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NOW CLOSED: Breastfeeding / expressing for your baby/ child? Want to try the new Philips Avent Comfort Electric Breastpump (RRP £115)? Testers needed

(105 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Nov-12 14:17:27


We've been asked by Philips Avent to find 20 Mumsnetters who are currently feeding their child breastmilk to try out their brand new "Comfort Electric Breastpump" - RRP £115 – this will be sold via Mothercare from January before becoming available at a wider selection of retailers later on.

Philips says "Extensive research shows us that comfortable positioning is crucial in helping mums express milk more easily. The Philips AVENT Comfort breast pump is the only pump that allows mums to express in a more relaxing, reclined position, preventing backache caused by leaning forward through its ergonomic design. The Comfort breast pump is intuitively easy to use and features an innovative, active massage cushion which feels warm and natural on the breast. Its soft silicone petals gently massage the breast to stimulate the let-down reflex, encouraging milk flow and supply.

"The Philips AVENT Comfort electric breast pump is equipped with three simple settings and a stimulation mode so you can choose your most comfortable milk flow".

"Each feature of the Comfort breast pump is designed to encourage mum to feed breastmilk to her child for longer whilst making the whole experience easier and more comfortable".

Selected testers will need to try the pump for a couple of weeks and then to add feedback to a thread on Mumsnet. We'd also want you to add a review to the breastpump review area on MN.

The product test is open to all UK MNers who are currently breastfeeding or expressing for a baby/ child - the product will be sent out in the next week or so. You will be able to keep the pump after adding your feedback.

If you'd like to take part and you can add feedback as required please sign up here and we will be in touch with selected testers asap.

thanks, MNHQ

McKayz Mon 26-Nov-12 15:19:06

Ooh done. I'd like to try this.

Mono1 Mon 26-Nov-12 15:29:03

Currently sat here expressing for my DD. I'll happily take part and provide necessary reviews.

dannyboyle Mon 26-Nov-12 15:53:10

done off my phone so hopefully worked. Let me know if not as would very happily help. Neither child has latched on so expressing is all I know!

ChocolateCoins Mon 26-Nov-12 15:57:51

Really hope I get picked for this!

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Mon 26-Nov-12 16:01:24

Done. Would love to get picked for this, I hated expressing with DD1 I found my pump uncomfortable and a bit of a faff, it would be great to actually get the hang of it now for DD2.

Done smile.

I find my manual pump all but useless; I have to work but would love DD to have expressed milk rather than formula.

Done. Would love to be able to express efficiently so that I can actually go out! It's been nearly a year...

stargirl1701 Mon 26-Nov-12 16:29:57

I am about to start relactation on Wed. I am hiring an electric pump and will be pumping frequently everyday. I would be happy to take part.

AmandinePoulain Mon 26-Nov-12 16:34:00

Done smile

I'm desperate to replace my old Medela hand held pump that sounds like a jet engine!

mummysmellsofsick Mon 26-Nov-12 16:34:31

Done. I'd love to be able to recline whilst expressing

BoysAndGhouls Mon 26-Nov-12 17:00:49

Am in need of a pump so yes please, i would love this, I did try a hospital electric pump and felt a bit like a milk factory but it was fab to use. :-)

Penguinbeaver Mon 26-Nov-12 17:07:31

Would love to as hate hate hate my current pump! Done!

IceNoSlice Mon 26-Nov-12 17:18:49

Would love to be part of this, hopefully my application went through ok (completed on my phone)

pomdereplay Mon 26-Nov-12 18:03:33

Done - am an expressing veteran so hope to be selected for this!

Done. Pick me, pick me! grin

ScaredySquirrel Mon 26-Nov-12 18:17:49

Please pick me! I've recently gone back to work and am having all kinds of angst about expressing at work. Maybe this pump will make the whole process easier, less stressful and more comfortable?

also have tried lots of other breast pumps in the past so have lots to compare to.

blonderthanred Mon 26-Nov-12 18:39:59

I'd love to test this, DS (1mo) has been EBF so far and I am looking forward to expressing so that DH can be involved in feeding (and I can get more sleep!)

Wommer Mon 26-Nov-12 18:40:33

Done Fromm phone - hopefully has worked? Am back at work full time and expressing about 20 oz a day - this would be a LIFE saver!

Ooh so hope I'm picked - have to go back to work when dd is 6 months old and would love to express for her. Currently in hospital with her as she has bronchiolitis and is being tube fed so expressing using hospital electric pump atm and am amazed at how much comes out so quickly!

readyforno2 Mon 26-Nov-12 18:47:58

Done. Would love an electric pump!!

Rachog Mon 26-Nov-12 18:55:54

Pick me, pick me.

Would love to be express when I return to work so ds can have expressed milk rather than formula.

Pinkpiglet Mon 26-Nov-12 19:24:23

I would love to test this pump as I return to work soon and my baby won't take formula.

IShallCallYouSquishy Mon 26-Nov-12 19:39:03

Done! Would love to be able to express enough to give my DD EBM feeds so I know she's getting enough and then hopefully put on some weight sad

Kveta Mon 26-Nov-12 19:39:42

done. I am bfing my 5 month old, and expressing for the local NICU, and am lazy don't have time to express often with my manual pump. would be great to test this and maybe donate more milk to them!

Wommer Mon 26-Nov-12 20:04:24

Have entered again to make sure - hope this is ok - really want this! grin

Christobel51 Mon 26-Nov-12 20:42:25

Would love to try this to increase my supply.

NervousAt20 Mon 26-Nov-12 20:54:39


Is love to be able to take part as I struggle to express with my manual and I want DP to give feeds in public and at night

BatCave Mon 26-Nov-12 21:14:55

Done, I hope I can try this, I plan on donating milk to my local milk bank so would like to find a good pump!

readyforno2 Mon 26-Nov-12 21:50:49

I am already donating milk and its a real chore with the manual pump... Repetitive strain injury coming my way

I've completed the survey, my baby is only seven weeks old, but expressing some milk means I can sleep for longer, and (fingers crossed) go out!

JugglingWithPossibilities Mon 26-Nov-12 23:01:31

Just wondered shouldn't that be ...

"Breastfeeding and expressing ?" in your title MNHQ

If you are just breastfeeding (like I did) you wouldn't need a pump (though did try one once but thought it was too much hassle)

And would anyone just express ?

So I think that's an and then ?! (and not an or)

Sorry, must have too much time on my hands ... I must get to bed smile

Dencar Mon 26-Nov-12 23:12:18

Hopefully this would be a chance to increase supply and shorten the lengthy Breastfeeding sessions.
Thank you

Can we apply if we plan to bf and express for a baby due to arrive by elcs in 3 wks smile

I bf and expressed, or struggled to express should I say for my older two, manual pump was awful for me!

Lesbanian Tue 27-Nov-12 00:21:17


Crossing everything I get picked for this. Seriously considered putting my daughter on formula when I return to work as hate expressing so much.

This sounds fantastic!

mumnosbest Tue 27-Nov-12 00:21:36

Please please pick me. I'm in danger of repetative strain injury with my manual pump and still don't have enough for going back to work.

ME ME ME! would love to be able to express so I can have some sleep and let hubbie feed!!!

MissTapestry Tue 27-Nov-12 04:07:34

Pick meeeeee! I hate my Electric pump but I can't admit it to DP because it cost a fortune and we're struggling on maternity pay, so I feel like I have to use it even though its ineffective and sometimes makes me sore. I'd love an alternative!

kissyfur Tue 27-Nov-12 04:41:05

Completed! Really hoping me and LO get picked for this, manual pump doesn't get a lot out for me and would like a night out over Christmas! smile

junemami Tue 27-Nov-12 07:13:21

This was surely made for me to cure my pump angst grin

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 27-Nov-12 09:36:59

JugglingWithPossibilities - have tweaked to a /

StateofConfusion - it's really for folks already expressing, sorry

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 27-Nov-12 09:37:26

thanks to everyone who has applied so far...some lovely stories on the forms smile

JugglingWithPossibilities Tue 27-Nov-12 10:11:32

Thanks for tweaking - I guess it's important to remember that breastfeeding is quite possible without expressing. Au naturel will suit some mothers and babies better ! But everyone and their situations are different ... And some pumps are evidently better than others.

.... Just don't come too near me with those tweaky fingers wink

Really hoping I get a go at this one, DS will need to move on from an occasional expressed feed soon to more bottles. Really didn't want breastfeeding to end because of hospital stays getting in the way, would be nice to have the opportunity to continue on and stop when we want to.

Also have bad memories of expressing for DD1 having to sit bolt upright or the milk would dribble out and not into the bottle.

nickelbabeuntiladvent Tue 27-Nov-12 13:44:56

ooh, that would be good - I've got a shit boots hand pump (because it was the cheapest) and it really hurts when i use it for more than 2 minutes!

Bullywodgie Tue 27-Nov-12 13:47:44

Breast feeding my 7 week old and find the pump I have very slow would love to try the Avent pump as I hear it's one of the best brands

ValiumQueen Tue 27-Nov-12 13:50:14


PamBeesly Tue 27-Nov-12 13:55:17

I'd love to try, feeding my 9 month old DS, haven't gotten on so well with pumps so far and would love to try one that might suit us

Emmysmum2010 Tue 27-Nov-12 13:56:41

Done, Hoping I'm not too late. Would be SO helpful with my 5 week old boy

LilyThePinkaPinkaPink Tue 27-Nov-12 14:07:17

Done smile

katese11 Tue 27-Nov-12 14:25:38

Done! Again from my phone with dodgy coverage, so hope it worked!!

mummycat2 Tue 27-Nov-12 14:31:00

Really like the sound of being to sit back and pump. I always find myself hunching over when I pump. Would love to give this a try.

goyachan Tue 27-Nov-12 15:38:16

Hey Juggling with possibilities- I don't think anyone chooses just to express, it tends to be a choice made for us. In our case I my baby has a cleft palate and she can't feed from the breast.

As several other people have said it would be great to be able to SIT BACK while pumping.

Fingers crossed.

JugglingWithPossibilities Tue 27-Nov-12 15:54:43

Oh, I'm sorry if I've been a bit thoughtless and ignorant there goyachan

I guess if I'd thought about it more carefully I would have realised that some people need to express and not only due to their own circumstances such as work or other commitments.

I hope all is going well with you and your new arrival x

DoingTheSwanThing Tue 27-Nov-12 18:03:57

Done, fingers crossed!
Exclusively BF twins and donating like lots of others on here.

Just to say, some mums do choose to exclusively express or express and mix feed - I've read storied from women who just hate the idea or sensation of feeding direct, and others who want the flexibility. Interesting article in NY Times a while back from someone pumping because it was more convenient and time-efficient than sitting for hours cluster feeding etc... I can relate!

DoingTheSwanThing Tue 27-Nov-12 18:05:16

Oops, stories

Fishandjam Tue 27-Nov-12 20:12:56

Ooh yes please! Currently exclusively BFing DD (5 mos) but I really want to get her onto bottles/beakers soon. And my Medela Swing pump is definitely past its prime (took a severe hammering when I had DS).

Am I too late to volunteer here?

cinders005 Tue 27-Nov-12 21:18:40

would love to do this one. Aching hands from manual pump!

LittlePicnic Tue 27-Nov-12 21:23:54

Done. I express milk everyday whilst at work and have with both children so pretty experienced at it.

PinkPenguin36 Wed 28-Nov-12 08:39:14

I would be really interested - am breastfeeding an 8 week old and trying to express so my husband can feed her when he gets in from night shifts (he gets 6 hours sleep at work lucky thing)!

Wommer Wed 28-Nov-12 08:46:54

It's odd - there are loads of people on here saying they express at work and yet my office looked at me like I'd grown another head when I mentioned it!
Tbf they were very accommodating but the initial reaction was total shock that someone might want to do it at work!

mumnosbest Wed 28-Nov-12 09:13:17

I have done and will do it at work but wouldn't say they were accommodating. It involved a stool and a store cupboard and well labelled containers grin. New job this time so yet to find a comfy cupboard!

vlynjo Wed 28-Nov-12 10:27:35

I have a 2 week old and i'm having a bit of a nightmare with my manual pump. I'd happily test one for you :-) x

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Wed 28-Nov-12 12:06:26

Done. I need to express some milk for a Christmas thing coming up but have horrendous memories of expressing for DS so have been putting it off.

Jumping some people really do only express, honest smile It's absolutely exhausting though as you're doubling your workload and I can't see why people would actively choose it as their #1 option. In my case, DS was tiny and too weak to suckle effectively so it was that or formula. I fainted a fair few times from low sugars and exhaustion so being able to lie back and express would have been a life saver for me.

I would really love to be picked for this one if it's not too late. I'm a veteran expresser! I almost exclusively expressed for my first child for 16 months, until her sister was born (exhausting but worth it). DD2 fed well from the breast but I continued to express twice a day so DD1 could have a big glass each day too. Now feeding DS1 who is only 13 weeks, and I will need to go back to work soon sad

Each time I have rented a double electric pump from Medela, at a fairly massive cost when it all adds up. I would really like to be able to buy a pump that has the durability to fill this role without being forced to rent one, so I would be very excited to give this AVENT one a go. I currently own an AVENT manual which has the special shield position to allow you to sit back, and it's pretty good - hopefully this one would be even better!

Cassy77 Wed 28-Nov-12 14:16:54

I'd love to try it.I am currently using medela pump &get awful backache due to the positioning.

Gumgardener321 Wed 28-Nov-12 15:15:08

I'm new to mumsnet & to being a mum so pleasebgorgive my hicups . Have just changed my profile name &wasn't sure if had to have current name when applying for things like this.
Like previously said it would b brill if I got chance to try this pump. I am currently bfing my 5week old baby &have been suffering from back ache due to positioning when using medula pump
Gumgardener321... Formally Cassy77

Panzee Wed 28-Nov-12 15:18:00

Not due till February but I had a very crap pump last time so will look out for the feedback thread with interest!

DS is 7 months now and is at nursery one morning a week to get him used to the place before I go back to work in January. I'm mostly having to send him in with formula as I'm crap at expressing. I have a manual Avent pump but I've never been able to express much. I'd really like to keep breastfeeding if I can when I'm back at work, but without a pump I can use easily I can't see that happening.

Wommer Wed 28-Nov-12 20:31:28

Has this closed now? It's disappeared from my active feed...

JulesHartfree Wed 28-Nov-12 23:43:37

I would love to try it, we have a 5 day old son and we have just purchased the Medela Swing. I have just started expressing in the last couple of days and would love to compare products and see if the Philips Avent "Comfort Electric Breastpump" is more comfortable and more effective.

Regards Jules

McPhee Wed 28-Nov-12 23:57:25

Yes please

I have a crappy hand pump, and with Dd just getting over Bronchiolitis, I need to get my supply back on track. Also my pump gives me cramp, squeaks and well is shite blush

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Nov-12 13:21:07

Not yet closed but we have had quite a few apply so it's not on active at the mo!
If you're yet to do so please do add your details on the link in the opening post.


Wommer Thu 29-Nov-12 16:04:38

Thanks Ann.
Is there anyway I can tell if my form worked? I did it from my phone and I'm not 100% confident. Really would like to be a tester for this though.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Nov-12 16:15:47

It did Wommer (twice!) - thanks

Wommer Thu 29-Nov-12 16:16:31

Oops blush thanks Ann smile
I'll trust it next time!

IceNoSlice Thu 29-Nov-12 17:02:12

Hi Ann - please could you let me know if my application worked too (sorry!) Again, not 100% confident as applied on my phone. I'd really like to be part of this test.

I have applied to test a few things on MN and been unsuccessful every time sad. Wondering if either my applications aren't getting through or perhaps I am not writing the right things?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Nov-12 18:30:37

IceNoSlice - yep it worked
Keep applying - sorry you've not been selected for stuff yet - it's a lot down to luck as we often have lots of folks applying.

daisy4mae Thu 29-Nov-12 22:51:42

Done. I really like the idea of being able to recline whilst pumping as I would have found that much easier in the early days, with a newborn and a dodgy back!

TrishRob Fri 30-Nov-12 06:24:13

Would love to try this! Avoid using my manual one if at all possible, so uncomfy - think I would be able to keep going longer if I could find one I like!

DaffyDuck88 Fri 30-Nov-12 16:18:24

All being well, I am planning on breast feeding, but little one isn't due till December so I might not quite be the target market if trial has to start straight away. But happy to take part if it has a delayed start!

DaffyDuck88 Fri 30-Nov-12 16:18:55

...crumbs! It practically is December!

openerofjars Fri 30-Nov-12 17:21:54

Ooh, please can I have a go? I'm due to go back to work in January and I'm really worried about being able to express enough for DD with my ancient manual pump which has done sterling service for two babies but is now looking a bit sad. I had to do mixed feeding for DS and I'd love to be able to keep DD off the formula.

Lesbanian Thu 06-Dec-12 01:33:45

When do we know if we have been selected for this? About to buy a new pump and don't want to if I still have a chance of being a tester. Thanks

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Dec-12 12:26:30

hi - just to let you all know I just emailed those selected - 21 of them.
Thanks to everyone who applied - it was tough choosing the testers.
Keep your eyes peeled for the feedback coming soonish.

ScaredySquirrel Fri 07-Dec-12 12:28:01

I just got my email - thanks so much!! I'm so excited. My event crappy pump gave up the ghost this week and I've not been able to pump at work. I''m going up to 3 days a week soon and didn't know what to do. I promise to provide very helpful feedback!

ScaredySquirrel Fri 07-Dec-12 12:29:27

I realise that it is sad to be so pleased by this, and I should probably get a life but really was in a quandary about how best to express at work.

AmandinePoulain Fri 07-Dec-12 12:51:20

I'm excited too! Thank you! grin

Thank you so much! Can't wait to try it out.

Thank you very, very much. My manual one is going in the bin tonight.

monkeypuzzeltree Mon 10-Dec-12 18:39:05

Can't wait to receive this, apparent will be here by Friday- then hopefully so long noisy Medela!!! Can't hear the telly over it in the evenings and it wakes my son if I use while he's sleeping!!

AmandinePoulain Thu 13-Dec-12 11:43:39

Just got mine! Yay! I've just expressed though so can't use it right away sad, my old noisy medula has been out for the last time grin

Oddly I just received a tube of scar reducing gel to test too, thanks mumsnet grin

AmandinePoulain Thu 13-Dec-12 12:16:50

And thanks for the candle!

Will there be a feedback thread?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Dec-12 13:20:06

hi AmandinePoulain - hurrah! Yes there will be - will email you a link next week sometime.

ScaredySquirrel Thu 13-Dec-12 18:12:25

mine isn't coming until Tuesday now. I'm very interested to hear how noisy it is - and also whether it is possible to run it off batteries rather than the mains - I've discovered there's no easily accessible plug in my quiet room at work where I need to go to express.

AmandinePoulain Thu 13-Dec-12 18:39:50

Squirrel it does run off AA batteries but doesn't come with any. It's far quieter than my old one but not silent smile

tallergirl Thu 13-Dec-12 18:50:26

Has everyone's pump arrived? Waited in all day but no pump .....sad

Wommer Thu 13-Dec-12 21:24:32

Was it delivered by DX by any chance? Missed a parcel today and can't think of anything else it could be....
Didn't get an email but am now wondering if my spam filter got overexcited... grin (hopeful face!)

AmandinePoulain Thu 13-Dec-12 21:30:19

Mine was delivered by Parcelforce, sorry!

Wommer Thu 13-Dec-12 21:59:36

Ah well - never mind, was mainly wishful thinking!

Still, very curious to find out what's been sent to me anyway!

Mine arrived today via Royal Mail. Can't wait to give it a try, and the candle is lovely - really nice touch.

SetFiretotheRain Fri 14-Dec-12 19:09:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Do we have a link to feedback yet?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Dec-12 11:35:11

Hello - feedback thread is now live here thanks

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