I bought a breast pump while I was pregnant; primarily to be prepared in case I didn’t like nursing but I also wanted my husband to be able to give the baby a bottle from time to time. I wanted to be able to have a life outside being sustenance for the new life about to join us. I was lucky that there was no question of me going back to work but I wanted to be able to go out to dinner or to a movie and be able to leave a bottle behind, and I was never comfortable feeding in public so it was great to be able to express before we left the house and give Dexter an EBM (expressed breast milk) bottle feed when we were out.
Whether to breastfeed or not is an intensely personal choice and one that is fraught with social and medical pressure, we all try to do the very best we can for our babies and only you can decide if that’s the right choice for you – everybody else should really mind their own business. I never wanted to breastfeed, I was committed to at least trying but wasn’t sure I would like it. I did my own research and decided that if I didn’t enjoy the nursing itself I would try to express.
In hindsight I’m incredibly glad I did that research, as it turned out I did enjoy nursing and I was one of those lucky women who had a baby that just got it straight away but we struggled terribly with a Casein (Milk protein) allergy and insane reflux – by the time Dexter was three months old I was almost exclusively expressing and adding thickener to bottles of EBM to help with his reflux. Exclusively expressing isn’t for everyone, it was a choice I made faced with the situation we were in and it wasn’t without its problems, I can’t begin to tell you the horror of finding the freezer hadn’t been closed properly and having to tip a litre of spoiled EBM down the drain.
There are a number of breast pumps on the market, I actually had two and one of those was the Philips AVENT Electronic Breast Pump. Designed with an electronic memory that puts you in control by learning and continuing your personal pumping style, the AVENT Electronic Breast Pump has massage cushions that flex in and out, replicating baby’s suckling action and helping to stimulate a fast, natural let down and the gentle-draw vacuum mimics baby’s suckling to create a steady milk flow that requires less pumping.
The AVENT Electronic Breast Pump can be used on mains power and I had a little pumping station set up with a comfy chair near a power point which was wonderful when I was at home but the pump can also be used manually or on battery power when out and about. I was rarely away from mains power when I needed to pump but the few times I did battery power was a godsend.
For mums that have to return to work or those travelling away from baby, the AVENT Electronic Breast Pump + Out & About Set is amazing, containing everything you need to maintain your milk supply and to express and store your breast milk. The insulated travel pack, cool packs and storage containers make it super easy to store your milk safely until you can get to a fridge and we used the travel pack to transport milk to the grandparents and when out and about.
We used a mixture of different storage containers for EBM but I did particularly like the Philips AVENT Milk containers, they’ve been super durable and I still use them today as snack cups or for lunches – my husband even takes soup to work in them. The milk containers allow you to express and store your milk in the same cup which means you don’t need to pour it from one container to another, they’re fridge and freezer safe with a leak proof twist on lid and are super easy to label (we used whiteboard markers).
Thanks to the wonderful team at Philips AVENT I have a Single Electronic Breast Pump + Out & About Set valued at $299.95 to give away.
To enter simply visit Philips AVENT and then come back here to tell me your favourite product from the AVENT range.
This giveaway ended on 23rd July 2012.