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Review: Tollyjoy Double Electric Breast Pump

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Tollyjoy recently launched their latest breast pump at the “Strut Your Bump” event organised by the team behind the Supermom Bazaar. The event was packed with mommies who were expecting, ready to break the record for the Largest Pre-Natal Exercise Class (which they did!), whilst the daddies stood by with their mobile phones in hand ready to catch their wife in action (I hope I wasn’t caught in some super unglam position lor, wasn’t even dressed for the workout!). And the goodie bags! Oh wow, they were packed with some serious goodies.

Goodie bag you get with your ticket

Goodie bag you get with your ticket

Review Goodie Bag

Review Goodie Bag

Tollyjoy is a 老字号 in Singapore. Hubby and I were talking about it after the event, and the things that came to mind when we think about Tollyjoy is their powder puff container (who didn’t love patting it to cause powder clouds as a kid??), their milk powder dispenser, and their signature rubber mat. Eh, all these part of our generation okay. And today’s generation too! I have friends who still use their rubber mat, and I was gifted one for QT too.

But to be honest, I have always only just associated Tollyjoy with those baby accessories, and not breastpumps. As I mentioned previously, Medela was the word when it came to asking about breastpumps, and when it was so costly, one obviously wanted to get the “right” one so you don’t waste money buying another pump just cos one didn’t work out for you.

After having reviewed so many pumps, obviously I jumped at the chance to review Tollyjoy’s latest offering. I wanted to find out how a local brand would fare against the international brands.

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what you get in your double pump set

The first thing that came to mind when I took out the set were the covers for the flanges. How convenient! Pumping in peace is a luxury and goodness knows how many of us do get interrupted sometimes when we are in the midst of pumping. Having the covers will prevent any unwanted bugs from going in, or leaving the flanges exposed for too long, well for hygiene purposes, AND unwanted spillage. #liquidgold

the pump broken down

the pump broken down

Parts

The pump comes with 2 milk bottles, 2 all in one breast flange + funnel, 2 stands, 2 flange covers, 2 valves, 2 diaphragm, 2 tubes, a t-connector for tubes to motor, a motor and a storage bag.

Seems easy enough to put together and assemble. And it is..except I keep forgetting about the diaphragm. See the little circular thing with a hole in the middle? That is the diaphragm. It serves as a backflow protector as well and unlike the ones that I am familiar with, where you just pull it out of the funnel, this one is a screwed in diaphragm. Which is fine..except I keep forgetting about it and just pull the tube off it. Which means I end up washing an extra part! Gaaah. Must.remember.to.unscrew.before.washing. *grumbles*

connecting the diaphragms to the funnels.

connecting the diaphragms to the funnels.

What I love is that I am able to attach the silicon breast shields securely over the breast flanges. It locks nicely over the edge. The silicon breast shields for the Unimom Forte was designed the same way, but for some reason always just didn’t secure itself nicely over the edge.

The translucent valves are also larger than the ones on the other pumps. Does it affect the suction? Not really. If anything, it just makes it easier to wash and it is thicker as well, so could also possibly mean you don’t have to replace them that often, or that they won’t tear that easily.

Bottle size is probably another grief of mine. It is small. =( 120mls. Most of the bottles that come with the pumps are a minimum of 150mls. 30mls is not a lot, but going by the way pump volume increases, it would mean you will need to buy the bigger sized bottles or just keep emptying bottles. I did try fitting the Medela bottles I have but it doesn’t seem to fit. Oh wells. And they don’t come with storage lids, which also means you will need to bring storage bags along if you want to store milk. Having said that, if you buy additional storage bottles from Tollyjoy, they do come with storage lids!

Usage

Like most pumps, the Double Electric Breast Pump has a 2-min let-down phase before going into expression phase. At expression phase, it has 10 levels of suction, which is more than most standard pumps. This pump also comes with a LED screen, so no more recording of time with your phone! Now you can clock-watch on the screen. Urgh. Terrible habit of mine.

What makes this breast pump a little different from the other pumps is the memory function. Well, obviously apart from the Unimom, which uses a dial, the other pumps that I have requires you to set the suction level yourself after the let-down phase. With the memory function, all you need to do when you are at the desired suction level, just hit the memory button to press and hold for 5 secs. The next time you pump, you just hit the memory button again and voila, you are at your desired setting!

No need to mentally count how many times you have pressed the damn button in your sleep deprived stupor. Haha.

AND..(this gets a little cheesy), this pump comes with music accompaniment should you wish it. It’s true! The pump actually comes with three melodies so that you can enjoy some classical music whilst you are pumping, or use it to try and mask the sound of the pump, like those sounds of water played when you use the toilet in Japan to mask the sound of you peeing. =P Similar concept. Whilst I appreciated the thought that went into the design of this music accompaniment, being a musically inclined person, it annoyed me more than anything else cos it wasn’t three full melodies but snippets of melodies. So it was jumping from one melody to another..very distracting!

But hey, that’s me. You might enjoy it! =P

The flanges. They are smaller than your usual flanges, and only come in one size. Having said that, the funnel is HUGE! So I guess you don’t have to worry about size if you have big nipples. Hrm. Okay, most of the time the flanges do the work around areola, having a bigger flange doesn’t mean it may massage the breast to express more milk. So having a smaller flange would sorta make sense. However, with a bigger funnel. HRM. How would that work for someone with smaller nipples? or a smaller areola? I consider myself to be an average sized (i.e., 24mm for Medela, Regular for Pigeon), so the flange/funnel worked fine for me at suction level 5 (highest I would go before it got uncomfortable for me). I actually liked the extra space around the nipple. Mine would chafe against the side of the 24mm Medela flange (could probably mean I got the wrong size).

flange size

Usage wise, the assembly of the parts is pretty straight forward. Attach suction tube onto diaphragm, attach breast flange with silicone cushion, attach valve onto funnel, screw bottle on and we’re good to go. 2-min let-down phase and then feel free to adjust your settings to your liking or press the memory button for previous settings . If you feel that you do not need 2 mins for let-down, you can go straight to the regular pump settings. Enjoy the music if you like!

pump settings

Comfort level. The silicone cushion is gentle against the breast and there is sufficient room in the flange for the nipple as well. I used it with my hands free bra and the small flange really works well to fit in the hands free bra openings. It didn’t feel like it was falling off easily due to the size.

Noise. Compared to the other pumps, I would say the noise that the pump makes is average (Louder than Pigeon Pro & Unimom Forte, as loud as Medela & Tommee Tippee). One other grievance is the beep it makes when you turn on the pump. This would probably be a con in my books especially if you pump in your room with your baby sleeping in the same room as you. Also, the music doesn’t have a volume control, just one volume and should you accidentally press the music button (sits next to the on and off button), it will come blaring out in the quiet of the night. YIKES.

In conclusion, at S$169.90, this electric double pump is a decent economical buy if you are looking for a no frills pump.

Together with the launch of their new range of breastpumps, Tollyjoy also launched their new Day & Night Disposable Nursing Pads. In a box of 40, the nursing pads boasts of 3D side leak guards for added protection, which is totally new to me. Having tried two brands of nursing pads (one that made me ITCH soooo bad, the other a little stifling but bearable), I wondered how this could be any better. I have pretty much given in to just wearing dark tops and hoping for the best when I am nursing kiddo in public. #nursingmomwoes (yes, at 14mos pp, nursing QT still triggers letdown!)

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Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see each pad in a sweet individual packaging with perforated line for easy removal. Just split the perforated lines, and take the pad out.

just split between the perforated lines

just split between the perforated lines

The pad felt really smooth to the touch. It was not scratchy and the leak guards didn’t bother me either. Now you wonder, why are they called day and night nursing pads? That’s where the leak guards come in.

side leak guards and non-woven fabric surface

side leak guards and non-woven fabric surface

If you are using them during the day, your leak guards go horizontally, so they catch any leak at the bottom. If you are using the pads at night, your leak guards go vertically so they catch any leak at the sides if you sleep sideways! How is that  for consideration?

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A box of 40 + 8 free go for a reasonable S$7.90. Pretty good deal!

FAQs

Can I use a microwave steriliser to sterilise the parts?
Yes, the parts are microwave safe. I have used the Tommee Tippee Microwave Steriliser to sterilise the parts (on high for 4 mins) and none of them have warped. 

Where can I find Tollyjoy’s latest range of breast pumps?
Tollyjoy’s latest range of breast pumps can be found in leading departmental stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets and baby speciality stores across the region.

Tollyjoy will also be participating in the SuperMom Bazaar happening in August 2015.

How much are the breast pumps and accessories?
The Double Electric Breast Pump is retailing for S$169.90. The 5oz standard neck bottle retails for S$4.20 and the 8oz standard neck bottle retails for S$4.60. The bottles comes with a storage lid and teat.

Tollyjoy does not sell the pump spare parts in retail stores. Should you require, you may contact the Tollyjoy office directly to check on availability.

Are the parts to the breast pumps replaceable and where can I find the parts?
Customers can contact or reach Tollyjoy office/warehouse at Changi South Industrial Estate, +65 6542 6988

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary set of the Tollyjoy Double Electric Breast Pump from Tollyjoy to write this review. All opinions are solely mine and are written as objectively as possible.

nursing in the Manduca

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Okay, I seem to have a fair bit of searches on my blog about breastfeeding in the Manduca, and I have had some emails and comments in relation to my post about the Manduca as well. So I figured I might take a shot at explaining how it is done with some visuals.

So meet QT, the current baby in the older of the two Manducas I own.

QT sitting in normal mode

QT sitting in normal mode

Breastfeeding on the go obviously is the best thing since sliced bread for a SAHM who goes out to have some me time to maintain some level of sanity. More so when QT is my second kid. Can I imagine having to sit in a nursing room with Ollie running amok and going bonkers? Yes I can imagine and I shudder to harbour any thoughts of it. Breastfeeding on the go also means more time for mummy to window-shop!

As you can see, 5mo QT is sitting a little too high in the carrier for me to feed. In order to lower him into a more suitable position, I unzip the back extension.

Unzipped back extension

Unzipped back extension

And tadah! He is in boobies land. Snarfle, sniff sniff, snarfle. Yes, he does that when he is hungry. *cue drool and saliva all over my top thankewberrymuch*

Obviously not every baby is of the same height and they grow. Oh how they grow. So this is how you can adjust easily on the go as well. With the back extension unzipped, if baby is sitting too low to nurse, you adjust it with the straps on the shoulders.

Height adjustment

Height adjustment

To bring baby up to a suitable height, you pull the straps down to shorten the straps.

To pull baby up, pull strap downwards

To pull baby up, pull strap downwards

 

To drop baby down to a suitable height, you pull the strap adjuster upwards to release the straps, like this.

To drop baby down in the carrier.

To drop baby down in the carrier; using  fingers to pull  bottom of adjuster upwards.

For smaller sized babies, unzipping the back extension may also “pull” baby further away from your body as they slouch. To bring baby closer to you, you will need to pull on a separate set of straps.

To pull baby closer to your body

To pull baby closer to your body

To pull baby closer to you, pull on these straps downwards

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To bring baby closer to your body.

To extend strap length and “pull” baby away from your body, IF baby/toddler is taller and needs to sit down further to be able to nurse, again you need to pull the strap adjuster upwards to release the straps.

Use fingers to pull adjuster upwards to extend strap length

Use fingers to pull adjuster upwards to extend strap length

The Manduca is designed to help mummies like us to use it with ease, or at least I find it to be so. Easily adjustable straps without having to take the baby/child out of it. So hopefully this tutorial helps moms who would like to try and nurse their child in the Manduca.

Good luck!

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time out

heading out

heading out

for the first time in a long while, Ollie and I spent the day together outside, just the both of us. Usually when we headed out, we would meet up with either D, or head to someone’s place to chillax for the afternoon before heading home.

so today, I had plans for us to go to the BabyCare Fair at the Singapore Expo to check out some stuff for Ollie (safety gate!!). The fair starts at 11am, but dear mama here decided that we will have breakfast at maccas so off we went at 8.45am in the morning. =P we had a lovely time over breakfast, sharing a kid’s portion of pancakes, and exploring the toy that came with the meal. It was a hacky sack. Ollie immediately went “ball!” but was a wee befuddled as to why this ball didn’t bounce, roll away and felt different. Nevertheless, still a ball and he is happy that he has a new ball. Toddlers. Right.

Anyhoos, we had a bit of a nonsensical chat on the way to the expo hall, and stood in the queue for the doors to open. He had a quick 30 min nap and woke up just after the doors opened. Niiice. We took a slow stroll around the stalls, got some new snacks for Ollie, checked out safety gates, cabinet and drawer latches (yes we are at that stage & it is driving me nuts!!), and scored some free yoghurt drops for the monster. Yay. Ollie was happy. Mama is happy too cos she got to do some shopping. =D

Then it was off to get Daddy some new pants (in new sizes….haha). It was..interesting shopping for men’s pants with a toddler strapped to me in front. Hrm. Ollie couldn’t get his hands off the pants I was holding. Finally picked one with Donald’s stamp of approval and apparently Ollie gave his stamp of approval too cos he knicked it out of my reusable bag and wouldn’t stop hugging it! Waaaat. Guess we can’t return it now. Whoops.

It was a good day out, sun was out, we got some good time together. It’s been a good week.

On another note, today is Day 6 of Ollie weaning off breastfeeding and we have been progressing really well. We started off weaning in the day since we found out that he was able to fall asleep in the carrier without needing to nurse to sleep. However, this was only if Donald was carrying him. And this was after Donald had been putting Ollie to sleep in the carrier at bedtimes for the past week or so after nursing. So I started weaning him in the day by nursing him when he woke up, instead of nursing him to sleep. He wasn’t too happy with not being able to nurse to sleep. Initially I would tell him firmly to “stop” squirming and fussing, which he would comply very quickly and snuggle back on me and fall asleep shortly. Subsequently, I would explain to him that there was “no more milk” and he would fuss a little while before accepting it. In the early days, it took me nearly 45 minutes to put him down for a nap, between him fussing and crying. Today, it takes me about 15 minutes with a little play time and giggles, a wee bit of fussing and then quiet down. Unfortunately, it still takes Donald 30 minutes to put him to bed. Haha. Maybe Ollie just craves for Daddy contact time. =D

With this weaning, my breastmilk supply has dropped a fair bit and I’ve decided that I’d still pump to mix it with cow’s milk so that Ollie will have his regular nutrient intake. I am cautious to not let Ollie have too much cow’s milk for now, and to progressively increase the amount of cow’s milk. It is a little fascinating to watch him down 100ml of milk in between gulps and sips using a straw since I never knew how much he drank before, and especially when it is soooo difficult to get him to drink water. *grumbles*

Am I worried about the loss of bond between Ollie and me that I got from breastfeeding? Not really. The quiet time we have pre-naps are good enough. He snuggles on my chest, and we have a giggle & laugh and he sleeps. I’m happy with that. I reckon we need more of these days together.

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