Product Type: Avent kids equipment
Newest Review: ... 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 t... more
The Best Manual Breast Pump
Avent Isis Breast Pump
Member Name: Alana-R
Avent Isis Breast Pump
Advantages: Easy to use and clean
Disadvantages: Could fit better in Avent sterilizer
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.
Summary: Overall the best breast pump I have used