Tommee Tippee Breastfeeding Kit – Mum’s Night Off
When I was pregnant with my first son, I made the decision that I was going to try and breastfeed him. However, I also knew that I might need a break every now and then, and that expressing and offering a bottle would be the way I could ensure he was still exclusively breastfed. In my pre-birth purchases, I bought the inexpensive Tommee Tippee Breastfeeding Kit so that I had something to hand in the house to start my expressing attempts, knowing that I could always purchase something more expensive if required.
- Inexpensive kit and contains everything you need if you are planning on expressing and bottle feeding occasionally
- Easy to clean and assemble pump and bottles
- Travel steriliser is perfect size for occasional bottle use
- Manual pumping can be difficult and tiring
- Only small (150ml) bottles are included
- Common complaints surrounding travel steriliser
First of all, here is a list of everything that is included in the Tommee Tippee Breastfeeding Kit.
- Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature manual breast pump
- 2 x 150ml Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles
- 50 x Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature disposable breast pads
- 4 x Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature milk storage pots and lids
- 1 x Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature soother (dummy)
- Travel steriliser
As I mentioned above, if you are planning on breastfeeding and thinking that you may want to occasionally express and bottle feed your baby, then this kit really does contain everything that you will need to do so.
Manual breast pump
The manual pump is not intended to be made for die hard pumping mummies, but in the early days when you have only just established breastfeeding and may want to pump once per day, it’s more than sufficient. I found that the pump’s breast nozzle was really well designed to fit all shapes and sizes due to the clever tapering, and I never seemed to have any problems in extracting milk even from the very first time. One downside to manual pumping is that it can be a bit fiddly to do (especially if you are trying to express from one boob while feeding your baby from the other), and also it’s tiring work. It genuinely can feel like you have done a workout with the arm that you have been pumping with, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing whilst you are trying desperately to lose the baby weight!
The pump is really easy to assemble, as it only breaks down into 3 parts, and they all just screw together. It’s also very simple to clean by just using some warm water and washing up liquid, and there are no small nooks and crannies that you need to work hard to get the milk out of.
Closer to Nature bottles
The bottles that are supplied with the pump attach directly onto the breast pump, so you pump straight into the bottle. To start with, the 150ml capacity will seem daunting as you won’t be able to pump anywhere near as much milk as that, but actually once your baby is a few months old, you may find that you can more than fill one 150ml bottle, which can be an annoyance to have to switch over mid-pumping. For that reason, you may need to purchase some of the 260ml Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles instead, but you’ll be pleased to know that these bottles also fit directly onto the pump.
The bottles themselves are designed with breast fed babies in mind, and they mimic the shape of a breast – with a wide rounded teat. In fact, we continued to use the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature range of bottles until my son stopped having his bottle at around 21 months of age. After the initial hiccup of getting him to take a bottle in the first place, we then never had any problems switching between breast and bottle until I stopped breastfeeding him at just over 6 months of age. This video from the manufacturer highlights all of the great features of the Tommee Tippee bottles.
Disposable breast pads
The Tommee Tippee breast pads were not the best for me, I found that they were not as absorbent as some other brands such as these Lansinoh ones (which were my favourite ones), and I had to change the Tommee Tippee ones much more frequently. However, when they come free in this kit, you’re not going to throw them away, they are certainly worth using!
Milk storage pots and lids
The storage pots provided are fantastic. They can be used in conjunction with the breast pump, since the storage pots fit perfectly onto the top of the Tommee Tippee bottles. You pop a storage pot into the bottle neck, screw the bottle onto the pump, and away you go. Then when you’re finished, you pop a lid onto the storage pot and you can keep it in the fridge or freezer for future use.
Although they are only 60ml capacity, this is perfect for when your baby is young and you will not be expressing much milk. The other great thing is that you can use these pots to store formula powder in, which we made use of once I had stopped breastfeeding, or you can also use them to store purée once you begin weaning your baby onto solids.
With the enclosed lids in place, we never had a single leak from these storage pots, even placing them in the freezer (be sure you don’t overfill them as the breastmilk will expand when freezing). I found the quality to be excellent.
My son would never take a soother, so I can’t comment on the effectiveness of the one that is included here, however for breastfeeding mums who are advised not to use a soother until breastfeeding is established, it’s nice to have one to hand in the house for when you are ready to try!
The Tommee Tippee Breastfeeding Kit comes packaged in a box, and all of the contents listed above are then contained within the travel steriliser. The travel steriliser became a firm favourite in our household, and went on holiday with us twice. It is big enough to fit in the deconstructed manual breast pump, plus the two small bottles and some of the storage pots all ready to sterilise at once. Because of it’s smaller size, you can microwave the contents for sterilisation in 2 minutes. However, should you move onto the bigger 260ml Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles, be assured that 2 of these bottles can also fit in the travel steriliser. We found it to be the perfect size for when we were going on holiday and didn’t want to take lots of milk feeding equipment with us – everything would just fit into the travel steriliser and we were ready to go.
I do need to highlight that a number of negative reviews exist regarding the travel steriliser that is supplied in this kit, mainly with customers finding that the lid does not fit properly because it is warped in shape. We never had this problem with ours, however if you find this is a problem and it’s too late for you to obtain a replacement from the retailer you purchased from, then if you contact Tommee Tippee directly, they will replace the item for you free of charge.
Value for money: 5/5
Price: RRP £39.99
Buy from: Amazon.com (currently £24.80 at time of writing)
The Tommee Tippee Breastfeeding Kit contains everything you need in terms of expressing and bottle feeding if you are primarily expecting to breastfeed your baby. If you’re planning on formula feeding, I would recommend you check out mypost about the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine.
You can usually always find this kit with a big discount, up to 50% off the RRP, and this makes it a really affordable way to have these items to hand at home before your baby arrives. You are very likely to use all of the items in the kit, and you can rely on the Tommee Tippee brand to provide high quality products.
I hope you’ve found this article useful! Please share with any friends who are expecting, and comment below if you’ve purchases the kit and whether you ended up using it.