Interested in pumping to keep your milk supply up? Read the Lansinoh SmartPump review to see if this one’s right for you.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored Lansinoh SmartPump review and interview written by me on behalf of Lansinoh Laboratories. All opinions are 100% mine. This article contains affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission—at no extra cost to you—if you make a purchase.
Before I left the hospital, the nurses encouraged me to pump from day one to encourage milk supply. Once I was home, I pumped so others could feed the babies as well. I was also able to get a break from nursing. And if you have a low supply, pumping is a fantastic way to “trick” your body that you need more.
Back at work, pumping was essential if I wanted my babies to continue having breast milk. Through pumping, I was able to provide all three kids breast milk up until they turned one-year-old.
But this story isn’t just about me. You see, I reached out to a fellow SSBE reader, Lena K. (not pictured) from New York to share her experience with pumping. She discusses how pumping with the Lansinoh SmartPump™ has helped her keep her milk supply up, even with twins.
Learn more about Lena and her experience with pumping. Plus, read all the way through to see how you can win your own Lansinoh SmartPump!
Lansinoh SmartPump review
Nina: Tell us about yourself! Where are you from? How many kids do you have? Do you work outside the home?
Lena: I’m originally from Asheville, North Carolina. Now I live in New York City with my husband, five-month-old identical twin boys, and golden retriever. Life is so crazy but fun! I’m pursuing my PhD in Developmental Biology, so I work in a lab every day while the boys are in day care.
What motivated you to start breastfeeding and pumping?
I’m a twin myself, and my mom breastfed my brother and me, so I assumed that was what I would do too! One of the babies was in the NICU for the first few days. I started pumping in the hospital to give him the best start and to boost my milk supply.
Once we were home, I continued breastfeeding both babies. My NICU baby had latch problems in the beginning, so I pumped after each session to supplement. I also pumped to build up a milk stash for when I returned to work. Now I pump milk during the work day.
What is your current nursing and pumping schedule?
I nurse once in the morning after waking up. Then I pump three times at work for 15 minutes each. I nurse right after day care, and once before baths. Around 10pm, I pump before I go to bed, and the boys are still eating one to two times at night.
What benefits—for the babies, you, and the family—have you seen with breastfeeding?
I definitely attribute breastfeeding to helping me get back into my pre-baby clothes! I gained around 50 pounds during my pregnancy—I was eating all the protein in sight. Then, when the twins were born, I was hungry all the time and ate double dinners and a midnight snack or two.
Even with those extra calories, I was back in my pre-baby clothes in 4 months. All thanks to breastfeeding and long stroller walks in the park!
My babies were able to regain their birth weight quickly, and have steadily gained since. I love seeing their chubby little legs, especially since one of them was only 4 pounds, 10 ounces at birth.
They also haven’t been sick yet (knock on wood!). I hope providing them with those extra antibodies will help them during the winter. I’ve enjoyed all the snuggles that go with nursing. And it’s been nice to give bottles of pumped breast milk so my husband can enjoy feeding them, too.
What challenges make it difficult to breastfeed and pump?
The biggest challenge was when the boys were eating three to four times per night and my husband was back at work. I had worked so hard to get my supply to the level it is. I was hesitant to skip any of those sessions, but I thought of switching to formula so I could get more sleep!
I’m more relaxed about it now, although I keep an eye on my pumping output to make sure it’s not decreasing.
Pumping has become part of my routine, but it can also be boring! The lactation room at work is in the basement of the building, so I can’t bring any work with me.
You’ve now used the Lansinoh SmartPump with Bluetooth capabilities. How is this unique from other pumps you’ve tried?
This pump has an app that syncs with it once you start pumping, making it easy to track the length of my sessions. It has a timer displayed on the pump itself, which I found helpful.
It also allows you to choose the type of pumping style to mimic the ones your babies may do. The breast flanges have a soft silicon ring around them to provide a better suction.
How does the SmartPump help you reach your breastfeeding goals?
I would sometimes cut my sessions short once I reach a certain amount of ounces even though the milk is still flowing. The timer made sure I was pumping for the amount of time I wanted. It helped me stay on track when I felt tempted to stop a few minutes early.
The app also made it easy to track how much I was pumping per session. This app would’ve been so useful in the early days!
One twin quirk: it doesn’t let you add pumping sessions for both babies at once—you have to choose which one. You can also only start the timer for one child at one time. So for any tandem sessions, you’d have to go back and edit for the other twin.
Tell us more about how the Lansinoh bottles and the SmartPump work together as a system.
I like the Lansinoh bottles, and the boys seem to like them too! It’s easy to pump directly into the 5oz or the 8oz bottle depending on how much I’ll pump per session. Then I have everything ready to send to daycare without transferring to another bottle.
What are your favorite features of the pump?
I like the timer display letting me know how long I’ve pumped already. I also like how it’s a closed system. I don’t have to continue running the pump after I’ve finished to get rid of condensation.
The only drawbacks are that the pump is a little loud and vibrates. I also have a bit of a Goldilocks situation with the flanges. The Lansinoh ones looked comfortable, but I couldn’t fit into either one. Luckily, I found another set of flanges that fits on the Lansinoh pump!
Lansinoh SmartPump information
Thank you Lena for your thorough and honest Lansinoh Smartpump review! Below are more points about the pump and the bottles:
- Connect the SmartPump to your phone via Bluetooth and download the SmartPump app. Then track things like how long you pumped, which side the baby nursed and the dates and times you pumped.
- The SmartPump is the only pump that comes with three pumping styles and eight adjustable suction levels.
- The Lansinoh bottles use a soft silicone nipple that’s compressible. This allows baby to use same actions learned in breastfeeding. It also only comes with three parts to make cleaning easier!
- Note: The Lansinoh bottles are found in the breastfeeding section in retail stores like Babies R Us, not the bottle section.
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Tell me in the comments: Did you pump when you were breastfeeding? What were the biggest benefits of pumping for you? Which features seem most exciting to you?