Can you sterilize the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature breast pump?

Yes, you can sterilize your breast pump in the Closer to Nature sterilizers (apart from the air tube, and of course the electrical components).

Does the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature breast pump have an open or closed system?

The Closer to Nature breast pump has a closed pump system as no inside air can get into the collection bottle.

What should I do if I experience loss of suction with the Closer to Nature Breast pump?

Firstly, it's common for there to be a low volume of milk when first starting to express. Expressing successfully does need a bit of practice, so relax, take your time and don't worry if things don't go to plan straight away. It's important to find a routine that suits you, and if you are unsure in any way, ask for help from your Healthcare Professional.

If you're still concerned about the TommeeTippee Closer to Nature pump,here are some things to consider:

Make sure all connections are secure. The silicone insert on the horn should be forming a complete seal around the breast. Ensure that the valve is clean and not damaged in any way, as well as checking that the air tube is securely fitted to the upper pump body and to the motor unit if using the electric model. It's also worth looking at the air tube for any kinks!
For TommeeTippee Closer to Natureelectric breast pump - If there is only a small amount of suction being created at the end of the air tube even on setting 3, this normally indicates that there has been a problem with the assembly of the breast pump, or that a part has become damaged. 

Please follow the steps detailed below:
1. Check the main body of the pump for cracks and tears (all main plastic components including the air tube).
2. Ensure that the white rubber valve that hangs down into the bottle has a visible split running across the base. This allows the liquid to flow through. If there is no visible split, you can gently rub this to get it to pop open or change it for the spare.
3. The setting may be too fast for your milk flow. Try turning it down to a lower setting. PLEASE NOTE - You do not necessarily need to go straight to number 3, as 1 or 2 may be better for your milk flow.
4. The silicone cup part needs to have a little “give”. It should not be pushed all of the way onto the plastic horn underneath and should leave a small gap between the two materials.
5. The silicone shield should create a good seal around the breast. Moistening the shield with a damp cloth may help create a better seal.
For a manual breast pump, there are 2 main parts within it that make up the suction. First there is the valve which hangs down into the bottle, the second being the silicone concertina. Check the valve has a split running across the end of it. If not, gently rub the valve together between your fingers and thumb as this should allow it to re-open. This process will allow the milk to flow freely. If you are still experiencing loss of suction, please check the concertina part to make sure there are no visible splits or tears inside.

Should the above steps not improve your suction or a spare part is required, please contact our after sales immediately at 043232500 or email us at

Can I leave the batteries in myTommeeTippeeCloser to Nature electric breast pump when it is connected to the mains?

Yes, that's fine. The mains connection will simply override the battery supply.

Are all bottles compatible with the TommeeTippee Closer to Nature breast pump?

Closer to Nature breast pumpisonly compatible with Closer to Nature bottles, including 150ml, 260ml and 340ml bottles. The pump is not compatible with any other bottles/ brands.

My TommeeTippeeCloser to Nature breast pump adaptor feels warm, is this normal?

Yes, this is perfectly normal and safe.

Why I am getting little of no milk while expressing TommeeTippee Closer to Nature breast pump?

The best time to use your Closer to Nature breast pump is after the first feed of the day (unless otherwise advised by your Breastfeeding Advisor). It is common for there to be a low volume of milk when first starting to express.

Are the Closer to Nature bottles recyclable?

Yes, the Closer to Nature bottles are made from polypropylene (PP) which can usually be recycled where facilities are available.

What if milk flow is too fast or slow? When should I change Tommee Tippee teats?

Tommee Tippee teats are staged as slow flow 0 month+, medium flow 3 month + and fast flow 6 month +. These age stages are however just for guidance. You can usually tell when the baby is ready for the next stage and it may happen quicker than expected. If your baby is comfortable with their current flow rate then be rest assured that you do not have to change.

If you find the milk flow using the slow flow teat is too fast, you might want to consider variflow teats, which have an X cut at the end allowing your baby to dictate flow rate. Your baby may also be ready to move on to a sippy cup, such as our first sips cup.

No matter what flow rate your baby is comfortable with, you should replace all your teats regularly to ensure they are in good condition, Tommee Tippee recommend every 8-weeks for variflow whilst every 12-weeks for easi-vent. The bottles themselves will last until baby is fully weaned off the bottle.

Can I buy Tommee Tippee bottles with faster flow teats?

As most bottles are bought before birth, we always include slow flow teats (0 month+).  Faster flow teats are however available and sold separately so you can pick them up if/when required.


Can I store milk in the Closer to Nature bottles?

You can certainly store breast milk in your Closer to Nature bottle. Tommee Tippee recommends storing the milk in the main section of your fridge (not in the fridge door as temperatures can vary) or your freezer. In both cases, be sure to use a sterilized air tight container (you will also need to use milk storage lids).

Do Closer to Nature bottles contain BPA?

Closer to Nature bottle range is in BPA free, with all bottles in the range made in top quality polypropylene. This material is light to hold, easy to clean and gives great results – but contains no Bisphenol A.

Can I use the microwave to heat up theTommeeTippee bottle?

Tommee Tippee strongly recommends that you do not heat milk in a microwave as this produces localized hot spots. You should also never boil breast milk as this destroys valuable nutrients in the milk.

Where should the Easi-Vent valve be when feeding my baby?

Tommee Tippee recommends the valve to be at the top, near your baby's nose.

Can I put Tommee Tippee bottles and teats in the dishwasher ?

Absolutely, Tommee Tippee bottles and teats are dishwasher safe when placed on the top shelf. 
When using a dishwasher, be sure not to put baby Tommee Tippee bottles and teats in with strong colored or oily food as the color and residue from the food can transfer. We also advise that you sterilize the bottles and teats in Closer to Nature sterilizers after washing, before use.

Why is theCloser to Nature easi-ventteat collapsing when my baby is feeding?

The Closer to Nature easi-vent teat is very sensitive as it is made of specially designed silicone material which can sometimes stick the slits together when not used for periods of time. This is perfectly natural. If this occurs, you can reopen the slit at the tip of the tent like valve by gently manipulating the valve between your finger and thumb until you see the slit open. This allows the air to flow into the bottle, preventing the teat from collapsing.

The Closer to Nature advanced comfort bottle's round dome valve, which fits onto the bottom of the venting tube is also very sensitive as it is made of specially designed silicone material. This can also stick together at times when not used for periods of time. To ensure the slit in the dome valve is open before use, flush through with water, gently manipulating the valve between your finger and thumb until you see the slit re-open.

Another point to note is that your little one may want more milk than they are able to get.

Why do my Tommee Tippee Advanced Comfort Bottles leak?

If you are finding that the bottles are leaking around the screw ring, this normally indicates that the round silicone valve at the base of the straw has become damaged, torn or that the water added to the bottle has been a little too hot. You should notice, on the domed valve, a small split running across it. This allows the air to flow up the straw and out of a small air hole. If the water has been a little too hot, or the valves are torn, this can cause liquid to enter the straw and travel up to the air hole on the screw ring. 

If you find that the valves are damaged or torn; please contact our after sales immediately 043232500 or email us at

Is it possible to order spare parts for my Tommee Tippee Advanced Comfort Bottles?

Yes, You can contact our contact after sales immediately at 043232500 or email us at

Why have my Tommee Tippee bottles warped?

Tommee Tippee identified this from boiling water being poured directly into a bottle, where the lid and teat have been placed straight back on, as a vacuum can build inside the bottle. This vacuum can potentially cause the bottle to suck inwards resulting in the bottle becoming misshapen. In addition to this, be cautious not to use a cold bottle from the fridge, pouring boiling water straight into it. WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines advise to allow freshly boiled water to cool for around 30-minutes before making up a feed. This method would prevent a vacuum being caused when the lid and teat is placed back.

How are the new Tommee Tippee Ultra bottles different?

Lots of bottles talk about latch-on, breast like or reducing air. The new Ultra bottle has it all. Its breast like shape makes for easy switching between breast and bottle. It has a contour zone for a secure seal that reduces the air intake and dribbles. It’s also angled, this makes for a much more comfortable feeding position for you and the baby.

How do I assemble my Tommee Tippee Ultra bottle?

Tommee Tippee Ultra bottles are a unique shape, to assemble them insert the teat into the screw ring aligning the two indicators on the underside of the teat and screw ring. Next pull the teat through to ensure it fully ‘clips’ into place then screw this on to the bottle. Remember that you only need to remove the teat for cleaning;once the teat is clean you can place it back into the screw ring for sterilization.

Can I use Easi-Vent Teats or Advanced Comfort teats on Ultra bottles?

You should only use TommeeTippeecompatible Ultra teats with the Ultra Bottles, they still come in the same age range slow flow 0month+, medium flow 3 month+ and fast flow 6month+.

Is the ULTRA bottle compatible with other elements of the TommeeTippee range?

Closer to Nature bottle is unfortunately not compatible. The Closer to Nature bottle is primarily designed to ensure a smooth transition from breast to bottle whilst ULTRA is designed to deliver the prefect feeding experience. Both work well in their own right but are created for parents and babies with different needs. This is why they have been introduced as separate ranges

Yes, ULTRA bottles will fit in the Sterilizers. However it will require a bit of adjustment and, in the case of the electric steam sterilizer, means you can only fit 5 bottles in versus 6 Closer to Nature bottles. Please note, TommeeTippee are shortly updating the Sterilizer range to ensure a perfect fit

Breast Pumps are not compatible with Ultra bottles In the meantime, we suggest you express into the Closer to Nature bottle provided with your Tommee Tippee breast pump and, if you wish, decant this into the ULTRA bottle

Why has BPA become such a hot topic & Why have Tommee Tippee changed to BPA-free materials?

In recent years, many environmental groups have expressed concerns that the BPA contained in baby feeding bottles could ‘leach’ or leak out into a baby’s milk from the plastic when heated under certain conditions, or when bottles were cracked or scratched. This, they claimed, could result in health concerns for babies and children.

Bisphenol A has been intensively scrutinized for a long period of time and no credible scientific evidence has yet been found as to whether BPA is damaging to humans. The UK Department of Health and the UK Food Standards Agency are among many national and international bodies to publicly state that polycarbonate is safe to use and Closer to Nature has followed all advice while closely monitoring all available information about the issue.

As a leading and responsible manufacturer with 50 years of experience, TommeeTippeedecided that theyshould do whatever they could to minimize the confusion for parents in order to provide the total reassurance they have come to expect from us.

Closer to Nature range is now BPA free for a number of years, with all bottles in the range made in top quality polypropylene. This material is still light to hold, easy to clean and gives great results – but contains no bisphenol A.

How do I clean and sterilize Tommee Tippee milk powder dispensers?

Tommee Tippee Milk powder dispensers should be washed and sterilized just like your bottles. You can then either leave them to air dry, or use a clean piece of kitchen paper or a clean tea towel. The formula milk powder is not sterile, which is why Tommee Tippee recommended making up feeds with freshly boiled water that has been allowed to cool for 30-minutes.

How do I clean my Tommee Tippee travel bottle?

Tommee Tippee recommends to clean the insulated flask periodically. The best results are obtained using a mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda or washing up liquid. Rinse thoroughly afterwards. Unfortunately the insulated flask is not suitable for a dishwasher.
To clean the beaker; wash in warm soapy water, rinsing in clean water. The beaker is dishwasher safe.

How do I descale my Closer to Nature Bottle?

Tommee Tippee recommends carrying out the descaling process approximately every 4-week to ensure effective operation. If you notice limescale earlier than 4-weeks, descaling may be required sooner. Living in a hard water area can produce limescale quicker than other areas. You can find out your water quality via your water provider.

Does it matter if I mix up the Tommee Tippee valves from different products?

The Explora valves are the same throughout the entire non-spill range. Your cup will work fine as long as you have assembled the valve correctly.

Can I heat liquid in the Tommee Tippee Explora cups?

Explora cups are designed to hold warm drinks but are not designed for the drink to be heated in the cup. Ideally, the liquid should be warmed out of the cup and transferred to the cup when it is ready for your child to drink. We do not recommend heating liquids in the microwave anyway as heat pockets can be created.