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Have you ever heard of Baby Buddha breast pump? I first heard about it from the IGT and Low Milk Supply Mom Facebook group.
I’m interested to try it because the review said that this little pump can beat Spectra S1 in terms of its powerful suction, wow..
As a fan of Spectra S1, I am intrigued to see how this little pump performs. Are you curious, too?
Read more on this Baby Buddha Breast Pump review.
Disclaimer: I received a Baby Buddha Dual Breast pump in exchange for honest review (All opinions are my own).
Baby Buddha breast pump is one of the smallest electric breast pump that I’ve ever tried. Despite its little size, this breast pump is pretty powerful.
What You Get Out of The Box
east pump motor
2. Pump charger
3. 2 pumping kits: breast shield, massage cushion, membrane, valve
4. back flow barriers
5. bottles, bottle caps and teats
6. lanyard to hang the pump
7. drawstring bag to store all the pumping items
What's so special about this little breast pump?
Looking for similar portable breast pumps? Check out my other portable breast pumpp reviews:
1. Spectra 9+ portable breast pump review (gentle to breast)
2. Milk Genie Plus breast pump review (sleek and programmable)
OTHER PROS THAT I LOVE FROM BABY BUDDHA:
FAQ: Can You use Baby Buddha With Other Pump Parts?
The answer is yes. A lot of moms use it with Freemie cups (use the closed-system version), Spectra flanges, even Medela. The keys are two:
- If you use pump parts that require tubing without end connector, remove the white tube adapter from Baby Buddha tubings.
- Keep it closed system. So if you use Medela parts, please use back flow protector before connecting the flanges to Baby Buddha tubings.
Baby Buddha even shows how to do these 'hacks' in their website. Click here to learn more about it.
My experience using baby buddha breast pump
Knowing that Baby Buddha has its own programmable pump setting, I started pumping using that setting solely. However, after a few days trying to pump with it, I realized my body did not respond well with its long pull in the stimulation mode. It actually hinders my let down.
So I changed plan and helped to stimulate let down with manual nipple roll and stroke on one side and switching between level 1 and 2 in massage mode before the long pull happens.
This combination works for me to reach let down much faster, yay!
Click here to read more tips to achieve let-down faster.
As for expression mode, speed matters a lot to me. Level 2 matches my perfect speed setting, while the vacuum strength is slightly weaker than my preference. However, with the help of hand massage, I was able to get amount almost comparable to what I get with my usual pump.
Having said that, I’ve heard several several reviews that’s saying that Baby Buddha works extremely well for them, cutting down pumping time up to 30% and yielding more milk. Here’s one of them.
t takes a while to get used with a new breast pump. Do experiment on what setting is best for you
- Each individual responds differently to a breast pump. At the moment, it seems that my body respond slightly better to my usual pump rather than Baby Buddha. But, other people may respond better to Baby Buddha compared to other pump.
BABY BUDDHA PUMP SETTING | TIPS FROM OTHER MOM WHO LOVES BABY BUDDHA
Flip the mode. Use expression mode level 1 to stimulate let-down, then switch to stimulation mode (level 1 or 2) for expressing milk. The long pull seems to drain breast better.
Portability makes Baby Buddha breast pump a great choice for
- working moms
- exclusive pumping moms on the go
- for travelling.
If I need to travel and bring a pump, I would definitely bring my Baby Buddha and leave my bigger pump at home.
QUICK COMPARISON WITH OTHER BREAST PUMPS
BABY BUDDHA VS SPECTRA S1
These two breast pumps are completely different. Baby Buddha is portable and has pretty standard pump setting, while Spectra S1 is more heavy duty and have more adjustable pump setting (you can adjust cycle speed independently).
Some moms who have used Spectra S1 before reported that they empty their breast faster with Baby Buddha. However, some others prefer Spectra S1 for it is more gentle and comfortable. Click here to learn more about Spectra S1 and its feature in my detailed review.
BABY BUDDHA VS SPECTRA 9+
These two breast pump are equally portable, with Baby Buddha is slightly smaller than Spectra 9+. In terms of suction power, Baby Buddha is more suitable for moms with strong suction preference, whereas Spectra 9+ fits mom that need a gentle suction. You can check out my Spectra 9+ review here.
BABY BUDDHA VS MILK GENIE PLUS
Both breast pumps are equally sleek and portable. I would say Baby Buddha is slightly more compact than Genie Plus. In terms of vacuum power, Baby Buddha offers stronger suction than Genie Plus. On the other hand, Genie Plus offers more unique functionalities, such as ability to record your own pump setting and ability to adjust cycle speed in expression mode (limited to 3 speeds). You can check more about Milk Genie Plus in my review.
I hope this review helps you to determine whether Baby Buddha breast pump is suitable for your need. I try my best to explain all the pros and cons so you can have an unbiased review about Baby Buddha breast pump.
Interested but want to read more reviews? Check out these moms' review as well:
1.Shauna explains how her pump yield increased over 7 days.
2. Nina got the same yield with less pumping time compared to Spectra S2.
3. How Lenore uses Baby Buddha in her busy working days
4. 87 more reviews on Amazon!!
Have you tried Baby Buddha breast pump before? Or do you have any question regarding this nifty pump? Leave your comment and I'll try my best to help.
Looking for more portable breast pumps? Don't forget to check reviews for the following compact and light-weight breast pump:
1. Spectra 9+ portable breast pump review
Hi all, we bought a baby Buddha breast pump complete kit in January 2019. All I can say is we live in the UK and getting the item here has been quite the ordeal and baby Buddha we’re so unhelpful they’re response to our questions were, we’ve sold you a product now it’s the shipping companies responsibility! They may as well have said they don’t care about us now they have our money. Secondly they said the item value is £180 so customs have charged us for this value which we only paid £145 so we paid twice the customers charge we should have! Third as stated above we live in the UK , Baby Buddha have sent us US charging equipment with no adaptor. We regret our purchance and feel sorry for anyone involved with baby buddha’s after sales service!! As a parent to now 4 children this has been the worst experience of buying any child related product. I wouldn’t recommend this product or baby Buddha as a company to anyone
I’m so sorry you had an unpleasant experience with Baby Buddha after sale service. I think you are right that Baby Buddha should be more careful in writing the pump value especially when it affects the VAT and custom duty that you need to pay extra.
However, for the adaptor, IMO as a buyer we should understand that electronic product from USA by default should only come with US-compliant plug. It’s not their fault, unless they promise you a universal adaptor.
Hi purchased the babybhudda because of the portability and all the great reviews. I contacted customer service bc I wanted to be sure I wasnt wasting my money. I let them know that I had the symphony and spectra and I already responded well to the spectra. They insisted that their pump was better and I would get more milk in less time and sent me several emails to remind me to order before they sell out again. At first I thought maybe customer service was looking out for me but now I realise they were just after my money. The pump was awful and painful and I got LESS milk with it. They referred me to a consultant who suggested I spend more money on electric massagers and do hands on pumping, etc. She said perhaps I have a dependency on the vibration that the Spectra pump has. Why would I want to spend more money and buy another product to try to make this product work? Shouldn’t it just work? Baby bhuddha was unsympathetic. It was a waste of time and money. I later found out that there is an identical pump just like baby bhudda that is nearly half the price! It’s called mommy’s tail. My recommendation is if your body responds well to the spectra already then stick with that and dont waste your money. If you want to try babybhudda…skip that and just order mommys tail on Amazon. It is identical.
Not all mom can get 4-6 oz with Haakaa. But even if it is 1 oz or less, I would be happy to get that extra milk without additional pumping time ?
Hello, I’m so sorry with your poor experience with Baby Buddha. I agree if you have been doing well with certain pump, you better stick with it. But sometimes people have different needs, such as wanting a smaller or more portable pump.
As for Mommy’s Tail pump, Baby Buddha stated it is a counterfeit product and not FDAa-approved. If anyone proceeds to purchase it, please do it on your own risk (you may get poor quality pump, just check the review in Amazon).
Which do you like better, between the Baby Buddha and the Spectra S9 Plus? Thanks!!!
Baby Buddha works better for me. Spectra 9+ is a bit too gentle in my opinion.
Definitely Spectra about “gentleness”. BabyBuddha has warns you that you could be injured using it in the user manual.
Which is better pumpables genie pump,baby buddha or medela?
That would differ from one person to another. Baby Buddha and Pumpables are closed-system. Medela is open system (risk of getting milk to the tube and damage the suction / pump). That being said, Baby Buddha and Medela ( I assume you are talking about PISA?) are stronger than Pumpables Milk Genie.
Irina Weil says
I ordered this pump based on recommendation from a lactation consultant. I already had the Spectra S1 and was happy with it but wanted something more portable..
I could barely complete 10min with this pump at the lowest vacuum and suction settings bc the pain was so intense. To put things in perspective I am able to tolerate the Spectra on L5 suction/vacuum. The pain was so intense that I had to take a break from breastfeeding my daughter to allow my nipples to recover! Additionally, the silicone on Falange that attach to the breast were extremely painful to remove and left marks on both breasts after 10min!!
The next day I reached out the the company… to my surprise they don’t have a customer service #, just an email. I explained the above and asked for a call as well as a refund. They refused to provide a refund. It’s not like I “changed my mind” and would understand why they can’t refund me. Their product caused me physical pain and I should not have to waste my hard earned $ on something I cannot use. The company (the person never signed their name to any of the email exchanges) also wrote this, “We have had previous mom’s have similar issues with the pump being too strong but after some acclimating, they now love our pump.
Included in this email is Elisabeth, one of our best consultants who is an exclusive BabyBuddha users as well. She will be able to give you some help on having the BabyBuddha work better for you. “
So basically, they are admitting that their product is subpar and have caused other women pain..
So basically, I’m am to continue to suffer while using this pump and wait to be “acclimated” to the pain. NO THANK YOU!!
As I mentioned in this post, Baby buddha is a strong pump. Having said that, after trying Baby Buddha, moms usually have 2 opinions: dislike it because it’s too strong or love it because it can empty breast faster.
Unfortunately, just like any other pump, this pump may not be for everyone. Spectra users usually didn’t enjoy that strong and long pull that Baby Buddha has, but I’ve encountered Spectra user that loves Baby Buddha because she could get the same amount of milk in less time.