Here at Natural Baby Shower, we love the Lola&Lykke range, especially their Smart Electric Breast Pump. But what sets Lola&Lykke apart from the rest? What makes their breast pump different from an Elvie or Pippeta? In this article, we look at the many reasons why we are so proud to work with Lola&Lykke and answer some of your most asked questions about their popular breast pump.
Who are Lola&Lykke?
Lola&Lykke are a proudly women-led health company built by women, for women.
They are on a mission to empower mothers and have a radical mum-centric approach.
Their fundamental ethos is that a mother can only thrive when she is looked after too.
They sell award-winning maternal health products designed in collaboration with Finnish healthcare experts.
Lola&Lykke are building the world’s most trusted maternal health brand through clinical research, award winning products, the best healthcare expertise and community-based support.
They were voted Best Breast Pump of The Year seven years running by UK Mums.
Lola&Lykke complete the highest level of EU safety testing and their Smart Electric Breast Pump is classified as a medical device.
They are an ESG-Certified sustainable brand and are Butterfly Mark Certified.
So as you can see, there’s a lot to like about Lola&Lykke, from their dedication to doing what’s best for mothers, to their commitment to sustainability and core values. Let’s take a look at some of your most asked questions about the Lola&Lykke Smart Electric Breast Pump:
Lola&Lykke Breast Pump Q&A
How is the Lola&Lykke Smart Electric Breast Pump different from traditional breast pumps?
There are two types of breast pumps: manual and electric. Manual pumps are best for mums who won’t need to pump as often, they are cheaper and don't offer the same range of functionalities as electric pumps, they also require the use of both hands.
Electric pumps are a better choice for mums who will pump regularly or exclusively so they don’t have the strenuous task of pumping manually all the time – it’s hard work!
Ultimately however, it’s important to choose a breast pump that best fits your needs and lifestyle. With Lola&Lykke’s rechargeable Electric Breast Pump, you benefit from a closed system which prevents your breast milk from backing up into the motor and contaminating your milk, unlike open system breast pumps.
The Lola&Lykke Smart Electric Breast Pump has consistently been voted for by parents as the best breast pump because of its performance, style and adaptability for mums who need to pump anytime, anywhere.
Is the Lola&Lykke breast pump suitable for beginners?
Yes, it is! The Lola&Lykke Smart Electric Breast Pump gives you complete flexibility so you can pump efficiently and achieve your breastfeeding goals.
Whether you’re looking to increase your milk supply, pump exclusively, or lessen your milk supply, the 6 stimulation settings and 9 expression modes will help you adapt the pump to suit your needs. Most people assume that pumping at a higher suction level will produce more milk, but this isn’t the case. Find a setting that is comfortable for you, with the correct breast shield size to optimise your milk production.
The memory function on the smart touch screen makes tracking and recording pumping sessions a breeze, helping you to establish a routine. If you’re pumping exclusively, you will need to pump at least 8-times a day (including at night).
It takes around 3-5 days before you can see an increase in your milk supply, especially soon after birth. Stay patient and the milk will flow!
How do I wear the Lola&Lykke breast pump?
The Lola&Lykke breast pump is handheld and weighs approximately 300g. You can support the pump and convert it to hands-free by wearing a feeding bra that will support this weight. Remember that you will need to compensate for the weight of the milk too, so while looking for a feeding bra, allow for 500g.
The Lola&Lykke Smart Electric Breast Pump complements all breast sizes. It’s important to note that the size of your breasts will not determine how much milk you can produce, it is simply the fatty tissue that varies among women and has nothing to do with milk production.
What's included in the box?
The Lola&Lykke Smart Electric Breast Pump is made up of 5 parts:
- Motor Unit
- Cap (for silicone breast shield)
- Breast shield (size 24mm included as standard)
- Connector with Suction Bowl
Also included with your single electric breast pump are:
x1 Natural Flow Baby Bottle with two newborn teats (0+ slow flow)
x1 USB charging cable
x1 breast pump dust bag
x1 breast pump stand (for the bottle to sit in)
If you need any spare parts for your rechargeable electric breast pump, NBS sell a Complete Spare Part set.
Breast Pumping Q&A
Do I need a breast pump?
You don’t necessarily need a breast pump if you’re planning to breastfeed, but they do come in handy for many different reasons. You may choose to express milk from the beginning or further down the line, whatever your choice, there's a breast pump out there designed just for you.
Expressing can also be a great way for your partner to get involved with feeds and take the pressure off you a little. From one mother to another, having expressed milk during cluster feeding weeks is a lifesaver! If you’re returning to work, expressed milk will also make this transition easier for both you and baby.
What type of breast pump is best for me?
“I only want to pump occasionally.”
If you’re not going to be pumping every day, you may want to look into using a single electric breast pump and/or a manual breast pump. In the early days when you are establishing your milk supply, pumping on the odd occasion won’t change this drastically. It just means that you can create a small milk stash that you can use whilst you are away. If you’re only using a single breast pump, it can be useful to have a cup for the other breast so you can collect the milk from both if you wanted.
This option is particularly popular for Mums who choose to breastfeed their babies exclusively with occasional bottle feeds using expressed breast milk.
“I want to express milk often or exclusively.”
For Mums who are going to be expressing milk several times a day, an electric pump is more suited to this. Electric pumps have more functionality in terms of suction strength, manual pumps would require a lot more work from you and you’d need both of your hands to pump correctly.
When expressing multiple times a day, your first priority is going to be convenience. How can I spend as little time as possible pumping and doing bottle prep? With some breast pumps you can pump directly into the bottle (or storage bag), and others will need you to pump and pour out.
“I’m returning to work and need something discreet and easy to transport.”
If you are still planning to breastfeed throughout your return to work, you need to choose a pump that is convenient and portable, whilst not compromising its efficiency to express milk.
A wearable or wireless breast pump is a popular choice for Mums in the workplace due to its discreet nature and compact design. With a breast pump like this, you might also want to consider noise level and which pump is best for a leak-proof pumping session.
“I have an excessive breast milk supply.”
If you pump or lactate more milk than your baby drinks over a 24-hour period, then you have an oversupply. In most cases, if you have a strong letdown or an excess supply, it will settle down within the first few months of feeding.
If you are exclusively pumping, using a breast pump to gradually pump less milk will reduce the risk of mastitis and blocked milk ducts.
“I’m struggling with a low milk supply and need to use a pump to increase it.”
Don’t worry if your supply is low! Babies are extremely efficient at bringing on your breast milk and helping your body establish a supply. Sometimes, your supply can be affected by your baby latching poorly, premature birth or medical/health reasons.
Hospital-grade pumps would be an ideal choice in this scenario to help you establish or increase your milk supply. They are designed to be used multiple times per day and are usually more powerful than personal use electric pumps. However, the downside is that hospital-grade pumps can be bulky and very expensive.
We hope that you are feeling better acquainted with Lola&Lykke and their Smart Electric Breast Pump, shop the full Lola&Lykke range at Natural Baby Shower.