When you’re exclusively pumping, your breast pump can feel like a ball and chain – you literally have to lug it everywhere because you have to pump every few hours. If this is wearing you down, the Baby Buddha breast pump is a great mobility pump that can give you a lot more freedom while still getting your pumping sessions in! Here’s a Baby Buddha review.
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Baby Buddha is an awesome mobility pump
One of the hardest things about exclusively pumping is feeling tied down.
If your pump doesn’t have a battery pack, you’re stuck next to an outlet. And even if your pump doesn’t need to be plugged in, a larger pump can leave you more or less stuck in one place because it can be a hassle to pick up and carry around.
The Baby Buddha pump has a rechargeable battery and is super small! It comes with a lanyard, so you can hang it around your neck, or you could easily fit it into a pocket.
How to Use It
Like most breast pumps, the Baby Buddha has two modes: letdown and expression mode. Most moms start the pump off in letdown mode for a few minutes and then switch to expression mode after getting a letdown.
However, others find it works better to use one or the other for longer. The Baby Buddha is a little different from other breast pumps in that every few “pulls” is longer pull. Experiment and see what works best for you!
To adjust the settings on the Baby Buddha, you can use the roller ball. Press it to switch modes, and roll up to increase suction or down to decrease suction.
I’m not going to lie. The suction on the Baby Buddha is STRONG.
(The company sent me a pump after I’d weaned and I decided to try it anyway just for fun. Research, right? My nipples have clearly gone soft – I couldn’t get past the first setting because the suction was so strong!)
This can be great if you have problems getting letdowns and feeling “empty” after pumping. However, if you find that the Baby Buddha suction is too strong for you, some moms found it was better using Pumpin Pals. (More info on these here.)
To set this up, you can connect the pump to Medela pump parts using the Maymom long stem backflow protector. (Here is a detailed overview on how to do this; instead of connecting the tubing to your Spectra, you connect it to the Baby Buddha.)
Using Baby Buddha with Freemies
If you want even MORE freedom, you can also use the Baby Buddha pump with closed system Freemie collection cups.
Note that the Baby Buddha tubing can be difficult to get in there, so this setup is attached with Bella Baby tubing.
Baby Buddha Discount Code
If you’re interested in buying the Baby Buddha, you can get it for 20% off with the code EPM20! (referral code) The Baby Buddha consistently gets good reviews in our Facebook group, and I think it’s a great investment for exclusive pumpers to be more free of the “ball and chain.”
Do you have a Baby Buddha breast pump? Share you Baby Buddha review in the comments!