Product Type: Avent kids equipment
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Avent Isis Breast Pump
Member Name: JammyJo
Avent Isis Breast Pump
Date: 22/01/02, updated on 22/01/02 (1889 review reads)
Advantages: no batteries, adjust suction strength
Disadvantages: can be tiring on the hand!
I relax … take a deep breath … it really can’t hurt that much can it?
I tell myself how beneficial it will be for me to express some milk. My husband can take over with some of the feeds … (night time ones of course!!) I could go out again and begin to have a social life once more … perhaps have the odd drink ….. ok … ok … convinced … time to take the plunge!!!
I position the pump over my nipple … tense up … try to relax …. tense up again … try to relax again … and go for it! I gently pull the handle and begin to pump. First squeeze not too bad … this could be ok after all! Second squeeze … Hmmm … can feel it a little …. Third squeeze …. Yup definitely can feel it …. Fourth squeeze … aaaaaaaargh … flip me!!! Pain!!
That was my first experience of the Avent Isis Beast Pump. Lovely eh? I have to say though that I did persevere and fight through the pain and now find it a brilliant pump and very effective. Phew!
Why express your milk?
The main reason to express breast milk would be to be able to combine breast feeding with other activities. Breast feeding obviously does restrict what you can do as you need to stay with your baby or have to rush back to feed him again. Reuben feeds every two hours at the moment so you can imagine anything I do without him has to be very quick, unless I want to come back to a screaming starving baby and a very stressed husband .. not a good combo!
Expressing milk will also allow your partner to be involved with the baby a lot more. Some Fathers think this is a great idea an
d really enjoy the extra time they get to spend with their child. This can make bonding easier for them.
Another reason for expressing your milk is if your baby has to stay away from you for a while, in hospital for instance. As breast milk is obviously better for the baby than formula milk it is beneficial to carry on giving breast milk whenever you can. Sometimes a very ill baby, or a premature baby can’t suckle at the breast and may require either a bottle or tube to feed. Breast milk can be given in these and the baby still gets the best for him.
When it is time to start weaning your baby you can still continue to give breast milk with the rice or baby food. Breast milk can be expressed to mix in with the food.
If you have sore or engorged breasts you may find that expressing a little milk before or during feeds helps relieve the pain.
Who are Avent?
Avent is a British company that was set up in 1894. It makes a lot of baby products including bottles, sterilisers and dummies. It has one several awards, one of which is for the Isis Breast pump.
The Avent Isis Breast Pump + How it works
The Avent Isis is a hand-operated pump. It comes in many parts that need to be washed, sterilised and assembled before use. This is a major job in itself at first! It comes with an Avent bottle which can be used to feed your baby after expressing. The main feature of the pump is its silicone petal massager, which gently (ahem!) massages the breast, imitating baby’s suckling and helps to encourage the letdown reflex to provide fast milk flow. As you pump the handle the petals on the massager flex in and out, massaging the area around the nipple. It is only supposed to take a couple of pulls on the handle to set the milk flowing, although I find it often takes a bit more than that. It comes in fairly small box so can be stored well after use.
When should the Isis be used?
It is always recommended that you wait until breast-feeding is established before expressing milk. This is usually 2 – 4 weeks after birth.
It is usually good to express milk in the morning when your breasts are full ….(Reuben still feeds pretty much every 2 – 3 hours during the night so this one doesn’t work that well with me!!) You can also try after a feed if your baby hasn’t emptied both breasts …(another one that doesn’t really work with my little piggy!).
Simple instructions for the pumps use.
1 – Wash your hands
2 – Make sure you have sterilised and put the pump together …(explained later)
3 – Relax, get comfortable, and have a drink ready. (Most mothers find that they get thirsty whilst breast feeding or expressing.)
4 – Press the funnel on your breast to make sure it is airtight.
5 – Push down on the handle gently.
6 – After a few strokes of the handle your milk should begin to flow into the bottle attached to the funnel.
How easy is the pump to set up?
You buy the pump; open the box ready to start this exciting new adventure (well!)only to look into the box to see about 15 different pieces all needing to be cleaned, sterilised and assembled before use. The parts can be sterilised using all forms of sterilisation. I have tried both steam and water and everything seems to be staying clean! There is a leaflet inside naming each part of the pump … do not lose this if you want to be able to put the pump together again!! It is pretty hard to set up without looking at the instructions, but after a few attempts of putting it together it finally sinks in and you can put it together like a pro! Once you know what to do it isn’t tricky and doesn’t take that long to assemble. It can be done in under a minute, so that is not bad at all.
How long does it take to express?
br>This differs from woman to woman but usually you can expect it to take 10 minutes of pumping to get between 2-4 oz. I find that it really depends how long it takes with me though, sometimes I feel as though I have a hose squirting away and other times it just drips out and takes forever to get anything! Warning …. Do expect to get a tired hand with all that pumping!
You have expressed milk .. now what?
You can either feed your baby straight away with the expressed milk, or store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. You can also store milk in the freezer for up to three months. Great for those times when you run out of milk and someone wants a cup of tea!!! Nooooo not really, haven’t done that to anyone (yet!)
Why choose the Avent Isis?
I chose the Avent because it says on the box it is the most natural way of expressing milk …(does it ever feel natural?!) I also chose it because it was a hand-operated pump; therefore it didn’t require batteries. It is silent to use unlike the battery operated ones. Another feature I like is that it comes with a few accessories to make it good for travelling. (A plate to sit it in and a cup to cover the funnel.)
I would say the main disadvantage that I have found is just how many parts it comes in and has to break up into in order to clean properly. In my household that just makes it a prime suspect for a missing part .. Therefore making it useless quite quickly! One of the vital parts is just over the size of a penny, very easy to lose.
This breast pump is a good hand operated pump. It is effective and easy to use. Once you have the hang of assembling it, it doesn’t take too long to get ready. Likewise it doesn’t take that long to wash it out after use. The box it comes in is fairly small and packs away nicely. It costs £25, which seemed a lot to me at first but has be
en well used and is lasting well. I would recommend this pump to anyone wanting a hand operated pump.