Lansinoh 2in1 Affinity Pro Electric Breast Pump – review

A breast-pump is by no means a baby must-have. Many mothers never find use for them, choosing not to leave their young babies, leaving them when they’re old enough to have solids instead or learning to hand express.

They can be extremely useful if you do need to pump a lot though – a decent breastpump is, anyway. I’ve been trying the Lansinoh 2in1 Affinity Pro and I reckon it’s a worthy piece of kit.

Last time around I made my way through quite a few pumps, not finding any satisfactory (apart from one that I hired but should have bought). With a late diagnosed tongue-tie and resulting low milk production, I needed to pump after every feed to supplement and to increase my supply. I imagine the Affinity Pro would have been a wonderful find at the time.

I’ve not needed to pump this time but have done so to leave feeds with Ophelia when I was learning to drive (I passed my test when she was seven weeks – and she never accepted any of the milk I left). Now I’m using it to donate milk. So, it’s not getting heavy duty testing but I feel it’s reliable enough for me to talk about it.

I find it comfortable but powerful. Granted, my supply isn’t an issue this time, but I couldn’t believe that a quick session meant I could store my milk (see how many ounces a breastfed baby needs) and pack up shop.

breast-pump

The high yield is probably a combination of the double pumping action (stimulating both breasts at once triggers the milk ejection reflex so you get more milk in a shorter time) and the comfort both of the breast cushions (there’s a term I never thought I’d use) and the adjustability of the machine’s settings. The automatic settings work really well for me.

It’s very easy to clean and Lansinoh guarantees against milk entering the tubing. Certainly if you’re pumping anywhere away from home, the battery option is very helpful.

The timer on the screen is useful to make sure you don’t go overboard. Shorter more frequent sessions often trump longer sessions but it’s easy to lose track of time, especially if you’re stressed.

I find it intuitive to use. As anyone who knows me well can guess, I had a quick look at the instructions, decided my poor baby brain couldn’t cope with reading them and just winged it. And it worked beautifully. I have read them since (mainly because I knew I’d be reviewing it here!) and, yep, it all matches up. Result.

Obviously, do your own research as all of us are different. I’m more than satisfied with its performance, personally.

The Lansinoh 2in1 Affinity Pro Electric Breastpump is available for purchase from Born for £120.

I was sent this product to review.


14 Comments

  1. May 23, 2014 / 1:38 am

    Hiya, one thing I would be really interested to know (although it would take some time) is how it stands up to regular use. I bought a Medela hand pump when I went back to work and it has only lasted maybe 5 months before biting the dust. These pumps are a serious investment, especially if they are only going to have a short life span and that would be useful to know up front!
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    • May 23, 2014 / 2:38 pm

      I couldn’t say how it would be with that kind of use. Ophelia is only three months old and whereas I needed to pump loads last time, I’ll only be pumping once a day at most so I could donate to another baby and have the odd feed stored for her should I need to leave her. But, I will come back and add an edit in a few months if it helps. If you look on Mumsnet people seem quite impressed with it too. My feeling is that it is a good quality pump. I used quite a few last time and some were really rubbish.

  2. May 24, 2014 / 8:08 am

    I’ve never really got on with pumps but to be fair never used an electric one. This looks great though and I think Lansinoh are such a great brand, I’ve always been impressed with their other products.

    • May 30, 2014 / 9:44 pm

      So much can be involved in getting on with it – the right pump, technique, practice.. But when it works it works.

    • May 30, 2014 / 9:45 pm

      Having been through a lot of hand pumps too, it really depends on which one. There are some awful ones out there!

  3. May 25, 2014 / 10:53 am

    I got on really well with an electric pump – I used it a lot when Dexter was in intensive care.

    • May 30, 2014 / 9:46 pm

      Sorry that he was intensive care. Glad you didn’t have the added stress of struggling with a pump. x

  4. May 25, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    I used a hand pump both times and wish i had tried an electric one. I was just too scared as i couldn’t control it myself but the hand pump was terrible and i hardly ever got a lot x
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    • May 30, 2014 / 9:48 pm

      Some hand pumps can be great but there are some hideous ones on the market. Pumping is a skill too – it can take practice. Electrics can definitely help, though, depending on how often you need to use one.

  5. May 26, 2014 / 12:44 am

    Oh this one sounds really good, I never got the hang of electric pumps and for two years whenever I needed to I just hand expressed but for our next child I would like to find a pump that works efficiently (they never seemed strong enough) so I will keep this one in mind for sure.

    Laura x
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    • May 30, 2014 / 9:49 pm

      It’s great that you mastered the art of hand expression. It’s definitely a useful skill to have.

  6. June 1, 2014 / 10:11 am

    I think I tried pumping once or twice, but gave up because I never really needed to, and Theo just refused anything but the real thing! But interesting to know that this is a good model.
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  7. June 1, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    I borrowed one of these from a neighbour when I went away for two nights for the first time when Wilf was 18 and it was SO good! I would defo invest in one next time round x
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