I take it back. There is a serious flaw in the design of the Pureen Manual Breast Pump and I can’t figure out what it is. Although I have managed to use the pump successfully (relatively successfully), I’ve still encountered problems with it that I cannot resolve. Twice I’ve had a big letdown while expressing milk and twice the pump has over flowed for reasons unknown. I thought I had it figured, but clearly, I don’t.
Another problem I’ve discovered is that if you have a big let down and the milk doesn’t drain quickly enough, some of it gets sucked into the handle. If enough milk gets sucked into the handle, it can spill out.
Something else I should have added in the review (which was so kindly pointed out by MieVee) is that the Pureen Manual Breast Pump is made of polycarbonate – that non-BPA-free material – which leaches BPA during sterilisation and is part of the reason why I decided to get a new pump in the first place.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the unexplained leakage that occurred while I was expressing milk is due to a design flaw of the Pureen breast pump. The Pureen breast pump looks similar to the Avent pump, however, it is more compact in size and comes with less separate components. Since I’ve never had any problems with leakage as far as the Avent pump was concerned, I’m assuming it is these differences in design that lead to the problems I experienced with the pump. I guess that’s why it is RM35 and not RM200+.
So now we’re back to the First Years Manual Breast Pump (which is available at Toys ‘R’ Us, Jusco and Parkson)… “Penny wise, pound foolish”. At least Parkson had a sale when we bought it this time.