*
*Please note this discount code can be applied to the Baby Buddha pump itself, not the Baby Buddha pump parts.
If you have further questions, please seek out the advice of your local lactation consultant.