If you’ve read any of my other posts, I’m sure you know by now that I’m a breastfeeding advocate. But I’m also a milk donation advocate too. I think I’ve donated around 3,000 oz since the time that my first was born. (Crazy, isn’t it?! It sorta blows my mind!) I also work 1-2 nights per week as an RN, so between pumping for work and for donation, my pump and I are trusty and very personal friends. So when it died a few weeks ago, I **almost** organized a funeral. And had a slight panic attack. And in the midst of it, Avent saved me! Let me introduce to you my brand new bestie- the Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump!
I’ll admit that before I received my Avent pump, I was a bit of a snob and assumed that no other breast pump could match my old tried and true. So I was incredibly happy when I learned that my prejudice was so wrong!
After a few days of a super unreliable and inconsistent hand pump, it was awesome to have a double electric pump that was so comfortable, thanks to the soft textured silicone massage cushions on the pump phalanges. They fit over the hard plastic parts and provide a soft massage each time the suction is applied from the pump. During pumping, it mimics a baby’s natural suckling for a faster and more comfortable let down. And most moms that pump know that the more comfortable you are, the more milk you get. (The only drawback here for me was that the silicone attracts hair and fuzz like crazy, but they provided nice caps to cover them when not in use. I found that a quick rinse with water cleans them right off though.)
The pieces are relatively easy to assemble, and it has a special diaphragm system that prevents milk from entering the suction tubing. In fact, I can pump while reclining in the chair or leaning forward, which is something I was never able to do with my other pump. I have also jumped up to grab a kid with the pump attached without worry of milk spilling or backing up. And even though the Avent is a “double pump”, I was able to just not connect a bottle to the other side and still get the same suction in the bottle I was using.
The pump itself is pretty small and lightweight, and a great size to keep on the little table in the nursery where I pump. And it’s a cute light purple color, hehe. But boy, oh, boy, is it loud! Luckily I pump now after Ezra nurses in the morning, but I will definitely not have it in a room where a baby is sleeping in the future. I put a blanket underneath it to absorb some sound, and that seems to help. (Either way, it’s not a deal breaker for me.) It comes with a Gentle Stimulation (let-down) mode that is automatic when turning it on, and then a slow, medium, and fast flow suction setting. For me, it works best to start with the stimulation mode, then medium, and then fast flow. Once the milk flow slows down, I sometimes return to the gentle stimulation mode for milk stimulation or another let-down response.
The Avent pump comes with a few nice accessories. First, it comes with a roomy black shoulder bag that can fit the pump, pump pieces, bottles, and a cooler all in one. It also comes with 2 4-oz Avent Natural bottles that I’m a big fan of. I pump more than 4 oz at time, but the quality of the bottles is great. They have a wide mouth for easy cleaning, and a wide-base breast-shaped nipple to promote natural latch-on. It also comes with 2 caps for the bottle and one sealing disk for storage without a nipple.
The Avent Double Electric Breast Pump retails for $199.99, which is highly comparably with other pumps with similar features. It’s available for purchase at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Amazon, Target and Walmart. Make sure to check out Avent’s full line of products and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!