Product Type: Avent kids equipment
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A life saver for me in the first few weeks!
Avent Electric Breast Pump
Member Name: Red51
Avent Electric Breast Pump
Date: 05/09/11, updated on 04/10/12 (40 review reads)
Advantages: easy to use, two in one - both electric and manual, total life saver for me
Disadvantages: first one stopped working after a short time and milk does leak into the top
I bought this when I was pregnant however, was very reluctant in putting out soo much money and not knowing if I would even be able to breastfeed, however, I found this on sale on Amazon in a breastfeeding set, with this, a microwave steriliser and loads of bottles and accessories for £100.
On day one at home my little one had got her latch a bit wrong but was vigorously sucking which caused me extreme pain, which meant that I was in tears while feeding her. When the midwift came in the morning she suggested trying to express and bottle feed for a while to allow me to heal. This pump came as a life saver out of the box as hand expression is extremely difficult to get anything out. If I hadnt had this pump I would probably given up and reverted to formula, I am soo glad I didnt.
The good things about this pump:
- its two in one - it has both the top for the electric pump and manual, so it can be portable
- the pump allows you work out how strong and fast you want to pump, then press the button and it will carry on
However, after a weeks or so of use, the electric part stopped working. As I ordered this from Amazon they immediately sent out a new one and allow you 30 days to return, therefore I carried on using as a manual pump for the couple of days it took to get the new one to me, then posted it back.
Also, I find that a small amount of milk leaks into the top of the pump, which means the electric top gets milk on which you have to wipe off & worries me slightly that it will go into the electrics which may have caused the problem in the first one.
### UPDATE 6 months on ###
I'm still pumping! I have carried on feeding my daugter (who is now 10 months) and find that this pump allows me a bit of freedom so I can leave DD with DH, with a bottle of pumped milk in the fridge & I can go out. When we started weaning around 6 months I would use pumped milk in foods like porridge before moving her onto normal cows milk recently. It let her have a similar taste and an easier transition from exclusive BF onto proper food.
As I said originally I find that this pump made BF a much easier task & probably allowed me to BF for the year an onwards.
Summary: It is not perfect but I couldnt have been without it!
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