As a mom who exclusively pumps, I have had to try out a few pumps to find one that works best for me… And honestly, every mom is different! But I have personally found the Baby Buddha Pump to be amazing for my needs. Let’s look at this pump and how it may benefit you!
Baby Buddha Pump Specifications
This pump even looks great on paper! According to the Baby Buddha website, here is what you’ll get with the pump:
- The ability to use as a double or single pump with the Y-tubing
- 5 stimulation levels and 9 expression levels
- 24 mm flanges (Baby Buddha also has other sizes available. If you aren’t sure how to choose a correctly sized flange, book a flange sizing session with me!)
- Closed system to prevent backflow with the breastmilk, preventing any contamination
- USB charging (takes about 1 hour to charge and it lasts about 4 hours before needing another charge)
- Detachable lanyard and carrying tote to travel with your pump easily
Pros for the Baby Buddha Pump
When my youngest son Makai was born, he had a lip and posterior tongue tie that made it really painful to latch and nurse! After consulting with a pediatric dentist, Dr. Frank Sierra, I made the decision to follow through with a laser revision. That same day, I decided to make the switch during his recovery and start exclusively pumping. I was using the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump, however, since I was already struggling with a low supply and recovering from mastitis, I noticed I was NOT responding to it. My one and only let-down would take more than 10 minutes to occur during a session which resulted in only a couple ounces every three hours!
This is when I finally made the decision to get a new pump and was really debating between the BabyBuddah and the Spectra… But there were a few reasons that I ultimately went with the Baby Buddha Pump! Here’s why–
1. It has a strong suction
The main reason I chose this pump was based on the reviews of other breastfeeding moms. Some said how strong the suction was. I felt like my problem with low milk production was because my pump wasn’t strong enough to stimulate and promote a let-down. And let me tell you… it has a mighty suction! I have absolutely loved it and found my supply increasing with the pump change. The suction helps with stimulation and emptying the breast quicker with me. I went from 1-2 ounces each session to 14 over the course of a few weeks! Effective milk removal and effective response. Every mama responds to different pumps at different stimulation levels and modes. It’s all about trial and error and seeing what works for you!
2. It’s hands-free and mobile
One of the perks of this pump is that it is completely hands-free, making it ideal for pumping in the car on the way to work or on the go! I love that I can easily multitask at home and get work done while pumping. If you are a breastfeeding mom who has a lot going on (I mean, how many of us don’t?) then I definitely recommend the Baby Buddha pump for its hands-free and mobile use!
3. It’s smaller than an iPhone!
The other reason I absolutely love the Baby Buddha Pump is that it’s so compact… It’s literally smaller than a phone! Because it’s so small, it’s extremely easy to take on the go, I like to clip it to my shirt with a phone clip from Amazon, making it easy to maneuver. The pump does come with a lanyard, but I’ve found the phone clip to be a better solution for taking the pump out and about.
4. It’s not too big of an investment
As with all pumps, you should first check to see if your insurance covers the cost. However, even if you are paying for the BabyBuddah upfront, it’s extremely affordable! At it’s current price of $250 (at discounted rate of $189.99- scroll down for a discount code to stack on this), it beats many other pumps on the market. Additionally, they accept HSA/FSA payments or you can set up a payment plan!
Cons for the Baby Buddha Pump
Although it was really hard to come up with cons, I thought I should mention the reasons it’s not the right fit for some breastfeeding moms.
1. O.M.G… This is way too powerful!
For example, some moms find that the suction on the Baby Buddha Pump is too strong. However, lots of moms are debating between the BabyBuddha vs the Spectra and it’s all about the suction power when comparing. If you are your using your Spectra above level 5.. this is a starting point of the level 1 on the BabyBuddha on expression mode. The powerful suction can cause pain, discomfort, and even anxiousness because of the unexpected suction and pull. Especially if they aren’t wearing the right flange size! I recommend always starting at the lowest setting of any breast pump so your body and bresats can have a chance to respond the proper and safe way!
2. There isn’t a vibration feature
If you are a breastfeeding mom that needs extra vibration or massaging to stimulate a letdown, this pump might not be for you. It doesn’t have a vibration feature (like the Spectra does) so you would need to add in massagers as well. Personally, I love the Lavie Mom Lactation Massager to make my pumping sessions a breeze. If you use the code EPMAMA10 at checkout, you can get 10% off your purchase!
Overall, the vibration feature is one of the biggest factors as to why I couldn’t decide between the two pumps… But once I got my Lavie massagers, that problem was solved!
Baby Buddha Pump Hacks
Another element that I love about this pump is that there are so many different hacks you can try with it! Although I mentioned this above under the “pros” section, the hacks for this pump are so helpful that I figured I would break them down in more detail so you can see just how multifunctional this pump truly is!
For example, by removing the white connectors on the BabyBuddha tubing and attaching a backflow protector (like this one on Amazon), you can connect the remaining end into a Medela flange! I use this hack all the time! If you want to see how this works, you can check out my Instagram reel.
Another non-pumping hack (but one that is super helpful for baby) that I love is combining the power of the BabyBuddha pump with the Fridababy nose sucker. I simply remove the mouthpiece from the Fridababy and replace it with a connector that comes with the BabyBuddha pump. Next, you can directly hook up that connector to the pump and turn it onto the lightest suction level. To help make this as easy as possible, I also spray two squirts of saline in each nostril and let my kids lay back for a few seconds before starting the suction. Finally, spray a little more saline in each nostril to make sure it isn’t too dry after suctioning. The difference you’ll see is seriously amazing! You can check out this Instagram reel to see how I do it.
Because of the flexible uses for the pump parts, it is fairly easy to hack this pump with various other pump parts. Just Google the type of pump parts you have with “baby buddha hacks” and you should be able to find a system that will work for you!
My Overall Takeaway
All in all, I have had a very positive experience with this pump… It’s extremely user-friendly, hands-free, and has completely changed my pumping routine! But every mama is different and responds differently. If a pump interests you, there is no harm in trying it out. You can always ship it back if it doesn’t work for you!
If you want to try out the Baby Buddha Pump, make sure you use the code EPMAMA10 for 10% off your purchase!
And if you’re pumping every three hours and only getting 1–2 ounces (like I was), let’s do a consult and find out what’s going on! I would love to chat with you about your struggles and make a plan that works best for you!
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