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I had my first baby earlier this year and was determined to breastfeed - all the benefits seemed too good to not at least give it a try! My baby is a great feeder who latched on pretty well straight after birth so I worried whether she would reject bottle feeding. We started to introduce a bedtime bottle when she was around five weeks old as we thought it was a great way for my husband to bond with her, as well as getting her into a bedtime routine. She now happily has a bottle before bedtime and the Avent breast pump is invaluable.
I bought the Avent pump due to the price - I wasn't sure which brand was best but I didn't want to spend a huge sum of money on a breast pump. I avoided an electric pump as they were priced at around four times the price of the Avent pump, and I am glad I made that decision. An electric pump really isn't necessary when this manual pump is so easy to use and does what you want it to effectively.
I use the breast pump to express a 4oz (125ml) bottle after baby has had her first morning feed. The pump is simple to use (place directly over the nipple and press the handle to mimic the baby's sucking action) and I can express a full bottle within 10-15 minutes (this may be quicker than average because I have quite a large supply of milk and it has a tendency to occasionally spray out of the nipple anyway). The raised bumps on the rubber part of the pump which contacts the breast put pressure on the breast when the handle is pressed, thus encouraging the release of milk. The experience of pumping the milk is actually very comfortable on the breast - not painful or tight. Also, there is no need to lean forward or manoeuvre yourself into an uncomfortable position - you can sit (or stand) and hold the pump upright against your breast.
The only real problem I have is that the rubber part has a tendency to come away from the pump occasionally and this affects the suction (the rubber part has to be completely sealed around the pump or the suction action of the bumps does not work). Also the bottle attached to the pump can come slightly loose sometimes so you have to make sure you have a grip on the bottle.
The pump comes apart easily so it can be cleaned thoroughly and is able to be cleaned with washing up liquid and sterilised without any problem. I do worry sometimes whether the plastic part of the pump through which the milk drops from the pump into the bottle is clean enough, but I try to be thorough and use plenty of hot water. There is a plastic cover which comes with the pump to attach to the mouth, however I am yet to find a way to actually make this stay on the pump! It has a tendency to drop off the pump no matter how securely I think I have put it on.
I really couldn't do without this product - it is nice and compact, easy to use and easy to clean and so incredibly useful. It means that I have a bottle ready for my baby in the evenings, and if I am feeling a bit uncomfortable with the amount of milk I am producing, it takes 15 minutes to relieve some of the discomfort.
Here I am again writing a review about a product relating to breast feeding! I have found since I became a mother 11 months ago and have been breast feeding all that time that it is a huge part of your life this feeding business therefore any 'accessories' that come with the job are really useful to have although can be pricey so it's important to do your research before buying something.
When Baby Hope was born she wanted to feed constantly and after the shocking pregnancy I had had I lacked the energy or motivation to be able to feed her every single hour of the day and night. After about day 10 of constant feeding I knew I had to do something whether it be to introduce formula or to invest in an expressor. My husband and I trawled through the internet to have a look at what an expressor consisted of and we were really shocked by the huge difference in prices- from £15 right up to £110. We didn't have a clue which to go for.
=== Which pump is best? ===
There seems to be two main kinds of breast pumps; manual and electronic. The electronic ones are much more expensive and supposedly more efficient but they too come with their negatives so it really is quite a difficult decision to make- do you go for one which is faster but more expensive or go for one which takes longer, is cheaper but at least you don't need a plug socket!? Really it is a case of assessing your own individual needs and you can actually hire them from your children's centres and hospitals (sometimes free too) which should give you a good idea as to whether you can tolerate one or the other.
Avent Isis introduction
I bought this one as it was the most expensive manual expresser. I decided not to take the step into the more expensive league right away and to just test out how I got on with a manual one first. This one cost £30 and we actually got it for cheaper thanks to a special offer that Boots were doing.
=== Putting it together ===
When I first got this pump I was very tired and the last thing I wanted was to open up a huge instruction manual and feel overwhelmed. Luckily, the instructions were very clear with a big diagram showing how all the parts fitted together. There are many parts to it too which is one of the negatives of this pump. It doesn't take long to put together but it is pretty fiddly to get everything where it should be and to clean properly afterwards.
The handle which clips into the top of the pumping mechanism is very frustrating. If you don't have it clipped in exactly right it easily pops off in your hand whilst you're trying to use it. It is a big design flaw of this pump and needs to be looked into. Also if you don't put it on properly then air can get through which spoils the vacuum effect thus reducing the effect of the pumping mechanism.
You don't need to use the instructions after the first few times it's very straight forward it is just frustrating especially compared to the other pumps which seem to have less components.
The most important aspect of a breast pump is how comfortable it is to use. It is a very strange motion at first so the machine you're using has to be suitable for you to be able to tolerate. This is very comfortable mainly because it's manual. Because it's manual it means you can create as much pressure as you require so if you're wanting to slow it down or to add extra pressure onto your breast you are in complete control of it.
The cushion is quite soft against the skin and it uses massage and vacuum to express the milk. The softness of the cushion is really important as this is what your breast is squashed against whilst in use. This aspect of the machine is really very good.
=== Using the machine ===
this is a two handed job despite what the other reviews may say. There is no way you can operate this with just one hand unless you are an outstanding juggler! As you can see from the picture the pump itself is pretty large so it's not really possible to hold it steady and pump the lever whilst maintaining a sealed vacuum against your skin! So be prepared to have both hands in use!
The way I found best to stimulate the milk flow was to press down on the lever slowly and all the way for about 6 times to stimulate the milk and then just use short faster movements on the pump. This seemed to generate the best flow of milk and was less uncomfortable. If it began to slow down I would then try the slow, more pressurised pumps again.
When the milk comes through it goes straight down into a little 'holding cell' as I referred to it which opens up with each pump and drips down into the pot. The holding cell itself sometimes didn't seem to open up properly so often there was a back log of milk waiting to go into the pot. This was pretty frustrating and another design flaw!
All in all it wasn't very easy to use but it did stimulate the milk so it did work well!
=== Time time time! ===
Okay so the whole point of expressing is to give you, the mother, time! It's so useful to express milk so your partner or someone else can feed the baby whilst you catch up on sleep or go and have a bath. The thing is though is it worth it if it just means you have to somehow find time in your day to express milk in the first place?
This pump takes FOREVER to get a decent amount. Perhaps it will be different on an individual basis but for me it would take 20minutes per breast to get a good amount of milk. I found it pretty much a waste of time really as I may as well have been feeding baby Hope. I have looked at other reviews and people have said it took them less time but in my opinion this isn't the best in terms of time.
The best time of day to express is first thing in the morning. Over night your body releases the hormone which stimulates milk supply so in the morning you're more likely to get a good flow of milk.Also to help the flow of milk it's good to use warm flannels or have a warm shower before using it too to help it stimulate.
=== Extras ===
This pump comes with little pots which screw directly to the pump. These are fantastic pots which we use frequently.You simply unscrew from the pump and put a lid on then you're done! This pot can then be directly attached to the teat which comes with the pump so you don't have to mess around transferring the milk from the pot to a bottle either! These pots are also available separately so if you need more they are readily available in shops.
Breast milk should be stored in the fridge although it can be frozen too. It's best to check in the instructions how long you can store it for and it does differ depending upon which part of the fridge you store it!
=== Cleaning ===
It's important to clean all components carefully as milk products create bacteria. The machine should be dismantled completely and then washed in warm, soapy water before putting in your steriliser and sterilising properly. It is important to do this after use every time.
This pump has many flaws especially concerning just how easy it is to work. It is a two handed job nd it does take time to get the milk quantity you need. I found myself getting quite frustrated with how long it took and decided I may as well just feed Hope directly.
Although this pump is quite fiddly it is comfortable and it did serve it's purpose. The fact that it's manual did give me the control I wanted and enabled me to try different ways of pumping to see how it effected the milk supply. I would definitely use a manual one again if I had to.
All the little extras this pump comes with are brilliant. The pots and the teet/caps are very useful and we would have had to buy these separately if they didn't come included in the pack so it was worth paying a bit more than the other pumps on the market for this.
It is quite a small pump so if you're going out for the day and you need it it isn't a great big machine to carry around with you. You can also buy a specially designed bag for it to go in which may be a useful investment.
=== Advantages of expressing ===
Expressing milk has so many advantages it is worth doing if you are breast feeding. It gives you the opportunity to express your milk at what time suits you for whatever reason. If you're having a night out and the baby sitter needs to feed the baby then it's great to be able to leave the milk ready for them instead of having to rush home in time to feed. It does free up that bit of time for you to be you again and not just a baby feeding machine.
It's also useful t help share the feeds. I know my husband felt a bit redudant as it was just me feeding but once I started expressing and he could feed the baby with a bottle it helped him feel important too and it helped to better their bond.
Another advantage of expressing is the fact that sometimes you feel like you need to express. The first time my baby slept right through I was very close t waking her up to feed her as I felt like she was well over due a feed as I was very uncomfortable. Instead I expressed the milk which I could give her later and it relieved me of the pressure which was really very useful.
=== Advice ===
It's important to follow the instructions carefully to make sure you set the machine up properly so as to not cause any extra irritation or discomfort.
Also you have to check how long the guidelines suggest you are allowed to store breast milk for. Be careful to label your pots that you store it in so you can be aware of how old it is.You may think you have a good memory and recall when you expressed but believe me with sleepless nights and a newborn baby it can be very easy to get mixed up!
It may be possible for you to hire a pump from your doctors surgery, children's centre or hospital. This is a great way to get familiar with expressing without parting with money or making a decision about which one to buy. I definitely regret having not trialled one first as it probably would have influenced which one I bought.
=== Conclusion ===
Expressing is a very important aspect of breast feeding and finding the right pump can be quite awkward. This manual pump is useful insofar as you cn control the amount of pressure you apply to the breast and you can see easily how much milk you are producing. It is only small and compact which is really useful but it is fiddly to put together, has a few design flaws and isn't exactly speedy!
You can buy this from shops such as mothercare, boots etc as well asonline at Amazon for around £30.
Having breastfed all 4 of my children I have used quite a few different brands of breast pumps, The first pump I ever bought was over 6 years ago and I don't even remember the name of it, what I do remember however is that it was useless and I had to go out an buy another pump, the Avent isis.
Having no idea which pump would work best for me and not knowing how much I would be using it or for how long I wasn't prepared to spend a lot of money on it so when I saw the Avent isis pump I decided to try it.
The problem with breast pumps is that if you buy before you have your baby you have no idea how much you are going to use it. Even mums who have breastfed successfully before can have problems the next time round so buying an expensive pump in advance can be a mistake. That is what happened to me, I bought an expensive electric pump, it didn't work for me (it's wasn't broken but it lost suction with use and never really expressed as much as it could have leaving my engorged and in pain).
The Avent isis changed all that, for a manual pump and at the price it is it's an excellent pump, it's comfortable to use, has great suction but most importantly it has a special massaging cushion that helps to stimulate natural let down. As anyone who has ever breast fed can tell you, let down is crucial to not only feeding but expressing and if your pump does not help stimulate let down then you will not get as much milk as you could otherwise.
Avent isis is the only pump I have used that stimulated let down in seconds and made it so easy to express that I could easily express 6 to 8 ounces in about 20 minutes or less.
The pump comes with replacement parts and depending on the model a 4 oz bottle for expressing and feeding. The set connects easily to the entire Avent range of bottles and the milk storage containers that are available separately so you have a choice of expressing direct into any Avent bottle or directly to your Avent milk storage system.
The pump is easy to clean and sterilize my only complaint is that it doesn't fit as neatly into the Avent steam steralizer as well as it could. It does fit just not as well as I like but it's not a big issue.
Although I had prepared myself for the fact I might not be able to breastfeed when my twins were born, it was a bit of a panic when I realised they would not latch on yet I still wanted to express milk but had not bought a breast pump. Because we were in hospital for 5 days I couldn't just pop out to the shops and get one so my mum was entrusted with the job of getting something relatively cheap but was easy to use but effective which is how I came about owning the Avent Isis Manual Breast Pump.
***Avent Isis Breast Pump***
The Avent Isis Breast Pump is a manual breast pump which allows you to express, store and feed breast milk in three easy steps. The breast pump is manual therefore it does allow you to control the suction level and pumping rhythm.
The Avent Isis Breast Pump comes with two 5oz bottles and storage cups to store your breast milk in. There is also a spare diaphragm seal for inside the breast pump and a cover to put over the breast pump.
The breast pump has a patented let down massage cushion with five soft petal massagers gently flex in and out as you pump and work with the vacuum to imitate your baby's suckling.
The Avent Isis Breast Pump is available from a number of retailers including Mothercare, Boots, Babies R US, Amazon, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's.
It is sold by most retailers for around £24.99 however during the Asda Baby Event it is often sold at a reduced price. My mum purchased mine by chance during one of these events for £15 which is excellent value for money.
The breast pump does come with full instructions on how to assemble. On the first assembly you are presented with 9 different parts which does seem quite daunting. After assembling a few times I was able to do this without the need for instructions. However the rubber diaphragm is quite fiddly and requires to be put in with precision otherwise the seal is broken and you are unable to express. I found that one of the rubber diaphragms would not create a seal and the other often "popped" half way through expressing meaning I had to reassemble which I found very frustrating.
Personally I did feel expressing was not the most comfortable and did not feel it was at all natural in particular being attached to an electric breast pump in hospital was in the words of Mr Lools "like a cow being milked!!" therefore the manual breast pump allows you to control the expressing which an electric breast pump does not. I was extremely tender at this time so I could hardly say this was an entirely comfortable experience but I did find that the suction cup which was cushioned was reasonably comfortable and I could cope with expressing even when I felt particularly tender.
In terms of physically expressing I was doing this 6 times per day as advised by my midwife to ensure a steady milk supply. In hospital I had been doing this for 5 days with an electric pump. I found with an electric pump I could express 200ml of milk between both breasts within around 5-10 minutes. With the Avent Isis Manual pump I could express the same amount however it took between 10-20 minutes, the latter if the seal came off half way through expressing. I found that with the Avent Isis the milk was expressed easily for the first 5 minutes then took more effort than it did with an electric pump.
The accessories that come with the breast pump are of a good quality and helpful for storing expressed milk. However if like myself you plan on expressing more than one or two feeds you will need extra bottles to store the expressed milk. The 2 5oz bottles will hold 10 oz of milk but if like us you are going through a considerable amount of expressed milk (50oz per day!!) you will find this will last only 2 feeds and you will be left with nowhere to put your milk.
Because I was using this breast pump so regularly (up to 6 times per day) I personally would not recommend the Manual Avent Isis to someone who also plans on expressing so regularly as it is so fiddly and time consuming. Personally if I was to do it again I would have purchased a more expensive electric one. I managed 9 weeks of expressing and before I resorted to solely formula feeding however I think I could have lasted longer if I was not so frustrated with the breast pump and the fiddly expressing process. I think for someone who is mainly breast feeding but needs occasionally to express this is an effective yet economical choice.
Cleaning wise you do need to ensure after every use that you thoroughly wash the breast pump and sterilise it. This is quite fiddly as you need to dissemble the breast pump, clean all of the fiddly inner mechanical part and use a bottle brush and warm soapy water to remove residue, rinse, sterilise then assemble again for use. I was expressing 6 times per day so I found the fiddly reassembly quite a chore on top of caring for two newborn babies but because you can totally dissemble you do have full knowledge that the breast pump is clean.
This was an effective manual breast pump and was good value for money as it is easy to use and clean but for someone who plans on expressing regularly I would say it may be worth investing in a more expensive less fiddly breast pump.
After cleaning you do need to re-assemble the breast pump and I did find that when using the seal would come apart meaning half way through expressing you had to try and fix it back on to carry on expressing.
Once in use it is effective and does express milk quickly and comfortably (as possible in this situation) albeit not as quickly as a more expensive electric breast pump which personally I prefer. Therefore I do not think that it lives up to the claims that it is expresses more milk than an electric hospital breast pump as in my case it certainly did not.
For £24.99 this is a great value piece of equipment for those breast feeding and who do not need to express on a daily basis, but not something I would recommend for more regular use.
I bought this while I was pregnant. I chose a manual pump as I only wanted to express milk ocasionally. It cost me £35 in Boots and came with 5 VIA storage cups and 2 teats. I bought a manual pump as I only wanted to express milk occasionally when I left my daughter with my mum or if I was going somewhere it may not be convenient to breastfeed.
The pump is easy to assmemble it comes with written instructions as well as pictured instructions. The pump is supposed to mimic baby's suckling action and with its unique Let-Down Massage Cushion comfortably stimulates milk flow.
You can use the pump with or without the unique massage cushion, personally I prefer to use it with. There are step by step instructions on how to use the pump as well as a helpful little book on breastfeeding. The instructions recommend that you express milk at times when your supply is at it's highest which for myself and most women would be first thing in the morning. It is recommended that you sit in a comfortable chair leaning slightly forward. You then need to position your nipple in the centre of the pump firmly to create an airtight seal you then need to pump quickly up to five times before pausing. The instructions state that this will simulate your milk flow. The instructions state an average woman should be able to get 4oz in 10 minutes.
The first time I used this I didn't have much luck, it takes practice. Once I got the hand of it though I was able to express 4-5oz in no time at all. The massage cushion is comfortable and if used correctly the pump doesn't cause any discomfort. I find it easier to express milk while my baby is feeding on the other side as it seems to take less time. The pump also comes with cups which you can either put a lid on to store milk in the fridge or you can attach a teat to and feed straight from the cup.
The pump is very easy to clean it consists of 6 parts which can be washed in warm soapy water and then steralised.
I would recommend this to any mums who are looking to express on an infrequent basis, if you are expressing more often then you may need an electric pump.
This is great value for money and is so easy to use, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.
When I had my first daughter I wasn't able to breastfeed so with my second I was determined that's what I was going to do. I was also concious that I wouldn't have the confidence to feed her in public and so started to look for a breast pump. I knew from previous experience that I wanted an electric one but when I read reviews I found that everyone claimed the cheaper ones were a waste of money so knew I would have to have to spend a few more pennies.
I had a look on ebay and came across this breast pump which the lady claimed had only been used twice as she didn't like it and I managed to get it for £38, bargain considering they sell for £90 new. When the product arrived the box was a bit battered as she had warned but everything was there aswell as a spare set if all the workings that hadn't been opened. I made sure I took everything apart and sterilised the lot.
The set consisted of, a stand to make sure the bottle doesn't fall over, a bottle, the electronic unit, the funnel end with a cushioned rubber insert and the screw top to attach the bottle to the electronic unit. Having read the instructions I put the pump together and it was really easy so was pleased and confident I was ready for when baby came.
Well baby came and as usual your intentions go out the window when she refused to breast feed, after much peserverance and alot of help and supoort she just wasn't having it so I turned to the breast pump. It was very easy to use, put cushion to the breast and pull the lever on the electronic unit a couple of times so that you are happy with the intensity of the sucking and then press the button to set it and off it goes. The pump remembers the intensity you have set it at and continues with this until you stop it and change it. The pump didn't hurt and I was really pleased.
The pump can be used with 4 AA batteries or it comes with a mains adapter which has quite a long lead so was perfect for what I needed. The pump is also quiet enough that i would place my baby on a pillow and feed her a bottle with one hand and express at the same time even in the night and it never woke my 3 year old.
However disaster struck and I got mastitus and then after working through it I got it again, it was the doctors opinion that although the pump was sterilised between every use the bug must be on a part that cannot be cleaned properly.
So in conclusion if you are going to get a breast pump I would recommend this one as it is quiet, easy to use and does get quite alot of milk in a decent time (obviously dependant on the person) however I would say DO NOT buy one of these second hand, I had done everything to avoid problems and give my baby my milk but this was cut short and with the relapse and severity (they wanted to admit me to hospital) the doctor said it could only be festering on the breast pump.
I was sure that I wanted to breastfeed when I was pregnant with my oldest son and had visions of being able to pop out whenever I needed to and leave him happily at home with a bottle of expressed breast milk (not alone, obviously!) so a breast pump was an essential baby purchase as far as I was concerned. That scenario never quite happened, unfortunately, as my oldest son refused to accept a bottle point blank, my middle son took one and no more and my youngest was offered a bottle a few months ago and turned his nose up too. That said, I have still found a breast pump to be a useful device to own, particularly in the early days to relieve engorgement and for weaning purposes for mixing with cereals such as baby rice.
Avent is a well-established brand of baby products and this matched my microwave steriliser and the bottles it included, so it seemed logical to use the same brand for a breast pump. It is obviously wise to make sure all of your bottles and sterilising equipment are compatible with the pump that you choose and this seemed the easiest way. I have tried using other brands of baby bottles with the pumps and although different wide necked brands seem to fit fine (Tommee Tippee, for instance), I do find that they are not quite securely connected to the connecting ring and can leak. Personally, I would recommend using this only with the Avent bottles.
By far the worst thing about this pump is assembling it. It is a chore that I really hate doing! The pump comes in nine separate parts and, understandably, each part needs to be attached in the correct place and in the correct order for the pump to operate, before each use. I won't attempt to describe the assembly process word for word as it would sound even more complicated than it actually is! Despite owning this pump for several years and regular, albeit sporadic use, I still occasionally forget just how everything is supposed to fit together. There is one particular tiny little piece - a small white rubber valve- and I can never remember which way round it goes. This bit creates the vacuum, so the pump won't actually work at all if the valve is inserted the wrong way round. The frustrating bit is that I have to assemble the pump completely to see whether the piece is the right way round and, if it isn't, I have to take it all to pieces and try again! Having used this on a regular basis recently in the early stages of weaning, I now know that the bit goes with the star shape facing upwards...I think...Or is it face down?
The benefit of all these separate little parts becomes clearer after use as the pump comes apart completely for washing and I can be confident that every last trace of milk can be removed from every little nook and cranny before putting the parts through the steriliser. It is surprising how much milk can become lodged down and between each of the different pieces so it is very reassuring to know that this can be properly cleaned and sterilised after each use. Unfortunately, as some of the pieces are so small it can be easy to leave something (usually that same bloody valve!) right at the bottom of the sink, while all the other pieces are half way to being sterilised!
Once I've managed to wash, sterilise and re-assemble the whole thing, I do find using it incredibly easy, thankfully. There is a 'trumpet' style opening lined with a rubbery cover that is placed around your nipple area which feels soft and comfortable to use. This doesn't squeeze or hurt at all as the pump doesn't make any direct contact with your nipple, it simply creates a vaccum around it, in much the same way as a baby does. As it is hand-operated, it is easy to gauge just how much pressure you need to apply in order to create a vacuum and establish a steady flow of breastmilk, simply by pressing down on a single lever. I find it best to start off with fairly light pressure and then increase it once the milk is flowing easily. The tubes and connections, as well as the bottle which doubles up as the collecting vessel, are all transparent so it is easy to see the milk coming out and flowing through the pump system. It is actually quite fascinating to watch as it is surprising just how the milk flows out of a nipple. It doesn't come out in a single stream as you might expect but fires out in tiny little jets, each shooting out in different directions!
I tend to feed from a full breast, rather than expressing from a breast after feeding my little one as some books seem to advise. I find that way pretty fruitless as my son doesn't tend to leave anything behind to express! With a full breast, the milk comes very fast and takes less than five minutes to produce around 90mls (3oz) of milk, after which time the flow tails off to a very gradual drip. That amount is plenty for my purposes (to store in the fridge or freeze for weaning) but if you needed to stockpile entire feeds, then it would be worthwhile moving on to the second breast and then back again, although it will probably take a few attempts to get an entire bottle's worth. From experience, milk is at its most plentiful first thing in the morning so that is usually an ideal time to express, if possible.
Although comfortable to operate, using this pump isn't the most attractive of activities although that's probably not helped by my husband and kids asking if they can milk me! This is something I find easiest to do in private for those kinds of reasons! It is easy to operate single handed so it is possible to multi-task. I've used this whilst simultaneously being on hold with one of those annoying call centres and even wandered around the house tidying up or loading the dishwasher while expressing with the other hand. Fortunately, being a manual pump it is pretty much silent so it is fairly discreet in that sense. It is even possible to express from one breast whilst feeding from the other, although I prefer not to do that as I find I end up tilting the pump too much to accommodate my feeding baby - leading to spills and tears.
Once expressing has finished the sealing ring can be filled with a sealing disc and the vessel becomes a convenient storage pot for the milk. Even better, for those mums whose babies will happily switch between breast and bottle, the disc can then be replaced with a teat and the milk can be used directly from the same bottle so the whole process is pretty simple and straightforward.
This original Isis breast pump has now been replaced by a newer model, the snappily named 'SCF300/20 BPA-Free Manual Breast Pump.' Now that really trips off the tongue! Both the newer version and the Isis model that I own are still widely available, with the two models each costing around £15-£16 on Amazon currently, which is just a fraction of the extortionate amount I paid for mine several years ago.
Although I suspect most parents would prefer to buy the newer model, I can recommend the Isis design as a comfortable, easy to operate and durable product, albeit a little fiddly and potentially time-consuming to assemble.
I bought his pump as I was having difficulty getting my daughter to latch on correctly. I had previously used the electronic version which I found to be no better or no worse than the manual one.
The pump is very simple to assemble and to take apart, which makes cleaning & sterilising the product very easy. It also screws directly on to all the Avent bottles, meaning there is no need for separate storage bottles. It comes with a rubber massage cushion which I found to be extremely comfortable.
The action of the pump takes a little getting used to, but it is easy to find a rhythm that suits you. Because the pump is manual, you have total control over the speed and level of suction. It is also almost completely silent (very useful when pumping next to a sleeping baby). I was a little worried about my hands getting tired but this turned out not to be the case. I could easily pump for 30 minutes without any issues.
Much of the advice online states you should buy or rent a double electric hospital grade pump to express the most amount of milk. However I found I produced as much milk using this pump. I bought two of them so I could pump both breasts at once which I really recommend.
Using this manual pump I successfully provided my daughter with breast milk for 4 months (I never did manage to get her to take milk directly from the breast).
The main reason for getting one of these breast pumps was that the other half would be able to take an active part of baby feeding especially at night or if I'm out for the evening as I wanted to delay using milk formula for as long as possible and a pump allows me to express milk into one of the two bottles provided with the pump. The init and two 125ml bottles cost me £20 from Boots so it will not break the bank.
You can get electric versions of the pump but you are looking at £80 for one of these and I did not think the supposed extra ease could be justified given the difference in costs.
The pump screws and clicks together very easily which makes sterilising it nice and simple ( see my review the other day of a steriliser). A simple squeezing action is enough to get the milk flowing and it is a pretty quiet and comfortable experience as the vacuum effect over your breast means that there is little pressure on your flesh and it feels like your baby does when it feeds.
I have found that it takes me between 40 to 45 minutes to fill a bottle and it is an easy operation to fill a couple of bottles. As well as the two bottles there are 20 breat pads as well to mop up any leakages after use as well as two teats and 1 travel pack.
It is a nice simple piece of kit that is very effective and will not break the bank either.
I didn't even know what a breast pump was until I had my first baby. I think if I had been told about such a thing I would have probably found the whole concept hilarious but now I have been through the whole baby thing, my views are now very different. When pregnant with my first little girl, I was completely fascinated by the whole thing and all things baby. I pretty much spent every waking moment reading and researching every baby book and magazine I could get my hands on. I thought that if I did this i would be better prepared.
I stocked up on all manner of baby products, some great and some completely useless and one of these products was this Avent Isis Breast Pump. I was positive I wanted to breastfeed my baby but the idea of being able to express and give the milk through a bottle really appealed. This would mean my husband would be able to help with the feeding and perhaps mean i could grab a few hours extra sleep.
I did manage to feed my little one and have gone on to feed the two others that have followed. That's a whole lot of hours spent with a bubba clamped on and I have to say that this breast pump has at times been an absolute godsend.
The pump itself comes in a number of different part which have to be assemble prior to each use and disassembled prior to cleaning and sterilising. This does seem a little confusing the first couple of times and you may have to refer to the instructions but believe me, before two long you could probably do it in your sleep. While I remember, my main complaint with this product, is that one of the essential parts to make the pump work, is a small round plastic valve. I believe you get 2 in the box but they are very small and therefore very easy to lose. We have lost many of these over the years but you can buy replacements from Avent. The valves are relatively cheap but if I remember correctly, they get you with the postage.
The pumpl is easy to use, I won't go too deep regarding the exact details, but I have great troubles with other pumps but this one has always made it possible for me to manually get enough milk for a bottle. I am currently using it on baby number 3 and it is still working as well as when I first purchased it. It is compatable with all the Avent bottle feeding products and I believe it currently retails at about £30.
This product just gives you that added piece of mind. Through expressing with this product I am able go grab a few hours extra sleep, have the odd bottle of wine, and even leave him with Daddy for the day, safe in the knowledge that his tummy willl be nice and full.
The Avent Isis Breast Pump is a product that I used when I had my first two children, as I was breastfeeding exclusively at that time. When my first child was born, nearly 10 years ago, this product was advertised in every baby magazine going, and I wondered what all the hype was about. As I planned to breastfeed, the ads and articles in the magazines convinced me, as a new and inexperienced mom, that this was the "must have" product for breastfeeding mothers, as it would enable me to let others feed my baby and give me more freedom.
When the baby was born, I discussed the product with my Midwife, and she let me try one of theirs to see whether I liked it before I bought one myself. The pump is easy to put together and simple to use, as it does not comprise of many parts. I used a coldwater steriliser to throroughly sterilise all components before using. This was really simple and easy to do, and the pump was quick and simple to reassemble after sterilisation.
The main part of the pump is the silicon diaphpragm, which is soft and pliable and fits over the breast. The diaphragm has "petal" shaped maggages, that flex in and out as you operate the pump, which simulates the action of a sucking baby and promotes the milk flow. The milk flows directly into an avent bottle, which you can cap and store in the fridge, or add a teat and feed directly to the baby. I found the pump really easy to use, and not painful at all, though you can feel the suction when you press the pump. It is best to use the pump when the baby is on the other breast, as this stimulates the "let down reflex" which encourages milk production.
The process of using the pump is weird and fascinating. Before I used this, I thought that the milk came out of one hole in your breast, and was shocked to see that the nipple is full of tiny holes, so the milk comes out like a sprinkler or watering can! I also tasted the milk out of curiosity, which was really sickly to my taste, but the baby liked it, so that is what mattered most.
After my trial run with the pump, I decided to buy one, which at the time cost £25. As I planned to have more kids, I viewed it as an investement. Now, here is where the story goes a bit awry...Many buy the product because they need to go to work and have someone else feed the baby, but that was not true in my case. For me, I wanted to express milk so that my hubby could share in feeding and bonding with the baby, as well as the fact that I would be able to leave the baby with family and have the odd night out. Now as I have said, expressing the milk was easy enough. The problem was...the baby.
Having expressed lots of lovely milk, I put it in a bottle for the baby to drink. Baby looks at me with a Queen Victoria "We are not amused" expression on his face. After about 20 minutes of trying to get him to suck on the bottle teat I gave up. Many tried, my mom, dad, hubby, friends...but nobody could get my baby to drink from a bottle. He is still a stubborn child now, though he does drink from a cup these days!
Having failed to get the baby to drink from a bottle, the pump went back into the cupboard until he was old enough to wean, when I used the expressed milk to make a puree with baby rice to encourage him to eat solids. The pump was really useful at that time, and I froze my expressed milk in an ice cube tray so I always had a supply handy to mix with the rice and baby cereals.
Two years later, my daughter was born, and she was just as defiant about using a bottle, so again, I primarily used the milk to help her with weaning. By the time my third child was born, I had given up on the idea of him drinking from a bottle, gave the pump away to my friend who had just had a baby, and hand expressed my milk (any baby book will show you how to do this), which worked out a lot easier than using the pump.
So, my advice to any mom considering buying this pump is this: Don't buy it until your baby is born and you have found the method of feeding that suits you both best. If you need to express, try hand expression first, which is really easy (and will save you £25). If the hand expression doesn't work for you, see if you can try a breastpump out before buying. I know working moms who swear by these things, but for me, the outlay wasn't worth the results. May your baby be happy, bonny and healthy, however you decide to feed it. x
This was the first breast pump that I used when I wanted to breastbreed my child, and although I couldn't do it naturally, I found using this product great for giving my daughter natural milk. Because I was planning on breastfeeding, I didn't buy a breast pump before I gave birth, so in the first couple of giving after she was born, it was a frantic search to find a decent product that would get the job done.
I bought mine from Amazon for £30, and used for a couple of weeks (if you have read my profile, you will know I am a product tester, and do this for a living, so my company provided me with my other breast pumps to use), and during that time, I didn't have any problems using it. When I first got it, I was a little confused, as I hadn't ever used one before, but once I had read the instructions, which were extremely useful and clear, I could put it together and use it with ease. Once I had finished, taking it apart and cleaning was even easier, the cleaning aspect was something I was particularly concerned with when looking for a breast pump, and with the Avent Breast Pump, I couldn't have been happier with it.
With pumps that I used later on, I did have a little sore feeling around the nipple, however I didn't with this product, which is an advantage. I would have to put this down to the fact that it doesn't actually take that long to use, around a quarter of an hour to express enough milk for a feed, and I find myself using it often to build up on milk so that I don't need to use it before every feeding. After reading some other reviews, I saw that some mothers had a problem with leaking milk from the top of the pump, however I can assure you that that wasn't something that I personally experienced, and now that my testing of other pumps is over, I have reverted back to using this pump full time.
I cant put into words how much this pump has helped me. Having planned to breast feed, I was extremely disappointed when I couldn't, but the Avent pump has kind of assisted in the idea that my daughter Jade is still getting my milk, even if it isn't naturally provided. Definitely buy the Avent Isis Breast Pump, it is marvelous.
When I first purchased this product I was pregnant and was not planning on breastfeeding for long. I didn't want to pay too much for a product i didn't plan to use very much, so this was a great option for me only costing me £23.99 from boots. I was also already using avent bottle and sterilizer so it made sense to stick with the same make.
It was easy to take apart when I first went to clean it and sterilise it before using. Trying to put it back together wasn't so easy and after finding the manual I eventually got it back together correctly.
I first used it because it was very sore feeding in the first two weeks and when using the pump it wasn't sore on the breast at all. It was hard to get the hang of it when I first used it, although after five minutes it seemed very simple. It took about 15 minutes to express 3oz.
Even though it was easy and quick to use sometimes it leaked from the top of the pump and a lot of milk was wasted. I had to stop using it to feed my baby as my baby refused to take from a bottle and now three months on is still breast fed! It is great though if they are too full and need relived a little.
I wouldn't use it if I needed to express often but it is a cheap and good option for someone who is not planning to use it so much.
I bought this on a budget following extreme review reading, prior to giving birth. This was the main reason I bought the Avent bottles and steriliser (so everything would match) I wanted a breast pump because although I planned on breastfeeding, I was returning to work at 3.5 months and needed her to be able to drink from a bottle, and also wanted other people, especially her dad, to be able to feed her. The reviews said it was good, and as it's not the kind of thing you can try before you buy, I believed them!
I was right.
In hospital the electric breast pumps took AGES to get anything out. This may have had something to do with it being the very beginning of my supply - but they seemed incredibly slow. It was also a pain in the neck being attached to them and unable to move around, and they were noisy to use at night. This is my only other experience of using a breast pump (over 3 days), and in comparison, this is leaps and bounds ahead.
It proved indispensible, as breastfeeding didn't come easy for me and my daughter for various reasons. It took nearly two months before it worked, and a bit longer before it was easy. But I really wanted her to have breast milk. So straight away after leaving hospital I was expressing what I could.
I was really impressed from the outset with several things:
- Ease of Use
- Easy to clean
It is SO quick to use. At the moment I can express about 6oz in ten/ fifteen minutes. I do this at my desk (I'm a sole trader - no one else in the office!) While checking my emails, so no time wasted :-) Just so speedy. You can't knock that - as a mum, you're always busy, so as little time as possible spent doing anything is a bonus.
It's extremely easy to use. Once it's assembled - which is also very easy (see below) all you do is put it in place and squeeze the handle. You only need one hand. And it's not very big, so I just shove it in my bag. It's got a cover for each end, but I always put it in a plastic bag too.
The other thing I liked was that as you only need one hand to use it, you can walk around if you want to. You aren't restricted to sitting in a chair - you can do all the one handed things you can do when you are holding a baby - or even while holding said baby should you need to.
Putting it together is easy too. It comes in 6 pieces, plus two covers. You put the little white bit (it's very tiny, and you do get a spare) inside the main part, attach the pump part on the top, attach the handle to that, and put the top on, then put the massage cushion inside the funnel and away you go. (After screwing an avent bottle into the base to collect the milk of course!) This may sound complicated but its really not. Once you've done it once, it's a doddle. It's easy to clean. I sterilise mine in the avent microwave steriliser after washing it in soapy water. The only issue here is if you use too much soap - then you can't see the tiny white bit. But if you wash that first and pop it straight in the steriliser it's not a problem.
The other thing is that's it's really quiet. If you're talking on the phone no one needs to know you're expressing. You don't have to turn the TV or radio up. If you are expressing at night you don't have to go into another room (or wake up your partner, whichever you prefer!) Occasionally there has been a squeaking noise during use, but this just means that I've not put it on properly (another easy thing to do - haven't had any squeaking for ages. You just stick it over your nipple and use the handle. Hey presto!)
The best thing of all of course, is that my daugher can have breast milk when I'm not there. Other people can feed her! Woo! She's combination fed, so does get formula too, but I know that when she's at nursery she is having at least one bottle of the best stuff for her, and that I'm doing the best that I can as a mum to give her the best.
o - and another major advantage - it's really cheap! You can get it for under £30. I think I paid about £27 on Amazon.
After a week of breastfeeding, I was finding it very exhausting and although I felt like giving up I was determined to give my baby my breast milk for the first few months at least.
The most difficult thing that I found with breastfeeding is the fact that I didn't know how much milk my little girl was getting and I was never really sure when she was finished as sometimes she would go back for more when she had pulled herself off.
My friend lent me this Avent breast pump so that I could express milk during the day to make things easier for me. I started doing this when my baby was 1 week old and it was the best decision as it meant I could carry on giving my baby breast milk and I knew how much milk she was taking each time.
The pump looks confusing the first time you use it, but I managed to put it together without any instructions as it is pretty self explanatory once you examine it properly, you just have to make sure you get the little plastic stopper in the right way up or the pump suction will not work. The avent bottle that come with the pump simply screw onto the bottom of the pump. When you have pumped a bottle full or enough milk, then just detach the pump and seal the bottles with the stopper tops. You can store breast milk out of the fridge for up to 6 hours of in the fridge for 48 hours. The bottles have markers up to 4oz, but if you fill them to the top then they hold 6oz.
It's easy to use and although you can buy electric pumps which I assume are quicker, I found that once I got started, it didn't take long really to express both breasts - probably about 15 minutes each time, but I suppose it depends on how much milk you are making. You simply put the pump onto the breast making sure that it is pressed onto your skin and pump the handle. I did find that you need to do quick pumps to make the milk come though, then once it was flowing, if you pump slower then you seem to get more milk. The idea is to immitate the sucking of a baby.
The thing that I did find quite irritating with this is that it was often rather noisy and squeaky which can start getting on your nerves after a while.
The pump is easy to take apart and clean. There are six parts to the pump not including the bottle. You just need to wash up as normal, then sterlilise.
Expressing milk is a great idea if you want your partner to take a roll in feeding your baby but still want to give your baby the benefits of breast milk. My baby to feeding from the bottle and the breast immediately, so when I want to stop breast feeding, I won't have the worry about weaning her onto bottles.
Manual pump to help express and store milk comfortably and discreetly. Quiet, easy-to-use and effective.