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Philips AVENT Comfort electric breast pump feedback thread

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Dec-12 11:22:15

This thread is for the 20 Mumsnetters who are trying out the Philips AVENT Comfort electric breast pump (RRP £115) with their baby/ LO. This pump will be sold via Mothercare from January before becoming available at a wider selection of retailers later on.

Philips would love to know your breastfeeding or expressing story as well as your feedback on the pump, and whether it helped you express in a more reclined and comfortable way.

Please also add your review to the breast pump reviews section of Mumsnet.

Please let us know the following:

~ The age of your baby/ child
~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing
~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump
~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.
~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?
~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?
~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?
~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?
~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?

Any other comments about the pump or about how breast feeding in general - all comments welcome - questions etc also welcome from non testers.

Thanks
MNHQ

~ The age of your baby/ child

DS3 is 6 weeks old.

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

I have used both a manual pump that I couldn't get any milk from at all so gave up pretty quickly, DS has spent a week in hospital last week and I was using their electric pump which was fab, I am pro breastfeeding and expressing as long as it is making Mum happy, if breastfeeding isn't working and expressing is allowing a baby to continue to get breast milk then that is also great.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

The look of the pump is nice, I prefer the separation from the pump and the electric unit, it is also small and compact which allows for easy storage.

~ How it was to use ? first times and subsequent uses.

It was very simple to use, no real hardship to just pop on and start pumping, It has a nice long lead and can take batteries so you can pump pretty much anywhere, it is light and very user friendly, it doesn't need programming or setting up, very much turn on an go.

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

It was comfortable, and felt fairly natural and warm.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?

It took a few minutes to get a flow of milk which isn't unusual for me, once the milk was flowing it was quick to get a good few ounces for DS.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?

I am using the pump to express whenever I can, DS has been unwell and is only just off tube feeding, I also have other poorly children so I find it a help to be able to share the feeding with DP so expressing and having bottles with breastmilk in ready to go is a real help at the moment.
I have expressed in hospital and at home.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

I thought the stimulation setting could have possibly been slightly higher suction but that combined with high suction mode was everything i needed to express easily and comfortably.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January ? is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?

Yes it is certainly something I would recommend to other mums who want to express frequently.

~ The RRP is £115 ? do you think this represents value for money?

It's a good product, it works efficiently and doesn't cost the earth, I think its a good price to pay if it will help you personally feed your baby breast milk for longer if that's what you wish to do.

notcitrus Thu 20-Dec-12 12:24:58

What's the main differences between this and previous Philips Avent electric pumps?
Is there a demand for lower suck settings?

My Avent pump was a total godsend - my son wouldn't have had breastmilk for more than three weeks without (managed over a year in the end), and possibly same for my daughter though I'd probably have struggled through lots of pain before getting it to work OK. Though given the price of the pump, breastfeeding probably didn't save me any money over formula!

AmandinePoulain Thu 20-Dec-12 13:55:48

Firstly thank you for the pump smile

My dd2 is 19 weeks old, she has been ebf from birth. She has been offered ebm in a bottle on occasion, mostly by me but I have managed to have a night out when dh fed her. I express both to make her baby rice up with,or to add to purees to thin them out (we started weaning 2 weeks ago and she's really enjoying her food smile); and to freeze ready for when I go back to work (not until May, but dd1 was a very reluctant formula drinker so I'm thinking ahead in case she's the same). Dd1 was bf until 11 months when she went on a nursing strike and bit me hard repeatedly (with teeth!). I used a hand pump initially for her but it was such hard work that I bought a Medela portable electric pump. I think that it cost around £80 and I used in for several months for dd1 and then up until now for dd2 - I was glad to throw it away to be honest - it was noisy, painful on even the lowest setting and the bottle that fitted it wasn't a wide neck one so I couldn't attach my usual bottles (Mam) to it. I have also used a hospital grade pump as I work on SCBU and expressed at work for dd1. I can't say that I found that pump particularly comfortable either, and have a lot of respect for the mums on the unit that express up to 12 times a day for months.

My first impression was that the massage shell felt very soft, but that there were a lot of parts compared to my previous pump, but in actual fact it is very easy to put together - the pump itself that is - in fact my main criticism of the product is with the bottle not the pump - the screw top being in two parts means that I have to touch the inside of the top to put it together; not only is this fiddly but it doesn't feel 'clean' after I've taken the trouble to sterilise everything. A one piece screw top would be better in my opinion and not that difficult to change. The pump itself is neat and I like the lavender!

On first use I would say that yes, it felt warm and natural. I love how quiet it is. With the massage shell in place though I do sometimes find it hard to get a good seal - I obtain better suction if I don't use it and therefore use a lower setting, but it is far more comfortable with it in place. When I use the pulse setting it takes a good minute or two to obtain any milk - my old pump was quicker but I would take comfort over speed to be honest. I then switch to the strongest setting and it takes about 10 minutes to get around 100mls.

I have only used it at home. It is very comfortable to use, and I have both sat up and reclined and found both positions 'work'. As I said above, stimulation is slow but nicer than a sudden suction like my old pump. I then need to switch to high to get a good result, but this still feels comfortable.

I would recommend the pump. But to be honest I'm not a fan of Mothercare, when will it be available in clean, tidy shops with helpful, knowledgeable staff and more than one till open elsewhere? £115 is expensive though, I would probably only recommend it to someone who had expressed before and knew that it worked for her; and to be honest I would struggle to have bought something so expensive myself.

Thank you again, overall I am very happy with the pump and I will continue to use it for as long as dd2 wants breastmilk.

AmandinePoulain Thu 20-Dec-12 14:02:56

Ann I've just tried to find the pump in the reviews section and it isn't there - should I just click on 'add review' and start my own category? If so, do I call it the Philips Avent Comfort Electric Breastpump?

<realises that this may be a stupid question>

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Dec-12 16:23:55

Amandine..yes please!

Notcitrus..I have asked Philips for you

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Dec-12 18:07:04

Notcitrus - Philips say "Thank you for your question. Following extensive feedback from mums, our new Comfort pump aims to make the whole experience more relaxing (not having to lean forward) and an easier experience generally. By removing the motor unit from the pump funnel we've made it less tiring for mum to hold and less likely to tip over spilling any precious milk. It’s also easy to put together and clean whilst providing 3 suction modes (low, medium and high)".

DoingTheSwanThing Thu 20-Dec-12 18:54:58

Hi Ann
Could you ask if there are different sizes of funnel please?
I'm struggling to get a good seal at the moment. Will hold the feedback for now as might be a quick fix smile

monkeypuzzeltree Thu 20-Dec-12 21:43:27

Marking my place but initial response is that it's pretty fab!

FreelanceMama Thu 20-Dec-12 23:21:15

Also marking my place as have only used it once so far and will come back to say more later but first reactions were: comfortable, easy to put together but the noise is really offputting compared to the Avent pump I was using before. I do appreciate being able to relax more and think that helps the flow but the pump was noisy, and it took a while for the letdown to happen.

Marking my place to start feedback tomorrow (app keeps crashing and I'm worried about losing a review)

~ The age of your baby/ child
DS2 is a year old, and feeds between 3-6 times a day, including a night feed.

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing
Yes, I've tried the tommee tippee manual and electric, and never had much success with either. I have real problems with my supply, and often have to boost using domperidone under GP guidance. Regular expressing (successfully) would help me boost my supply naturally, as well as helping DS to become more interested in drinking from a cup.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump
I thought it looked lovely. It wasn't overpackaged, there weren't a million instructions, and it looked like it would be easy to put together.

~ How it was to use ? first times and subsequent uses.
The pump was really easy to put together. I was pleased by how comfortable the pump felt (not too artificial) and it was quiet compared to the tommee tippee electric. The lower settings didn't really get me anywhere, so I had to use the higher suction - this actually triggered a let down reflex (which I haven't felt for months!)

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?
The pump was really comfortable, a good fit, and yes, it definitely felt more natural. I did have a "warm" sensation for 10-15 minutes after using the pump, but that's also likely to be due to using the high setting for long amount of time!

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?
I managed to get around 1.5oz of milk in 10 minutes - which is an absolute record for me. DS only feeds for a maximum of 5 minutes now, so I was really surprised. I got a decent flow on the high setting. I liked the fact that when I removed the pump, milk didn't spill over me as it hadn't collected in the pump - everything was taken down into the bottle.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
I used the pump at home, on the settee - it meant I could relax, rather than keeping a rigid posture which I feel like I have to with other pumps. I was able to read my kindle on one occasion, and deliver hugs to DS on another, as he was very jealous of the intruder taking his milk!

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?
With low and medium I didn't really get anywhere, though once the flow of milk started I was able to switch down to medium again. The high setting was good, but it did leave me feeling very warm and tingly afterwards. A definite improvement on competitors though, the TT ones leave me feeling quite sore.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January ? is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?
Yes, definitely - it worked, was comfortable and wasn't a burden to use.

~ The RRP is £115 ? do you think this represents value for money?
Yes - because it works! I think if I had used it from DS being small we would both have really benefitted.

MediumOrchid Fri 21-Dec-12 13:57:46

Firstly, thank you so much for the pump - it's absolutely fantastic!

Let me answer the questions:

~ The age of your baby/ child

Dd is 13 weeks.

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

Dd has been exclusively breastfed since birth. It's gone really well, she's put on lots of weight. I need to be able to express milk for her when I go back to work in March.

I hadn't used a pump before but I have hand expressed. If I express several times a day I'd manage to get 20 or 30ml in total, and I'd be sore afterwards.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

It looked good quality, with some useful features like being able to lean back while pumping.

The instructions were comprehensive. Initially it looked rather complicated to use but after putting it together for the first time it was actually very easy.

~ How it was to use ? first times and subsequent uses.

I was a bit nervous turning it on the first time! But the stimulation mode was quite gentle, and soon got my milk flowing. And the amount I got! I pumped for 10 minutes and got about 120ml from one breast, and there was still milk flowing. I couldn't believe how much better it was than hand expressing!

~How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

I'm not sure it felt warm, but it certainly felt comfortable and natural.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?

I think the stimulation mode really helped to get the milk flowing. As I said above, I got over 100ml in 10 minutes from one breast.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?

I used it in an armchair at home, but I am intending to use it at work. It is going to make my life so much easier!

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

Stimulation was good to get things going. I think low is the best setting for me. Medium felt like I was being pulled a bit too much, so I haven't tried high.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January ? is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?

I would absolutely recommend it. It is a very high quality product.

~ The RRP is £115 ? do you think this represents value for money?

I think it is value for money. Would I pay this much for it? Probably not, but we are fairly short of money at the moment and I don't think I could justify it though. It is something I might ask for as a present. I'd certainly be very sad to have to give it back!

Other comments: I hadn't realised it would come with a bottle, so that was good. It's a bit small (125ml) for expressing from both breasts, but it is compatible with the other Philips bottles.

Now all I need is for dd to actually drink from a bottle! She doesn't seem to know what one is - well she has 3 months to learn!

ScaredySquirrel Fri 21-Dec-12 14:21:54

The age of your baby/ child

my baby is 7 months old

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

yes she is my 6th baby and i've expressed with all of them, and also with her for the past 3 months or so. with this baby (dd4) I went back to work early and have been expressing at work - she is the first one I have actually tried to express at work for, although for my last baby, I also expressed while I was at work (although he was older when i went back).

For all of my babies I expressed so that they only had breast milk for the first 6 months.

I have had a variety of pumps. This time I have used an event hand pump at work - it was crap as the valve broke/keeps slipping out. However I used one of these with my first baby and found it was fantastic. I have an ameda lactaline at home.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

Good it was easy to assemble (wonder whether this is because it is very similar to the hand pump.

~ How it was to use ? first times and subsequent uses.

It was fine. I've only used it once so far - I'll come back and post more when I get a chance from my non-sleeping, constantly feeding baby to pump again.

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

Yes. I don't think this is a big selling feature for me though!

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?

I did like the stimulation setting! I find often with my other pumps that letdown is quite slow. It didn't seem to be with this one, but I'll see if it's the same next time. I did think the other settings seemed a bit gentle for me (perhaps I'm used to more force with my baby/the other pumps?). However it wasn't any slower than the other pumps I've used.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?

On my sofa this time. I want to take it into work though and may go in for one day next week. I want something fairly quiet as I am in an office environment - I think this is quieter than my ameda one.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

I liked the stimulation one! I'm not sure I'll ever use the lower settings.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January ? is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breast milk?

Maybe. I think I would prefer the double one (and I'm very willing to test this one out if you would like me to???) as it would be better for expressing while you are at work. But this is a good pump if you are doing it less frequently I think.

~ The RRP is £115 ? do you think this represents value for money?

Not sure. It depends what you are expressing for. If it's just for occasional nights out, then maybe not - the hand ones are fine. But if it's to produce more milk then maybe. As I mentioned above, I think a double one would be better if you are doing it while you are at work.

ScaredySquirrel Fri 21-Dec-12 14:25:39

mnhq - do you know whether there is a double one of these pumps and if so, what it's going to retail for?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Dec-12 14:30:38

ScaredySquirrel and DoingTheSwanThing - I have asked for you and fingers crossed Philips are still around....

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Fri 21-Dec-12 23:00:33

Hiya just wanted to say pump had arrived, thank you smile

I'm struggling a little with DD2s evenings at the moment, lots of crying and cluster feeding, but hopefully just a passing phase and will be back with the feedback as soon as she allows me time enough to start using it properly. Will make every effort to ensure that it's soon!

Thank you very much for the pump grin

~ The age of your baby/ child - DD is 7 months old
~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing - I've used a manual pump but I found it very hard to get much milk. It would take me around half an hour to express an ounce; I could get more milk by hand expressing. I find BF very easy but I wanted to express because I had to go back to work 3 weeks later; I've had to mix feed until now.
~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump - It looked easy to use and felt light. Extremely easy to put together.
~ How it was to use ? first times and subsequent uses. - It's light and fits well on my breast.
~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"? - Yes, it does feel warm and it's very comfortable.
~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use? - I went straight for the high suction setting. It took a few minutes to really start my flow but the bottle filled quite quickly after that.
~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier? - I've used the pump at home and at work, mainly to express for bottles but also to relieve engorgement when it's not possible to bf or if my daughter's not hungry.
~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction? - I found the high suction setting best. I have tried the other settings but the stronger action works for me.
~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January ? is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk? Yes, definitely. It's easy to use and helps express milk quickly and comfortably.
~ The RRP is £115 ? do you think this represents value for money? - Absolutely! The pump is great value, especially when compared to other pumps.

~ The age of your baby/ child

DS is 11 weeks old

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

I've used a Medela Swing before which I find a bit ouchy but is very effective at expressing milk quickly. However it does give me backache as I hunch forward in order to avoid milk flooding back down the tubing so I was very excited to use this. I feed directly from the breast 99% of the time but pump regularly both to build up a stash of frozen milk in case I need to be away from baby and also to make up purees with when we eventually come to weaning.#

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

Nice looking machine, light and compact though there did seem to be lots of bits.

~ How it was to use ? first times and subsequent uses.

Unfortunately I didn't get on with it - it took ages to get a let down and then I got very little milk. My first use ws very unsuccessful so I immediately used my old Medela Swing and managed to get a long more milk - I used the highest suction but I do wonder if I'm doing something wrong or don't have the pump assembled properly. However it did feel very comfortable

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

Soft and comfortable, not at all pinchy.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?

I used the pump for about 20 minutes on each breast and literally only managed to get drops. I will try again a few more times in case I am doing something wrong.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?

I have only used this pump at home so far but would bring it to an event such as a wedding in order to pump as it is very portable.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

Not very strong - perhaps I didn't properly create a seal?

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January ? is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?

Not yet but I will try again - I've used it twice so far without much success so I'll ask DH to see if he can spot what I may be doing wrong.

~ The RRP is £115 ? do you think this represents value for money?
Yes I would pay this amount for a comfortable electric pump

I tried to pump again this morning when I knew my supply was lower, and this time I did find that it was more difficult to get any milk at all, on any of the settings.

ScaredySquirrel Sat 22-Dec-12 18:54:45

I'm not sure the suction is strong enough either to be honest. Also, the second time I used it (this morning), I did have to fiddle around to get the pump properly sealed on!

SetFiretotheRain Sun 23-Dec-12 20:16:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

chroniclackofimagination Wed 26-Dec-12 22:31:42

The age of your baby/child

My baby is 5 weeks old

Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

I used a Medela swing with my firstborn for nine months. I found expressing quite difficult the first time around. I had gestational diabetes and DS1 was born with low blood sugar which meant the hospital insisted on feeding formula supplements which in turn affected my milk supply. I expressed religiously after every feed to try to up my supply and I could never get more than about 10ml a session. I used the highest setting on the medela and found it uncomfortable after a long expressing session. I want to express to allow my partner to feed DS2 and allow me to go out alone occasionally.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

I liked the design which looked less clinical and scary than other pumps I've used. It was easy to put together.

~ How it was to use ? first times and subsequent uses.

It was comfortable to use and I liked how quiet it was compared to the medela swing. I had thrush in my nipples and was quite sore the first time I used it so was expecting it to hurt, it was actually fairly gentle on the lower settings, hurt less than breastfeeding.

I am now using the higher setting which is much more effective to me

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

Yes, it's much softer and more comfortable than other pumps I've used.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?

The stimulation setting helped but it takes a while for my milk to start flowing. Having said that I can get up to 50ml in the same time it took me to pump 10ml with my last baby, not sure if this is the pump or my supply as I have not used any other pump for this baby.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?

I have used it at home and have taken it with me to travel to see family over xmas. It was easy to pack up and take with me and I like that it's nice and quiet for pumping on the go and in relatives homes.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

The stimulation setting helps me get used to the sensation of being milked (which I stil find odd!) but I need to use the higher settings for effective pumping.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January ? is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?

Absolutely. I am very pleased with it and it's been a more comfortable and efficient expereince for me than my last pump

~ The RRP is £115 ? do you think this represents value for money?

Yes I think this is a reasonable price.

tallergirl Fri 28-Dec-12 22:00:47

~ The age of your baby/ child
My DD2 is 10 weeks
~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing
DD2 has a cleft palate and had a few respiratory problems at birth meaning we spent 10 days in NICU after a nice calm home birth getting feeding established. In that time I had to use the hospial grade pumps 8-12 times a day to try and bring in my milk. I exclusively breast fed my other two children until 6 months and fed both to about 9 months so it was a real challenge to contemplate not being able to do the same for my third child. I am so grateful that pumps were available although the level of instruction was minimal and uses a double pump basically means you can’t do anything but sit there hunched over.
~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump
Very stylish looking pump light and small
~ How it was to use ? first times and subsequent uses.
I pump 6-8 times a day. On my first pump after figuring out how to put together the various pieces I found I did get a reduced amount of milk. However with more use the amount of milk increased to my usual amount.
~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?
Very warm feeling pump not at all pinchy more comfatble than other pumps I have used
~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?
It took about 20 minutes to completely empty each breast which is a little faster than my comparable pump. On the basis of this I would be interested in the double pump

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
I used the pump at home at a friend’s house and while for the weekend. The pieces are pretty small so fit easily into the sterilizer
~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?
The settings were sufficient, however i would have preferred a few more suction settings as there was a bit of a jump between medum and high and I would have prefered a setting between these two.
~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January ? is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breast milk?
Absolutely! It is quiet, simple and effective. I would recommend the double pump to anyone who was pumping more than once or twice a day.
~ The RRP is £115 ? do you think this represents value for money?
All the pumps are expensive so this one is comparable to others currently on the market

I've been pumping more than usual to see if there's an improvement to my supply. Regular pumping is definitely working, but I'm still only finding the highest suction to be really effective.

AmandinePoulain Mon 31-Dec-12 11:01:10

I've added my review but I have an issue with the pump. When I first started using it I found it hard to get a seal with the massage shell in place; I thought I'd got this sorted until this morning. I was quite 'full' shall we say because dd hadn't woken as usual at 10pm and then slept through until 7, when she was too distracted to feed properly and only wanted one side, so my right breast was really full. I tried to pump but it was extremely hard to get a seal - I ended up having to twist it to the side slightly, once that initial fullness had gone the milk started to flow and I quickly filled the bottle but it was a frustrating 5 minutes!

DoingTheSwanThing Mon 31-Dec-12 14:46:50

~ The age of your baby/ child

My twins are 22 weeks (17 adjusted).

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

I tried a TT manual with my first child with very little success, threw it in the back of a cupboard and splashed out on a Medela Swing - I found the swing to be excellent and used it on a daily basis for 18 months first time, and a few times a day when I returned to work part time. My eldest was 5 months at this time it helped me to continue exclusively breastfeeding past age 2.

The swing is still going strong 4 years later and I've been using it again since the twins were a few days old.

Overall I found breastfeeding to be pretty straightforward, and much easier than I was expecting with the twins... Still very hard work, particularly in the early days but we quite quickly got to a stage where I felt BF would be easier than the alternative because I'm too damn lazy to get out of bed in the night. With the exception of 35ml for DT2 (prem and low birthweight) we've been able to avoid using any formula at all. I find expressing is useful for my sanity and doesn't take much time - I prefer to use the pump hands-free while doing other jobs or feeding. It's helped us keep going through two bouts of thrush when it was too painful to feed direct.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

I couldn't wait to try it! The unit looked well designed and I felt the soft comfort cushion would be a nice change from the Medela. The pump unit is attractive and looks fine left lying around but was heavier than I'm used to and not as portable.

~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.

Very easy to assemble, few more parts to put together but still quick. No way of contaminating the tubing or pump unit so a massive bonus there. I searched through the manual to see if it could be microwave sterilised and couldn't find any mention (but a very helpful lady at Philips said it was safe). I thought the bottle was a bit small but is compatible with other AVENT bottles.

The first use was really disappointing, I got about 40mls first thing in the morning when I'd normally expect 150ml+. I checked all the parts were connected but still had minimal success so thought I'd give it a go without the cushion because I'm an idiot. DO NOT DO THIS! It hurts - but did demonstrate that the was no problem with the suction!

I tried again the next couple of days to get a better seal and had more success but felt I was causing my supply to dip so switched back to the Medela in order to build up again. I'm now using it most days and getting around 60- 100ml in 20 minutes, quite a bit less than usual. I find I have to keep the pump rammed pressed very firmly against my breast and alter the angle a few times while pumping to keep the flow going but it is still more comfortable to use than a hard shell. As long as I'm paying attention it's reasonably efficient, but it's far too easy to break the seal and hence loose vacuum.

I'll keep trying and update in a week or so.

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

Uum... I'm not sure I could ever describe a pump as feeling "natural", but I reckon it's the closest it'd get! It's comfortable and certainly not cold. As mentioned above though the pressure I need to exert is the overwhelming sensation so I'd imagine if it fitted me better it'd be much more natural.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?

The stimulation mode takes about 30 - 60 seconds to get a let down, slower than a baby but equal to my other pump. When tightly held on maximum the flow once it starts after a few minutes is very quick indeed, perhaps 2 minutes for the first 50ml of so - but because of the problems with with needing to adjust after this point to keep the flow going the total time for 100-130mls is more like 30minutes - I haven't given up before. I'm afraid it's often quicker to hand express whilst feeding.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?

I now leave this pump upstairs next to my bed to and use it at the same time as feeding one of the babies to take advantage of being able to recline.

I usually express twice a day, once for the milk bank and once to get enough for the babies to have with their daily vitamins. I also like to be able to throw a bottle in the changing bag for the times they demand simultaneous feelings in public!

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

Stimulation worked fine, would've preferred it a bit stronger. The rest of the time I use the high suction, which is still comfortable.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?

Judging from the other reviews I seem to be very much in the minority so I certainly wouldn't discourage, but I would have to recommend a competitor.

~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?
The price is pretty comparable with other good quality pumps so if it works then absolutely. If I was spending that money I'd probably go for an alternative double.

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Tue 01-Jan-13 21:42:24

~ The age of your baby/ child
DD2 has just turned three months old.

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing
I am a very keen breastfeeder, have always intended to bf my DCs and have been lucky enough to find it easy and enjoyable. DD1 was fed for a year, I hope to be able to do the same for DD2. With DD1 I tried a manual pump first which didn't work at all, then bought an electric one from Boots which I tried to get on with but for lots of reasons never did so gave up expressing with the impression that perhaps it just wasn't meant to be. It was hard work to get even the smallest amount out, uncomfortable and the pump itself was very fiddly.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump
Nicely designed, simple, not too many parts, clean looking and not too big.

~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.
Ive just used it for the first time and found it much easier to clean, assemble and use than my previous electric pump.

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?
It felt perfectly comfortable, I could probably agree with 'warm' but natural isn't a word I would chose.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?
I've just expressed 40mls (between both breasts) in half an hour. I'm really happy with this I've never managed more than 20mls in a single sitting before! It took a little while to get going with the first side but then settled down, second side was a bit quicker. It took about 20 minutes on one and 10 minutes on the other before the flow seemed to stop and I had a good 40mls in the bottle.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
At home, I've come upstairs to watch Miranda in bed while the DDs are asleep. Being relaxed I think has definitely helped. I've got tickets for a concert at the end of January so I have to express enough to leave her with at least two bottles whilst I am out. Without the pump I wouldn't be able to go to the concert so it has definitely helped!

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium
, high suction?
I used the medium setting this time, it seemed to be working so I didn't change it, although tried the high briefly and didn't really notice a difference.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?
If it continues to be as effective as it was tonight then yes I will definitely recommend

~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?
It is a comparable price, perhaps slightly expensive but then I think that all pumps are quite expensive. I couldn't afford this much if I hadn't been testing the product (so thank you again!) but as I I'd above if it does continue to be this good I would probably say yes it is good value for money.

Any other comments about the pump or about how breast feeding in general - all comments welcome -
First impressions are very good, I was all set up for a failure and am over the moon with the results. I will try and fit expressing into my routine most days now and will certainly return to add to the thread after a few more goes.

FreelanceMama Wed 02-Jan-13 13:09:33

The age of your baby/ child
11 months ol
~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing
I had used a couple of pumps - a manual medala pump (which gave me tendonitis!), and the Avent electric pump that could be used manually and that you set the rhythm you want for the pump. This latter one I have been using on a weekly basis to store milk for when I am not around to do a feed e.g. out for an evening. I really don't like expressing - it can be very random as to whether or not much milk comes and sterilising all the parts is a bit of a faff. It's also v anti-social so I don't like doing it if anyone's at home. I had planned to breastfeed to some extent during my baby's second year, but last week he suddenly refused to feed (or take milk in a bottle) and still has no interest in breastfeeding. So now I am expressing three times a day to express milk to give him in a cup, or in his cereal. I usually manage about 7 or 8 ozs in total a day. It's very upsetting not being able to feed him but I'm very glad to have a choice of pumps to use now. SOmetimes I find the Avent comfort is better and other times I find I need to be able to control the rhythm in order for the milk to flow.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump
There were fewer pieces than other pumps and it looked simple to use.

~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.
I didn't notice much difference between first and later uses - I needed the higher setting all the time. I liked being able to sit back more comfortably although you still have to be careful not to lean back to far. It came apart more easily than the Avent electric pump - i.e. not having to remove the motor off the top; normally it's hard to do that.
But the major downside is the noise. It has a much more "milking time at the farm" sound to it which my partner said he could hear through two closed doors so I would never want to use it at an office, for example.
~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?
It felt fine - not pinchy, or hard, but I don't think even the highest setting was enough for me.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?
I can only use for a few minutes on each side, and then maybe a minute again, before the flow stops.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
I used it at home sitting on the bed, or on the sofa. It was easier to use in both places because I could sit comfortably and not have wires to worry about.
~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?
stimulation was fine, the other two were ineffective.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?
I would recommend they have a go of one first to see if the suction is enough for them. If it is, then yes.
~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?
I'm surprised that it's more expensive than the Avent electric one I already have which allows you to use it manually if needed, and to set your own suction rhythm. I would only buy it if it were discounted as I paid about £70 for my last pump through Amazon. And it's an expensive risk to take if it doesn't work.

newbielisa Wed 02-Jan-13 15:26:49

Aaaargh just lost my whole post, starting again.

My daughter is now 8 weeks old

I have used a Tommee Tippee manual and a Medela Swing electric, despite everyone assuring me I'd be really successful with the Medela Swing I always fared better with my manual Tommee Tippee. I also really hated the loud noise of the Medela, it really sounded like a cow being milked - the irony!

I liked the look of this pump and found it very easy to put it together.

My first use was very successful, easy to put together, I like how the milk doesn't go near the tubing, hadn't really thought of that as an issue but in hindsight it was/is. I love the fact that I could sit back on the sofa and not lean forward like I've had to do with other pumps.... Full marks for that, it really does live up to that claim.

Once I'd mastered getting my nipple central (to get the seal) it felt absolutely fine. I wouldn't say it felt warm and comfortable but not sure I would ever use those terms to describe apparatus to express milk. It certainly didn't feel cold or uncomfortable.

I pumped for 10 minutes on one side and got a good amount (more than I have in comparable attempts with other pumps)

I pumped at home and was expressing milk to hopefully encourage my constant feeder to take a bottle and disembark from me for the odd 10 minutes!!

I found the four settings very easy to use, the stimulation seemed a little too gentle for me but that wasn't an issue I just went up a gear and found it was still gentle but powerful enough to really get the flow going.

I would and already have recommended this product to other Mums. To be able to pump so quickly, easily and comfortably can definitely encourage prolonged breast feeding.

I think the unit price is good value for money and having tried it and found it to be "good for me" would pay more for it. Thanks to Avent I of course get to keep mine and don't have to - hurrah.

Overall I found this pump to be better than the 2 other pumps I have used and was impressed that it wasn't another noisy electric that didn't live up to the hype for me. Obviously we're all different and different products work well for different people, so far this works really well for me.

Just checking in again.

I'm still on the whole pleased with the pump. I can get more out than I can with any other pump, though it's still not enough for a whole feed. The main feature of this pump for me over any other is the comfort factor - being able to sit back on the sofa is lovely after spending so long hunched over my old pump with little to no success.

IveNoIntentionOfMakingCupcakes Wed 02-Jan-13 21:41:21

Firstly, very many thanks for the pump. I was thrilled to be selected for this.

I am so sorry that it has taken me a long time to add my feedback. We were hectic over Christmas and my DCS have both been on sleep strikes since so finding time to sit down at the computer has been tricky. Sorry though. blush

I also wanted to test the pump a few times and compare it directly with my Medala Swing, which I have been using up until now.

~ The age of your baby/ child

5 months (breastfed and just starting solids as he's a very hungry boy)
21 months (no longer breastfed, but she has any leftover expressed milk if it's going begging)

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

I tried a hand pump (can't remember which brand) just after DC1 was born. I didn't get on with it at all so the first time I used an electric pump (during a short stay in hospital -a great big Medala thing) it was quite a revelation and I went online to order the Medala Swing.

I breastfeed 99% of the time but with both babies I suffered with mastitis when I first started feeding so I found a pump helped me to rest my cracked and sore nipples. Now, with mastitis a distant memory, I tend to use a pump to express milk so that my partner can occasionally bottle feed DC2 while I spend some time with DC1 (i.e. if DC2 wants a feed while I'm putting DC1 to bed). I demand feed and don't really have a feeding schedule so having a bottle of expressed milk available is always handy. I have to be honest and say that I find expressing tedious in the extreme so I don't do it particularly willingly!!

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

Nice looking, very sturdy. Very easy to use. I like the fact that the valve isn't a tiny, flimsy bit of rubber that could easily go astray (as with the Medala valves). I also liked the cover, it felt like it kept it clean when not in use. That said, overall the pump is quite bulky and there are lots of bits to it so I might be more inclined to take my Medala one away with me.

~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.

I thought it was really comfortable to use. I likes the fact that I didn't have to hunch my back over and could sit comfortably on the sofa to use it. However, it was a little too noisy to watch TV as was my original plan. Compared with the Medala, I'd say the noise levels are similar.

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

I felt that the pump worked more efficiently without the massage cushion and I am an impatient expresser most of the time. However, it did feel nice and I would have found it invaluable when I had mastitis and engorged breasts so I think it's a fantastic optional feature.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use? I guess it averaged at around 3oz / 10 minutes, which is slightly less than the Medala Swing (prob more like 4oz / 10 mins)

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
Just at home. As I mentioned before, it was nice to sit comfortably as I only ever pump when my babies are asleep so during my rest (?!?) time.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

I went straight from stimulation to high suction and didn't bother with the other ones as I have nips like leather these days. However, I would have used the gentler settings when I had painful breasts and nipples.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?

Definitely. TBH I think the Medala is more efficient for experienced breastfeeders. However, the comfort features of this would be great for first-timers or anyone experiencing discomfort -either of the breast or back.

~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?
Yes I do. I think I paid around £100 for my Medala one nearly two years ago. This one offers more features and can be used with Avent bottles and teats, which are widely available (the Medala came with a funny little teat, which I chucked out as I didn't like it so I always tip the milk into a different bottle for use and storage). We don't have a Mothercare near us so I hope they'll be in Boots before long too.

Any other comments about the pump or about how breast feeding in general - all comments welcome - questions etc also welcome from non testers.

If I were to buy another pump in the future I'd definitely buy a double one.

IveNoIntentionOfMakingCupcakes Wed 02-Jan-13 22:10:35

I was just thinking that it would be really great if the pump had a carry case, perhaps something that could double up as a sterilising box for sterilising all the bits afterwards. It would make it uber-transportable and very handy.

NikkiCrick Thu 03-Jan-13 12:10:47

Sorry for delay, life keeps getting in the way. Must do better ;-)

~ The age of your baby/ child - 6-7 months
~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing - I bf my baby, but after issues with not gaining weight ended up combination feeding, which I hated. I had tried a Tommee Tippee & a Philips Avent manual pumps, both without much success. I wanted to express so a) I could see what baby was getting & b) as I was trying to encourage cup drinking.
~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump - I though the pump looked nice, I liked the muted lavender, it didn't look clinical. Although I have to admit I was a bit confused by the instructions as to what needed to be steralised.
~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses - having never used an electric pump before I thought it was relatively quiet, but can't say how it compares to others. I was quite nervous of it, so didn't get much the first couple of times I used it. I knew I could get more from manual pumps, but after trying different settings a couple of times, I was more relaxed.
~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"? - it was warm and relatively comfortable; not sure natural is a word I would use.
~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use? The first couple of attempts I gained very little. After I relaxed more, I managed 40-60ml in between 10-25 mins.
~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier? I only used pump at home, but could see it being useful for mums returning to work etc as relatively compact.
~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction? Stimulation mode was good, but I mainly used high setting.
~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk? I would recommend but suggest getting well before the need to express to get used to it.
~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money? - as it's a lot of money, I suggest trying it first if possible (i.e. friends), but it will save money on formula & can be used with any subsequent children.

Pinkpiglet Thu 03-Jan-13 17:31:58

~ The age of your baby/ child
Dd is 9 months old, first child

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing
I have been ebf Dd but have expressed a few times. I have a manual Phillips avent pump which works ok but dd was previously a bottle refuser so I stopped expressing. She has now started using bottles occasionally and it's something we need to encourage as I am returning to work later this month. I love breastfeeding as its been very successful and convenient for us.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump
Nice and compact. Feminine l
~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.
~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?
~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?
~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?
~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?
~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?

Pinkpiglet Thu 03-Jan-13 17:45:24

Whoops, posted that too early!

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump
Nice and compact. Feminine looking packaging. Lots included in the box.

~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.
The first time it felt unusual. With a manual pump you can stop when it starts to feel funny but with the electric one it keeps on going. It didn't take long to feel comfortable. I was surprised to get a "let down" reflex as I haven't had that for a while. It works best in the morning when my supply is greatest.

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?
It feels comfortable especially after the first use when you're used to the sensation.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?
I could get a good amount of milk in ~15 mins when using in the morning. It took longer in the evening but that's when my supply is less.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
I have used the pump at home on the sofa whilst reclined. This is much better than my manual pump where I have to be leaned forward and often loose some of the milk that hasn't filtered into the container. The pump collects every drop.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?
I found it necessary to use the highest setting to get the best milk collection

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?
Yes I would recommend it to anyone that wished to breastfeed for an extended amount of time. I think I would have expressed much more if I had this pump at the start.

~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?
It is value for money. I'm not sure I would have bought it prior to having dd as it is a lot to pay if I hadn't been successful at breastfeeding but now I've seen how easy expressing can be I would happily have paid the price.

Thank you for including me in the product test.

FreelanceMama Thu 03-Jan-13 19:33:03

I'm really getting on well with this pump now I've been using it longer. It's definitely less hassle to put together and less effort to hold i.e. Easier to relax which is the point! In fact I'm managing to read a book at the same time which is nice. I'm also finding I need to use the medium setting rather than high sometimes as I think I'm getting more sensitive after so much use!

Thank you for sending me the pump. It's making the present tough situation a lot easier to deal with.

cleanandclothed Fri 04-Jan-13 09:44:11

The age of your baby/ child

Nearly 6 months (DC2)

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

Yes, I have a Philips manual pump which I had used with DC1. I never really did very well with expressing - I had to wait for a let down to happen naturally and then go and grab the pump.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

Small and simple

~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.

Easy to put together and simple to use.

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

It felt fine - warm, not really 'natural' but more natural than the manual one.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?

Well. I was impressed with the setting marked by the 2 drips because it need feel like the baby starting to feed. But it didnt start my let down reflex. It was quite soon after a feed so I need to use it more times, but the only way I could get milk out was firstly to go and look at my sleeping baby, and then to get some photos to look at, and then pump when the let down happened.

~ Where did you use the pump?
At home

What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?

Just general back up milk. I want to go out for dinner next week so am hoping to pump more then.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

Stimulation felt natural but hasn't worked for me yet. Low and medium are fine, high is a bit much.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?

Yes, but wouldn't really be able to compare it as I haven't used other electric pumps.

~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?

I am not sure. If you knew you would express lots then maybe, but otherwise it is quite expensive - and you don't know whether it will work for you till you try.

Would you be able to hire it for a trial period?

Panzee Fri 04-Jan-13 12:23:44

Is this the one you all tested? www.mothercare.com/Philips-Avent-Breastfeeding-Set---Exclusive-to-Mothercare/409264,default,pd.html

Bundled with some other bits for £129

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 04-Jan-13 12:30:12

panzee - that's not it - it's not on line yet I think. You can see an image of it here

Panzee Fri 04-Jan-13 12:51:05

Thanks Ann smile

Sorry for the delay, Christmas is not conducive to reviewing! On the plus side, I've had a thorough test now...

~ The age of your baby/ child
My DD is now 12 weeks old

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing
I'm very keen to keep exclusively breastfeeding, and had been using a Medela Swing pump (inherited from my sister) when I had too much milk. I think expressing is really useful to help make breastfeeding manageable

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump
The electric unit is a nice colour, and idiotproof to use, clear icons on each button. The pumping section is bulky compared to the Medela pump, and had more pieces to it.

~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.
It took me a little while to work out how to assemble the pump section, but that's because I had inadvertantly dropped the big instruction booklet, and was trying to do it without instructions. When I found the instructions, it was easy!
The actual pumping was very straightforward, efficient. It was also easy to wash, as there weren't any little crevices you couldn't get at. (Although there are 6 bits to wash). I like the pump, and feel it's better at getting milk comfortably than the Medela.

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?
It was comfy, and easy to get a good seal. It didn't feel too plasticy, so yes, quite natural, and the silicone funnel bit was warmer than without!

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?
I get about 4-5oz in 20 minutes (one side), which is quicker than previously. I haven't been trying to increase my supply though, just take off what's there.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?
I use the pump during the night, as DD is a good sleeper, so when she wakes, she can't drink all the milk I've made overnight, so I take off the excess with the pump. That way, I can stay in bed in the morning while DH gives her the extra milk - and the extra sleep makes everything easier! Before I was doing this, I felt pressure on me, as I was the only one who could feed her, but this helps prevent that, so I think it's made me happier with keeping feeding.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?
I actually don't use the stimulation setting really, just straight to the low setting, which is enough for me - I feel it's fast enough, and I feel its comfortable on my nipples at that setting, so I have never gone higher

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?
Yes, I'd say it's a good product, effective and pain free.

~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?
It is expensive, but it works really well.

monkeypuzzeltree Sun 06-Jan-13 16:37:18

Please let us know the following:

~ The age of your baby/ child

6 months

~ Whether you'd used a pump before and your general opinions of breast feeding and expressing

I pumped a lot with first dd, feeding was a nightmare and by the time we realised it was tt, we were a mess and she wouldnt latch, so i pumped with a medela mini for 4 months. I still have nightmares about the hee-hawing noise it made! But i did it as i wanted her to have benefits of bfing.

~ Your overall first impressions of the Comfort electric breast pump

Neat, very simple to put togetherband clean, its avent, so works with my normal bottles. Reminded me of hospital ones with the tubes atherbthan having to hold a motor.

~ How it was to use - first times and subsequent uses.

Its bloody brilliant. Im using it now, ipad on lap, baby sleeping through it! Quick to set up and long lead reaches to plug behind sofa! Gets milk going really quickly, doesnt feel like its yanking my nipple. Actually couldnt beleve it was working when it felt that gentle!

~ How would you rate the feeling of the pump on your skin? Would you say it felt "warm and natural on the breast"?

I guess, its certainly softer with the rubber bit, i have huge nipples, i do find i have a line around the base is by the end, would be helpful if a larger tube was available. I would expect that to be in the box given the rrp.

~ How did the pump help with the flow of milk? How long did it take to use?

Really good, job done in about 20 mins for 4oz, would have taken longer with old pump and then id have knocked it over, this one stands up on its own even befor you detatch it.

~ Where did you use the pump? What sort of occasions did you use it (or express for?). Did the pump make this easy/easier?

Used it when i had a night out at xmas! Made easier for dh as son will take bf better than formula from a bottle for some reason, he knows the difference! Also using at the moment when he goes on strike because of teething. I tend to use either in lounge or kitchen, sitting on the sofa. Easy to move it, easy to sit on arm of sofa.

~ How did you find the four settings - stimulation, low, medium, high suction?

I tended to use high at first, probably because i was used to the yank of the medela, but ive realised that actually the lower settings work just as well once things are going! The stimulation setting is fine, but i tend t just start on high and then go down. It is good for making sure you have the right position though.

~ The pump will hit the shops (firstly in Mothercare) in January - is this a product you could recommend to other mums who want to express breastmilk?
~ The RRP is £115 - do you think this represents value for money?

It works and its simple to use, i still think its quite expensive given that its really a fairly simple piece of kit, would be nice if you got a voucher for money off bottles with it, but given that when you need a pump, you need a good reliable one, its worth paying for a decent product and this is certainly one of those.

Any other comments about the pump

Just a huge thank you for making my life easier!

DoingTheSwanThing Tue 08-Jan-13 22:25:27

Still persevering here, with moderate success! I think it's just the shape of my boobs causing problems with getting a good seal... They're not exactly pert. I'm pretty convinced its me rather than the pump. Waiting to hear if they make different size funnels <fingers crossed>

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Panzee Wed 09-Jan-13 14:54:02

blushHow is it for those who are large of nip?

DoingTheSwanThing Wed 09-Jan-13 17:15:27

I believe mine to be fairly average and there's plenty of room left. I find the funnel a bit loose if anything. Suspect you'd be fine smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-Jan-13 14:33:20

Thanks for all the feedback and reviews.

A couple of responses for you:
Q: Could you ask if there are different sizes of funnel please? I'm struggling to get a good seal at the moment.
A: Philips say "A larger funnel size will be available in retail from March onwards"

Q: Do you know whether there is a double one of these pumps and if so, what it's going to retail for?
A: Philips say "There is a double it retails for £265"

thanks again...MNHQ

ScaredySquirrel Fri 11-Jan-13 19:10:58

Thanks Ann, that was my question ( re double breast-pump - I'm very happy to test it if they'd like wink )

Have just used pump again at the end of the day when I don't usually get much milk and it was very good - I was impressed. Also impressed by comfort thingie - it is more comfortable than my medela

One issue I've found - the battery power was v disappointing, and this is a big issue for me as I need to express at work in a room with no plug.

Panzee - I have big boobs/areolae, and I found it really effective, the actual nipple doesn't really get involved, it just sits in the middle of the pump, which is a good inch wide, so I think most nips would never touch the sides!

On a different note, I forgot to say that I find the low setting just right in terms of power/suction, despite having had to go high with the Medela, which led to soreness.

Panzee Sat 12-Jan-13 13:30:15

Fantastic! I am going to buy this when it comes out.

DoingTheSwanThing Fri 25-Jan-13 16:06:39

Mine has died. It went through a phase of the suction being slightly irregular, like it was missing a beat every now and again. Then it just stopped sucking and just clicks! Ah well. Still need to post review hmm

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